Cardinal Burke’s ‘unhelpful’ suggestion

Cardinal Burke’s ‘unhelpful’ suggestion

By Phil Lawler | Jul 28, 2016

In his interview-book Hope for the World, Cardinal Raymond Burke makes the (accurate) observation that Islam envisions a state governed by Islamic law. “In reality, there is no place for other religions, even though they maybe tolerated,” he says.

This does not sit well with some Catholics. Dublin’s Archbishop Diarmuid Martin tells the National Catholic Reporter: “I don’t think that helps at all.” The paper adds:

A spokesman for the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland, which represents over 1,000 Irish clerics, warned that the cardinal’s comments “will be interpreted as dangerously provocative in the light of the gruesome death of 84-year-old Fr. Jacques Hamel.”

Oh, right. Before publishing the book, Cardinal Burke should have placed a phone call to the leaders of the Islamic State, and asked them: “Do any of you folks plan to murder an elderly priest during Mass in the near future? Because if you do, I’ll be sure to avoid any suggestion that you’re dangerous.”

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