The Seventeenth Post in the “Oh My Achin’ Head” Series: Demoted Catholic Cardinal Blames “Feminized” Church for Pedophile Clergy…and Altar Girls for Shortage of Priests

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke

By Elaine Magliaro

David Gibson of National Catholic Reporter reported earlier this week that Cardinal Raymond Burke, “who was recently demoted from the Vatican’s highest court to a ceremonial philanthropic post,” has been “roiling the waters once again.” This time the controversial conservative cardinal—one of Pope Francis’s harshest critics—is arguing that the Catholic Church has become too “feminized.”

David Ferguson of Raw Story wrote that Burke “has used his position in the Catholic hierarchy to harangue Democrats and endorse radical Republican politics, an ideological orientation that has been increasingly at odds with the new Pope’s more pluralistic church.”

Gibson said that Burke had “pointed to the introduction of altar girls for why fewer men are joining the priesthood.” In an interview with The New Emangelism that was published on Monday, Burke was quoted as saying, “Young boys don’t want to do things with girls. It’s just natural. I think that this has contributed to a loss of priestly vocations.”

Cardinal Burke on the “feminization” of the Catholic Church:

I think there has been a great confusion with regard to the specific vocation of men in marriage and of men in general in the Church during the past 50 years or so. It’s due to a number of factors, but the radical feminism which has assaulted the Church and society since the 1960s has left men very marginalized.

Unfortunately, the radical feminist movement strongly influenced the Church, leading the Church to constantly address women’s issues at the expense of addressing critical issues important to men; the importance of the father, whether in the union of marriage or not; the importance of a father to children; the importance of fatherhood for priests; the critical impact of a manly character; the emphasis on the particular gifts that God gives to men for the good of the whole society.

The goodness and importance of men became very obscured, and for all practical purposes, were not emphasized at all. This is despite the fact that it was a long tradition in the Church, especially through the devotion of St. Joseph, to stress the manly character of the man who sacrifices his life for the sake of the home, who prepares with chivalry to defend his wife and his children and who works to provide the livelihood for the family. So much of this tradition of heralding the heroic nature of manhood has been lost in the Church today.

While Cardinal Burke complained that the Catholic Church had become “very feminized”– he did acknowledge that women are “wonderful” and “respond very naturally to the invitation to be active in the Church.” Still, he noted a dark side to women’s activity within the church. The cardinal said that apart from the priest, “the sanctuary has become full of women.” He added that parish activities, as well the liturgy “have been influenced by women and have become so feminine in many places that men do not want to get involved.” He continued by saying that the result of all this was that “real men have been driven away from the church and made room for pedophile priests…”

Imagine that: REAL men can be driven away from things like entering the priesthood by women. Makes one wonder what Cardinal Burke thinks a REAL man is?????

The cardinal said he could recall the mid 1970s—that’s the time he claims that young men were telling him “that they were, in a certain way, frightened by marriage because of the radicalizing and self-focused attitudes of women that were emerging at that time.” He said, “These young men were concerned that entering a marriage would simply not work because of a constant and insistent demanding of rights for women. These divisions between women and men have gotten worse since then.”

Imagine those impertinent young women in the 1960s and 1970s demanding equal rights and all. What a bunch of emasculating feminazis! Why couldn’t they just have been content to have the rights that the church and the men in their lives thought should be bestowed upon them? “There’s a good girl, now go fix me a martini and get dinner on the table… ASAP!”

Sorry for digressing…but I remember well those days as I was growing into adulthood when women were supposed to know their place.

The good cardinal has some reason to be hopeful, though, now that he asserts the days of the pedophile priests have passed.

Cardinal Burke:

“We can also see that our seminaries are beginning to attract many strong young men who desire to serve God as priests The new crop of young men are manly and confident about their identity. This is a welcome development, for there was a period of time when men who were feminized and confused about their own sexual identity had entered the priesthood; sadly some of these disordered men sexually abused minors; a terrible tragedy for which the Church mourns.”

Cardinal Burke does have a point. Women are to fault for so many of the problems that we see around us today.  Blame it on Eve! She’s the root of all the trouble in this world.


Demoted Catholic cardinal: ‘Radical feminists’ are to blame for pedophile priests (Raw Story)

Cardinal Raymond Burke: ‘Feminized’ church and altar girls caused priest shortage (National Catholic Reporter)

Demoted Catholic cardinal blames “feminized” church for priest pedophilia (Salon)

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke on the Catholic “Man-crisis” and what to do about it (The New Emangelization)

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11 Responses to The Seventeenth Post in the “Oh My Achin’ Head” Series: Demoted Catholic Cardinal Blames “Feminized” Church for Pedophile Clergy…and Altar Girls for Shortage of Priests

  1. buckaroo says:

    So why is what one Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church says news ? Is this meant to embarrass Catholic politicians like in leadership positions. With all the other problems that are newsworthy – why this ? Should such a person not speak his mind ? I just don’t get the point on a progressive site ?

  2. Yeah…Eve is to blame for everything…she led poor clueless Adam on. For the sin of seeking knowledge women were cursed with painful childbirth. When anesthesia first came, doctors would not give it to their female patients to ease pain because god had decreed that childbirth should hurt like hell due to the sin of Eve. That all changed when Queen Victoria demanded medication to ease her pain. This cardinal reminds me of Alfalfa who had the women’s haters club./;_ylt=AwrTccCc_q5UifAAcpcPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTBsOXB2YTRjBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2dxMQR2dGlkAw–?p=alfalfa+women+haters+club&tnr=21&vid=C2E9D067EB6D5221FC8AC2E9D067EB6D5221FC8A&l=44&

  3. mespo727272 says:

    I think misogynistic statements by one of the “Princes of the Church” is relevant especially when that church counts as its members six justices of the United States Supreme Court. They either believe what the Church says about women or they don’t. If they don’t they are apostates lying to all about their allegiances. If they do, we need to take their comments about equal rights with a grain of incense.

  4. Mike Spindell says:

    As to why this issue is pertinent the first reason is that the Roman Catholic Church is the oldest continuous Religious Bureaucracy in world history.

    Secondly, the RCC represents both a church and a sovereign entity with quasi-nation status.

    Third because the church uses its size and power to try to influence the internal, political activities of individual nations.

    Fourth, because this particular Cardinal formerly held an extremely important position in the Vatican’s ruling bureaucracy and represents a hard core faction that opposes the modernization actions taken by Pope Francis.

    This makes discussing this cardinals remarks newsworthy and certainly represents the type of issues this blog was created to discuss.

  5. swarthmoremom says:

    Of course, this is newsworthy. Cardinal Burke is a hero to conservative catholics that are quite critical of the pope.

  6. Elaine M. says:

    Pope Francis Demotes Outspoken Conservative Cardinal
    Cardinal Raymond Burke was the Vatican’s highest ranking American

    Pope Francis has demoted a conservative American cardinal who has criticized his leadership of the Catholic Church.

    The pontiff removed Cardinal Raymond Burke as the leader of the Vatican’s highest court and appointed him to a ceremonial position as chaplain of the Knights of Malta, a charity group, according to a press bulletin issued Saturday.

    That is a significant demotion, according to the National Catholic Reporter. “The position of Patron of the the Order of Malta is usually given to a retired cardinal, or as a second task to an active cardinal,” Michael Sean Winters writes. “It has almost no responsibilities.”

    The move was not a surprise, as Burke, the Vatican’s highest ranking American, had said last month that he was going to have a new post.

    The outspoken, conservative bishop — who pushed for the Vatican to revise and water-down its recent, tentative step toward greater acceptance of LGBT people — has butted heads with the pope since the Argentine was elected last year. Last month, he compared Pope Francis’ leadership to “a ship without a rudder” during an interview with a Spanish magazine.

  7. Elaine M. says:

    Cardinal Raymond Burke Replaced by Pope Francis: Conservatives Out, Moderates In

    Cardinal Raymond Burke, the very conservative former archbishop of St. Louis, was replaced with Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington Monday. Pope Francis decided not to reconfirm Burke to the powerful Congregation for Bishops council, which helps decide which bishops will be chosen in the future.

    Cardinal Raymond Burke’s departure from the Congregation of Bishops council and his subsequent replacement by the more moderate Wuerl is being viewed by some as Pope Francis moving the Catholic church away from combating hot-button social issues and focusing on a more pastoral approach. Burke is a strong opponent of same-sex marriage and abortion, and has in the past said that moderates like Wuerl were “weakening the faith.”

    “One gets the impression, or it’s interpreted this way in the media, that he thinks we’re talking too much about abortion, too much about the integrity of marriage as between one man and one woman,” Burke said recently about the Pope to EWTN, a Catholic broadcaster. “But we can never talk enough about that.”

    Burke also barred then-Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry from taking communion in 2004 because he supports abortion as a Roman Catholic. Wuerl, in contrast, does not agree with bans on sacraments for lawmakers who disagree on social issues, and wants to push the Catholic church away from “incrimination of others,” he wrote in a 2009 editorial titled “Casting the First Stone.”

  8. gbk says:

    Alter Girls Lead To Priest Shortage!!!

    I don’t even know what to say, except, of course, “Blame it on Eve!” 😉

    The world would be much better off if women would just keep quiet, and let us men define the cultural bounds of all thoughtful adaptation; such as war, procreative rights, roles in society, etc.

    This is my perspective, and is based solely on my misogynistic life experiences; which none of you share and therefore cannot be argued.

    Thank you.

  9. blouise says:

    Eew!! Girls!!

  10. gbk says:

    “Eew!! Girls!!”

    Such weak bowing hands! No wrist action, really.

  11. Bob Kauten says:

    Cardinal Burke’s words seem oddly familiar…
    now I remember…
    Burke as Captain Ned of the good ship Raging Queen, comforting Miles Cowperthwaite:
    “Miles, I have seen real men, manly men, who were, in a certain way, frightened by marriage because of the radicalizing and self-focused attitudes of women…let me comfort you, in the manner of a manly man.”

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