QUOTE TO NOTE: Cardinal Burke On What’s Natural for Boys

Cardinal Raymond Burke

Cardinal Raymond Burke, long known for his strongly negative views on LGBT issues, particularly marriage equality, recently blamed the priest vocation shortage on a “feminized” Church. Noting, in particular, the introduction of girls as altar servers, he said this development is deterring boys from church involvement.  Burke stated:

“Young boys don’t want to do things with girls. It’s just natural.”

With all due respect to Cardinal Burke, Catholic LGBT advocates have been saying exactly that for a long time. At least for about 10% of boys.

–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry


30 thoughts on “QUOTE TO NOTE: Cardinal Burke On What’s Natural for Boys

  1. Susan January 7, 2015 / 2:50 pm

    Great comeback!

    • Vincent Kling January 8, 2015 / 4:18 pm

      Why “all due respect”? Or rather, yes, all due respect, but absolutely none is due in this case. I would say the man’s rhetoric speaks volumes about unresolved issues of his.

  2. Anne Underwood January 7, 2015 / 2:54 pm

    Theoretically, “boys” don’t become priests. Men become priests. And men like to work professionally with people who happen to be grown up girls otherwise known as “women.” Apparently Burke never grew up.

      • Anton January 8, 2015 / 12:21 pm

        Anne and oakleafm, well said, for sure. “Men of quality are not threatened by women of EQUALIty!!

  3. Pamela Meyer January 7, 2015 / 3:18 pm

    How does someone like this get ordained? Where were the altar girls when we really needed them?

  4. Susan January 7, 2015 / 3:31 pm

    Loved it!

  5. Anton January 7, 2015 / 3:35 pm

    Cardinal Burke looks sooooooooo prrrretty!!! And I DO agree, men ought to be ordained, and not boys! But then, I also agree that women should be ordained. Otherwise, the church should be consistent and not baptism females: who at baptism are chrismated as “priest, prophet and king.” Lex orandi; lex credendi … but not in reality.

  6. Walter G Sandell Jr January 7, 2015 / 3:38 pm

    “Young boys don’t want to do things with girls. It’s just natural.”
    What’s natural is that boys do want to do things with girls that they don’t want priests to do with them.
    The word gets around to “Avoid Fr. X.”

  7. Jerry Furlong January 7, 2015 / 4:35 pm

    Home run, Frank!!!

  8. James Boffetti January 7, 2015 / 4:56 pm

    Doesn’t it seem funny that someone complaining about the feminization of the church would appear in public in that outfit? I mean… really….take a look in the mirror before making such comments.

    • Lorie Lucky January 7, 2015 / 6:37 pm

      Indeed! Cardinal Burke is probably just jealous of all the clothes that girls get to wear!

      • Anton January 7, 2015 / 9:11 pm

        Agreed, Lorie. He looks like he’s out of Fellinni’s movie, ROMA!! LOL

    • Lynne Miller January 8, 2015 / 5:02 am

      no kidding! i have no problem with cassocks, probably comfortable, but this rig – marie antionette wouldn’t have worn it!

    • jose January 8, 2015 / 8:44 am

      Well said

  9. Bill Freeman January 7, 2015 / 5:14 pm

    Why is it that when I see that picture of Cardinal Burke I think of Stevie Wonder’s song, “Isn’t She Lovely?”

  10. Brian Kneeland January 7, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    he is wearing an outfit from the middle ages – and his ideas are equally outdated! (Can’t you hear him saying “somebody grab the train of my outfit?”)

  11. dwyerj1 January 7, 2015 / 7:19 pm

    I’ve been an acolyte from a very young age to a very old age. Unlike, you Cardinal, I never had a problem of doing things with girls. My sons have not had a problem with it either. Perhaps the thing that’s disordered is your own moral code. If the church “permitted” female priests, there would be no shortage.

    • Anton January 7, 2015 / 8:51 pm


  12. Kathleen Fallon January 7, 2015 / 9:19 pm

    Evidently, what is natural for cardinal Burke isn’t natural for other people straight or gay. Really? Time for new outerwear and some pumped up kicks!

    I guess I just have to laugh sometimes! Funny comments today. Thanks for the gaity!

  13. RevAnthony Borka January 7, 2015 / 10:59 pm

    Thought you might like to see what his pomposity is up to

    Sent from my MetroPCS 4G Android Device

  14. emmasrandomthoughts January 7, 2015 / 11:11 pm

    “the feminized Church”

    Funny, I thought the Church was a Bride and a Mother.

    • Anton January 8, 2015 / 8:56 am

      Thanks, Emma. Often more like BRIDZILLA and STEP-MOTHER! I’ll stop there!

  15. ermadurk January 8, 2015 / 11:48 am

    Why is it that when Cardinal Burke makes a statement, despite my caution never to denigrate anyone I disagree with, his comments make me think of the comedians on Saturday Night Live??

    • Friends January 9, 2015 / 10:08 pm

      If he were a satirist, and if he had the same tongue-in-cheek mischievous attitude of spoofery as the brilliant guys who do the runaway-top-hit late night TV shows, he’d be a cosmic celebrity! His root problem is that he takes HIMSELF far too seriously — and this is what turns him into a laughing stock, rather than a much-loved cultural statesman.

      • Friends January 10, 2015 / 6:48 am

        Just to follow up on my own comment: I well remember Boston’s legendary Richard Cardinal Cushing, on St. Patrick’s Day, putting on a lady’s bonnet and dancing an Irish jig in front of the TV cameras! He’s also the Cardinal who said, in response to Sen. Ted Kennedy’s second marriage, “I don’t see why he can’t marry whoever he wants to marry.” (Kennedy’s first marriage had been formally anulled — a questionable maneuver, but at least it was done according to canon law.) If Burke would take a cue from Cardinal Cushing’s attitude, I think his PR, and probably his standing with Pope Francis, would vastly improve!

  16. Barbara Regan January 10, 2015 / 10:17 am

    Great comeback, Frank. I would have added, “And the other 90% of boys DO want to do things with girls.”

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