Raw Story: A right-wing Catholic cardinal who expressed skepticism of the coronavirus vaccines has been placed on a ventilator after his infection with the potentially deadly virus.
Cardinal Raymond Burke has been an outspoken anti-vaxxer. He is also a peddler of full Q-Anon conspiracies. A few days ago, he tested positive for Covid. Tonight, he's in a Wisconsin hospital, on a ventilator.
— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@duty2warn) August 15, 2021
Cardinal Raymond Burke was hospitalized in Wisconsin, where he was a bishop from 1994 to 2005, and receiving breathing assistance from a ventilator, reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Outspoken anti-vaccine Cardinal Raymond Burke is in a Wisconsin hospital tonight in a ventilator days after testing positive for covid. https://t.co/NYcMElhKNq
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) August 15, 2021
“Doctors are encouraged by his progress,” someone close to the cardinal tweeted from his Twitter account. “(His Eminence) faithfully prayed the Rosary for those suffering from the virus. On this Vigil of the Assumption, let us now pray the Rosary for him.”
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The 73-year-old Burke lives in Rome but became ill while visiting Wisconsin, where he was raised and founded a church in 2008, according to Elizabeth Westhoff, a friend and his former press secretary.
“He certainly is a good and faithful son of the church,” Westhoff said. “He has been a wonderful spiritual father to me and to many, many other people around the world who look to him for orthodox teachings when it comes to issues concerning the church.” Westhoff said she is praying for his full and fast recovery. “Knowing him, I’m sure that he is offering this up, as we say in the church, for those who are suffering from COVID right now along with him.”
The cardinal has expressed skepticism for social distancing and opposed mandatory vaccinations against COVID-19, which he called the “Wuhan virus” in a homily, and in May 2020 spread false claims that vaccines contained microchips that would allow governments to track recipients. read more..