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Traditionalist Cardinal Burke tests positive for covid-19

73-year-old Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke confirmed last night that he has tested positive for covid-19.

The American cardinal gave the update in a tweet on Tuesday evening.

“Praised be Jesus Christ!” he wrote.

“I wish to inform you that I have recently tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Thanks be to God, I am resting comfortably and receiving excellent medical care. Please pray for me as I begin my recovery. Let us trust in Divine Providence. God bless you.”

According to Monsignor Sheckel, the Cardinal is also experiencing “a bad sinus infection.”

Burke, who is often seen as the de facto leader of the Church’s traditionalist wing, frequently clashes with Pope Francis on what he sees as the liberalisation of the church as regards social and political issues, such as LGBT matters and divorce.

He is also a strong proponent of the more traditional Tridentine Latin Mass, questioning Pope Francis’ recent restriction on the liturgy, and describing the pontiff’s move as “severe and revolutionary.”

However, Burke insists he is “not an enemy” of the Pope, adding: “I have never, in anything I’ve said, shown disrespect to the papal office, because the Catholic Church doesn’t exist without the office of Peter.”

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