Anti-LGBTQ Roman Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke who has expressed skepticism of vaccines tested positive for the coronavirus just days ago and has been placed on a ventilator, according to a tweet from his official account.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Burke was hospitalized in Wisconsin, where he was a bishop from 1994 to 2005.
“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.”
Cardinal Burke has been admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 and is being assisted by a ventilator. Doctors are encouraged by his progress. H.E. faithfully prayed the Rosary for those suffering from the virus. On this Vigil of the Assumption, let us now pray the Rosary for him.
— Cardinal Burke (@cardinalrlburke) August 15, 2021
Burke’s team announced he had tested positive Wednesday.
Whether Burke has been vaccinated is unknown, but he spoke out against vaccine mandates at the May 2020 Rome Life Forum, saying “vaccination itself cannot be imposed, in a totalitarian manner, on citizens.”
The Daily Beast reports that Burke quoted theories that the vaccine contains “microchips” used to control citizens. He also reportedly argued that the church had not insisted enough on continuing in-person services during the coronavirus pandemic.