Anti-gay American Cardinal Raymond Burke is about to lose his job as head of the Roman Catholic Church’s version of a Supreme Court.
Burke has clashed with Pope Francis since he became head of the church last year and confirmed his demotion on Friday (17 October) to Buzzfeed News.
He will go from being the church’s chief guardian of canon law to patron to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta which is a minor post.
‘I very much have enjoyed and have been happy to give this service, so it is a disappointment to leave it,’ Burke said.
‘On the other hand, in the church as priests, we always have to be ready to accept whatever assignment we’re given.’
Burke made clear he does not approve of the church being more welcoming to gays and lesbians which is a direction the Pope seems to want to take the church in.
‘The pope is not free to change the church’s teachings with regard to the immorality of homosexual acts,’ he said in the Buzzfeed interview.
Burke has been steadfastly anti-gay and recently described homosexual ‘acts’ as ‘always and everywhere wrong (and) evil.’
He also said that married gay and lesbian couples, even if legally married, should not be welcomed by their families.
He wondered: ‘What would it mean to grandchildren to have present at a family gathering a family member who is living (in) a disordered relationship with another person?’