Catholic Church should not apologize for Biblical teaching against homosexuality, says Cardinal Burke

Homosexuality is an abnormal condition and the Catholic Church has no reason to apologize for its Biblical teaching on sexuality, according to conservative American cardinal Raymond Leo Burke.

(REUTERS / Alessandro Bianchi / File photo)Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke attends a news conference by the conservative Catholic group "Voice of the Family" in Rome, Italy. October 15, 2015.

In an exclusive interview with O'Clarim published last month, Cardinal Burke was asked about Pope Francis' statement on homosexuality during an in-flight question-and-answer session. The Catholic Pope had notably said Christians must not discriminate against LGBT individuals and should ask forgiveness for how they treated the gay community.

However, 69-year-old Cardinal Burke told O'Clarim that he has not witnessed any form of discrimination against homosexuals in his entire life that he spent in the Catholic Church. He also called homosexuality an "abnormal condition," as God did not create man to engage in same-sex relations. He said this was the truth of the Christian faith and it was not discrimination.

In addition, Cardinal Burke said he saw no reason for the Catholic Church to apologize for its teachings against homosexuality. He said priests have always been compassionate in dealing with people who suffer from this problem.

"I must say sincerely, even though I haven't read the words of the Pope, that I don't see why the Church ought to ask forgiveness for teaching the truth about sex and sexuality," said Burke. "Rather, during my priesthood of more than 42 years, I have always found priests very compassionate in meetings with people who have had this difficulty and have suffered from this condition."

This was not the first time that Burke had publicly spoken against homosexuality. In August, he talked about German Cardinal Reinhard Marx who said Germany's move to legalize same-sex marriage was not a concern of the Catholic Church there, Life Site News reported.

Burke slammed Marx for failing to communicate the real Catholic teaching on the issue of homosexuality. The American cardinal said Christians should always be taught to love the sinner and hate the sin, but Church leaders must never turn away from their responsibility of conveying the "solid teaching" of their faith.