Cardinal Burke Calls For “Extreme Vetting” Of Protestant Converts

February 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Politics

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In a speech in Rome last night, Cardinal Raymond Burke outlined his plans to combat Protestant theology from entering the Church, including a new screening test for converts to the Catholicism.

Applicants would be tested to determine whether or not they share traditional Catholic beliefs such as praying to the saints and the Eucharist.

Pope Francis scorned Burke’s plan, calling it nothing but a “cynical ploy to pander to traditionalists.”

“This so-called ‘vetting process’ cannot be taken seriously,” Francis told reporters. “How can Burke put this forward with a straight face when he himself opposes many new traditional Catholic beliefs like divorced couples being able to receive communion?”

Under Burke’s plan, potential converts from ecclesial communities with a history of theological terror would be banned, though it is not clear which communities.

In the speech, Burke initially proposed a blanket ban on all Protestants, but has just recently changed it to one that is based on a list of Protestant communities that export theological terror such as certain types of charismatic communities as well as the Jesuits.

“Those who adhere to a liberal creed or enjoy butterfly and balloon Masses would not be admitted for conversion into the Catholic Church,” he said. “And that would also include the Pope.”

  • samton909

    I know a judge in Washington that will overturn this in a minute.

  • Vince M Sr

    Those who practice the playing of stringed or wind instruments must denounce such activities as their being rooted in satan. “There is no place in heaven for joyful expressions typically associated with the playing of guitars and beating of drums.: The Cardinal was quoted to say. “We all recognise the sacrifice the three wise men endured as they dragged their organ across the desert to play for the Christ child.” He also stated that the persons performing ” ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ or songs referring trumpet blasts shall be banned from Catholic homes and persons even listening to such music not played on a pipe organ shall face excommunication.”.

    • Cminor

      Wait, does that include Palm 47?

      • Vince M Sr

        You mock the Cardinal? His decree is valid! Blasphemy! The Psalms are for the jews not for Catholics who have been redeemed by the purchase of indulgences and hours of prayer unshod in front of the statue of their favorite Saint!

    • Casper

      Hmmm, I think that the people who like guitars and drums also like “The Little Drummer Boy”, I suspect.

  • “… new traditional Catholic beliefs” – perfect!

  • Christopher Wright


  • Michael Kearns

    And a total ban on converts from 7 countries drawn up by the previous patron of the sovereign order of Malta; namely the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Chicago and Malta.

  • VeilOfTiers

    “…as well as the Jesuits…”

    And then the last line…

  • Hotrod1962

    See if they sink or float……that should do it.

  • Jim Brooks

    What about domestic terrorism? Like Mormons

  • Gregory

    Great idea. This might do the trick in sorting out crypto Prods like Zuhlsdorf, Hunwicke, Conley, Hahn etc.

  • Janet Tomko

    Make Inquisition great again?

  • Emilie Bressler

    He is a dip.

  • Michael Siddle

    This has to be satire. None of it rings true. Fake News!