Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, former head of the highest court at the Vatican, said that the Irish people’s vote to legalize homosexual marriage was in “defiance of God” and an action more depraved than that practiced by “pagans.”

“I mean, this is a defiance of God, it’s just incredible,” said Cardinal Burke, speaking at the Newman Society at Oxford University’s Catholic Society on May 27.

“Pagans may have tolerated homosexual behaviors, [but] they never dared to say this was marriage,” said the cardinal, as reported in The Tablet.

Cardinal Burke, who is now patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, made his remarks in response to a question at the Newman Society after he had delivered a speech on the intellectual legacy of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

In Ireland last week, the people there voted to legalize homosexual marriage, 62.1% to 37.9%.  Commenting on the vote, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said it was a “defeat for humanity.”   Continue Reading