Cardinal Burke criticizes Obama's 'anti-life' and 'anti-family' policies ahead of Vatican visit

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Ahead of President Obama's visit to the Vatican, American Cardinal Raymond Burke criticized him for promoting "anti-life" and "anti-family" policies.

"He appears to be a totally secularized man who aggressively promotes anti-life and anti-family policies," Burke said in an interview with Polonia Christiana magazine when asked about the president. (The interview has been published in English by

Burke criticized Obama's health care law for restricting American citizens right to act publicly according to their conscience with the contraception coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

"Such policies would have been unimaginable in the United States even 40 years ago," Burke said. "It is true that many faithful Catholics, with strong and clear leadership from their bishops and priests, are reacting against the ever-growing religious persecution in the U.S."

Burke explained that society in the United States was moving further in the direction of secularization.

"The forces of secularization have been and remain powerful, and are supported by the greater part of the mass media," he explained, blaming a "gravely defective catechesis" in the United States that left young people "ill-equipped to defend the truth."

Obama is expected to visit the Vatican on March 27 and meet personally with Pope Francis.

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