Cardinal to begin rehabilitation after contracting COVID-19

Updated: 08/30/2021 11:52 AM

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A top-ranking Roman Catholic cardinal says he will soon begin rehabilitation after contracting COVID-19.

Cardinal Raymond Burke is one of the church's most outspoken conservatives and a COVID-19 vaccine skeptic.

He tweeted Aug. 10 that he had contracted the virus. He was sedated and placed on a ventilator. His staff tweeted Aug. 21 that he had been taken off the ventilator and was moved out of intensive care into a room at an undisclosed hospital.

Burke tweeted a letter Saturday thanking God for healing him but said he's about to begin "intensive rehabilitation" and will go through an extended convalescence so he won't be able to respond to individual well-wishers.


Updated: 08/21/2021 03:11 PM

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin shrine founded by a high-ranking Roman Catholic cardinal who has COVID-19 says he has been taken off a ventilator.

Cardinal Raymond Burke had previously been sedated at an undisclosed hospital after tweeting Aug. 10 that he had contracted the coronavirus. Burke founded the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Officials with the shrine issued a statement Saturday that said Burke was still hospitalized but would be moved from intensive care.

It says Burke is grateful for the many prayers on his behalf. Burke has built a reputation as a fiercely conservative cleric and one of Pope Francis' staunchest critics.


Updated: 08/18/2021 10:17 AM

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A high-ranking Catholic cardinal who has COVID-19 is in serious condition and has been sedated. Cardinal Raymond Burke tweeted on Aug. 10 that he had caught the coronavirus.

Officials at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which Burke founded in La Crosse, Wisconsin, issued a statement Tuesday saying Burke is in serious but stable condition at an undisclosed location.

He has been sedated and is on a ventilator. The shrine asked that no one make any further inquiries about his condition, saying such communications can become a burden.

Burke has built a reputation as a fiercely conservative cleric and one of Pope Francis' staunchest critics.


Published: 08/16/2021 11:45 AM

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One of the Catholic church's top officials and fiercest critics of Pope Francis has COVID-19 and is breathing through a ventilator.

Cardinal Raymond Burke tweeted on Aug. 10 that he had caught the virus, was resting comfortably and was receiving excellent medical care. His staff tweeted Saturday that he has been hospitalized and is breathing through a ventilator.


The Washington Post and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Burke caught the virus while visiting Wisconsin and is hospitalized there.

Burke was born in Wisconsin and served as bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The diocese had no information Monday on where Burke is hospitalized.

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