Anti-gay Cardinal who thinks homophobia is ‘perfectly just’ officially demoted

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One of the most homophobic Cardinals in the Catholic Church has been officially removed from his influential position.

US Cardinal Raymond Burke, a former Archbishop of St Louis, is known as one of the most extreme anti-gay figures in the Catholic church – just last month calling for parents to keep their children away from gay relatives.

He was removed from the Vatican Committee last year in favour of the less outspoken Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, but continued to head the influential Apostolic Signatura within the church – effectively second in command on doctrine.

However, after ongoing rumours that he was to be removed from power, he was today removed from the influential role, and given a largely ceremonial one as patron of the Order of the Knights of Malta.

French Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, meanwhile, will step in to replace him. Mr Mamberti previously criticized the European Courts of Human Rights for protecting gay people.

Despite being staunchly conservative and anti-gay, he is still less extreme than Cardinal Burke, who thinks gay people are “intrinsically evil” and previously claimed: “[Homophobia is] simply announcing the truth, helping people to discriminate right from wrong in terms of their own activities.”