Denver, Colo., Aug 3, 2011 / 10:22 am
Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the Vatican's highest court, said on Aug. 2 that without religion in society, political leaders run the risk violating the fundamental human rights of citizens.
“All nations should guarantee the free exercise of religion, which aims to protect the teaching and practice of religious faith for the sake of the common good,” said Cardinal Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura.
“When reason is not purified by faith in the political realm,” he warned, “the powerful and influential of the time exercise a tyranny which violates the fundamental rights of the very people whom political leaders are called to serve.”
Cardinal Burke made his remarks at the Knights of Columbus' festive, black tie “States Dinner” at the Colorado Convention Center during the group's 129th Supreme Convention this week.