A high-ranking Catholic cardinal who was in serious condition earlier this week after contracting COVID-19 has been taken off a ventilator and released from the ICU, his La Crosse parish announced Saturday.
Cardinal Raymond Burke, a vaccine skeptic and a vocal critic of Pope Francis, announced his diagnosis Aug. 10. Four days later, his staff tweeted he was on a ventilator but more specific details about his condition remained unclear.
On Tuesday, officials at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which Burke founded in La Crosse, said in a statement Burke was in serious, but stable, condition at an undisclosed location and had been sedated.
About 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Our Lady of Guadalupe Executive Director the Rev. Paul N. Check said in a statement Burke had come off the ventilator and would return to his hospital room.
"His sister spoke with him on the phone this morning, and His Eminence expressed his deep gratitude for the many prayers offered on his behalf," Check said in the statement. "His family asks that we continue those prayers for his full and speedy recovery."
Burke, 73, holds a doctorate in canon law. He served as bishop in the Diocese of La Crosse before becoming archbishop in St. Louis. He left St. Louis in 2008 to oversee the Vatican’s supreme court, becoming the first American to hold that position.
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