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WARSAW, Poland ( - Cardinal Raymond Burke says Church leaders have failed to defend Catholic moral teachings. He's also calling on the faithful to fight against moral evil, and be prepared to suffer.

Interview - Polish - Sieci - Cdl - Burke

In an interview with Polish conservative weekly Sieci, Cdl. Burke talked about how the laity need to stand up and defend morality in the modern world.

Above all, be brave. Do not let the idea overwhelm you that we can do nothing. Prepare to fight, also to suffer. This suffering can be both physical and social, eg ridicule, mockery, isolation, indifference. But there may also be persecution and imprisonment. But we must fight for what is our life, which is our eternal life. We cannot allow the Church to go in a false direction.

Crisis - Church - Cardinal - Situation - Church

About the crisis in the Church, the cardinal said, "The situation in the Church is very alarming, first of all, because the fundamental truths of faith are undermined, put into question."

He went on to lament that "there is no strong leadership from Rome that could explain and clarify these matters."

Ireland - Abortion - Vote - Cardinal - Ireland

Speaking specifically about Ireland's recent abortion vote, the cardinal said that Ireland's bishops, and even the Vatican, have failed to lead the laity in the battle to defend the right to life.

"In Ireland, during the...
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