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LifeSite responds to statement by Cardinal Burke

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June 25, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – News is circulating the Catholic world today about a press release issued by Cardinal Raymond Burke – whom we love dearly at LifeSite.

Cardinal Burke issued a statement today critiquing an article LifeSite published on Monday which was up for about an hour before being pulled. 

The article was about a meeting Steve Bannon held with French author Frederic Martel, the homosexual activist and author of the highly controversial book In the Closet of the Vatican. LifeSite revealed that the two met to discuss Bannon making a film based on Martel’s book. We confirmed the details of the meeting with both Bannon and Martel before publishing.

However, the article also indicated Cardinal Burke’s work with Benjamin Harnwell, who set up the meeting with Bannon and Martel. And a clumsily worded sentence may have been read by some as indicating that Cardinal Burke had something to do with the meeting between Bannon and Martel.

We did not intend to convey that at all and pulled the story based on concerns over lack of clarity. We did not think to contact Cardinal Burke to verify the story because it had nothing to do with him. 

We regret any harm to His Eminence that may have come from our mentioning his name.  

At LifeSite we’ve always been willing to make corrections when we’ve got things wrong, or even left things unclear. We have never claimed to be perfect and we’re not. We’re just doing the best we can to provide the truth. 

We’ve been serving the faith, life and family movements for some 23 years. We will continue to do so to the best of our abilities. We love the truth because we love the Author of Truth. Our aim is to ultimately point everyone to The Truth with a capital T.

So we offer our apologies to and a pledge of prayers for Cardinal Burke.

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John-Henry Westen

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John-Henry is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of LifeSiteNews.com. He and his wife Dianne and their eight children live in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada.

He has spoken at conferences and retreats, and appeared on radio and television throughout North America, Europe and Asia. John-Henry founded the Rome Life Forum an annual strategy meeting for pro-life leaders worldwide. He co-founded Voice of the Family and serves on the executive of the Canadian National March for Life Committee, and the annual National Pro-Life Youth Conference.  

He is a consultant to Canada’s largest pro-life organization Campaign Life Coalition, and serves on the executive of the Ontario branch of the organization.  He has run three times for political office in the province of Ontario representing the Family Coalition Party.  

John-Henry earned an MA from the University of Toronto in School and Child Clinical Psychology and an Honours BA from York University in Psychology.