NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER - Joe Bukuras/CNA - OCT 14, 2022
In a video posted on YouTube Oct. 12, the cardinal is seen on the front porch of the Houck family home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where the 48-year-old had been taken into custody.
German Cardinal Gerhard Müller visited the home and family of Mark Houck, a pro-life father of seven who was arrested on Sept. 23 by several FBI agents in the early hours of the morning.
In a video posted on YouTube Oct. 12, the cardinal is seen on the front porch of the Houck family home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where the 48-year-old had been taken into custody at gunpoint in front of his terrified wife and children.
Cardinal Müller then made a statement condemning the arrest of Houck, whom he called “a peaceful father defending his son, defending the right of life of the babies.”
“Persecution of the good people is always a sign of the beginning of dictatorship and tyranny,” Cardinal Müller said in the video posted by the pro-life outlet iFamNews.
“But the United States has always had the leadership for democracy, and democracy doesn’t work when there is no respect of basic rights of life and personal integrity of your body and your liberty,” the cardinal continued. “We are citizens of the states and not serfs of some ideological leaders.”
“This is not acceptable, and this is a scandal. They are making America ridiculous in the eyes of society,“ he said.
Cardinal Müller compared the actions of the FBI to the “Chinese Communist police” and questioned, “How could it happen in a democratic state where natural law is the basis of the decisions of the American nation?"
“Therefore, as a Catholic bishop and Roman Catholic cardinal, I condemn these actions against non-armed families, against children; it’s threatening for children, terrorizing them,” he said. “There is no reason and no justification for this brutal action against these peaceful families.”
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