During the 2018 sex abuse crisis, Cardinal Burke told a pro-family Catholics organization that the “homosexual culture” in the church has been “considerably aggravated by the anti-life culture in which we live, namely the contraceptive culture that separates the sexual act from the conjugal union.” He went on to note “The sexual act has no meaning whatsoever except between a man and a woman in marriage since the conjugal act is by its very nature for procreation.”