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Now that the dust has settled over the retired Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz’s statement that good Christians shouldn’t do yoga -- the former leader of Lincoln’s Catholic Diocese is again making national headlines -- this time stating that gay marriage will seek “to destroy everything Christian.”

Bruskewitz, who retired from the diocese in 2012 after 20 years at the helm, made the statements in an interview with John-Henry Westen, editor-in-chief of LifeSite News, a Christian, pro-life Internet news service.

The interview, which took place in January, was published March 4. Bruskewitz declined an interview request from the Lincoln Journal Star.

Long known as one of the most conservative Catholic bishops in the United States, Bruskewitz has never minced words when discussing faith and social issues.

In the interview, Bruskewitz stated that the pro-LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) lobby’s fight for equality will lead into increasing persecution of Christians for believing and living in accordance with “Christian truths” regarding marriage, family and morality.

“We’ve had bakers refuse to bake cakes for gay ‘marriages’ and as a result, they are imprisoned or fined," Bruskewitz said in the LifeSite interview. "They have to go out of business. We’ve seen florists who don’t supply flowers. I’m convinced that there is going to be every effort made to destroy everything Christian that would in the least bit oppose this kind of degeneration.”

He called the push for acceptance of homosexuality in the U.S. “devastating.”

“I can’t believe that a tiny minority of the human race would perpetuate and try to not just seek tolerance, but actually seek acquiescence and support for a perversion that is repulsive to normal human beings,” Bruskewitz is quoted as saying.

To read the full article and watch the video of Bruskewitz’s interview go to lifesitenews.com/news/video-u.s.-bishop-warns-push-for-gay-equality-will-destroy-everything-chris.

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