Skip to comments."Prudent And Nuanced View”( LA Times wants Archbishop Burke to shut up about abortion)
Posted on 08/25/2008 9:51:03 AM PDT by kellynla
In an editorial headlined How should Catholics vote? published last week, the Los Angeles Times suggested that former St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke, now prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome, should butt out of U.S. presidential politics. Said the Times in the Aug. 21 editorial, it will be helpful for all concerned if Burke is too busy at the Vatican to enter the fray.
Before reaching that conclusion, the newspaper described the archbishop as leader of a faction in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops that believes Catholic voters should judge political candidates primarily by their views on abortion, and cited the USCCBs Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship as a compromise election guide for Catholic voters. The USCCB document, opined the Times, offers Catholics a prudent and nuanced view about their civic responsibilities.
[[Wuerl082508.jpg]]Held up as examples of the correct way for bishops to behave when it comes to pro-abortion politicians under their pastoral care were Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., Archbishop Donald Wuerl, who, said the Times has been savaged by conservative Catholics for refusing to bar pro-choice Catholics such as [U.S. Sen. John] Kerry and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from the Communion rail.
Archbishop Burke, however, shows no signs of following the Times unsolicited advice. If we have a public figure who is openly and deliberately upholding abortion rights and receiving the Eucharist, what will the average person think? Burke asked Thomas McKenna of San Diego in an interview published by the Italian magazine Radici Christiane just days earlier. He or she could come to believe that, up to a certain point, it is okay to do away with an innocent life in the mothers womb.
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Prots, moderate Jews, and Catholics might take a look at more than abortion for this Dem Infanticide Ticket. Gun rights, anti-capital punishment, scandals with the Biden family, the Wright days all should have spiritual voters beware of a Dem ticket which seems more amoral than just immoral. And that spells trouble with human rights, standing up against international evil: Islamofascism, China, Russia, Iran.
In my parish bulletin this Sunday, there was a little blurb on a voter website put up by the Florida bishops. It urged us to go to the website to find out where the candidates stood on “the important Catholic issues, such as the death penalty, war and immigration.” Not a mention of abortion, which actually is a Catholic issue (unlike the other matters the bishops named). They’ve been very effective at confusing Catholics and watering down their moral sense with this “seamless garment” theory.
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unfortunately I know exactly what you are talking about as I grew up in the Rochester NY Diocese.
yes...working wage-reaching out to gays and lesbians-death penalty- war- don’t shop at Walmart - and don’t work for the defense industry.
Abortion? what’s that?
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No Communion for pro-abortion Catholics, says Archbishop Burke
California Catholic Daily
Rome, Aug 19, 2008 / (CNA) — Archbishop Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the highest judicial authority of the Holy See, said this week that Catholics who publicly support abortion — especially politicians — should not receive Communion, and that ministers of Communion should be responsibly charitable in denying it to them if they ask for it until they have reformed their lives.
[[Burke082108.jpg]]In an interview with the magazine Radici Christiane, Archbishop Burke pointed out that there is often a lack of reverence at Mass when receiving Communion. Receiving the Body and Blood of Christ unworthily is a sacrilege, he warned. If it is done deliberately in mortal sin it is a sacrilege.
To illustrate his point, he referred to public officials who, with knowledge and consent, uphold actions that are against the Divine and Eternal moral law. For example, if they support abortion, which entails the taking of innocent and defenseless human lives. A person who commits sin in this way should be publicly admonished in such a way as to not receive Communion until he or she has reformed his life, the archbishop said.
If a person who has been admonished persists in public mortal sin and attempts to receive Communion, the minister of the Eucharist has the obligation to deny it to him. Why? Above all, for the salvation of that person, preventing him from committing a sacrilege, he added.
We must avoid giving people the impression that one can be in a state of mortal sin and receive the Eucharist, the archbishop continued. Secondly, there could be another form of scandal, consisting of leading people to think that the public act that this person is doing, which until now everyone believed was a serious sin, is really not that serious — if the Church allows him or her to receive Communion.
If we have a public figure who is openly and deliberately upholding abortion rights and receiving the Eucharist, what will the average person think? He or she could come to believe that it up to a certain point it is okay to do away with an innocent life in the mothers womb, he warned.
Archbishop Burke also noted that when a bishop or a Church leader prevents an abortion supporter from receiving Communion, it is not with the intention of interfering in public life but rather in the spiritual state of the politician or public official who, if Catholic, should follow the divine law in the public sphere as well.
Therefore, it is simply ridiculous and wrong to try to silence a pastor, accusing him of interferi ng in politics so that he cannot do good to the soul of a member of his flock, he stated.
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