To: ninenot; sitetest
I believe His Excellency Bishop Dolan misses an excellent opportunity to dispel the mis-characterization of Archbishop Burke's courageous, necessary admonishment of the pro-infanticide, self-proclaimed Catholic politicians in the La Crosse diocese.
The issue was handled privately (Archbishop Burke, to my knowledge, still has not identified publicly the politicians to whom he sent personal letters many months ago requesting that they meet with him privately/individually to discuss this issue) and only became public by necessity because one of the recipients chose to make it so.
In my humble opinion, Bishop Dolan, who I admire and pray for everyday, has been given a formidable task as the shepherd of the Milwaukee Diocese.
The Creator of all life and His human creatures who have remained close to this issue know that it is disingenuous to agree with those who deem Archbishop Burke's action as problematic because a politician must represent the desires and opinions of his/her constituents. Although Bishop Dolan addresses that issue with terrific examples, he falls into the trap of implicit agreement that Archbishop Burke's action had anything to do with a politician's ability to be a politician.
Archbishop Burke' concern, as I have said in another thread so please excuse me if you have seen this before, is primarily for the spiritual health of the self-professed "catholic" politicians who consistently support both vocally and by legislative act, the legalization of infanticide, in direct opposition to one of, if not the major tenet of the doctrine of the Catholic faith. Archbishop Burke's second concern is the scandal caused among the Catholic faithful, those who respect and those who despise Catholicism, by allowing this horrendous charade to continue.
Very simply stated, Archbishop Burke is not telling any politician how he or she may or may not vote on an issue. He did, however, initially tell those politicians who display vociferous, public, scandalous disregard for this MAJOR tenet of Catholic doctrine, that they should not present themselves for the holiest of the sacraments, the Eucharist. When they would neither accept his invitation to meet with him to discuss his letter, nor discontinue their scandalous reception of the Eucharist, knowing that perhaps the following day they would be casting a vote for or speaking in support of legalized abortion, Archbishop Burke privately contacted the pastors of the parishes of the politicians involved to instruct them to withhold distribution of the Eucharist to those politicians.
Archbishop Burke had a duty to protect his entire flock from the scandalous behavior of a few very public figures. He, contrary to many who would like to make it appear so, did not tell those politicians how they must vote on this MAJOR issue.
His message was clear.....you can be a politician and vote however you wish, but when that vote and the vocal support provided both prior to and after casting that vote is in violation of a major doctrinal tenet of the Catholic faith you publicly claim to espouse, you must choose which is more important to you.....you can't have it both ways.
For those who would like to contend that Archbishop Burke doesn't really know what is in the hearts of the politicians who are involved and point to the sacrament of Reconciliation, I simply point out that absolution from sin requires very little.....remorse, seeking forgiveness through the sacrament, disclosure of those sins and most importantly, a promise to our most compassionate, forgiving Savior that we "firmly resolve, with the help of His grace to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin". A politician who plans to continue to commit the same sin has sought absolution under false pretenses.
You are the last two for whom this is necessary, but for those who would like to turn this into a Catholic/ religious "imposition of power over the state" issue, it is not and never was. As my pastor stated during his homily last evening, the sanctity of life has been one of the most unifying issues among varied religions to-date, but most importantly, it is a human issue.
For those who will, undoubtedly, take this opportunity to contend that this is a warning sign that the Catholic Church is attempting to impose Her doctrine upon the
State, I suggest you reread the examples cited by Bishop Dolan and also the true reason for Archbishop Burke's action.
I doubt that Catholic legislators who speak out from the senate floor against fasting on Good Friday will be treated in the same manner as those who speak in favor of a legal procedure that has resulted in the murder of 40,000,000 innocent babies, but I'm sure equally frivolous examples will be cited by those with an agenda.
Please forgive me for the length of this comment.
posted on 01/25/2004 9:27:24 AM PST
because one of the recipients chose to make it so
An EXCELLENT post, thanks, but this comment is not quite true.
I have good reason to believe that the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel was tipped off about the three letters by a pro-life group.
Following this tip, the JS reporters filed an FOIA request for the letter to the State Sentator (Lassa) and thus got their hands on it.
Obey, the (D) Congressman, only admitted to having his own letter under intense questioning (and the threat of FOIA.)
The third critter has yet to announce, admit, or be fingered.
posted on 01/25/2004 10:53:41 AM PST
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