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Wisc. Bishop Tells Pro-Abort. Catholic Pols: Change Your Stripes or Stay Away from Holy Communion
Yahooooooooooooooooo via Newswire ^ | 1/8/04

Posted on 01/08/2004 1:07:41 PM PST by areafiftyone

To: National Desk

Contact: Erik Whittington of American Life League, 540-226-9004 or ewhittington@all.org

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Calling it "a historic step forward in dealing with the problem of pro-abortion Catholic political figures," American Life League president Judie Brown expressed her gratitude to Bishop Raymond Burke of La Crosse, Wis., for "using the authority of his office to deal with a grave public scandal. By issuing a formal decree barring pro-abortion Catholic politicians from receiving Holy Communion, Bishop Burke is not only enforcing Church law but is courageously stepping forward in defense of innocent human beings." Bishop Burke will be installed later this month as the new archbishop of St. Louis. For the past year, American Life League has been pointing out that Catholic bishops have the authority under Canon Law to take the precise action Bishop Burke has taken. "We have diligently brought to the attention of America's bishops the pro-abortion public comments of Catholic elected officials in each of their dioceses, and the Church's remedy for this disparity," said Brown. "As Bishop Burke states in his notification, 'A Catholic legislator who supports procured abortion or euthanasia, after knowing the teaching of the Church, commits a manifestly grave sin which is a cause of most serious scandal for others.' This is why American Life League has published, and will continue to publish, the names of public officials who claim the Catholic faith yet ignore the Church's clear teachings on the sanctity of human life."

The Vatican (news - web sites) reinforced those teachings a year ago when it issued a "Doctrinal Note on some questions regarding the participation of Catholics in political life." "Since our effort began last year," said Brown, "American Life League has identified more than 500 state and federal officeholders who claim to be Catholic while making public pronouncements on abortion that are contrary to Church teachings. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recently established a task force to take action on this serious problem. We will continue to encourage the task force - and all American bishops - to defend the truth and send a loud, clear message to all Catholic public officials: You cannot be pro-abortion and Catholic." ------

American Life League is the nation's largest pro-life educational organization with more than 375,000 supporting families.

http://www.usnewswire.com/


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: abortionlist; catholicbishops; catholiclist; catholicpoliticians; prolife
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1 posted on 01/08/2004 1:07:42 PM PST by areafiftyone
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To: areafiftyone
WOW .. bold move
2 posted on 01/08/2004 1:08:55 PM PST by BlueNgold (Feed the Tree .....)
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To: BlueNgold
Its a great move!!
3 posted on 01/08/2004 1:10:10 PM PST by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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4 posted on 01/08/2004 1:10:47 PM PST by Support Free Republic (If Woody had gone straight to the police, this would never have happened!)
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To: Desdemona
Your new Bishop in the news.
5 posted on 01/08/2004 1:12:24 PM PST by ArrogantBustard
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To: areafiftyone
It's the right move, for the sake of those politicians own souls.
6 posted on 01/08/2004 1:13:28 PM PST by WinOne4TheGipper (The Democratic Party: Without an electoral mandate for almost 28 years.)
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To: areafiftyone
I wonder if Teddy K still goes to church?
7 posted on 01/08/2004 1:14:57 PM PST by theDentist (Tagline deamed un-inhabitable. Condemned. New Location sought....)
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To: areafiftyone
ABOUT TIME!!!!! THe pro-aborts won't like this because they will have to remain seated during Holy Communion. This will thereby let members of the congregation know who they are. Thank you Bishop Raymond Burke for starting the ball rolling on this.
8 posted on 01/08/2004 1:15:56 PM PST by NCC-1701 (Warp Factor 8 to all FReepers!!!!!)
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To: xsmommy
The people of St Louis are lucky to be getting Bishop Burke.
9 posted on 01/08/2004 1:16:01 PM PST by NeoCaveman (se habla espanol)
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To: theDentist; xsmommy
I wonder if Teddy K still goes to church?

I think xs saw him at church once, and he did not burst into flames.

10 posted on 01/08/2004 1:17:17 PM PST by NeoCaveman (se habla espanol)
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To: theDentist
You read my mind.
11 posted on 01/08/2004 1:17:43 PM PST by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: NCC-1701
Alot of people who didn't take communion would leave just before communion was up. But we all knew who they were because they were the only ones opening up the church doors to sneak out!
12 posted on 01/08/2004 1:18:56 PM PST by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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Senator Susan Collins attends my church. She is a pro-choice catholic, and I cringe when I serve her communion. The church needs to take a stand on this.
13 posted on 01/08/2004 1:19:10 PM PST by Rocket1968 (Democrats will crash and burn in 2004.)
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To: NCC-1701
"ABOUT TIME!!!!! THe pro-aborts won't like this because they will have to remain seated during Holy Communion. This will thereby let members of the congregation know who they are. Thank you Bishop Raymond Burke for starting the ball rolling on this."

I don't think they'll go to a parish that refuses them Communion. I think they'll just up and move on to a liberal parish that is impressed with celebrity, and they'll get in the line just like they always did. Jerks.

14 posted on 01/08/2004 1:19:23 PM PST by redhead (Les Franšais sont des singes de capitulation qui mangent du fromage.)
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To: Skip Ripley
ZOT!
16 posted on 01/08/2004 1:20:48 PM PST by Pyro7480 ("We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: dubyaismypresident
>>I think xs saw him at church once, and he did not burst into flames.<<

He should have.


17 posted on 01/08/2004 1:20:56 PM PST by netmilsmom (RE: Bad relatives, "Her presence is like pee on a hot rock! " - Conspiracy Guy)
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To: ArrogantBustard
I know. This should be interesting. I wonder if he is going to tell Fr. Biondi, S.J., President of SLU, not to take the Eucharist. Politics is more his game than the priesthood.
18 posted on 01/08/2004 1:22:32 PM PST by Desdemona (Kempis' Imitation of Christ online! http://www.leaderu.com/cyber/books/imitation/imitation.html)
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To: Pyro7480
Dang. I missed it. What'd he do?
19 posted on 01/08/2004 1:24:33 PM PST by WinOne4TheGipper (The Democratic Party: Without an electoral mandate for almost 28 years.)
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To: theDentist
"...I wonder if Teddy K still goes to church?..."

If he does, it's purely for photo-ops. What gets me is how he, and other divorced Catholic celebrities can get married in the Catholic Church. They must go through a quickie anullment. It makes a mockery out the institution if they get a pass as it seems.
20 posted on 01/08/2004 1:24:57 PM PST by NCC-1701 (Warp Factor 8 to all FReepers!!!!!)
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