My last post covered Deal Hudson's article about whether the U.S. Bishops were "punishing" Archbishop Burke for his outspoken defense of the Church's teaching on abortion and the necessary denial of Holy Communion to "Catholic" politicians who obstinately support the killing of the unborn.
Now, I have served on many Church committees, and I can say that the real punishment might have been to actually be elected. But no matter.
To ease the Archbishop's pain, I thought that I would announce that the Saint Louis Catholic Blog has selected him, The Most Reverend Raymond Leo Burke, Archbishop of Saint Louis, to receive the prestigious title of "Saint Louis Catholic of the Year" for 2007.
It is a little early to make the announcement, but really, who else could it be? After the year he's had, the Archbishop certainly deserves the prize. A brief recap:
- He resigned from the Cardinal Glennon Board to protest their unholy alliance with Sheryl Crow
- His Board of Catholic Education pressured St. Joseph's Academy to disinvite pro-abortion commencement speaker Claire McCaskill
- He allowed the celebration in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis of the first Traditional Latin Masses in over 35 years, including the glorious traditional ordinations for the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest (and all before the Motu Proprio was published)
- He published a series of columns on the Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis
- He appointed Fr. Lenhardt of the ICRSP to oversee the faithful implementation of Summorum Pontificum in the Archdiocese, and also directed that the Seminary teach the Extraordinary Form as part of its regular formation of priests
- He acted to enforce the restrictive covenant in the Ivory Theatre/St. Boniface case
- He acted to address the inadequacies and heterodox elements of the Barat Academy theology curriculum
- He published an important article in the Periodica de Re Canonica affirming that canon law mandates the refusal of Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians
- He defended Catholic doctrine and acted strongly to impose penalties during the schismatic, "womenpriest" pretend ordinations
All in all, not a bad year-- and there are still six weeks to go.Congratulations, Your Grace!
P.S. There is no truth to the rumor that J.C. Corcoran was the runner-up. But he is neck-and-neck with Bob Costas for last place.