30 January 2009

Archbishop Burke Calls It Like He Sees It

This article came out Wednesday, and I missed it, being in Chicago until late yesterday.

Great piece from LifesiteNews.com:

Exclusive Interview: Leading Vatican Prelate Says Document of US Bishops Partly to Blame for Election of “Most Pro-Abortion President”

Also says Bishops’ Catholic News Service needs to be given "some new direction"

By Hilary White, Rome Correspondent

ROME, January 28, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A document of the US Catholic Bishops is partly to blame for the abandonment of pro-life teachings by voting Catholics and the election of the “most pro-abortion president” in US history, one of the Vatican’s highest officials said in an interview with LifeSiteNews.com.

Archbishop Raymond Burke, the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, named a document on the election produced by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops that he said “led to confusion” among the faithful and led ultimately to massive support among Catholics for Barack Obama.

The US bishops’ document, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” stated that, under certain circumstances, a Catholic could in good conscience vote for a candidate who supports abortion because of "other grave reasons," as long as they do not intend to support that pro-abortion position.

Archbishop Burke, the former Archbishop of St. Louis Mo. and recently appointed head of the highest ecclesiastical court in the Catholic Church, told LifeSiteNews.com that although “there were a greater number of bishops who spoke up very clearly and firmly ... there was also a number who did not.”

But most damaging, he said, was the document “Faithful Citizenship” that “led to confusion” among the voting Catholic population.

“While it stated that the issue of life was the first and most important issue, it went on in some specific areas to say ‘but there are other issues’ that are of comparable importance without making necessary distinctions.”

Archbishop Burke, citing an article by a priest and ethics expert of St. Louis archdiocese, Msgr. Kevin McMahon, who analysed how the bishops’ document actually contributed to the election of Obama, called its proposal “a kind of false thinking, that says, ‘there’s the evil of taking an innocent and defenceless human life but there are other evils and they’re worthy of equal consideration.’

“But they’re not. The economic situation, or opposition to the war in Iraq, or whatever it may be, those things don’t rise to the same level as something that is always and everywhere evil, namely the killing of innocent and defenceless human life.”

Archbishop Burke also cited the work of the official news service of the US Catholic Bishops’ Conference, that many pro-life observers complained soft-pedalled the newly elected president’s opposition to traditional morality.

“The bishops need to look also at our Catholic News Service, CNS, they need to review their coverage of the whole thing and give some new direction, in my judgement,” he said.


Fenian said...

I am still sad that he left, but I must remember that he now has a larger platform to preach to the whole world. He truly is pastoral, no matter what the Cronan's gang would like to say.

Latinmassgirl said...

I do think that document from the Bishops that Archbishop Burke is referring to could be confusing as it was meant to be. I don't think that is why so many Catholics voted for Obama, however.

I think it is the same reason a huge percentage of Catholics are using contraception. They don't care what the church teaches because they don't understand sin, or take hell seriously.

Anonymous said...


No, I am not a prophet.

But I think "Benedict XVII" would fit Archbishop Burke very well.


Anonymous said...

I love Archbishop Burke! I can't thank him enough for all that hes done for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The spiritual fruits of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest are being felt all over this diocese.

HE, Archbishop Burke, brought them here to our archdiocese and he will continue to help the Church in the US even from afar.

JBQ said...

Be not naive! The USCCB believes that the president is the "savior of social justice". There have been deals made to "tone down" the anti abortion rhetoric. This ensured the election of what St. Francis De Sales called a "modern Herod". This also included the "running out of town" of AB Burke and into the Vatican where he can do no harm. Read Malachi Martin. He has all the answers.