Saturday, June 26, 2004

Archbishop Raymond Burke, Diocese of St. Louis, MO

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Archbishop Raymond Burke, who sparked a national debate when he said he would deny Holy Communion to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, now says Catholic voters who back abortion rights should go to confession before taking the sacrament.

Burke told KMOX Radio in St. Louis on Thursday that Catholics cannot vote for candidates or policies in support of abortion and be worthy to receive Communion.

"We always have to remember that it’s objectively wrong to vote for a pro-choice politician," Burke said. "People could be in ignorance of how serious this is. But once they understand and know this and then willingly do it, vote for a pro-choice candidate, then they need to confess that."

SOURCE: "Burke blasts Catholics who support abortion" Columbia Tribune June 26, 2004.