Monday, November 29, 2004

Archbishop Raymond Burke, Diocese of St. Louis, MO

Archbishop James Burke of St. Louis, the leader among the US bishops in the drive to refuse Holy Communion to public dissenters from essential teachings of the Catholic religion, said this week that the battle in the US Catholic Church is not over. During the run-up to the election, Burke was the most prominent among a minority of bishops who said they would be willing to uphold Church Law that requires that, 'manifest grave sinners,' be refused communion until they recant.

Burke said from Rome, "These are questions that are at the very foundation of the life of our country. We just simply have to continue to address them." He told CNS news, "There's no sense on my part of having accomplished something and now being finished with it." . . .

Burke said that the high proportion of those polled on election day who said they voted on 'moral issues' is a heartening note. "That is encouraging to me," he said. "It is also a great challenge, because now it falls to the church and to other moral leaders to continue to raise these questions, to write about them, to engage in civic discourse so that they continue to have that priority."

"Let's just be honest, the application of the church's discipline in this regard is weak," he said.

Source: Archbishop Burke Pledges to Continue Fight over Pro-Abortion "Catholic" Politicians., Nov. 29, 2004.

Full article by Catholic News Service here.