Archbishop Burke repeats: no Communion, no Catholic funeral for pro-abortion politicians
The head of the highest Church court, Archbishop Raymond Burke, has said there should be NO COMMUNION and NO CATHOLIC FUNERAL for pro-abortion Catholic politicians without public evidence of remorse. The sin is public, "his repentance must also be public," said the Archbishop.
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"In what appeared to be a reference to the Kennedy funeral scandal, Burke said that 'neither Holy Communion nor funeral rites should be administered' to politicians who support abortion or same-sex 'marriage.'
"'To deny these is not a judgment of the soul, but a recognition of the scandal and its effects,' he said.
"Burke said that when a politician is associated 'with greatly sinful acts about fundamental questions like abortion and marriage, his repentance must also be public.'
"'Anyone who grasps the gravity of what he has done will understand the need to make it public,' said Burke.
"Sen. Ted Kennedy, a staunch abortion and same-sex 'marriage' supporter, was laid to rest in a highly publicized and laudatory Catholic funeral ceremony in Boston on August 29. Catholic pro-life leaders had pleaded with Cardinal Sean O'Malley not to allow the public ceremony, but the cardinal ultimately presided over the rites. In turn, other leaders in the Catholic community, most notably Fr. Thomas Rosica, the CEO of Canada's Salt & Light television network, lambasted the pro-life response to the funeral as uncharitable."
Thank you, Archbishop Burke, for having the courage to speak the truth in charity. Thank you for affirming faithful Catholics in their attempts to uphold the fullness of Catholic truth. Thank you for acting as a true doctor of souls offering the medicinal remedy to save souls. May those Catholic politicians who have sold their souls for the allure of worldly honors recognize the danger they face, turn away from evil, and embrace the laws of God.
"Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." Let us pray that Archbishop Burke's courageous witness to the truth will put the fear of the Lord into not only wayward politicians, but his brother bishops who endanger the souls of their flocks, and their own souls, by tickling ears with false teaching.