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Never vote for a candidate who supports abortion: Archbishop Burke

October 28, 2010

Catholic voters have a “very serious” moral duty to use their ballots to defend the natural law, says Archbishop Raymund Burke.

In an interview with Catholic Action, conducted shortly after the announcement that he would be elevated to the College of Cardinals in November, the former Archbishop of St. Louis said flatly that one “can never vote for someone who favors absolutely the right to choice of a woman to destroy a human life in her womb or the right to a procured abortion.”

Clarifying his stand, the cardinal-elect said that if there is no pro-life candidate in a race, a voter might choose the candidate “who will most limit this grave evil.” However, he said, it is always wrong to vote for a candidate who promotes unrestricted abortion.

Archbishop Burke said that he hopes Catholic politicians who have caused scandal by voting for unrestricted abortion will experience a “genuine reform of heart” and make a public disavowal of their pro-abortion views.


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  • Posted by: family-man - Oct. 29, 2010 11:18 AM ET USA

    I am happy to hear this good advice (moral command?) for the 101th time, instead of the opposite drivel for the 100,001th time! One could also say that "Jesus is Lord" is nothing new to hear. It is not so much in the hearing but in the living!! As a body, it seems we have not been living either of these very well. Thanks be to God, today we have yet another chance. --- Dear Sacred Heart of Jesus, please renew all of our hearts. ---

  • Posted by: rpp - Oct. 28, 2010 7:40 PM ET USA

    May God continue to bless this courageous Bishop.

  • Posted by: deacon2476427 - Oct. 28, 2010 6:06 PM ET USA

    Burke said nothing new, nothing we already don't know or have heard one hundred times.