Cardinal Burke: US bishops should back discipline for pro-abortion politicians
October 29, 2021
CWN Editor's Note: Cardinal Raymond Burke has agued that the US episcopal conference should give support to bishops who do their pastoral duty “by correcting the scandal of Catholic politicians who publicly and obstinately promoted procured abortion.”
In a statement released on October 28, Cardinal Burke insisted that the issue is “a matter of life and death for the unborn and of eternal salvation for the Catholic politicians involved.” Taking disciplinary action, he said, has “nothing to do with interfering in politics.” Rather, it is a question of “safeguarding of the sanctity of the Holy Eucharist, to the salvation of the souls of the Catholic politicians in question.”
The cardinal’s statement was issued on the eve of a meeting between Pope Francis and President Joe Biden—a meeting media attention focused on Biden’s support for unrestricted abortion.
In his statement Cardinal Burke traced the history of the US bishops’ debate on the question—in which he has been an important participant. He observed: “I find, at best, naive the common refrain that what is needed is more dialogue with the Catholic politicians and legislators in question.”
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