Hattip to our commenter Phillip. When Raymond Burke was Archbishop of Saint Louis he was a tireless advocate of the unborn and also tireless in taking to task those who supported abortion. His elevation to be head of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature in Rome has not diminshed his zeal for the pro-life cause. In an interview in October of last year he stated that the Democrat party risked transforming itself into the party of death.
“While it stated that the issue of life was the first and most important issue, it went on in some specific areas to say ‘but there are other issues’ that are of comparable importance without making necessary distinctions.”
Archbishop Burke, citing an article by a priest and ethics expert of St. Louis archdiocese, Msgr. Kevin McMahon, who analysed how the bishops’ document actually contributed to the election of Obama, called its proposal “a kind of false thinking, that says, ‘there’s the evil of taking an innocent and defenceless human life but there are other evils and they’re worthy of equal consideration.’
“But they’re not. The economic situation, or opposition to the war in Iraq, or whatever it may be, those things don’t rise to the same level as something that is always and everywhere evil, namely the killing of innocent and defenceless human life.””
I agree with the Archbishop. Like many of the intiatives of the USCCB, Faithful Citizenship was well intentioned, and, like many intiatives of the USCCB it was completely counter-productive. All it succeeded in doing was to muddy the waters in regard to voting and abortion, and give cover to those Catholics eager to cast their votes for the most pro-abortion candidate, now president, in our history. As Bishop Bruskewitz called the USCCB in another context, this “hapless bench of bishops”, can always be relied upon by American Catholics to stand foursquare for the Church Mushy, and never for the Church Militant.