Thursday, January 29, 2009

Burke: "Faithful Cizenship" partly to Blame for Obama

The great Archbishop Raymond Burke, now Apostolic Signatura in Rome, blames the USCCB's "Faithful Citizenship" document for deluding Catholics into thinking that they could in good conscience vote for Barack Obama.

He's dead right--I personally know people who profess the Catholic faith, and who came right out and said to me it was OK to vote for the most pro-abortion President in history, because of "Faithful Citizenship."

From LifeSiteNews:

"Archbishop Raymond Burke, the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, named a document on the election produced by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops that he said 'led to confusion' among the faithful and led ultimately to massive support among Catholics for Barack Obama.

The US bishops’ document, 'Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,' stated that, under certain circumstances, a Catholic could in good conscience vote for a candidate who supports abortion because of 'other grave reasons,' as long as they do not intend to support that pro-abortion position...

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.'" (emphasis added).

His Excellency also took on Catholic News Agency:

"Archbishop Burke also cited the work of the official news service of the US Catholic Bishops’ Conference, that many pro-life observers complained soft-pedalled the newly elected president’s opposition to traditional morality.

'The bishops need to look also at our Catholic News Service, CNS, they need to review their coverage of the whole thing and give some new direction, in my judgement,'” he said.

One can appreciate the wisdom of Bishop Martino of Scranton when he pointed out that the USCCB has no jurisdiction in his Diocese.

Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney


Anonymous said...

Don't confuse Catholic News Agency with Catholic News Service. They are separate organizations. One is the good. The other is, well, other.

Roman Catholic said...

God bless Archbishop Burke! I pray the USCCB will start to look at their documents and news services much more critically, as now even they are beginning to realize what the new administration is all about.

It's regrettable that faithful Catholics couldn't mount more of a protest against "Faithful Citizenship." Not only did Catholics use this document to to defend their vote for Barrack Obama; I know of one priest who specifically referred to the document when telling a friend it was morally acceptable to vote for our now-current President. So much for “forming consciences for faithful citizenship.”

The independence of Episcopal Conferences from Rome is one of the most damaging legacies of the post-Vatican II Church. Perhaps Archbishop Burke is now in a position to help align the USCCB and others with Church teaching.

Aida Cordano
San Francisco