Archbishop Raymond L. Burke said Friday that Catholics in St. Louis who vote for political candidates supportive of abortion rights have committed a grave sin in the eyes of the church, and should confess and do penance before receiving Communion.Is this another threat from the US Rep, one of the 48 who signed a letter to Card. McCarrick looking for a free Holy Communion pass?
But as some top area Democrats see it, Burke is saying that it will be a grave sin for area Catholics to vote for the likely Democratic nominee for president, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., or for either of the major Democrats vying for Missouri governor: incumbent Bob Holden or state Auditor Claire McCaskill. All three support abortion rights; McCaskill and Kerry also are Catholic.
"He has crossed the line, and he is now delving into politics," said U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr., D-St. Louis, who supports abortion rights. "That's unfortunate for him, as well as for the Church."
Clay said he has been invited to meet with the archbishop soon, and added that he plans to bring up the matter of how Burke is dealing with Catholic politicians who support abortion rights.
"I have not been denied Communion, and if I am denied Communion, I will find another Catholic church in St. Louis where I can receive it," Clay said. "He has gone over the top."
And if he is denied Holy Communion under Canon 915, where is this "Catholic" Church of which he speaks? And who might be the disobedient priest to aid him in his sin?
These people are not Catholic - they have outwardly rejected the faith - they actively embrace heresy or apostasy. They are lost and are in need of many prayers, and hopefully, with God's grace, their minds might be enlightened and perhaps they will receive the grace necessary to form their wills to God's will and by doing this, they might be better prepared to remake this country into that which was foreseen by the founding fathers - a country where life is valued - first and foremost.
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