Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Archbishop Burke Resigns from Board of Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation

From the Post Dispatch:
Citing singer Sheryl Crow's stance on abortion, Archbishop Raymond Burke said today he has resigned from the board of the Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation, the fundraising arm of Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, in protest over Crow's participation in an upcoming fundraiser.
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Burke said Crow is "well-known as an abortion activist."
Crow also appeared on ads last fall supporting passage of Missouri's Cloning & Killing Amendment, otherwise known as Amendment 2...

More recently Crow has received unwelcome notoriety by advocating that people only use one sqaure of toilet paper when they use the facilities, apparently in order to save the planet.

A Press Release is here with video and a Q&A section for further listening and reading at the Archdiocesan website.

Q. Why is the Archbishop concerned about Sheryl Crow performing?
A. Sheryl Crow is an outspoken abortion advocate and campaigned for the passage of Amendment 2, which created the right to clone human beings and destroy human beings, as embryos, for research. She continues to speak on behalf of legislation in support of abortion and destructive embryonic stem cell research.

Her performance for the SSM Cardinal Glennon Medical Center is contrary to the identity and mission of the Catholic institution. In addition, the Church sees the action as giving scandal, which is defined as “an attitude or behavior which leads another to evil”. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2284)

Scandal becomes a grave offense if the action leads another to commit a grave offense. Her performance will give the appearance that the Church is not consistent in its belief and practice for the protection of innocent human life.

According to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, it is the responsibility of the Archbishop “to ensure the moral and religious identity of the health care ministry in whatever setting it is carried out in the (arch)diocese.” (General Introduction)

Q. Why is the Archbishop withdrawing from the Board of Governors of the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation?

The Archbishop believes he cannot be publicly associated with the event taking place. He has made his objections known to the Board, and he feels by remaining as a member of the board, he would be lending his support to the event.

Post Dispatch Link

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