Hospital fundraiser opens on a light noteI'm certain all had a good laugh at Archbishop Burke's expense.
Archbishop Raymond Burke made it to the Fox Theatre Saturday — but only as a punch line.
When Bob Costas, the evening's host, walked onto the stage he scanned the crowd, gazing into the back rows of the upper balcony before breaking the prolonged silence.Someone should tell Costas that, sadly, he doesn't pass the "litmus test" for even bad comedy...
"All right," Costas quipped. "I guess the archbishop is not showing up."
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"Sheryl Crow made it clear that she is coming here for three reasons," Costas told the crowd. The singer wanted to help children, put on a good show and, Costas said, "get me ex-communicated."
Comedian Billy Crystal, later join in the "fun".
"I respect his right to choose," Crystal said of Burke. "His right to choose not to be here."I never really cared much for for Costas or Crystal, tonight they confirmed that my intuition was correct.
After a round of applause, Crystal added: "After all, charity begins at home — because that's where he is."
And the fun and games - where many are being entertained by someone who claims to want to help children yet advocates the murder of the unborn...
But changes are coming we hear:
Anne Steffens, a spokeswoman for the archdiocese, said Saturday that some people seemed to misunderstand Burke's commitment to the Cardinal Glennon Medical Center.This is a good move...Since the "foundation" cares little for Catholic principles, it should not be the benficiary of any Catholic funding.
Burke's beef, Steffens said, is with the charity foundation, which is independent of the hospital.
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This summer, the archdiocese again will hold a special collection at all parishes to benefit the hospital. Steffens said that the collection had generated about $3 million for the foundation but that, from now on, the proceeds would go straight to the hospital. [my emphasis]
Crow, a singer who grew up in the Missouri Bootheel, appeared in a commercial last year in support of Missouri's Amendment 2, which protects embryonic stem cell research in the state. Burke campaigned against the measure, which passed.
[Sheryl] Crow, a singer who grew up in the Missouri Bootheel, appeared in a commercial last year in support of Missouri's Amendment 2, which protects embryonic stem cell research in the state. Burke campaigned against the measure, which passed.For those who may have missed the ad, click here to see Sheryl Crow promoting the Cloning and Killing of human life, otherwise known as the infamous Amendment 2.