Wednesday, May 02, 2007

HLI Applauds Stand by St. Louis Archbishop

From John Mallon at HLI:

FRONT ROYAL, VA — The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, STL, president of Human Life International, (HLI) applauded the stand taken by Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis in his resignation from the Board of Directors and his chairmanship of the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation. The Archbishop resigned over the Foundation’s decision to have pop-singer Sheryl Crow perform at a fundraiser for the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.

Crow is an outspoken promoter of abortion on demand and has used her celebrity to promote Missouri’s Amendment 2 that creates legal protection for human cloning and the destruction of human embryos. She does not deserve a platform in a Catholic institution which gives the impression that she is in good standing with the Catholic Faith. She is, in fact, an enemy of the Church and should be regarded as such.

“While Sheryl Crow wants to save the planet one sheet of toilet paper at a time,” Father Euteneuer said, “she cares little for the tiny human lives that are flushed by those she supports.”

Father Euteneuer said, “Here we have an archbishop who speaks openly about the salvation of souls, including his own, in the conduct of his office as bishop. It is very refreshing. He understands the disconnect between supporting a Catholic children’s hospital and promoting abortion and human embryo destruction. He will also be ridiculed by those who don’t see the glaring irony. Thank God for this bishop who is not cowed by human respect or criticism in defense of the souls and lives of his flock.”

Archbishop Burke was the recipient of HLI’s Cardinal von Galen Award of February 2007, which is given primarily to Catholic prelates who stand up and defend the innocent and the Church.


Amber said...

It is always encouraging to read about those who take such a bold stand against abortion and the supporters of abortion. Thanks for posting this!

Katherine said...

Crow giving her time and talent to this cause is no more an endorsement of abortion by Glennon Hospital than Burke is endorsing racism by being on the Board of an institution named for his segregationist precedessor.

The truth is that the late Cardinal O'Connor of New York, whose pro-life bona fides were clear, invited pro-choicers like Jeanne Kilpatrick and Ed Koch to assist with Catholic fundraising. Maybe the rules are different if you are pro-choice and a neo-con.

TheGodFearinFiddler said...

You're right, simply having a pro-abortion candidate speak at an event isn't an endorsement of abortion but it certainly sends mixed messages. If this issue had been over a speaker from the KKK for some reason I dont think you'd be so defensive... Yet a pro-abortion candidate (if abortion is wrong) is even more morally deficient than someone from the KKK.

As for the Cardinal, I don't know anything about that situation but it sounds like poor judgement to me as well. Catholics need to be consistent with our message on abortion. Abortion is either equivalent to having a haircut and removing unwanted parts of your body or it's equivalent to mothers murdering millions of children each year. There is no middle ground. Soft stands on those who support the issue cannot be condoned. If someone was an open racist, no one Catholic or not would dream of endorsing them in any kind of public capacity because of the social stigma against racism. Yet racism is far less of an evil than abortion is (assuming abortion is evil at all).

So again, the issue is not whether or not the hospital would be endorsing abortion, but whether or not they are willing to be consistent in acknowledging the absolute depravity of the culture of death. We must be consistent.