Archbishop Burke is the head of the Catholic Church's highest court in Rome, and today he was scheduled to be the homilist at the 40th annual Red Mass in Phoenix Arizona.
Now I have to say that when I see negative press about a leader in the Church I tend to give them the benefit of the doubt. Actually I go a bit further than that. When I see negative press about a leader in the Church I usually go, do a bit of digging, and find out that they are a traditional leader that hasn't embraced the heterodox idea that "anything goes as long as you feel good about yourself."
Clinging to the Truth and following Christ's teachings are two things that aren't really popular in the eyes of our secular media. So when I saw the title "Dear Archbishop Burke, When the Press Insults You, You Must be Doing Something Right" over on St. Louis Catholic's blog, I thought I'd go have a look.
Michael Clancy of The Arizona Republic wrote "Divisive Bishop to Speak at Red Mass." Clancy labels the Archbishop one of the "Catholic Church's most controversial figures" (we need more like him!) because he his "outspoken" in his "opposition on abortion, stem-cell research and gay marriage." Oh and he's also "a supporter of returning Latin to Church services."
None of these should be "divisive" issues for Catholics. And now, for my favorite Archbishop Burke quote:
"No matter how often a bishop or priest repeats the teaching of the Church regarding procured abortion, if he stands by and does nothing to discipline a Catholic who publicly supports legislation permitting the gravest of injustices and, at the same time, presents himself to receive Holy Communion, then his teaching rings hollow," wrote Burke. "To remain silent is to permit serious confusion regarding a fundamental truth of the moral law."I keep telling Paul that I think he's going to be a Cardinal soon! I hope I'm right!
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