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Vatican official attacks U.S. Democrats as “party of death”

By Reuters Staff
October 1, 2008

Senator Joe Biden with Catholic priest Zhang Depu near Beijing, 10 Aug 2001/poolVatican officials seldom single out political leaders who differ with the Church on issues like abortion rights or embryonic stem cell research. But now that the Vatican’s highest court is led by an American, the former St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke, we can expect things to get more explicit in Vatican City — at least when when it comes to U.S. politics.

Burke, who was named prefect of the Vatican’s Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature in June, told the Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire that the U.S. Democratic Party risked “transforming itself definitively into a party of death for its decisions on bioethical issues.” He then attacked two of the party’s most high profile Catholics — vice presidential candidate Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — for misrepresenting Church teaching on abortion.

He said Biden and Pelosi, “while presenting themselves as good Catholics, have presented Church doctrine on abortion in a false and tendentious way.”

Nancy Pelosi kisses Pope Benedict’s ring during his U.S. visit, 16 April 2008/Larry DowningPelosi drew U.S. bishops’ scorn for saying in a television interview last month that the Church itself had long debated when human life begins. Biden is a practicing Catholic who also supports abortion rights and analysts have said he could help woo wavering Catholics into Obama’s fold. Both argue that they cannot impose their religious views on others.

Burke said pro-life Democrats were “rare” and that it saddened him that the party that helped “our immigrant parents and grandparents” prosper in America had changed so much over the years.

Burke made headlines as archbishop of St. Louis for his public attacks on public figures who strayed from Catholic teaching. He suggested during the 2004 presidential campaign that Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, a Catholic, should be denied communion because of his views on abortion. Several bishops said at the time they would not give him communion and the media staked out churches where he attended Mass to see if he received it.

“Lately, I’ve noticed that other bishops are coming to this position,” Burke told Avvenire, which is owned by the Italian bishops’ conference.

Archbishop Raymond Burke/Archdiocese of St. LouisCardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, wrote a letter in 2004 to American bishops restating the Church position that a priest must refuse to distribute communion to a Catholic politician who supported abortion rights. But Burke lamented that the letter was never distributed.

Burke’s criticism isn’t limited to Democrats. Last year, he accused singer Sheryl Crow of being “a high profile proponent of the destruction of innocent lives” for defending a woman’s right to have an abortion and for being a proponent of stem cell research. He resigned as head of a children’s medical charity that featured the singer for a benefit concert.

Pope Benedict has been encouraging Catholic bishops to speak out more openly on public policy issues to make the Church’s voice heard. Any bets on when we’ll hear from Burke next?

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The catholic church was a world power for 1260 years”the Dark Ages”, and they won’t be happy until they’re at the top again. Watch out Protestant America! Study Danial and Revelation

Posted by Albert Winkler | Report as abusive
 

Through all the discussion of Archbishop Burke’s statement we can discern an undercurrent of emotional, spiritual and mental anguish existent in the pro-abortion comments. This mirrors the trend we see in Democratic Party politics, that of coalescing those seeking self-destruction, sexual and morally perverse lifestyles, and every manner of socially degenerate and irresponsible behavior into their constituency. Irrespective of the Constitution, they would force everyone to accept their religion celebrating atheism and perversion, under the guise of hate laws – an anti-Bible codified into law.

God recognizes the mental disorder inherent in these people, as should we. We are, therefore, duty bound to deny the Democratic Party any further access to power until such time as the spiritual evil at the core of their affliction is exorcised. Until then we must recognize that spiritual evil exists, in the same way that redemption through Jesus Christ exists. The faithful should not negotiate nor discuss these issues with those possessed of evil, rather they should fervently pray for their healing salvation. There is no disease of the mind or spirit that can stand up to a daily dose of prayer and blessing. Arguing with the afflicted is pointless.

Posted by John | Report as abusive
 

So many of these response are pure politics. The CHurch is required to uphold its doctrines and to discipline its constituents who err.
When these constituents ar high profile dems, the liberal ungodly go bizirk. The church is the church and it has taken its moral responsibilities seriously. THankfully so. WE are a nation of high moral standards, I wish that the Baptists had done this to Bill CLinton, they apparently don’t have the same moral fiber.
Morality needs to stop being legislated, so we need to get rid of liberal judges who have predetermined to make us an amoral society.

Posted by Erich Abraham | Report as abusive
 

I think if you idiots would take time to check it out you would see that the church has always spoke out against war. Idiots!!!

 

The church can gripe all they want in their city covered in gold and stolen artwork…they can shout from the highest mountain about how “wrong” everyone who doesn’t believe their mindless crap is but at the end of the day the greatest thing about this country is the choices we are free to have. The Catholic church is responsible for more terror, genocide and pain than any other institution in human history. The Vatican makes the Third Reich look like a happiest place on Earth when viewed through the lens of unbiased history. Hitler wished he could kill half the number of people that the church did in it’s history. They have no platform of righteousness to stand on, they are the biggest hypocrites of all time. I don’t agree with abortion but I will tolerate it because it’s not my place to tell anyone else what to do. If people want to take on the emotional burden of abortion that’s their choice to live with. Life does NOT begin with conception…it’s a ball of cells for many weeks before it even comes close to resembling anything human. If it can’t survive on it’s own outside the body it is not a human being…it’s the potential to be a human but that’s it. Instead of focusing intently on everyone else, people should focus on their own beliefs and morals and butt out of everyone else’s business. The purpose of government isn’t to legislate morality. Killing a living, breathing person is a crime because they are living and breathing. I agree that if you don’t want a kid take preventive measures of birth control. Sex is a beautiful, natural part of life…animals engage in it for fun, it’s part of biology. There is NOTHING shameful or “sinful” about it. I got a vasectomy because I want to engage in sex without worrying about a child. But the religious zealots seem to think that abstinence is the only way but all you have to do is look at how abstinence education has failed universally. 90% of all teens that take that idiotic pledge break it, why? Because it’s natural and part of our biology and there is no way that will ever change. Religion has no place in the political sphere, it’s just a mindless distraction from the real problems of the world…war, disease, OVERCROWDING and poverty. The government needs to focus on people that are already alive…

Posted by NickE | Report as abusive
 

Its about time the Vatican spoke up the truth. The Democrat Special Interests represent a cesspool of thinking. They have gamed the system and foisted much of this filthy minority thinking into laws upon the majority. It will be like the forthcoming expose of the Democrats stuffing the ballot box using absentee ballots after the fact they got Obama elected. The American voting system is being contaminated by this scum Democrat party.Tolerance is one thing but laws are binding. This scum thinking is prevailing. We can no longer be silent. I now hate the Democrat party that I was once a member of as was my parents. SCUM THINKING LEADERS!

Posted by Paulc | Report as abusive
 

And the Vatican is a foreign country and it’s “church” in the US needs to pay taxes like any other foreign entity operating on US soil.

The Vatican over the centuries is responsible for death and atrocity, including its refusal to allow effective anti-nADS and birth in many nations where it exercises its ignorant and outmoded influence.

Voltaire said it best: “crush the infamous thing!”

 

Pro-life and pro-choice are meaningless phrases. The abortion issue is about who makes the decision, the government, or the woman involved. Sarah Palin chose to have Trig, and I applaud her. Pro-choice dos not mean pro-abort. Many so called pro-life people are pro-war and pro-death penalty. One is either anti-abortion or pro-abortion. Very few people are actually pro-abortion.

Posted by Lyle | Report as abusive
 

THANK GOD THE CHURCH HAS SPOKEN OUT ON THE ISSUE OF CATHOLIC POLITICIANS WHO ENDORSE ABORTION AND STEM CELL RESEARCH USING EMBRYONIC CELLS! BUT, THE CATHOLIC CHURCH MUST NOW ISSUE A STATEMENT STATING THAT THESE CATHOLIC POLITICIANS MUST NOW FACE EXCUMMINATION AND THIS THEY MUST STICK TO AND DECLARE THEM NON-CATHOLICS.

 

Is the Catholic Church prepared to forfeit its tax-exempt status? I am Catholic and I am proud of all the Catholic Church has done for social justice in America over its long history. The safety of factory workers and the civil rights of Black Americans were hard fought. But now the church is entering the realm of personal politics in a very public way. Over recent years, Catholic bishops have found no moral issue with routinely threatening to withhold Communion from Democratic politicians, naming many (including current VP contender Joseph Biden by name). The same church that failed to weigh in on Nazism until the dust had cleared now threatens the mortal souls of U.S. politicians in a strong-arm attempt to influence day-to-day politics. How … human of them.

Posted by Chris | Report as abusive
 

I say Amen to the Church speaking up against so-called Catholic politicians who espouse views contrary to their faith, let alone attempt through their political positions to even to speak about church policy. I am tired of the Kennedy Catholics of the world who act as if they are “practicing” Catholics. Describe them as practicing Democrats, because practicing Catholics they are not. I’d even go further and ex-communicate Pelosi. We don’t need her.

Posted by Janet | Report as abusive
 

Just think someone has probably been aborted that could have cured cancer, been a great president, brought about world peace, stopped nuclear weapons, etc….
and in the name of worshipping at the altar of abortion. Shame on you all

 

Jesus never advocated influencing politics as it relates to secular law (“Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s…”). As a matter of course, the Catholic Church should mind its own business when it comes to all political matters. That said, it is refreshing to see somebody within the church get something right about the Democrat Party.

Posted by Flasheart | Report as abusive
 

Very simple solution. Excommunicate Biden, Kerry, Ted Kennedy, Pelosi and any other Catholic politician who supports abortion or any other matter that is against church policy and biblical principles. Deny them communion, a Priest to conduct their funeral and any other church service until they recant.

Posted by FX | Report as abusive
 

To all liberals who think your duplicitous remarks go un-noticed about religion having no place in “today’s politics”, Pelosi herself said of BHO that he is, “a leader God has blessed us with at this time.” Would God bless someone who thinks that a doctor who botches a late term abortion resulting in a living child should.. “get a second chance at it”? Liberals, who mostly don’t believe in God, apparently think doctors should get that second chance – BHO is no exception and he voted nay on an IL law designed to protect those innocent lives OUTSIDE THE WOMB. So they DARE claim God’s blessing when it’s convenient yet endorse MURDER OF INNOCENT BABIES inside … and now also, outside the womb! Party of DEATH? YES INDEED. Dear God save us from these monsters!

Posted by Mike M | Report as abusive
 

Dear Readers,

Please read “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Church” and see what really happened in the Roman Church in the early days…Besides, one can enjoy the communion rites at any church that baptizes in the ‘Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit’!

Posted by Donald Beggs | Report as abusive
 

The point is that all life should be protected from inception to natural death. The specific issue that separates abortion from all other issues is that it is the only life that has absolutely no chance of defending itself. The scariest part of abortion is that it pits humanity against itself, by destroying its own future.

The only medical procedure where half of the patients live thru it.

Posted by Tired of Stupidity | Report as abusive
 

In the weekly newspaper “The Wanderer” a couple of issues ago there is an article titled “Kansas Bishops Call Voting For a Pro-Abort “Evil”" In this article the Kansas Bishops released a voter’s guide that states “Catholics who cast a vote for a politician who supports abortion and same-sex marriage commit moral evil”,in other words a mortal sin. It’s about time that our Bishops finally are publicly stating truth. If one does not like it join the Episcipal church where they allow Gay bishops or some other watered church under the banner of “Christian” that share your views. But don’t call yourself a Catholic in good standing when you know that these politicians regardless of political party are pro abortion and you go ahead and vote for them, by the way pro-choice is the same as pro-abortion. On matters of Faith and Morals it is the Catholic Church that has always teached and posseses these truths and the Bishops along with the Pope are keepers of this truth. Sounds like peoples consciouses are bothering them.

Posted by Kevin | Report as abusive
 

A president the oversaw more executions when he was governor than any other state in the union, the bombing of innocent Iraqi civilians, the tourture of prisoners; and the head of the “little boy rapers group” is calling us the party of death.
When we will you people out there that listen to this old fool grow up and stop following this out dated crap.

Oh by the way, go see Religulous, opens tonight.

Posted by fel121 | Report as abusive
 

Looks like Raymond Burke struck the nerve, Well done Ray, keep calling out the baby killers.

Posted by Greg | Report as abusive
 

Remeber God spelled backward is DOG.

Posted by fel121 | Report as abusive
 

Hooray for Archbishop Burke for speaking truth to power. Pelosi, Biden, Carey, Kennedy and other Prominent Democrats cynically use their Catholic Religion to get elected and then go about their merry way pursueing their true religion -tyrannical socialism forced onto the masses by the wealthy elite who view themselves as god-like with powers to decide things like who is and who isn’t “inconvenient” (i.e. the unborn).

The Catholic Church needs quit coddling up to socialist govermental policies and focus it’s appeal on raising the individual poor person through liberty lead by Love and personal responsibility. Because Socialists like the Democratic party don’t believe in the worth of the individual (especially the unseen, unborn)

Posted by dsp... | Report as abusive
 

well thank god, finally someone has come out and said it, yes, the democrat party is exactly that, the party of death.

 

(remember), sorry about the spelling.

Posted by fel121 | Report as abusive
 

Palin believes that the war in Iraq is a task from God. Both John Paul II and Benedict have called the war in Iraq immoral and unjust. So, who do I beleive? A former Roman Catholic or the Pope?

Posted by T. Kruger | Report as abusive
 

Party of Death? We are going to have a Death Party because we are going to have a civil war over abortion. It’s funny how Cafeteria Catholics fixate on life in the womb, but once a person is expelled past the labial gates, they are on their own. In for a penny, in for a pound, folks.

The Right-To-Life people should be putting on the post funeral spreads in the church basements for the families of those killed in Iraq. They supported the GOP (God’s Own Party) because they promised to be the party of life.

No Church basement? No Church?! Money for faith tends to dry up in hard times. Especially after Jesus strolled down Wall Street last month.

Posted by Mad Dog | Report as abusive
 

Bravo for the archbishop. It is one thing to disagree with the Church’s orthodoxy. It is altogether another thing entirely to misrepresent it. Both Pelosi and Biden know better. Their comments are bitter, bitter words to hear from the lips of Catholics high in the American government. Much better for them to have simply said, “my conscience does not allow me to agree with Church teaching.” In politics, it is too easy to misrepresent the position of another with whom one does not agree. It gives a comfort that is false and, when put into practice repeatedly, it invites comparison with the dark spectre of a lie.

Posted by libertasdon | Report as abusive
 

Yes, Michael…the Republicans *are* the party of LIFE. If you were living in Israel I am sure you would agree. And although this article is on abortion (I happen to be pro-choice), make no mistake….if the theocracy and their thug front man succeed at developing nuclear weapons, Israel will be destroyed.

Posted by Larry Myles | Report as abusive
 

Since high profile people in the Democrat Party insist on touting their Catholic Faith as a badge of honor I see that the Church has every right to call them on it when they dis the tenent of the Faith. They don’t have to be Catholic but they seem to feel they need the Church to assure their election because of the number of Catholics in their districts.
The Church has always been against Abortion and no amount of excuses from the so-called-Catholic candidates can change that so in that context the Democrats are the Party of DEATH.

Posted by FHVaughan | Report as abusive
 

The real party of death is the war mongering Republican party. If you want more war and wanton destruction of human life then vote Republican. It is ludicrous to save the lives of the unborn in order to send them off to die and kill in phony wars over oil all in the name of “Democracy”.

a prolife Democrat

 

I really don’t care what the Church says. Their history of creating and sheltering an elite cadre of child molestors should eliminate them from serious consideration in determining morality on reproductive issues.

catholics care more about the nonsense of determining how many angels can dance on the head of a pin than they do about relieving human suffering. Fine. you don’t want abortion? You don’t want men and women to be able to control fertility through birth control methods? Fine, let nature do it through starvation and disease. what a bunch of idiots.

Posted by JB | Report as abusive
 

All reading this were given the beautiful gift of life.
War vs Abortion – equates to – Evil vs Innocence.
This world is ruled and run by – evil – it is rampant and growing.
Abortion is murder for convenience sake.
In the infinite wisdom of the creation of all – a conscious was given to all. Uncover it – listening to it – and stop smothering it.
Our hour is near. And those who laugh – look around….
My faith and hope in mankind is lost……evil has won!

 

Alleluia! Finally, a man with spine!

Biden, Pelosi, Kennedy, etc., can say what they want, but to then portray themselves as good Catholics is the height of hypcrisy.

More of this from the Vatican will help clarify the teaching of the Church and strengthen the moral foundation of the faithful. For those with poorly formed consciences, this is helpful to jolt them from the hypnosis of the democrat party, aka the party of death.

 

See there’s this thing about being a church – It has to stand for something. Good of the church to shake the cobwebs out and remember – oh right, we’re supposed to teach right from wrong. Sorry that the conflicted Catholics are thrashing about with their comments here as they remember the words of their mothers and grandmothers on the truths of the church and try to reconcile that with their own life “choices” to support the ending of an innocent life. It must be hard to be wrong and have to rationalize it with excuses that ring hollow like “I know life is sacred, but we should be able to kill a baby from rape or incest…” Troubling? Good.

Posted by Steve | Report as abusive
 

1) The vatican’s opinions on our political process is irrelevant.

2) Anti-war nuts do not live in the real world. There exists no absolute peace in this world. If you want absolute peace, go to the afterlife. War exists here. People want to kill us because we are not them. Appeasement has never worked in all of human history, and it never will work. Read your history. These people are not rational and cannot be ‘enlightened to a rational viewpoint’. Neither can the idiots who believe appeasing them will do any good. War cannot be avoided indefinitely. War can only be delayed by creating a Statist Fascist world-wide government that oppresses personal and political freedoms, which would only delay war until the oppressed people rise up and overthrow such an idiotic government. People will continue to hate other people who are different as long as such behavior is excused and perpetrated.

Ask yourself this: How would you feel if these terrorists found a way to kill 1 million Americans or more?

How would you feel if Russia managed to throw a nuke our way?

How would you feel if the Democrats won power in the House, Senate, and the White House and remade the United States of America into the Socialist States of America, betraying the very principles upon which this great nation was founded?

How would you feel if the Economy crashed to the point where only those with millions of dollars could keep themselves off the streets because the Democrats have only 1 strategy for economic change that they apply to EVERY situation no matter whether it’s appropriate to the situation or not: raise taxes and tariffs, more corporate regulation, more regulation on small business, paying lower class citizens with proceeds from tax hikes for the rich and corporations (redistribution of wealth, a tenant of Socialism)…

This country has Capitalism, which is incompatible with Socialism, and our economy is suffering not because capitalism failed, but because it’s clogged up with socialistic structures that have been installed by Democrats ever since Carter.

Democrats KNOW how Capitalism works, and they KNOW that the Fiscal Conservative principles lead to economic and financial prosperity for Everyone, however they WANT the economy to fail so that they can replace Capitalism with a Socialist state controlled economy. And I won’t have it.

And before you try to tell me the Democrats are not socialists and are not inserting socialist structures into our economy, go and look up the definition and the tenants of Socialism. Then go look up how capitalism works.

It’s true that the Republicans of the past century have been corrupt. However, they were Rockerfeller republicans who believed in Lazzier-Faire capitalism, which is predatory. That breed of Republican is nearly extinct. Neocon Republicans are Big Government and are far more far right than fiscal conservatives. Both Pres. Bush are Neocons. They do not represent the principles of fiscal conservatism and small government.

So you ultra left liberal pin-heads need to get with the modern era. The Neocons have lost power. The Evangelical Right have lost power. Palin may belong to a church that is commonly referred to as evangelical, however, Gov. Palin does not believe in pushing her religious beliefs on others, and thus will not support nor ban any laws having to do with religion. She is not a threat to Roe v Wade.

This is no longer the extreme right vs the moderate left. This is now the moderate right vs the extreme left. Any time the right or the left go extreme, the more moderate of the two wins.

This is why McCain will win this election. The average american people are seeing just how socialistic Obama is, and how moderate McCain is.

Posted by Jason | Report as abusive
 

This has been a L-O-N-G time coming. God Bless the Bishop!

 

In response to Michael Cecil; the Republican party being the party of life has little to do with it’s position on warfare and support for it’s allies – Simply put, it comes down to the teachings of the Church and deeply held moral beliefs as to the beginning of life; for one to personally oppose abortion but publicly support it is a direct contradiction and shows the truth of their beliefs.

Posted by Andrew | Report as abusive
 

Here’s a fun fact: 5 of the 7 Justices who voted for Roe were appointed by Republican presidents. Today, 7 of the 9 Justices on the Court are Republican appointees. 5 of those are Catholic Republicans, in communion with the Church. Still, Casey v. Planned Parenthood (not Roe v. Wade) remains the law of the land. Apparently Republicans have no stomach to change the current law, so go ahead and waste your votes. Our President has never proposed legislation restricting abortion, neither has John McCain. On the other hand, according to the Catholic encyclopedia, adulterous women who obtained abortions in France used to be buried alive. It must have been a great lesson to them

Posted by Tom | Report as abusive
 

May I suggest that the reporter is showing his bias by choosing to use the word “attack”.

Posted by Curt | Report as abusive
 

“Life does NOT begin with conception…it’s a ball of cells for many weeks before it even comes close to resembling anything human. If it can’t survive on it’s own outside the body it is not a human being…it’s the potential to be a human but that’s it.”

Nick E. @11:50AM on 10/3 has it right.
Oh, and for all you catholics out there, the soul doesn’t enter the body UNTIL the new human draws its FIRST BREATH! Coincidently, the soul leaves the body after the human’s LAST BREATH!

If you ever bothered to read the Bible, you would understand the importance of BREATH…

Posted by St. Paul | Report as abusive
 

The Catholic Church teaches that wars are possible provided the circumstances meet a specific criteria. In general, in order to be a ‘just war’ they must be in defense only (of either ones self or another). Frankly the war in iraq woulsd not meet the criteria of a just war and Pope John Paul II was close to saying so before he died.

Further the Church does not make a distinction between what a life is. Either it is or it is not. As such Church doctrine teaches that life is the highest gift provided to us by the creator. It is a sin to kill ones self and likewise it is a sin to kill someone else outside of the permissable circumstances of a just war or self defense. That being so why isn’t the church preaching against artificial insemination or more importantly fertility drugs. This is how all those surplus stem cells are brought into the world. Clincs simply do away with unused fertilized eggs-isn’t that tanamount to abortion or murder? Yet many so called born agains use fertility drugs to have kids.

We too often want to twist the Bible or a church’s doctrin to a situational interpretation rather than a global interpretation. Simply murder in any form is bad so why don’t we stick to that and see how things turn out.

Posted by Tom L. | Report as abusive
 

Now a foreign state (Vatican City is a state) wishes to participate in our elections. Great. We should recall our ambassador or whatever that we have there and throw their ambassodor out of the country. In addition, lets tax ALL the assets of the Catholic Church here…and that of any other religion…which wishes to participate in the state sector.

You want to be tax free, do not interfere in the political process. If you wish to buy and sell elected government officials, you should be taxed as are the corporations operating here.

Posted by Mike the Theist | Report as abusive
 

Instead of seperation of church and state, what we really needs is a seperation of Hollywood and state.

Posted by gary | Report as abusive
 

How about the vatican and the pope butt out of our politics and clean up their own house first?

I’m a life long catholic and I’m sick and tired of the church acting like it’s the 16th century. There are way bigger problems we need to address.

I’ve been waiting my entire life for someone to PROVE to me that a soul is granted to a microscopic cell. Don’t give me the tried and true “that’s where faith comes in.” Give me something based in reality.

Until then, quit trying to force your beliefs – that abortion is wrong – on people who don’t think like you do.

Just because it’s different, doesn’t mean its wrong.

Posted by JJ | Report as abusive
 

>- Posted by ProudProtestant

Proud, but bigoted. You wouldn’t happen to belong to Reverend Wright’s church, would you?

>This is just a ridiculous abuse of religious power.

No, it isn’t. Pelosi and Biden misrepresented Catholic doctrine. By rights they were risking excommunication for heresy, but that was their choice from the beginning.

Let’s be clear on something, shall we? Nobody is forcing Pelosi and Biden to be Catholic. They could join half a hundred Protestant churches just like yours that would sanction their pro-death positions. They haven’t done that – instead, they’ve tried to force the Vatican to see things their way. Sounds more like Government is trying to impose its positions on the Church instead – which violates the non-establishment clause in the Constitution. They’re actually trying to impose Government doctrine on abortion on American Catholics.

>This person isn’t even IN the United States of America.

So?

Archbishop Burke hasn’t renounced his citizenship. In fact his status as an American gives the statement more impact than it would have had otherwise.

>How does he get off bashing American politicians?

Because they are supposed to be Catholic, and they are mis-representing Church doctrine. The Pope himself did the same thing in 2004 when he was running the Inquisition. Pelosi, Biden, etc. can feel free to keep supporting infanticide all they want – they just won’t be part of the Catholic Church for much longer if they keep at it – and the Church is well within its rights to throw them out.

>They never made an oath to preach the gospel of the >Catholic Church in their position of political >authority.

No, they just took an oath to defend the US Constitution – which states that government officials cannot dictate doctrine to religious entities.

Posted by kunsunoke | Report as abusive
 

The Pope did oppose the war in Iraq very forcefully.

Posted by Richard | Report as abusive
 

Catholic politicians and Catholic Democrats should boycott the Catholic Church. Remove all their tax except status in the US and demand apology from the Vatican. What an outrageous statement from a group hypocrites.
Perverts who prefer little boys to play with in the name of God. Looking down on people who do not agree with the old ways of the church to pass judgment of others. Would prefer an abusive women to stay with her abuser and belittle her saying a good Catholic would not seek divorce.
This coming from those who believe giving illegal aligns asylum in US churches is a good thing, because those aborted US babies are not in the workforce. This is why we have separation of church and state people. Too many wars have been fought because of religious beliefs so the exception is okay to KILL IN THE NAME OF GOD. Just contacted my Catholic church and informed them that we will rally together and boycott the church and statement made by Archbishop Raymond Burke. It’s time for change and that goes for my Catholic church also.

 

I guess the Catholic church forgot about the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition and all the other wars it fought in its attempt to convert others to Catholicism, and as a result thousands died. The Catholic church should have its tax exempt status revoked for being an active participant in the political process. It should also be indicted under RICO for its cover-up of all the sexual assaults by their employees. The Catholic church speaks with a forked tongue. The Catholic church has no moral base on which to stand and their passing judgment on the moral compass of others is ridiculous.

Posted by mikefromnyc | Report as abusive
 

I’m reading again about the Reformation and any opportunity the Catholic church had to burn people who didn’t agree with her (labeling them heritics)at the stake, they did so with glee. Now when they are not in absolute power, they believe in life? Hypocrites!

Posted by B Smart | Report as abusive
 

God will NOT judge us according to our sin as someone wrote: Christian theology 101 says that ‘in Adam’…we are ALL judged already…’conceived in sin’ even. Our only hope is to be found ‘in Christ’, the second and sinless Adam…and THAT by grace, thru faith ALONE. Laz

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