Saturday, January 10, 2004

Faithful Bishop

Bishop Raymond Burke of the Diocese of LaCrosse, Wisconsin has taken a faithful stand in support of a culture of life. Through a decree, he has asked that Catholic politicians who continue to support abortion and euthanasia be barred from receiving Holy Communion until they publicly recant their positions on these issues of life. Previously, he had written privately to Catholic politicians to urge them to act publicly on what they profess. He justified his statement by citing a doctrinal note from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, can. 915 of the Code of Canon Law, and a statement by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Bishop Burke, who is soon to be the Archbishop of St. Louis, is providing all of us, bishops and laity alike, with a beautiful example of living our faith. To the faithful in the diocese of LaCrosse, he has urged prayers for the politicians be made in order that they might have a change of heart. And this is the goal of his action. As pastor of the diocese, he desires that all live in adherence to the Gospel. For the faithful who live public lives and who are responsible for promoting the welfare of our society through public office, this means being publicly faithful to what the Church teaches.

Thank the Lord for such a faithful stance. Let us thank Him by being faithful to Him in all the areas of our public life.

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