Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Archbishop Burke: Funeral Rites Should be Denied to Publicly Pro-Abort Catholics

Says Catholics also "should have the courage to look truth in the eye and call things by their common names"

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 21, 2009 (

Archbishop Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Vatican's Apostolic Signatura, also defended the duty of Catholics to speak in charity against the scandal caused by such figures.

Archbishop Burke also said that "neither Holy Communion nor funeral rites should be administered to" politicians who support abortion or same-sex "marriage." "To deny these is not a judgment of the soul, but a recognition of the scandal and its effects," he said. Burke said that when a politician is associated "with greatly sinful acts about fundamental questions like abortion and marriage, his repentance must also be public."

He also added, "The Church's unity is founded on speaking the truth in love," he said. "This does not destroy unity but helps to repair a breach in the life of the Church."

The Archbishop was given a standing ovation at the conclusion of his address.

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