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Hey, Obama: Hands Off Burke Print E-mail
By Austin Ruse   
Wednesday, 25 March 2009

A reliable source tells me that someone representing the Obama administration is about to put pressure on the Vatican ambassador to the United States to get Archbishop Raymond Burke to be quiet. The Obama complaint is that Archbishop Burke, who is now head of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome, has supported another bishop in his chastisement of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius for her support of abortion.

A few days ago Archbishop Burke gave an interview to the San Diego-based organization Catholic Action for Faith and Family, during which he took the gloves off about Sebelius, who has been nominated to head the massive U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He noted her “public association with some of the more notorious agents of the culture of death.” This, of course, was a reference to her hosting a party for the late-term abortionist George Tiller, currently on trial in Kansas for nineteen infractions of abortion restrictions.

Burke commented on her fitness for office, saying that for Sebelius to be “placed in charge of the federal office with responsibilities for health and human services” is “sad for our nation” and a “source of great embarrassment.”

He also spoke about her relationship to the Church, and pointed out that Sebelius’s bishop in Kansas had properly instructed her about the dangerous ground she treads. Archbishop Joseph Naumann offered her pastoral counseling on the teachings of the Church related to abortion and urged her to accept them. She declined. Only then did Naumann instruct her not to approach the altar rail for Communion. Burke said this fulfilled “one of the most solemn duties as a pastor, namely, the care of the Most Blessed Sacrament and of the worthy reception of Communion.”

Burke closed the interview by issuing a challenge to his brother bishops, most notably Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C.: “Every bishop is held to the same universal discipline which has been in force since the time of St. Paul the Apostle and is stated in canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law.” And then this: “Whether Governor Sebelius is in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, or in any other diocese [italics mine], she should not present herself for Holy Communion because, after pastoral admonition, she obstinately persists in serious sin.”

You can see why the Obama administration might get upset about this. They played footsie with pet Catholics of left and right last year and thought they had this kind of problem covered, since some of them have already offered cover for Sebelius. Two groups created to offer such services, Catholics United and Catholics in Alliance, started a petition drive saying Sebelius was really pro-life.

And now there is word that someone who is well known among Republicans, and who has served in previous Republican administrations, is reaching out on behalf of the Obama administration to get the Holy See to quiet Burke, or at least to make it clear he speaks not for the Church, but only for himself.

Democrats may say that Burke overstepped his bounds by commenting not just on Sebelius and Communion, but her fitness as a nominee for HHS secretary. IRS guidelines, which are even now being tested by the Alliance Defense Fund, say Church officials may not comment positively or negatively on candidates for federal office. But Sebelius is not running for federal office. She has been nominated to a cabinet post by the president. And beyond a mere technical question of IRS guidelines, since when are bishops required to shut up about public policy or to speak only for themselves?

But it’s not just questioning her fitness for office that offends Obama and his Catholics. They are also offended about Burke questioning Sebelius’s fidelity to the Catholic Church, for this strikes at the heart of their appeal to Catholics in the pews. Catholics who believe the Democratic answer to health care is more important than the murder of a million children a year desperately need the fiction that someone like Sebelius is a Catholic in good standing. Burke gives the lie to that assertion.

By trying to stop a bishop from commenting on internal Church matters, the Obama administration wades into dangerous waters. Archbishop Burke is the head of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican office that is charged with interpreting the Code of Canon Law. The proper reception of Communion is proper to the Code of Canon Law, and therefore proper to any bishop, and especially to Archbishop Burke.

The pressure won't work, of course. Burke is just too smart, and tough. But Obama and his representatives are coming dangerously close to interfering in internal Church matters. More than anything else, the free exercise clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution was intended precisely to protect religious bodies from meddling by the state, even covert meddling by the White House like this. Obama and his pet Catholics should back off – and fast.

Austin Ruse is the President of the New York and Washington, D.C.-based Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), a research institute that focuses exclusively on international social policy.

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written by Antonio, March 26, 2009
"And now there is word that someone who is well known among Republicans, and who has served in previous Republican administrations, is reaching out on behalf of the Obama administration to get the Holy See to quiet Burke, or at least to make it clear he speaks not for the Church but only for himself."

Does this mean that Kmiec has struck again? Whoever it is this absolutely despicable and a betrayal of the Church. What shame it is to urge the the Holy Church of Christ to bow down to the state!
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written by Liz, March 26, 2009
Pray for the Church. These are very dangerous times as the line in the sand has been drawn. Bishop Burke is a brave and courageous man - wish we had a few more like him.
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written by David Zizik, March 26, 2009
I am confident that the President will deal with this issue during his commencement address at Notre Dame, aren't you?
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Catholic Business
written by William Dennis, March 26, 2009
A great article.  I am afraid we will see more attempts to muzzle the Church in the months and years ahead. This is a clear violation of the "establishment clause."  This attempt of so called Catholics to flaunt anti-life life styles shrouded in a "seamless garment" cloak of rightiousness is enough. Mr. President stay out of Church affairs as we are told to stay out of state affairs. As for Sebelius and her ilk, don't mock our Church by your sacrilige. "God will save me from the hunter's snare.'
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written by M. L. Hearing, March 26, 2009
Government-sponsored persecution of the Church has happened before. And it can happen again--even in this country.

M. L. Hearing
www.goodcatholicwriting.com
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written by Scott, March 26, 2009
A great article, Mr. Ruse.

"IRS guidelines, which are even now being tested by the Alliance Defense Fund, say Church officials may not comment positively or negatively on candidates for federal office."

Would this apply to Burke, who is not a figure-head for an American 501(c)(3) but a representative of a sovereign state?
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written by Patti Bauler, March 26, 2009
The gall. I can hardly believe it! Then again I can. We must pray all the harder for our bishops and priests who are in union with the Holy Mother Church and our Holy Father. God help us all.
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written by sundancer2012, March 26, 2009
I truly, truly believe, that this thing is bigger than any of us could ever imagine. This entire ordeal is being played out almost as if it were scripted. It appears that this country has become a herd of sheep being sheperd by a man that will lead us to a cliff and force us to jump. I never thought that I would live to see this great country of ours being turned into a socialist nation. We must stand up and say "NO"! "ENOUGH"! Before it is too late.
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written by Dan, March 26, 2009
With hesitation I offer this comment as it might be viewed as unintelligent and infammatory. I think that it is outrageous that on the one hand we must swallow our new Treasury Secretary's flaunting of his personal responsibility to IRS regulations and yet must now swallow the use of those same codes to attempt to silence Burke.
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written by debby, March 26, 2009
Can anyone else hear a voice from history cry out,
Will anyone rid me of this troublesome priest?
ahh, yet another Saint was bestowed!
How about a dance Herod? What will you grant me? Is it too much-the head of a Voice Crying in the Wilderness?
Problem is, there are so many Herods sitting on so many thrones in our country/world today, & too many in the pews willing to lap dance.
Personally, I want to wash the feet of the brave bishops & clerics who die for Love w/tears of thanksgiving.
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Jakubczyk
written by John, March 26, 2009
Excellent article. There has been a concerted effort by dissident Catholics to undermine Church authority for years. they have largely been successful as witnessed by the decline in Church attendance, increase in divorce, use of contraception, etc. they are now going in for the \\\\\\\"kill.\\\\\\\" fortunately we have the promise of Christ as lived in men such as Archbishop Burke.
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written by Marilyn Bose, March 26, 2009
Thank you for all you do. Austin. You will have more penance for the next four years.
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Prince
written by His Prince Michael, March 26, 2009
This, immoral AND un-Constitutional act, is a mere microcosm
of the covert-agenda which this current "administration" pursues.

Be sure, "Thought type-laws" which restrict sermons by members of
Clergy, have been proposed.

Still, THE Battle, has just BEGUN, and GOD, is GREATER!
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written by Barbara Didier, March 26, 2009
Would that more bishops would speak up about affairs in their diocese. How dare Notre Dame university ask Obama to speak, implying he is worthy of emulating, and even worse, bestowing on him an honorary degree!
Was that also at someone in the White House's suggestion?
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written by TIM M, March 26, 2009
WE NEED TO KNOW WHO THE INDIVIDUAL OR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE PURSUING THIS. THEN WE CAN START A CAMPAIGN TO LET OUR FEELING BE KNOWN AND LET OTHERS KNOW WHO THEY ARE SO WE CAN VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE AND ETC.
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written by tony, March 26, 2009
I had somehow hoped that Obama would move toward the center when it came to actually governing. What I have seen so far flatly contradicts that hope.
If there's any silver lining to this Administration and our current federal representatives, its that we're learning we have to get off the sidelines and into the game. This Administration can't silence all of its critics if there are enough of them.
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written by Arnobius, March 26, 2009
"And now there is word that someone who is well known among Republicans, and who has served in previous Republican administrations, is reaching out on behalf of the Obama administration to get the Holy See to quiet Burke, or at least to make it clear he speaks not for the Church, but only for himself."

Why do I get the impression this is Doug Kmiec?
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From Wisconsin
written by Jim, March 26, 2009
The morals and economy of our nation are in a sorry state.
The Obama Administration will only worsen the situation.
What a shame that so many "Catholics" fell for Obama's line, and continue to do so.
If only we could put Bishops Burke and Chaput into a"copy machine" and make replacemants for many of America's other bishops!
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written by Austin Ruse, March 26, 2009
If it was Kmiec i would have said so. The person referenced happens to be a friend of mine and I will not mention his name. He is a good man who is confused about the idea of common ground.
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written by Thomas Burk, March 26, 2009
Mr. Kmiec is still hoping against hope for an appointment to the SCOTUS. Can he be unaware that he will be cast aside as soon as his usefulness to the Obama regime has diminished?
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written by JR, March 26, 2009
I was raised to believe that our ancestors decided to separate "State and Church" for a specific reason,...why is it that now the Church wants to decide on what POLITICIANS ARE DOING AND OR ABOUT TO DO???? KEEP THE CHURCH OUT OF THE GOVERNMENTS ISSUES/POLITICS! LET WHAT BELONGS TO CESAR, STAYS WITH CESAR, AND WHAT BELONGS TO GOD,...TO GOD! ISN'T THIS WHAT WE WERE THOUGHT WITHIN THE CHUCH'S TEACHINGS??
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Catholic
written by Patrick, March 26, 2009
Obama's administration has become an administration of death. This is not change I can or will believe in.
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Mr.
written by Dennis Dreyer, March 26, 2009
Keep up the good work Archbishop Burke. It is well past the time for all true Catholics to support God's Word and shed the unfounded notion that we are to keep silent on issues that politicians capture. Silence in the face of evil is playing into the devil's hand.
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written by Jeanne Greenfield, March 26, 2009
God bless Archbishop Burke! We need more leaders like him!

Vis-a-vis Obama - what is that phrase?? "Separation of Church and State???"
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CEO
written by Dan Kennedy, March 26, 2009
This attempt to pressure the Church is symptomatic of the whole Obama administration. As the abortion lobby president, this is only the beginning. Of course, politicians and nations have tried this before--it never turns out well.
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written by other JR, March 26, 2009
JR-- What planet was that comment from? The term "separation of church and state" does not appear in the Constitution. The actual language, in the first amendment is "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech..." Nowhere does this amendment suggest that the Church cannot comment on the government. It DOES say that the government has no right to interfere in Church business.
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A priest
written by A Priest, March 26, 2009
Sir, your reporting looses all credibility when you refuse to tell His Grace, as well as the rest of us loyal Catholics who the “confused” assassin is. You, yourself, loose all credibility when you admit to covering for the assassin because you two boys “hang” together.
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written by Lee, March 26, 2009
Just reading all of your comments gives me courage. I know the Church can never be destroyed, but it appears at risk at being watered down. There are some great Bishops, Burke, Martino, Chaput, my own Provost, but too few are speaking out. Shame! We must speak out and defend our beloved Church. We are the hands, feet, tongue, etc. Bless all of you!!!
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Mom of a Scranton Priest
written by Pat Villaescusa, March 26, 2009
Three cheers for Bishop Martino and Abp. Burke. Their courage nmay lead other American bishops to find their long lost back-bones. If the USCCB doesn't stand with Burke & Martino on this issue... cut the money to the Judas bishops.
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Not so fast...
written by Pio, March 26, 2009
Archbishop Burke apologized to his brother bishops today for the videotaped remarks. We must remember that ALL bishops are rightful successors to the 12 Apostles and it's not appropriate for us to pick "favorites" or encourage conflict among them. If we do, then we put our own interpretation of doctrine above theirs, and by implication, adopt a Protestant view of church governance. It is the Pope's job, not ours or Mr. Ruse's, to determine whether Archbishop Wuerl is out of line.
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Kansas Girl
written by Bernice, March 26, 2009
I want to praise the Bishops for being strong. "If you don't have a backbone you will bend and eventually fall". I support our Archbishop Naumann in his efforts to reach our Governor. I am proud of the way he handled reaching out to her. Her ears are not open. She needs our prayers.
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Dr.
written by Thomas Chowattukunnel, March 26, 2009
This is a complete abomination. Freedom of Speech doesnt exist for Catholics anymore? The bishop is doing his moral duty. It truly is a sad day that freedom is being silenced by the Obama administration. What next? Youth brigades that persecute the religious? Calling us enemies of the state? He truly has no respect for the constitution of united states"one nation under God" lets pray for him
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Burke, the only free bish
written by John Belmont, March 27, 2009
Abp. Burke began to speak out fearlessly on political issues as soon as he got to Rome. All diocesan bishops are terrified of what could happen to them if they overstep the line and face punishment from the IRS. But what actually can the IRS do to Burke? Remove the Vatican's tax-free status? Neither the IRS nor the infamous "wall of separation between Church and State" are relevant in the Vatican. Sure,Obama will threaten: Abp. Burke, stick to your guns!
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Homemaker
written by Elizabeth Forshaw, March 27, 2009
All I can say is thank God for Archbishop Burke and for him to be assured of my prayers as well as those of all Catholics and those who value life. What courage!
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Catholic mom
written by Mary Ann, March 27, 2009
You keep on speaking the difficult truths, Archbishop Burke!
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written by M. Hardey, March 27, 2009
We should all be proud of Archbishop Raymond Burke. Now it's time for Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden to get the same treatment.
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written by Anna, March 27, 2009
Um...I wouldn't be so confident that the pressure didn't work. Didn't you see the news today?

Archbishop Burke apologized to his brother bishops regarding statements he made about Canon 915 in his interview with Randall Terry that caused them hurt and suffering.

Completely out of context and puzzling, given the years he's spent in the public square about Canon 915 - including the article from a week ago that you cite.

Very discouraging.
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M.A.
written by Kevin Symonds, March 27, 2009
What Terry Randall has done to Burke by putting him in this awkward position is wrong.
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VERY REV. CANON
written by JOHN ANTHONY PINTABONE, March 27, 2009
SALUTE TO ALL THE BISHOPS WHO TEACH AND LIVE THE TRUTH IN THEIR LIVES...WHEN WE DONT WALK WITH THE CHURCH....WE ARE NO LONGER PART OF THE CHURCH..
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written by Joseph Jaglowicz, March 27, 2009
Obama administration asking Sambi to silence Burke? This would be giving too much credence to Burke. This AB likely has no influence within the White House, and he has very little (if any) power within the church. His behavior has cost him dearly.
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On Burke
written by terry campolieit, March 27, 2009
I think it is about time that Archbishop Burke attends to his new duties at the Vatican and let the Bishops of the U.S. worry and address the problem of abortion in their dioceses and the Nation. He's said his piece many times through public sources over the years. His time is over as a Bishop in the U.S and is acting like the older sybling always telling the younger ones he knows all, and whats the best way to deal with every subject under and above the Earth. Stay in Rome and do your job.
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catholicmom3
written by roxanne, March 27, 2009
Come on who is it? Friend maybe, confused definitely, traitor to the Church absolutely, beholden to Caesar--no doubt. Let us all pray for this mystery man that he might stop doing Satan,s bidding. "She will prevail against the gates of hell!"
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written by Tom Usher, March 27, 2009
Thank God for Archbishop Burke. We miss him in St. Louis. Keep up the fight. Maybe other Bishops will follow his lead and stand up for the truth regardless of political pressure and threats. If the Church can stand up to the gates of hell it will surely be able to weather the sad threats of an insignificant politician.
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written by william wendt, March 27, 2009
God bless Cardinal Burke.
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written by Stephanie Fitzpatrick, March 27, 2009
Thank you for standing for the truth. I have deep respect and gratitude for the life of Archbishop Raymond L. Burke. Archbishop Burke became the International Director of Marian Catechists when the founder, Servant of God Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, requested Archbishop Burke's leadership shortly before he died. I am not alone in saying that Archbishop Burke is a prayerful and fearless defender of the faith, a saintly priest who agonizes and prays for those who have gone astray.
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prof.
written by thomas warner, March 27, 2009
Well written, Austin. Archbishop Burke is the right man in the right place at the right time. May God bless him.
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Doctor
written by F.X.C., March 27, 2009
Burke "too smart"? Give me a break. His playing the dupe to Randall Terry embarassed the Vatican, and he won't be allowed to say anything further on the matter. I deeply admire Sebelius, who has never suggested she is serving as a "Catholic" and who has quietly acceded to the demands of the media-hungry bishops. It's interesting the bishops were never bothered with Bush, who personally participated in the murder of over 300 death row inmates. Hypocrites.
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M.D.
written by Thomas Warner, March 27, 2009
"Ad sacram communionem ne admittantur excommunicati et interdicti post irrogationem vel declarationem poenae aliique in manifesto gravi peccato obstinate perseverantes" Canon 915 , Codex Iuris Canonici, 1983.
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Tell them
written by samuel, March 27, 2009
Thanks Arcbishop. Go the mile few want to and many don't dare, tell them the hard truth for in truth we are set free, let us not forsake it for the earthly positions we hold, even for Biden and Pelosi, let hammer it home, truth never mutate, life is always precious, from conception till natural death
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Educator
written by Daniel Araujo, March 27, 2009
What a wonderful indictment on a President whose abortion and embryonic stem cell beliefs contradict traditionally held pro-life positions by both the Church and America. I'm stunned that an outrage on these issues has not ensued but am hopeful that Mr. Obama can be stopped on these positions. May God continue to bless you as you bring matters of importance to the forefront of our Nation. Daniel Araujo, Albany, Georgia (USA)
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written by Icahn, March 27, 2009
I am troubled that Sebelius’s bishop would make public statement about private conversations with her. Will confessions become public next?
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pro-life
written by terrence netto, March 27, 2009
The worst enemies of the Church and the Pope are Catholics and Sebelius.
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written by Anna, March 27, 2009
Kevin,
You don't know what you're talking about.
Randall had a camera. It was a public interview. Do you think AB Burke thought we'd all gather in the catacombs to watch it under the radar?

Archbishop Burke has been saying similar things for years. What do you think his role is over at the Vatican if not to correct doctrinal and dogma errors and enforce the Canons? That's his job.

Somebody got to Archbishop Burke. He sold out.
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Architect
written by Roland Newark, March 27, 2009
Well done,go get them.
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Truth
written by Michael Price, March 27, 2009
Either what he said was true or it was not. If you have different messages to deliver depending on who the audience is... you have a problem with truth.
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written by Austin Ruse, March 27, 2009
To Pio: I am not telling Archbishop Wuerl to do a thing. I only pointed out that Archbishop Burke's admonition applies especially to him becuase Sebelius is coming to Washington DC.

To Anna: Archbishop Burke did NOT apologize for the substance of his remarks. in fact, he let them stand. He apologized for allowing Randall Terry to use him to bash other Bishops. Big difference.
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Vocation Director
written by Chris Fontanini, March 27, 2009
This Obama administration is rather scary! Many of us have been deceived by his promise of unity only to discover Gestapo-like tactics used on those who challenge and disagree with his policies, particularly regarding abortion and embryonic stem cells. We need to pray for this Adminstration!
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written by Jim Kackley, March 27, 2009
Let's pray for the Archbishop that he keep speaking out for the defenseless and we should pray for a conversion of the heart for wayward Christians like Gov. Sebelius.
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Parishoner
written by Andrew, March 27, 2009
The Divine Wisdom that our Archbishop Burke possesses always triumphs in the end. Obama and his leftists need to be exposed to all Catholics in the US by the reading of this article far and wide. It must strike a cord of concern for Obama and Pelosi!
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written by Pio, March 27, 2009
"Judas bishops"..."he [Burke] sold out"..."the worst enemies of the church and the Pope are Catholics..."

These comments are from good Catholics who claim fidelity to the church and its teachers, the bishops. That is, until a bishop does not live up to their expectations.

I guess a line for Cafeteria Catholics is now forming on the right.
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written by Veronica, March 27, 2009
Is this president a tyrant? Why can't obama handle any disagreement with his radical, socialist ideas? If he wanted the job as president, he should do his job instead of trying to silence religious leaders who have a right to speak out. Burke has a duty to correct those who ignore the Roman Catholic Church's magisterium. Shame on Obama!
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Mr.
written by Philip, March 27, 2009
Archbishop Burke is a bull dog. And...more power to him. It's about time someone spoke out about Cafeteria Catholics expecially those in public office.
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Mr.
written by Matthew Nunan, March 27, 2009
The point here is "Is archbishop Burke expounding Catholic Doctrine." If he is, and he certainly is, then any criticism of him is irrelevant. It is simply an attack by people who will not serve. They are simply digging their own spiritual graves.
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written by mike, March 27, 2009
Keep your eyes open. The next move from the Obama administration might be building ovens for Catholics.
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written by Bill Kurtz, March 27, 2009
Pardon me, but does the L. in Raymond L. Burke possibly stand for Limbaugh? (Another self-promoting blowhard from Missouri)
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written by Anastacia, March 27, 2009
Thank your Archbishop Burke! Keep fighting the good fight! We are behind you 100%. May God bless you and keep you!
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Pray for us
written by Catholic Cody in AZ, USA, March 27, 2009
GO Archbishop Burke, GO! Speak often and loudly to your fellow bishops. Be the voice of Catholic wisdom that we crave and need so much in this crazy, upside down world. We support you 100% and pray for you. Do not be silenced. And could everybody help us pray for our Bishop in Tucson PLEASE? He supports President Obama and Obama policies in the diocese newspaper and even had a pro-abort letter printed in the editorial section right before the election. We really need your prayers here.
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written by Wichita Momma, March 27, 2009
I wonder why is it so important for the Pres. O to hire or affilcate himself our misguided Catholics..is. ...i.e. Sebulis Biden, Pelosi...

Cafetria Catholics will make the rest of us look bad.

I know that Our Pope and Archbishop Burke stand for the TRUTH and i strongly support them. God Bless Archbishop Burke!
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written by J. C. Tzos, March 27, 2009
Someone should tell Obama that the Constitution of the United States entitles all Americans freedom of speech. If he doesn't like what Archbishop Burke has said, let him refute it with facts. If he can't, then he should shut up.
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justme
written by Kerry Torgerson, March 27, 2009
Mr. Ruse, Thank-you for taking the time to write this article. In reading the many responses, it seems many do not "get" why you wrote it. Only "JR" seems to be on topic. The accusation subject is abuse of power, and acting opposite to the Constitution, and the very foundation of our country - freedom of religion. Well.....after only a few days in office, and here we are already, thinking of impeachment. At least I am. How about you?
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Founder, Catholicsintruth
written by Maryanne Linkes, March 27, 2009
God bless Archbishop Burke, a true Shepherd to the flock. He is trying to save us from eternal damnation. I appreciate him always speaking the truth of our faith & know Jesus is protecting him. Being Catholic is not a good thing if you are not a faithful Catholic. A faithful Catholic is one who accepts all teachings of Holy Mother Church, listens to our Holy Father, & takes correction from our faithful Bishops. And this does not describe Ms. Sebelius. Let us pray for her and all the unfaithful.
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Tennessee
written by Carol, March 27, 2009
I'm a staunch Lutheran who knows abortion is evil, sinful and 'Biblically' incorrect.
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written by Bibiana Zweig, March 27, 2009
I applaud Archbishop Burke for taking action and sticking to his guns on this all-important matter. It is high-time the Bishops and clergy of the Catholic Church in America rise and take a "united" stand against the atrocity of abortion in this country and worldwide. We would not have this problem had they come together and done so in 1973. We are living in very difficult times now. We are reaping what we have sown---some 50 million lives have been discarded by silence. Lord, have mercy!
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RN, MSN
written by Rita Lawrence, March 27, 2009
Governor Serbilius is not fit to take the postion of Sec. for Health & Human Services because of her track record with regards to abortion and taking money from Dr. Tiller who is now standing trial for "misdemeanors" in Kansas. One doesn't necessarily have to be Catholic to recognize when evil is afoot. A Big Foot has been let loose in Washington! Protect the unborn and keep putting pressure from those who distort the truth. My prayers are with you all as we are united in Christ.
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written by Luis Howard, March 28, 2009
JMJ

Yes, sundancer, this is bigger than we can imagine, and we sincerely pray that this is what brings Obama to his knees. He is an incompetent, arrogant hypocrite, PARTICULARLY on the subject of faith.

We can only hope that if Mary Ann Glendon doesn't decide that the Laetare honor is tainted by Obama being within a million miles of the occasion and gives her speech, that she will make it clear to Obama, who will be sitting right there, that his toying with Catholics doesn't work.
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written by Luis Howard, March 28, 2009
JMJ

Mr Torgerson, Obama is actually impeaching himself--we see his incompetence, his lack of realism, his arrogance being all of the ingredients for his administration blowing up in his face.
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written by Luis Howard, March 28, 2009
JMJ

As to Catholic Cody wanting prayers for the bishop of Tucson, yes, but the man is a pol, a common pol and has forgotten his duties as bishop. He requires a swift kick in the fanny to wake him up. He has shown that he is incapable of providing true, genuine, concrete pro life teaching, not to mention, resources.
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Catholic Mom from KS
written by Stephanie O., March 28, 2009
Thanks for the article. I find it downright scary that our President thinks it's OK to try to silence others' free speech. Kudos for all bishops who have the courage to speak the truth, whether it be regarding a politician OR an individual parish matter. AB Burke is simply educating Catholics about an important moral matter, NOT "interfering" in politics, because unfortunately some Catholics are trying to pick & choose their catechism. May God bless everyone who is speaking the TRUTH.
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Cathoilc Wife and Mother
written by Pam, March 28, 2009
Some days I worry that the Church has lost all the faithful. Constantly reading about politicians who call themselves Catholic while spewing lies about our church teaching and living their lives as though they have not respect for the faith they claim. Then, I read this, and Praise God that there are truly faithful who do love and protect our Churth. How dare a common man seek to silence the truth of our Holy Church? Our Church does not answer to the President of the USA.
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lay person
written by tessie, March 28, 2009
I would like to thank Archbishop Burke for the divine wisdom & courage he is showing everyone. I belong to a diocese whose Archbishop danced around the issue of abortion & the 5 non-negotiable. Consequently, I went into a (mild form of) depression. The day after the election, I woke up with a feeling of DOOM over America. The all time pro-death moves made (& will make) by the current admnistration clearly solidified my feelings. I shall continue praying for TRUE SHEPHERDS of CHRIST, like him.
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written by Anna, March 28, 2009
"To Anna: Archbishop Burke did NOT apologize for the substance of his remarks. in fact, he let them stand. He apologized for allowing Randall Terry to use him to bash other Bishops. Big difference."

No Austin, there isn't a crumbs worth of difference, other than throwing prolifers under the bus for saying what we all know is true and what he has said himself.

His "brother bishops" are upset at the content of what was said. What was said was truth and it's about time we all start saying it.
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written by Anna, March 28, 2009
Pio, you don't your biblical history. There's a difference between Peter and Judas. Both denied him. The article Austin wrote is about AB Burke being pressured into shutting down the defense of the faith. The US Bishops are a disgrace. It's +Burke's role to head the highest court in the Church regarding Canons. He's just told the faithful to keep their mouths shut or he'll undermine them in the public square and apologize to US Bishops whose feelings we hurt. Put two and two together.
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written by Anna, March 28, 2009
"is reaching out on behalf of the Obama administration to get the Holy See to quiet Burke, or at least to make it clear he speaks not for the Church, but only for himself."

“Third, I gave the interview as a Bishop from the United States to encourage those engaged in the respect life apostolate, not as the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura."


This has already happened. It is accomplished.
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written by Barry Morgan, March 28, 2009
As an observer from Australia I can't understand how Americans couldn't see thro' BO. All I can assume is that the hype from Hollywood, a biased media, voluntary voting and willful blindness on the part of a lot of Christians, let alone Catholics, got him over the line. Now we are reaping the whirlwind. I say we because when America sneezes the rest of the world catches a cold. With our close ties to America this will adverdsely effect Australia too.
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Communion Minister, Lecto
written by Patricia, March 28, 2009
What is Obama afraid of? That he cannot be a dictator in the USA? That he cannot control the Catholic Church? He is going with the wrong crowd: Sebelius, Biden, Pelosi..... Whatever he says at Notre Dame will be to try and convince people that he is in tune with Catholic teaching.
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Pray for our nation
written by Molly F, March 28, 2009
Right on Archbishop Burke!
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Think a little
written by Molly F, March 28, 2009
F.X.C.,
You must be pro-abortion. Listen to yourself, praising the bad guys, and putting down the good true Catholics. You admire Sibelius. Hahaha… that’s a good one, admire the hypocrites. You should be ashamed of yourself. Oh, and Bush was and is not for killing million of innocent babies, like Obama and Sebelius. Brainwashed.
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written by Kevin in Texas, March 28, 2009
Molly F, I don't know if FXC is pro-abortion (although I wouldn't bet the farm that he isn't), but I do know he is deeply morally confused when he calls Bush a hypocrite for supporting the death penalty as if it were "murder" while governor of Texas in the 90s. The death penalty certainly has problems in terms of how it's implemented in the current system, but in NO way has it ever been condemned by the Magisterium as murder. Self-defense practiced by the State is not murder.
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written by John Campbell, March 28, 2009
To Bill Kurtz: Nice ad hominum attack on Archbishop Burke, a man of great integrity. Typically, it added nothing of value to this thread. You must have mistaken this site for the Huffington Post...
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laity
written by Gloria Ramirez, March 28, 2009
I thank and bless Archbishop Burke for the courage to tell politicians that the Roman Catholic Faith is not a political movement open to people's whims and opinions. I, too share the Archbishop's shame in having a "catholic" in name only- Sebelius-- a "Judas" amongst the The Roman Catholic Church-- however, does not surprise me but she brings great dishonor and injustice to OUR LORD.
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Director of Nursing
written by Kathy A. Foht RN,C, March 29, 2009
Today we must stand up for our religion and speak out, before these basic rights are taken away from us. Catholics who are purposely going against their faith for the furthering of their careers will one day have to pay the ultimate price of God's wrath!
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Grndmother and great gran
written by Fran Drisaldi, March 29, 2009
God Bless Archbishop Burke.
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written by Margaret Boker, March 29, 2009
Should Mr. Obama hold truths concerning life and life issues which the Church or its representatives do not, let his appearance at Notre Dame debate those same issues. Upon WINNING the debate, let ND bestow the honor for which Mr. Obama has been called. If not, he should decline the invitation and join Fr. Jenkins in a public apology.
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written by Seamus, March 29, 2009
I can see it now... You are trying to blame Obama for what Abp. Burke said. It was the Vatican that made Burke apologize NOT Obama. The Holy Father wants to work with Obama to change his ideas on abortion, NOT condemn him. Burke needs to work WITHIN if he doesn't like Wuerl, but Wuerl is NOT a liberal bishop, but Burke is a Reactionary one...
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RN
written by Judy, March 29, 2009
Praise God for Archbishop Burke! I pray that more bishops & priests have the guts to speak out for the Church. We are headed into some tough times. Christians everywhere must stand up and be counted to come against the evil raging in our country and the world.
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Child of God
written by Carol, March 31, 2009
A house divided cannot stand. If the Catholics cannot respect those that adhere to the Bible and God's teachings then how will the Catholic church make it in this century? It will because God is in control and no one else. God uses all of us to accomplish HIS will even if it looks bleak. If president Obama chooses to continue to harden his heart (like Pharo did in Moses time,) for God's precious little ones, Obama will have to stand before God - thou shall not kill. Pray for Pres. Obama.
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written by Jim, April 02, 2009
The Roosevelt Administration pressured the Vatican to silence Fr. Coughlin. Archbishop Burke stands on solid theological ground. Pressure from the Administration is outrageous, but not surprising. We in St. Louis were very fortunate to have his leadership, although for too short of a time.

Maintain the Faith!
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Ms.
written by Barbara Dunnermann, April 02, 2009
It is obvious that KS Gov. Sebelius is NOT a true Catholic. And so her excommunication by her bishop & backed by Archbishop Raymond Burke, Apostolic Signatura in Rome, is totally justified. No true Catholic who knows the Bible, could condone abortion when the Bible (see Isah.) clearly says 'since you formed me in my mother's womb, you have known me.' Thus, since the MOMENT of CONCEPTION 'you have known me.' Sebelius? NOT qualified!
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written by Barbara Dunnermann, April 02, 2009
It is obvious that KS Gov. Sebelious, is not a true practicing Catholic. It would appear that she abandoned her Catholicism some time ago, having adopted a more liberal philosophy and only dragging out her 'Catholicism' to try to get conservatives to back her!
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Professor
written by Christine Gichure, PhD, April 06, 2009
Thank God for people like you Austin, people with clear mind,expression and easy pen. May God bless you. In this year of St. Paul, like the saint, go on telling the whole truth even to Obama. I will pray for you.

I am Christine
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Ms.
written by Barbara Dunnermann, April 26, 2009
Joe Biden is another one of those who call themselves Catholic, but ignore canon law by supporting those things which the Catholic Church teaches are wrong. Abortion is not only sinful, IT IS A CRIME!!! IT IS MURDER!!! And sexual relations with another of your own gender IS SIN!! Too many people do not read the Bible.
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pipefitter
written by gary sutherlin, May 09, 2009
The facade of doing good for the masses while selectively crushing the innocent is elementary policy of satan. King Herod, Hitler, Saddam, Pol Pot, Kim jung Ill etc, have ruled murderously by the satanic policy of eliminating the opposition to evil via the sword.
I suggest that President Obama is in the satanic grips that promote the murder of the innocent (unborn) while offering earthly gains to those who promote him. The Notre Dame President is a Benidict Arnold.
Jesus help us. Vivat Jesus
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written by tom, May 09, 2009
First of all, it’s University of Notre Dame and not Notre Dame University. Raymond Burke speaks for a small group of catholics and certainly not all. His opinions and interpretation of Catholicism as it relates to politics is interesting but misguided and not productive. I appreciate people who are candid and direct. And I also have the greatest respect for the men who dedicate their lives to serving others in the form of priesthood, particularly those who lead the catholic church and our direction as Catholics.

After reading about several issues, I decided to share some thoughts with the spirit of open dialogue. As an Archbishop who shares enthusiam for Pro-Life platforms, I hope his office also is opposed to Catholics who support our military intervention in Iraq where more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed and more than 1,000,000 have been driven out of their homes.

I also hope his office supports young high school girls who give birth to children instead of shaming them like many fellow catholics. I also hope his office supports political candidates who give our impoverished a blanket of hope and programs to build lives instead of candidates who cut programs and transfer wealth from the low and middle income families to the very wealthy in the United States.

I am a practicing Catholic with two retired uncles (deceased) who collectively celebrated 98 years of service to the Milwaukee Archdiocese. Additionally, I am proud to be Catholic and proud to support candidates who dedicate themselves into lifting the hopes of the marginalized and the disenfranchised. I am also proud of candidates who work to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies and work to reduce the number of abortions. It is one thing for a candidate to say he/she is Pro Life. It is altogether a different, to be a candidate whose actions are consistently Pro Life.

Tom
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percy
written by mercy, May 14, 2009
Bishop Burke should concentrate on the correcting the fallings of the catholic church, ie pedophile priests, Vatican bank which hides money for gangsters. People please be informed and read
books such as Vatican Exposed by P Williams, take your blinders off.
Why doesn't the church concentrate on helping those children that are brought into this world? Maybe if they did there would be no abortions! Instead of spending so much money on the pope's trips helping the people in the countries he visi
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ARCH BISHOP BURKE KEEP UP
written by Pio, February 24, 2010
Your Grace, I write to encourage you to keep up the good work the Lord is doing in your life. The word of God says: "No weapon formed against me shall prosper." Really, no matter what the Obama admin. is trying to do, do not give up or even be shaken, for the Lord has to prevail over all HIs foes.

We are behind you and praying for you.
Pio from the Pearl of Africa.

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