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October 29, 2021
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CWN Editor’s Note: Cardinal Raymond Burke argued that the American Bishops’ Conference should support bishops who are fulfilling their pastoral duty “by correcting the scandal of Catholic politicians who have publicly and stubbornly promoted induced abortion.”
In a statement released Oct. 28, Cardinal Burke insisted the issue is “a matter of life and death for the unborn child and eternal salvation for the Catholic politicians involved.” Taking disciplinary action, he said, has “nothing to do with meddling in politics.” It is rather a question of “safeguarding the holiness of the Holy Eucharist, for the salvation of the souls of the Catholic politicians in question”.
The cardinal’s statement came on the eve of a meeting between Pope Francis and President Joe Biden, with media attention focused on Biden’s support for unrestricted abortion.
In his statement, Cardinal Burke traced the history of the debate of the American bishops on the issue, in which he was an important participant. He observed: “I find the common refrain that what is needed is more dialogue with the Catholic politicians and legislators in question at best, naive.
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