Archbishop Ray Burke of St. Louis has thrown down the gauntlet to both John Kerry and Archbishop Sean O’Malley of Boston.
Burke said that if John Kerry stood in his Communion line, he would refuse him. That’s a strong statement and significant seeing that Kerry is now the leading candidate to win the Democrat nomination for president.
I say it’s a challenge to O’Malley too because even though O’Malley said last week that pro-abortion Catholic politicians should not “dare” present themselves for Communion, he has maintained that such a rule should be self-policing, i.e. he’s not going to enforce it, but rely on the individuals involved to decide. Burke’s statement about one of O’Malley’s flock is a challenge to his brother bishop to take the hard road that brings discipline to a wayward sheep and reminds the rest of the flock of what’s acceptable.
Kerry meanwhile does his best imitation of a sincere Catholic:
Wednesday in St. Louis, Kerry said that he shares the Catholic Church’s anti-abortion views as an article of faith. But as a public official, he said, it was not “appropriate in the United States for a legislator to legislate personal religious beliefs for the rest of the country.”
What a load of horse-puckey. What are “personal religious beliefs” but personal moral values? And doesn’t every legislator consult his personal moral values when deciding how to vote? Again, if popular sentiment favored segregation or racist laws would Kerry defer to the will of the majority, or would he go with what he knew to be right?
The bottom line is that politicians like Kerrye complaints (some of them good ones), many of them are just notices of the differences.