Nothing I write on this issue will be better than Archbishop Burke’s own words on YouTube.
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April 26, 2007
Abortion, Archbishop Burke, Catholic, Sheryl Crow
April 27, 2007 at 2:21 pm
I wasn’t aware of this situation. Archbishop Burke is a good shepherd. I almost cried at a number of points in the video message. This wasn’t due to his words but because of the great humility with which they were spoken. So many of our leaders within the Church have developed a slick, media savy style that endears them to the pop culture elites but at the same time they are also those same leaders who fail to be shepherds to their flocks. It moved me greatly to see this simple speaking shepherd speak to his flock with such humility and love. I only wish we had more like him!
April 27, 2007 at 2:47 pm
Amen, Kris. Amen!
May 3, 2007 at 3:45 pm
Crow giving her time and talent to this cause is no more an endorsement of abortion by Glennon Hospital than Burke is endorsing racism by being on the Board of an institution named for his segregationist predecessor.
There is no sin for Ms. Crow to donate her time at her profession to help the mission of Glennon Hospital. There is no sin in accepting her donation. Accepting a donation, be it from the trade or craft of a carpenter, singer, plumber, accountant, proofreader or hodcarrier is not a sin even if the persons in question are (as it will always be as we all are) sinners.
We all know the Scripture about the Good Samaritan. By God’s grace (I believe) in the time of Cardinal Ritter of St. Louis (of blessed memory) this passage was often used in preaching against the grave sin of racism. All well and good. However, the Samaritans were not really racially distinct from the other Hebrews. The Jews disliked them because they were heretics. They rejected part of the revelation that God had given to the Jewish people at that time. Christ did not counsel us to refuse the aid of the Samaritan, nor should we refuse Ms. Crow making a contribution to this pro-life ministry.
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