I was in St. Louis yesterday for a guest appearance on Colleen Carroll Campbell”s excellent EWTN program “Faith and Culture.” My episode will air in a couple months. Stay tuned for details!
The filming took place at the Cardinal Rigali Center, the site of the archdiocesan offices. While I was there, I was honored to be able to sign a book just outside the chapel containing messages and good wishes to Archbishop Raymond Burke. The book will be given to Archbishop Burke when he officially becomes a cardinal on November 20th.
As even its name implies, St. Louis has a rich Catholic history. We see it now in the fact that two former St. Louis archbishops are now active (i.e., eligible to vote) cardinals: Cardinal Justin Rigali, the Archbishop of Philadelphia, and now Cardinal-designate Raymond Burke, the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. I don”t believe that any other archdiocese in the world can make such a claim.
And beyond that, Cardinal-designate Burke is beloved in many quarters throughout the world because of his prayerful, gentle demeanor combined with his uber-courageous defense of the Catholic faith and all that is true, good, and beautiful.
So today I thought I would give readers this link to an editorial that appeared this week in the Washington Times regarding Cardinal-designate Burke and Catholic voters, as he has spoken forcefully and often regarding Catholics” duties not to vote for candidates who support abortion “rights.” I especially liked this quote:
“I had discovered over the years that many people simply were confused about their moral obligation in voting. . . . Many Catholics have the idea that while they might hold in their personal lives certain moral truths, that when it came to voting it was all right simply to bracket those truths and to vote according to other criteria.”