CHICAGO, October 4, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Fidelis, a national Catholic advocacy group, applauded the courageous decision by St. Louis’ Archbishop Raymond Burke to deny Holy Communion to Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, and all pro-abortion politicians running for president, regardless of their political party.
The Associated Press is reporting that Archbishop Raymond Burke would deny Holy Communion to Rudy Giuliani and any pro-abortion Catholic running for president. Four Catholic Democrats running for president also support abortion, include: Senator Christopher Dodd, Senator Joe Biden, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and Rep. Dennis Kucinich.
When asked if he would deny the sacrament to Giuliani, Burke responded, “If the question is about a Catholic who is publicly espousing positions contrary to the moral law and I know that person knows it, yes I would,” said Burke. “It is a cause of concern for me and for all bishops to find ourselves in this situation.”
Fidelis President Brian Burch commented, “Faithful Catholics across the United States are thrilled to see Archbishop Burke courageously stand up for the dignity of every human person by confronting yet another Catholic pro-abortion politician. Candidate Giuliani has shamelessly supported the unlimited right to abortion, including partial-birth abortion, and has even vowed to fund abortion with taxpayer dollars, while campaigning as a devoted Catholic.”
“The Archbishop’s courageous decision to deny Communion to pro-abortion Catholic Rudy Giuliani — a Republican — proves that this not a partisan issue,” said Burch.”
The Archbishop’s bold defense of the Church should be a wake up call for Catholics across the country. Sadly, several recent polls still show that many Catholics are unaware of the pro-abortion positions espoused by Giuliani. Any politician looking to win the support of Catholic voters should be held to a high standard, and that includes a commitment to defend the most vulnerable and innocent in our society, particularly the unborn,” continued Burch.
Fidelis is a national Catholic-based advocacy organization based in Chicago. Fidelis America, the political arm of Fidelis, recently published newspaper advertisements informing Iowa voters of Rudy Giuliani’s three decades of support for abortion.
As an aside, the left has lately been ominously rumbling about attacking the Church’s tax-exempt status because of what it perceives to be the Church’s impermissible political activities (impermissible being defined as supporting any historically Republican position or any issue of natural moral law; of course, they don’t mind a whit if a Democrat is invited by 100 AME congregations to preach from the pulpit, or if a Bishop should support increasing the minimum wage).
Consistency by Archbishop Burke and, hopefully, other U.S. Bishops will be a powerful argument against any such attempt to financially cripple the Church.