Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Courage of Convictions

While Missouri Baptists struggle with whether to maintain their unique identity as non-drinkers or whether to conform to worldly standards of alcoholic consumption, Catholic leaders are showing no reluctance in distancing themselves from anyone who assaults the tenets of their faith.

Consider yesterday’s decision by St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke to resign as Chairman of the Board from the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center Foundation. For several weeks and apparently months, the Archbishop has been waging a behind-the-scenes battle to have an invitation to pop music legend Sheryl Crow withdrawn. Crow was asked to perform for a benefit to raise money for the Bob Costas Cancer Center of Cardinal Glennon.

Crow, known recently for her eccentric call to limit Americans’ use of toilet paper to one square per sitting, is also a vociferous defender of abortion on demand, a practice that brutally dismembers and kills innocent, developing babies within the wombs of mothers. Crow, a Missouri native from the bootheel (Kennett), also campaigned for Amendment 2, a new Missouri law that makes cloning legal and commercializes the destruction of human embryos for the harvesting of stem cells.

It’s a no-brainer that Crow belongs nowhere near a Catholic institution. Sadly, Archbishop Raymond Burke is one of the few Catholic decision makers that got it right.

Kudos to the Archbishop for his courageous and self-denying decision to step down from a plush position to draw attention to the dichotomy. Maybe Catholics and other pro-life Missourians will follow his lead and boycott Saturday’s concert.

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