Friday, May 08, 2009

Burke to ND: "Come Clean"

Fulltext to come, but the National Catholic Register's reporting that Archbishop Raymond Burke's performance at this morning's National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington didn't disappoint:
“What should the Church do about Notre Dame?” [Register] asked Archbishop Raymond Burke last night. His answer:

“What it should do is have Notre Dame come clean. Is it Catholic or isn’t it? A Catholic institution, a Catholic university, cannot give honors to someone who is a promoter of things that are opposed to the most fundamental beliefs of Catholics, and so that’s what needs to happen.”

How can the Church do that?

“There’s an apostolic constitution, Ex Corde Ecclesiae, which sets forth the requirements for a university to have the name Catholic. I think that Notre Dame has to either follow those norms or say ‘We’re not a Catholic university anymore.’”...

At the prayer breakfast, Archbishop Burke said:

“In a culture marked by widespread and ingrained confusion about the most fundmental teachings of the moral law, our Catholic schools and universities must be beacons of truth and right conduct. “

He added, “The purposed granting of an honorary degree” by Notre Dame to Barack Obama is “the source of the greatest scandal.”

The archbishop said, “If we as individuals are not willing to accept the burdens” of the Catholic witness to the right to life, “we are not worthy of the name Catholic.”
According to the wires, the church's "chief justice" slammed the Obama administration for "so aggressively advancing an anti-life and anti-family agenda."

The former St Louis archbishop "told Catholics Friday morning that Catholic universities should not honor those who teach and act publicly against the moral law," the AP reported.

Burke likewise deemed the President's selection of Kathleen Sebelius -- a pro-choice Catholic -- as Secretary of Health and Human Services "necessarily the source of the deepest embarrassment to Catholics and a painful reminder of the most serious responsibility of Catholics to uphold the moral law."

Again, fulltext to come.

SVILUPPO: Fulltext of Burke's keynote has been posted.