Carol Platt Liebau: A Stand on Principle

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A Stand on Principle

Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis has resigned as chairman of the board for the Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation because the foundation has invited Sheryl Crow -- an avid abortion rights supporter -- to sing at its benefit. This is a big deal -- it's a big St. Louis foundation, and needless to say, Archbishop Burke is a prominent member of St. Louis' religious and civic leadership.

I don't share the precise view of the Catholic Church on abortion (I believe in exceptions for rape/incest/life of the mother/severe fetal deformity), but I do admire the Archbishop's willingness to stand for principle. Funny -- if Don Imus had been invited instead, many on the left would laud a leader for having had the integrity to refuse to participate. Yet when the celebrity is someone who merely supports the "right" to kill unborn babies for any reason (or no reason at all), one need not expect any kind words from the left.


Blogger Earth to Carol said...

This is a case where stupidity masquerades as virtue and hurts the Charitable Foundation and the children it supports. The Archbishop had an obligation before becoming chairman to explain that he had a personal morality litmus test that he would apply to every cent donated, that invariably would result in a large return of funds received and/or offered.
It doesn't take a great deal of research to find beneficiaries to the foundation that the Archbishop could easily have determined had raised money in a morally evil manner. If it wasn't Sheryl Crow that broke the camels back, it would have been perhaps a corporation that profits off of child slave labor in third world sweatshops.

He should have thought more carefully about his role in raising money for 19 hospitals before he accepted the position.

6:26 AM  
Blogger Bachbone said...

It's nice to see that some religious leaders still have moral and ethical ties to church teachings. Too many seem to have forgotten that there are moral absolutes. Not everything under the sun is a shade of gray.

3:10 PM  

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