by Steven Ertelt
April 25, 2007
St. Louis, MO (LifeNews.com) — Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis has resigned from the board of directors of the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation over its decision to let pro-abortion rock star Sheryl Crow sing at the event. Crow has been a longtime abortion advocate who founded the Rock for Choice events to promote pro-abortion politics.
The group plans to hold its 19th annual benefit for the Bob Costas Cancer Center on Saturday and Crow will provide musical entertainment at the event.
Burke told the Associated Press he had tried to get the board to delist Crow from the schedule of events but it refused.
"They didn’t accept my concerns," Burke said.
"It’s very painful for me," Burke told a news conference Wednesday calling it a "scandal" allowing Crow to sing because of her position in favor of abortion and forcing taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research that destroys human life.
"But I have to answer to God for the responsibility I have as archbishop," he said, according to AP.
"A Catholic institution featuring a performer who promotes moral evil gives the impression that the church is somehow inconsistent in its teaching," Burke said.
Crow was a headliner at the April 2004 pro-abortion march in Washington and helped the groups putting it on when they realized they were not going to have as many participants as they thought.
She also drew criticism for attacking President Bush after he vetoed the embryonic stem cell research funding bill and found herself in trouble in Iowa regarding a human cloning vote.
There, she wound up lobbying a legislator who became the deciding vote on a measure that legalized human cloning in the state. https://www.lifenews.com/bio1990.html
This isn’t the first time Burke has rebuked abortion advocates publicly as he went so far as to say he would deny communion to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry during the 2004 elections.
Burke said he would offer the politician a blessing rather than giving him full communion and indicated that Catholic voters who support abortion should go to confession before taking the Christian sacrament.
Before coming to St. Louis, Burke was the Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse. He told parish priests that Catholic lawmakers in that diocese who persist in their support of abortion or euthanasia will be refused Holy Communion until they publicly renounce their "grave public sin."
ACTION: Contact the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation with your thoughts: 1465 South Grand Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63104, 314-577-5605 or 800-269-0552