Archbishop Burke Urges Patriotism in Sacramental Life, Calls Notre Dame's Honor of Obama the Greatest Scandal
WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 8, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Archbishop Raymond Burke is encouraging Catholics to practice patriotism within the Church, drawing strength from the sacraments to fuel efforts to transform the country.
The prelate, head of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature and former archbishop of St. Louis, affirmed this today at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.
He stated that "the most treasured gift which we as citizens of the United States of America can offer to our country is a faithful Catholic life."
The archbishop continued: "It is the gift which, even though it has often been misunderstood, has brought great strength to our nation, from the time of its founding. Today more than ever, our nation is in need of Catholics who know their faith deeply and express their faith, with integrity, by their daily living."
He noted that it is God who gives us, in the Church, "the grace to practice patriotism as a fundamental expression of the bond of charity which we have, in him, with our fellow citizens."
Though there has been a lot of political language focusing on "change" recently, Archbishop Burke affirmed, "the change which brings hope can only be the renewal of our nation in the divine love which respects the inviolable dignity of every human life, from the moment of its inception to the moment of natural death, and which creates and gives growth to new human life through the love of man and woman in marriage."
"Any hope which is incoherent with the great hope is truly illusory and can never bring forth justice and its fruit, peace, for our nation and world," he added. MORE