Thanks to all for the generally calm and, at times, thorough discussion on the Archbishop Burke thread here. The same cannot be said for the commentariat in other places, including on this thread. One priest offered:
This whole incident has been yet another overacted and predictable drama for liberal hypocrisy. I guess is that most of the people poo-poo’ing the Good Archbishop are exactly the people who obsessive read food labels so as to avoid buying from objectionable countries and companies …
I fail to see the connection with liberalism and hypocrisy, unless one believes the bishops tend to single out liberals, rather than members of organized crime, political dictators, torturers, and others who have more of a direct hand in killing than a musical celebrity from the neighborhood might in suggesting the decriminalization of abortion.
Archbishop Chaput seems genuinely surprised that people would paint him as something of a Republican flunkie over his 2004 experience in the public eye. What that tells me is that is bishops are saying things that aren’t breaking through to the public at large, let alone Catholics. Maybe their public words and actions need to be more refined.
It was predictable, almost, that Burke would be the object of humor over this affair. Which is not a good thing. Most of us might receive Archbishop Burke’s position as a moral and just one. But to the mainstream culture, any Paris Hilton and Britney Spears can be the object of a punch line–they’re hardly martyrs for the cause. And they believe in what they’re doing, too. (Though probably with considerable more angst.)
Getting back to the comment above, can I be a good Catholic and a good pro-lifer by criticizing Archbishop Burke? Or is it required that I hold my tongue or pen so as not to give succor to the “enemy?”
I don’t think so, because I’ve offered suggestions for years in St Blog’s and on my site as to what bishops could be doing to give a stronger witness for a pro-life morality. I don’t have a problem poo-poo’ing Burke’s public stance on this because I’ve suggested alternatives.
Or perhaps you still believe I’m a turncoat for that post and this. If so or not, then let’s hear it.