It’s hard to know where to start in this embarassing escapade. Randall Terry, office renter, captures Archbishop Burke on camera, supposedly to reinforce morale for the troops. And the video ends up at a press conference. This would be one prime example of how the political pro-lifers have gone way off the deep end. So what happened here? Did Mr Terry realize he had a gem on his hands so he used it, breaking a promise? Did he give no promise and Archbishop Burke just reconsidered when his video visage popped up at the National Press Club?
The politicians on the pro-life side have shown that any means are justified if the end is just. Throw out promises, and in comes mistrust, lies, fraud, and what-have-you.
Yes, I’m sure as a tenant Randall Terry is a fine guy: comes up with his deposit, pays his bills on time, keeps the noise level down for the neighbors, and is a charming and sweet guy to have a beer or a coffee with. But if he wants to take your picture, be careful because you won’t know where it might end up.
On the other hand, we have an archbishop who has been very easily used by a politician. Used to the point of having to make an embarrassing apology attempt to fellow bishops. He really should apologize to the president, but if he did that it would set the movement back decades, no doubt.
Would you trust either of these gentlemen? Would you?
Here’s the apology:
I am deeply sorry for the confusion and hurt which the wrong use of the videotape has caused to anyone, particularly, to my brother bishops.
Someone on the NCR page nailed it:
I’m sorry. I was only offering my criticisms behind your backs.
With friends like this in the pro-life movement, who needs an agent of death?