If Archbishop Burke is so insistent on pro-choice politicians, you have to wonder what he would say about sex offenders in the clergy and their supporters in the episcopacy. Sure sounds like he’s lobbying for priests and bishops on display at the corner of Sackcloth Street and Ashes Avenue, doesn’t it? Here’s the money quote:
When a person has publicly espoused and cooperated in gravely sinful acts, leading many into confusion and error about fundamental questions of respect for human life and the integrity of marriage and the family, his repentance of such actions must also be public.
Let’s keep in mind that in many cases, the fate of the abortion issue resides in the courts. Many pro-life/pro-choice legislative issues are window dressing. Republicans and Democrats can each appeal to their base with the knowledge that they’re not going to budge the overall result much. Let’s also keep in mind that the US is not a country where a girl or woman is going to be forced to have an abortion–unless a notification alerts parents, or an abusive husband or male partner insists.
Much of the frustration of the pro-life movement backs this all up. They can’t persuade hundreds of thousands of women to decline abortions. They can’t persuade doctors. They can’t persuade clinics. They can’t persuade judges. They can’t even persuade landlords-turned-teabag candidates from taking the enemy’s rent money. So they go after a select group of politicians. pro-life Democrats, for example. Do you suppose these ideological cannibals are ready to focus on their bishops for verifiable sex crimes to which they turned a blind eye?