VATICAN: Democrats Are "Party of Death"I have long believed that Catholics who insist on voting for pro-abortion Democrats may be risking their immortal soul, and since they are aware of the Democrats' support of aborticide, may be bringing upon themselves the torments of Hell. This is not a view to be taken lightly or spread widely without some statement which might back it. The head of the Apostolic Signatura seems to think the immortal souls of so-called "pro-choice" Democrats might be in a bit of trouble:
Archbishop Raymond Burke, who was named prefect of the Vatican’s Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature in June, told the Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire that the U.S. Democratic Party risked “transforming itself definitively into a party of death for its decisions on bioethical issues.” He then attacked two of the party’s most high profile Catholics — vice presidential candidate Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — for misrepresenting Church teaching on abortion.
He said Biden and Pelosi, “while presenting themselves as good Catholics, have presented Church doctrine on abortion in a false and tendentious way.”
Pelosi drew U.S. bishops’ scorn for saying in a television interview last month that the Church itself had long debated when human life begins. Biden is a practicing Catholic who also supports abortion rights and analysts have said he could help woo wavering Catholics into Obama’s fold. Both argue that they cannot impose their religious views on others.
Burke said pro-life Democrats were “rare” and that it saddened him that the party that helped “our immigrant parents and grandparents” prosper in America had changed so much over the years.
Burke made headlines as archbishop of St. Louis for his public attacks on public figures who strayed from Catholic teaching. He suggested during the 2004 presidential campaign that Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, a Catholic, should be denied communion because of his views on abortion. Several bishops said at the time they would not give him communion and the media staked out churches where he attended Mass to see if he received it.
“Lately, I’ve noticed that other bishops are coming to this position,” Burke told Avvenire, which is owned by the Italian bishops’ conference.
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, wrote a letter in 2004 to American bishops restating the Church position that a priest must refuse to distribute communion to a Catholic politician who supported abortion rights. But Burke lamented that the letter was never distributed.
This is the highest judicial official in the Church except the Pope talking.
Over and over, those of us who strive to be faithful to the Church's teaching on the sanctity of human life have said that it is simply unacceptable to vote for a candidate who supports abortion. So-called Catholics try to come up with every excuse in the book why they should continue in the error and heresy of supporting candidates and a political party which support the murder of unborn children.
There is no excuse...either you are willing to obey Holy Mother Church and respect her teaching, or you are not really a Catholic at all.