Thursday, March 26, 2009

Obama Admin. Trying to Silence Burke?

That's what Austin Ruse is saying today at The Catholic Thing, excerpts:

A reliable source tells me that someone representing the Obama administration is about to put pressure on the papal nuncio to the United States to get Archbishop Raymond Burke to be quiet. The Obama complaint is that Archbishop Burke, who is now head of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome, has supported another bishop in his chastisement of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius for her support of abortion. . .

. . .You can see why the Obama administration might get upset about this. They played footsie with pet Catholics of left and right last year and thought they had this kind of problem covered, since some of them have already offered cover for Sebelius. Two groups created to offer such services, Catholics United and Catholics in Alliance, started a petition drive saying Sebelius was really pro-life.

And now there is word that someone who is well known among Republicans, and who has served in previous Republican administrations, is reaching out on behalf of the Obama administration to get the Holy See to quiet Burke, or at least to make it clear he speaks not for the Church, but only for himself.

Ruse gets into a troubling question at the end of his post which really deserves more exploration. It is a question of whether, in this and other actions, we are seeing an unconstitutional meddling in the free exercise and internal administration of the Church. See the whole article.