Monday, December 08, 2003
In a letter, Burke wrote: "I call upon you to consider the consequences for your own spiritual well-being, as well as the scandal you risk by leading others into serious sin."
Burke said in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he sent the letters to tell the lawmakers that as practicing Catholics they cannot support legislation that is "anti-life," which he said includes abortion and assisted suicide. He did not mention the death penalty.
"If they were to continue to do that, I would simply have to ask them not to present themselves to receive the sacraments because they would not be Catholics in good standing," said Burke, who was appointed Tuesday by Pope John Paul II to serve as the archbishop of St. Louis.