Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Archbishop Burke on Canon 915: Communion and Politicians

Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue, interviewed Archbishop Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura and thereby the Church's foremost canon lawyer, on Canon 915. The interview was shown today, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Here is the transcript of that interview.

Archbishop Burke makes some very pointed remarks. One example:

"And so I would encourage the faithful when they are scandalized by the giving of Holy Communion to persons [who] are publicly and obstinately in sin, that they go to their pastors, whether it’s their parish priest or to their bishop, to insist that this scandal stop. Because, it is weakening the faith of everyone. It’s giving the impression that it must be morally correct to support procured abortion, in at least in some circumstances, if not also generally. So they need to insist that their parish priest and the bishops, and for the rest…to my brother bishops and brother priests…simply to say: the service of the Church in the world today has to begin first and foremost with the protection of the life of those who are the most defenseless and the most innocent, namely the unborn . . ."


  1. Happy Feast Day Travis!

    Somewhat related, what's your take on the Obama commencement at Notre Dame? Of course President Obama shouldn't have been given the opportunity but now that he has ...

  2. Hey Jordan,

    I say rescind the invitation! Would you agree?

    A very blistering article on this can be found at

    This is written, as you probably know, by one of the foremost Thomistic philosophers of our day.

  3. Well, it was good to see the uproar at least from people and prelates.

    Excellent article ... I didn't know he had a column. Honestly I always thought he was dead so that was a nice surprise.