Archbishop Raymond Burke denounced a Catholic charity Wednesday for scheduling a benefit-concert appearance by Sheryl Crow, who supports abortion rights.
Burke submitted his resignation as chairman of the board for the Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation, saying the decision to let Crow sing on Saturday left him no other choice.
"It's very painful for me," Burke said during a news conference Wednesday. "But I have to answer to God for the responsibility I have as archbishop.
"A Catholic institution featuring a performer who promotes moral evil gives the impression that the church is somehow inconsistent in its teaching," Burke said...
Burke said it was a "scandal" to let Crow sing at the event and amounted to an act that could lead others to evil. He cited Crow's support for stem cell research and "procured abortion."...
Ms. Crow could be leading others to evil? How? Why, she's saving the world, one sheet of toilet paper at a time. I bet Ms. Crow cried when she heard about this. Do you think the Archbishop offered her one sheet of toilet paper to dry her eyes with, or did he go crazy by offering her two?
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UPDATE: Oooooh, the Archbishop said much more than the Washington Post reported:
Calling Sheryl Crow "a high profile proponent of the destruction of innocent lives," the Roman Catholic archbishop of St. Louis resigned as head of a children's medical charity that featured the singer for a benefit concert.
Archbishop Raymond Burke resigned as chairman of the Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation after its board of governors refused to pull the plug on Crow's Saturday concert in St. Louis.
She is "well-known as an abortion activist" and proponent of stem cell research, he said in a statement on Wednesday, and her appearance is "an affront to the identity and mission of the medical center, dedicated as it is to the service of life and Christ's healing mission."
"When, for economic gain, a Catholic institution associates itself with such a high profile proponent of the destruction of innocent lives, members of the church and other people of good will have the right to be confirmed in their commitment to the gospel of life," he added.
A fact sheet distributed by the archdiocese said Crow's views amount to "giving scandal," which it said the Catholic Catechism defines as "an attitude or behavior which leads another to evil."
Ms. Crow is going to need a whole roll of toilet paper to dry her eyes. I think the Archbishop's condemnation might just make her the new Elizabeth Taylor. Possessing an attitude or behavior which leads another to evil is not all that far from when the Vatican denounced Miss Taylor as an "erotic vagrant". All these years later, it's fair to say, the Vatican knew what it was talking about...