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Now the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation is butting heads with Archbishop Burke over Sheryl Crow headlining the Catholic charity’s fundraiser. Sheryl Crow is a very public supporter of abortion as well as embryonic stem cell research. Archbishop Burke opposed her performance at the Catholic charity event. The board refused to cancel her performance so Archbishop Burke resigned.
"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.
The event organizer doesn’t see a problem with inconsistency:
Event organizer Allen Allred said he was disappointed with Burke's decision, but that Crow would appear Saturday as scheduled.
"This is not an event that's about ideology," Allred said. "This is about helping kids."
I’m sorry. As soon as you put Catholic in your name, it is about ideology. If you want to raise money to help children without a concern for ideology, stop identifying yourself as a Catholic charity. Catholicism is not something we turn on and off. It should pervade every fiber of our being. An organization that claims to be Catholic must adhere to Catholic principles in every aspect. It is a scandal to distance oneself from Catholicism for financial gain. We should not allow the ends to justify evil means.
We are all sinners so there is no way the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation can restrict itself to saints as entertainers. However, someone who has made it a point to travel the country and use her celebrity status to promote embryonic stem cell research and abortion is an inappropriate choice for a Catholic charity.
UPDATE: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is running an online forum about this issue. Lots of Catholic bashing and derogatory comments about Archbishop Burke. It wouldn't hurt to wander over there and give Archbishop Burke some support for staying true to Catholic principles.