[LifeSiteNews] 1 Oct 2008--Archbishop Raymond Burke, who is regarded as one of the "heroes" of the cause by pro-life advocates, has warned the US Democrat party that it is at risk of becoming the "party of death" for its hardline advocacy for abortion and euthanasia.
Burke made his comment in the September 27th edition of Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian Catholic bishops' conference. He was asked for his reaction to the choice to invite pro-abortion singer Sheryl Crow to sing at the Democratic National Convention in Denver this summer.
"That does not surprise me much," he said. "At this point the Democratic Party risks transforming itself definitely into a 'party of death' because of its choices on bioethical questions."
The Democrats were, he added, "the party that helped our immigrant parents and grandparents better integrate and prosper in American society. But it is not the same anymore."
Burke, who was recently appointed by Pope Benedict XIV to be the head of the Apostolic Signatura, the highest internal tribunal in the Catholic Church, has not only consistently opposed the idea that a politician can be both Catholic and pro-abortion, but has done more than any other US prelate to raise the issue in the media.
He was one of the few bishops of the US Conference unequivocally to support the instruction from the former Cardinal Ratzinger that such politicians "must" be refused Holy Communion.