Statement from Judie Brown Regarding Cardinal Raymond Burke’s Resignation from Dignitatis Humanae
For Immediate Release
In recent years, there has been a growing trend among certain Catholic digital media outlets to vilify members of the Catholic hierarchy for its own sake. Most of this activity is political in nature, not faithful, and is sought not for the sake of restoring Catholic culture but rather selling out to identity politics.
Cardinal Raymond Burke is a heroic leader and a wonderful man whose reputation is too often leveraged for temporal gain. Catholics should not let attacks on his character go unexcused or unnoticed.
When purportedly Catholic organizations begin believing spiritual problems have political solutions, we are quite literally ripping these questions out of the hands of God and placing them into our own. Since Roe v. Wade, 61 million babies in America have had their lives cut to pieces by abortion. We have tried political solutions; they have all failed. We are facing a spiritual disease, not a political issue. The antidotes are the Rosary and the Eucharist; they are the only medicine that will cure the disease.
When media outlets stretch the truth to advance political principle, we are no longer responding to the call in Humanae Vitae to respect human dignity in others. These questions are linked; they are not compartmentalized.
For this reason, I feel compelled to link my own voice to that of Cardinal Burke. LifeSiteNews built its reputation on men such as Burke, and it owes him more than a political smear job worthy of a tabloid. More than this, LSN owes Burke the benefit of the doubt.
I commend Cardinal Burke for his continued and courageous witness in a broken world, not only on behalf of the victims of abortion, but for the wider Catholic Church imperiled by powers and principalities that seek our spiritual destruction.
As for digital media, there are too many wolves in sheep’s clothing that are not looking to correct and restore, but merely to profit out of pure utility. Correction, not condemnation, is the difference between restoration and reformation. Pro-life Catholics should be wise to the times and the agendas of those who do not seek to restore all things to Christ (Ephesians 1:10), but merely divide and destroy for narrow political gain.
“False messiahs and false prophets will arise, and they will perform signs and wonders so great as to deceive, if that were possible, even the elect.” – Matthew 24:24
American Life League is the nation’s oldest grassroots, Catholic, pro-life organization. Its president, Judie Brown, has led the organization since its 1979 beginning. She has served three terms on the Pontifical Academy for Life—appointed twice by Pope John Paul II and again by Pope Benedict XVI.
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