For being Catholic.
St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke denounced a Catholic charity for scheduling singer Sheryl Crow to perform at a benefit concert because of the singer’s support for 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.
Crow is set to appear at the 19th annual benefit for the Bob Costas Cancer Center at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. Costas will host the event, which will also feature comedian Billy Crystal.
Event organizer Allen Allred said he was disappointed with Burke’s decision, but that Crow would appear as scheduled.
“This is not an event that’s about ideology,” Allred said. “This is about helping kids.”
That’s rather naive considering that Cardinal Glennon is a Catholic hospital:
SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center is part of SSM Health Care, one of the largest Catholic health care systems in the country. SSM is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary and owns, operates and manages 19 acute care hospitals in four states – Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.
As I recently wrote in comments at Dean’s World I am both Pro-Life AND Pro-Choice. I am also NOT Catholic for a variety of reasons. Therefore I wouldn’t expect to be invited to write speeches for the Archbishop or be employed by the Catholic Church in any way.
However getting Sheryl Crow to perform for a benefit makes as much sense as booking Bobby Brown at a battered women’s shelter benefit. So the Archbishop, who believes that abortion is a modern day holocaust or genocide should not be expected to agree with the ignorance of the benefit’s organization committee.
When Hezbollah books Jackie Mason, or the Bnai Brith books Hassan Nazrallah to speak – then perhaps I’ll change my mind. However the Archbishop did the right thing by taking a hike from this bit of ignorance.