Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam reports:
A brief statement by William Lacy Clay, Jr re:Meeting with Archbishop Burke
On radio station KTRS 550AM this afternoon during the drive time local news update, Representative Clay indicated that his meeting with Archbishop Burke went well and they are going to continue to meet. The first meeting, he said, was a religious moment, more of a religious meeting. Neither party is discussing the details of the meeting.
This is good news in that Rep. Clay and Archbishop Burke are going to continue to talk and to meet again.
Previously Rep. Clay had said:
Clay has said that Burke "has gone too far" by saying that Catholic politicians who support abortion rights should not receive Communion and that voters who support them should go to confession before receiving the sacrament.
He said Burke was delving into politics and perhaps the church should surrender its nonprofit status.
This latest statement sounds hopeful so please pray for Rep. Clay and Archbishop Burke that further talks will open him up to grace and the truth of the dignity of all human life regardless of it’s size.
This reminds me of the story of Ahab and Elijah in 1st Kings 21:
Ahab said to Eli’jah, "Have you found me, O my enemy?" He answered, "I have found you, because you have sold yourself to do what is evil in the sight of the LORD. Behold, I will bring evil upon you; I will utterly sweep you away, and will cut off from Ahab every male, bond or free, in Israel; and I will make your house like the house of Jerobo’am the son of Nebat, and like the house of Ba’asha the son of Ahi’jah, for the anger to which you have provoked me, and because you have made Israel to sin.And of Jez’ebel the LORD also said, `The dogs shall eat Jez’ebel within the bounds of Jezreel.’ Any one belonging to Ahab who dies in the city the dogs shall eat; and any one of his who dies in the open country the birds of the air shall eat." (There was none who sold himself to do what was evil in the sight of the LORD like Ahab, whom Jez’ebel his wife incited. He did very abominably in going after idols, as the Amorites had done, whom the LORD cast out before the people of Israel.) And when Ahab heard those words, he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted and lay in sackcloth, and went about dejectedly. And the word of the LORD came to Eli’jah the Tishbite, saying, "Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days; but in his son’s days I will bring the evil upon his house."
So if good truly does come of this I wonder where the critics of the "harsh and intolerant" Archbishop Burke will be? Have you ever heard of someone repenting because their Bishop was uncomfortable or did not want to place people in tough situations?
Maybe there’s some hope for Rep. Clay afterall! 🙂