AMDG has more of the Archbishop Burke/Sheryl Crow coverage including video links. Once again the mainstream press manages to downgrade the view of the Catholic Church to just the opinion of one person. The MSM loves to have it both ways sometimes for something they don’t like they accuse a bishop of being a ventriloquist’s dummy for the Vatican and other times they make a Church teaching personal opinion.
Canonist Ed Peters also weighs in
What astounds me is that the directors of a fund-raiser for a venerable institution for children could have been so clueless as to invite Sheryl Crow, a notorious abortion advocate to headline their event; worse, the directors were so willful as to reject what were obviously many private entreaties by their chairman Abp. Burke to drop the mad idea before it all blew up in their face.
So now, it’s blown. How sad. All the sadder for having been so easily avoidable.
But you know, I’ve seen this happen before: Catholic movers and shakers, flush with their own funds or with easy access to others’, too often measure success in philanthropic undertakings in terms of media splash, dollars donated, and the number of glitteratti chatting around banquet tables, while they completely forget the fundamental religious, and even the human, values that make their efforts worthwhile in the first place. This time, even the clear words of a very thoughtful archbishop could not pierce the commotion which the organizers of this event confused for progress.
As does Carl Olson.
What?! A Catholic archbishop is upset that a Catholic institution is giving implicit (if not explicit) support to an abortion supporter—who does Archbishop Burke think he is? A Mexican archbishop? Why, it makes complete sense to have someone who supports abortion comes to a Catholic children’s hospital and sing her little ditties (which have become increasingly tired and tendencious since her excellent debut album). Perhaps Sheryl can even croon and crow the song that refers to abortion as a woman’s way to "take care of her own body."
Anyhow, kudos to Archbishop Burke for taking a stand. He will likely be portrayed in the MSM as an ignorant, backwards, over-reacting hyper-traditionalist. I prefer to think of him for what he is: A Catholic bishop standing up for Catholic moral teaching, no matter how out of tune it sounds to those who are tone deaf when it comes to truth.
Via Creative Minority Report is this YouTube version of the Archbishop’s remarks.
My own comments were in this post.