Just ahead of Election Day, one of the most influential American churchmen in the Vatican, Cardinal-designate Raymond L. Burke, has warned Catholic voters in the United States that they may never vote for politicians who support abortion rights or same-sex marriage, position usually associated with Democratic candidates.
Burke, an outspoken conservative and the former archbishop of
St. Louis who will
be made a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI next month, made his remarks in a videotaped interview in Rome with Thomas J. McKenna, head of Catholic Action for Faith and Family, a conservative lobbying group based in San Diego.
the interview, which Catholic
Action taped on Oct. 20 and started promoting Thursday on YouTube, McKenna
asks Burke, "Is it ever licit for a Catholic to vote for a pro-abortion
candidate, a candidate who either in a platform or who has voted, has shown
himself to support that. Is it ever valid?"
"No," Burke answers. "You can
never vote for someone who favors absolutely the right to choice of a woman to
destroy a human life in her womb or the right to a procured abortion."