St. Louis, Apr. 26, 2007 (CWNews.com) - Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis has resigned from the board of a local charitable foundation, to protest a fundraising appearance by a performer who advocates abortion.
Archbishop Burke had asked the Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation to cancel a scheduled performance by the singer Sheryl Crow at a fundraising even for the foundation. When foundation executives refused to do so, the archbishop announced that he was severing his connection with the group.
The archbishop said that the appearance of Crow at a fundraiser for a Catholic organization would be "an affront to the identity and mission of the medical center, dedicated as it is to the service fo life and Christ's healing mission." He noted that Crow has been "a high-profile proponent of the destruction of innocent lives," lending her celebrity status to the campaign for legal abortion on demand.
The St. Louis archbishop argued that by sponsoring a performance by Sheryl Crow, the Cardinal Glennon foundation was giving scandal. "When there is a significant risk that others could be led to evil," he said, "as the one responsible for the spiritual and moral well-being of the faithful entrusted to my pastoral care, I am obliged in justice to act."