Cardinal Burke: No Catholic Can Justify Policies That Promote Abortion and Biden Consistently Does

By Michael W. Chapman | January 27, 2020 | 10:57am EST
(Getty Images/Franco Origlia)
(Getty Images/Franco Origlia)

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, an American and a judge at the Vatican's highest court, said that no "devout Catholic" can support abortion or vote for pro-abortion legislation, and stressed that presidential contender Joe Biden "has a consistent record of being pro-abortion."

During FNC's The Story With Martha MacCallum, prior to Friday's March for Life in Washington, D.C., MacCallum asked the cardinal, "You've spoken out about Joe Biden, whose running for the Democratic nomination, Catholic, that he shouldn't receive Communion because he is pro-choice, and has said that privately he believes that abortion is wrong but that he stands by Roe v. Wade. What do you say about that decision?"

Cardinal Burke replied, "Well, no devout Catholic, no practicing Catholic can be in favor of abortion, can justify voting for legislation policies that promote abortion, and he has a consistent record of being pro-abortion."

"And it's not that he -- this isn't a question of a confessional belief," said Burke. "This has to do with the natural law. The first precept of natural law is the defense of human life."

Burke continued, "And so, you can't say why privately I think it's wrong -- imagining he means by that as a Catholic he thinks it's wrong -- but then in his public life that he can act as if it's not morally evil."

"It's one of the greatest moral evils," said the cardinal. 

Martha MacCallum also asked Cardinal Burke what he thought about President Donald Trump participating in the March for Life. 

Joe Biden and the former president of Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion provider, Cecile Richards. (Screenshot)
Joe Biden and the former president of Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion provider, Cecile Richards. (Screenshot)

The cardinal said, "I think it's wonderful news. It couldn't be anything more important for a nation than to rather respect for human life. And that the president himself would be witness to this. It's really, it's a wonderful moment."

Trump "agrees with those of us who are working and fighting to restore the respect for the dignity of human life," said Burke. "It's not a political issue. It's a question of agreeing about a fundamental truth."

A baby murdered by saline-injection abortion.  (Priests for Life)
A baby murdered by saline-injection abortion. (Priests for Life)

"The fact that I can praise the president for this doesn't mean that I praise him for everything else that he says and does," said Burke.  "So, this kind of -- this is making a political issue out of something that's fundamental and moral issue."

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