Land of the Free?

Archbishop Issues Stern Warning

Using the example of St. Thomas More, Archbishop Raymond Burke exhorted legal professionals present at Tuesday’s Red Mass in St. Mary’s Cathedral to keep God before their eyes as they strive to administer justice amidst a “society which is abandoning its Judeo-Christian foundations.” burke3

“As a Catholic lawyer, it is an incredible honor to be graced with the presence of Archbishop Burke at the Red Mass,” John Kelly, general counsel for the Diocese of Phoenix, told The Catholic Sun. “This is also a man who has publicly and unabashedly defended the teachings of the Church on the sanctity of life. An opportunity to celebrate Mass with someone like this does not come along very often.”

Archbishop Burke presented the story of St. Thomas More, a lawyer who was martyred for choosing to serve God instead of the king. The patron saint of lawyers, the archbishop reminded, is known for exclaiming, “I die the king’s good servant, and God’s first.” “Saint Thomas More understood that there could be no contradiction between his service of his nation and his service of God, and that, in fact, he could only serve his nation truly and faithfully by his true and faithful service of God,” Archbishop Burke declared. As he reflected on the calling of those in the legal profession, the archbishop called to mind the traditional formulation of a definitive sentence, “the judge, in giving the final disposition of the sentence, always first declared: ‘Having God only before my eyes.’”

In our culture, “the law more and more dares to force those with the sacred trust of caring for the health of their brothers and sisters to violate the most sacred tenets of their consciences, and to force individuals and institutions to cooperate in egregious violations of the natural moral law,” he said. “In such a society, the administration of justice is no longer a participation in the justice of God, an obedient response to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, but a façade cloaking our own selfishness and refusal to give our lives for the sake of the good of all our brothers and sisters.” “It is a society which is abandoning its Judeo-Christian foundations, the fundamental obedience to God’s law which safeguards the common good, and is embracing a totalitarianism which masks itself as the hope, as the future, of our nation. Reason and faith teaches us that such a society can only produce violence and death and in the end destroy itself,” Archbishop Burke warned.

Addressing the lawyers and politicians present, he stated, “All of us depend upon you to speak what is just and right on our behalf and on behalf of all our brothers and sisters, especially those whose lives are in any way threatened.”

May we lift up our politicians and judges to the Eucharistic Heart of Our Lord and the Immaculate Heart of his mother, and pray for each of their conversions.

Archbishop Raymond Burke

Edited by Jeffrey David:  Read entire article at Catholic News Agency.

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1 comment to Land of the Free?

  • December 26th,2010 at 2:33AM Courageous Cardinal Burke: My deepest respects and gratitude for speaking the Truth of Christ to lawyers on January 18th,2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. I’ve just discovered the Courageous Priest website and finally located the allies long sought. You and Father John Corapi are speaking Truth to a modernist, immoral,and largely obstinate American culture who love their sins, their money,and themselves above all else. “They” simply don’t want to hear it. Our so-called “catholic” universities simply are NOT. Notre Dame-obama-abomination et al are merely the symptoms describing our sick-to-the-core society. See you on the battlefield,and keep up the fine work we all face to re-take our country from all these misguided degenerates. My fervent prayers for you and all priests are never ceasing, and never will. Sincerely, seamus casey.

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