Let's say a Catholic children's hospital named after a Catholic cardinal is having a fundraiser and asks an entertainer to perform. Let's say that entertainer openly professes:
So it turns out that Sheryl Crow's silly comments about toilet paper were made in jest, apparently meant to bring "awareness" to the hot topic of global warming (thank goodness! I was afraid no one was ever going to mention it). However, the rest is quite serious, as Yahoo reports:
Archbishop Raymond Burke denounced a Catholic charity Wednesday for scheduling a benefit-concert appearance by Sheryl Crow, who supports abortion rights.
Burke submitted his resignation as chairman of the board for the Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation, saying the decision to let Crow sing on Saturday left him no other choice.
"It's very painful for me," Burke said during a news conference Wednesday. "But I have to answer to God for the responsibility I have as archbishop.
"A Catholic institution featuring a performer who promotes moral evil gives the impression that the church is somehow inconsistent in its teaching," Burke said.
Crow is set to appear at the 19th annual benefit for the Bob Costas Cancer Center at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. Costas will host the event, which will also feature comedian Billy Crystal.
Crow's publicist didn't return a message seeking comment Wednesday.
Event organizer Allen Allred said he was disappointed with Burke's decision, but that Crow would appear Saturday as scheduled.
"This is not an event that's about ideology," Allred said. "This is about helping kids."
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.