Archbishop Raymond Burke, head of the St. Louis Archdiocese, has decided to wade even further into the political arena. Not content to deny Communion to candidates who support abortion rights, he is now going after Catholic voters. According to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Burke says that you are committing a grave sin if you vote for a candidate who supports abortion rights.
So the Archbishop thinks I will be committing a sin by voting for Kerry instead of Bush? I can live with that. I wonder what he’ll try next, maybe threaten Catholic voters with excommunication?
I’m curious whether each individual vote for a candidate is a separate sin, or do they all roll up into one big sin? They should put up an FAQ at the Archdiocese web site. They could have an interactive sin calculator where you select the candidates for whom you vote, and it will tell you how big a sin you committed and what kind of penance you should do.
Instead of giving out stickers at the polls that say “I Voted”, someone can give out ones that say “I Sinned”.