|Tom Barrett is the mayor of Milwaukee. He is also a pro-abortion Catholic. Barrett ran against Scott Walker in this past gubernatorial election; Barrett was endorsed by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin. Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, even flew in this past summer to host fundraisers for Barrett in Madison and Milwaukee [see photo, left]. Pro-Life Wisconsin picketed both these fundraisers.
Photo, l-r: Tom Barrett; Cecile Richards; and former Gov. Jim Doyle, also a pro-abortion Catholic.
Given that Barrett is a pro-abortion Catholic, we were dismayed to read his “opinion” piece on violence in the May 19 Milwaukee Catholic Herald. The pro-life movement is opposed to violence; but opposition to violence should begin with a respect for those in the womb. Furthermore, given that Barrett listed his parish (St. Sebastian), we can only pray this pro-abortion Catholic does not present himself for Communion.
The Vatican has consistently reiterated the doctrine of Canon 915. Cardinal Burke has been quite clear on pro-abortion Catholics receiving Communion, stating, “There’s not a question that a Catholic who publicly, and after admonition, supports pro-abortion legislation is not to receive Holy Communion and is not to be given Holy Communion.”
Providing a platform for pro-abortion Catholics hurts the pro-life movement and insults the Catholic faith. Newspapers such as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel are only too happy to print op-eds from dissenting Catholics. But our very own Catholic newspaper? An editorial on violence, written by a pro-abortion Catholic politician, sorely misses the mark.
Editorial here [oddly enough, only available in the print edition, seen below]: