A reliable source tells me that someone representing the Obama administration is about to put pressure on the papal nuncio to the United States to get Archbishop Raymond Burke to be quiet. The Obama complaint is that Archbishop Burke, who is now head of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome, has supported another bishop in his chastisement of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius for her support of abortion...As in, he's the Prefect of the Signatura. Hello? He has the ear of Pope Benedict XVI. And do these people seriously think that the Pope will say to Archbishop Burke, "You need to tone it down"? Really?
...But it’s not just questioning her fitness for office that offends Obama and his Catholics. They are also offended about Burke questioning Sebelius’s fidelity to the Catholic Church, for this strikes at the heart of their appeal to Catholics in the pews. Catholics who believe the Democratic answer to health care is more important than the murder of a million children a year desperately need the fiction that someone like Sebelius is a Catholic in good standing. Burke gives the lie to that assertion.
By trying to stop a bishop from commenting on internal Church matters, the Obama administration wades into dangerous waters. Archbishop Burke is the head of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican office that is charged with interpreting the Code of Canon Law. The proper reception of Communion is proper to the Code of Canon Law, and therefore proper to any bishop, and especially to Archbishop Burke.
They haven't been paying attention to this Pope. And shows a particular blindness to the role that faith plays in the public square. Ah, that's where the rub is, isn't it? Push faith out of the public square. Marginalize faith so that everything then is possible. If Faith is relegated to the regions of emotion, and private at that, then you don't have to consult what your faith demands in the realm of morals because that's too unreliable. If you want to get things done, then rely on man's reason and experience. Faith is too squishy for public servants.