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HLI Applauds Stand by St. Louis Archbishop

Contact: John Mallon, Human Life International, 405-720-2575, johnmallon@cox.net


FRONT ROYAL, Va., April 30 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, STL, president of Human Life International, (HLI) applauded the stand taken by Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis in his resignation from the Board of Directors and his chairmanship of the Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation. The Archbishop resigned over the Foundation's decision to have pop-singer Sheryl Crow perform at a fundraiser for the Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.


Crow is an outspoken promoter of abortion on demand and has used her celebrity to promote Missouri's Amendment 2 that creates legal protection for human cloning and the destruction of human embryos. She does not deserve a platform in a Catholic institution which gives the impression that she is in good standing with the Catholic Faith. She is, in fact, an enemy of the Church and should be regarded as such.


"While Sheryl Crow wants to save the planet one sheet of toilet paper at a time," Father Euteneuer said, "she cares little for the tiny human lives that are flushed by those she supports."


Father Euteneuer said, "Here we have an archbishop who speaks openly about the salvation of souls, including his own, in the conduct of his office as bishop. It is very refreshing. He understands the disconnect between supporting a Catholic children's hospital and promoting abortion and human embryo destruction. He will also be ridiculed by those who don't see the glaring irony. Thank God for this bishop who is not cowed by human respect or criticism in defense of the souls and lives of his flock."


Archbishop Burke was the recipient of HLI's Cardinal von Galen Award of February 2007, which is given primarily to Catholic prelates who stand up and defend the innocent and the Church.


Founded in 1981, Human Life International is the world's largest pro-life, pro-family organization that is dedicated to defending life, faith and the family, with branches and affiliates around the world.