Archbishop Burke Charges Politicians to Put “God First”

In a homily delivered to lawyers and politicians at the annual Red Mass in Phoenix, AZ on Tuesday, Archbishop Raymond Burke emphasized the sacred nature of a vocation to public service, reports the Catholic News Agency. The Red Mass, a tradition which started in the middle ages, is celebrated every year around the second Sunday in January to remind those in public positions of authority that true justice is found only in God. Burke became well-known in 2004 for his very public battle with then-presidential candidate and Catholic John Kerry. Burke, then Archbishop of St. Louis, MO, told reporters that he would not give communion to Kerry because of Kerry’s pro-abortion stance.