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Archbishop Raymond Burke to address controversial statements

September 21, 2004
By: Bente Birkeland
State Capital Bureau

Officials from the St. Louis diocese say Archbishop Raymond Burke will release a letter on October 1st to address his controversial statements on voting.

Bente Birkeland reports from Jefferson City.

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Burke sparked controversey last June when he said Roman Catholics should not receive communion if they vote for candidates who support abortion rights.

Burke recently re-stated his position in a Post-Dispatch interview and said Roman Catholics could vote for candidates who support abortion rights if that's not the reason they're voting for them.

In his weekly column Burke wrote that the pastoral letter on October 1st, will clarify what he meant.

John Petrocik is the chair of the University of Missouri political science department. He says Burke's letter could impact the fall election.

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Contents: The parties particularly the Republicans have focused on those kind of issues and made them the criteria by which voters are being asked to choose between the candidates.

Burke's letter could reach at least a half a million Roman Catholics in the St. Louis area.

From Jefferson City, I'm Bente Birkeland.

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Officials from the St. Louis diocese say Archbishop Raymond Burke will release a letter on October 1st about his controversial statements on voting. Bente Birkeland reports from Jefferson City.

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Last June Archbishop Burke said Roman Catholics should not receive communion if they vote for candidates who support abortion rights.

He recently re-stated his position in a Post-Dispatch interview and said Roman Catholics could vote for candidates who support abortion rights if that's not the reason they're voting for them.

John Petrocik is the chair of the University of Missouri political science department.

He says voters place a high importance on a politican's morals and values.

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Contents: The mechanism that leads voters to support one candidate over another is some sense that this candidate is like them, that the person can be relied upon to do what what I would do if I were there.

Burke's letter could reach at least a half a million Roman Catholics in the St. Louis area.

From Jefferson City, I'm Bente Birkeland.