La Crosse, Wisc. – The Associated Press reports St. Louis's incoming archbishop has told at least three Wisconsin lawmakers he would have to ask them to not present themselves to receive sacraments, if they don't vote more in line with Catholic Church policies.
Bishop Raymond Burke tells the lawmakers in letters they risk their spiritual well being if they don't change their opinion on abortion and other issues.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Public schools and colleges in Missouri will get a slight boost in state funding. On Tuesday, Governor Bob Holden said he'll restore $83 million of the more than $200 million he withheld earlier this year.
That move is possible because of an accounting trick that will have the federal government send this fiscal year money it was to send next fiscal year.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis area Catholics have a new archbishop. This morning, the Vatican named Raymond Burke to be the new archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. He's a native of La Crosse, Wis., which is where he's also been bishop for the past nine years.
A formal announcement is scheduled for later this morning. Burke will replace Cardinal Justin Rigali, who left St. Louis this summer to become the Archbishop of Philadelphia.