Red Mass Marks Start of Judicial Term
By Tom Weber, KWMU
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke presided over the Red Mass Sunday at the Cathedral Basilica.
The mass has for centuries been a way the Catholic Church marks the opening of a new judicial term.
Burke said there are some judges today who no longer serve justice with God's law in mind. "For them, justice is a matter of honoring the prevailing opinions of the time," Burke said during his homily.
Burke added those viewpoints sometimes mean whole classes of people - like the unborn - are ignored.
People who attended the mass also received summaries of a pastoral letter Burke wrote last week. That letter offers a voting guide, of sorts, for how Catholics should weigh a candidate's view on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage.