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Red Mass Marks Start of Judicial Term

Archbishop Raymond Burke (UPI file photo)

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.


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