Monday, October 20, 2008

Archbishop Chaput: Obama "most committed" abortion-rights candidate from a major party in 35 years..

You know, I wish all the U.S. Bishop's would lead their flocks with the passion, love and truthfulness as Archbishop Chaput of Colorado.

I'm trying to get my diocese to allow my parish to show the CatholicVote, 3:00 minute video and I'm getting nothing but road blocks. Now, I will respect the decision of my bishop but it's very frustrating.

Anyway, reading what the good bishop of Colorado has to say is very refreshing.

Archbishop criticizes Obama, Catholic allies

Denver Roman Catholic Archbishop Charles Chaput labeled Barack Obama the "most committed" abortion-rights candidate from a major party in 35 years while accusing a Catholic Obama ally and other Democratic-friendly Catholic groups of doing a "disservice to the church."

Chaput, one of the nation's most politically outspoken Catholic prelates, delivered the remarks Friday night at a dinner of a Catholic women's group.

His comments were among the sharpest in a debate over abortion and Catholic political responsibility in a campaign in which Catholics represent a key swing vote.


I love this extract:

"To suggest - as some Catholics do - that Senator Obama is this year's 'real' pro-life candidate requires a peculiar kind of self-hypnosis, or moral confusion, or worse," Chaput said according to his prepared remarks, titled "Little Murders."

And for you Kmiec fan's:

While applauding Kmiec's past record, Chaput said: "I think his activism for Senator Barack Obama, and the work of Democratic-friendly groups like Catholics United and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, have done a disservice to the church, confused the natural priorities of Catholic social teaching, undermined the progress pro-lifers have made, and provided an excuse for some Catholics to abandon the abortion issue instead of fighting within their parties and at the ballot box to protect the unborn."

And there are those that would like to silence Archbishop Chaput from preaching the Gospel of Life.

Chris Korzen, executive director of Washington-based Catholics United, which has argued in direct mail and TV ads that taking the "pro-life" position means more than opposing abortion rights, criticized Chaput's statements.

"We are concerned that Archbishop Chaput's comments - even those made in his personal capacity - will have a chilling effect on this dialogue," Korzen said in a statement. "It is also profoundly unfortunate that Archbishop Chaput has chosen to make personal attacks on lay Catholics acting in good faith to promote Catholic values in the public square

Please read the good bishop's book. It's the best book you'll read as a Catholic or non-Catholic this year.

Instead of buying a lotto ticket (see previous post) by the book.

Render Unto Caesar

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