Must-Read +Chaput: On the Devil and Politics, and on Bishops and Communion

I will never tire of saying this: read everything Archbishop Chaput writes.

The Public Discourse has published an essay adapted from a recent keynote address he gave at the University of Notre Dame’s student-organized pro-life lecture series:

A healthy democracy depends on people of conviction working hard to advance their ideas in the public square—respectfully and peacefully, but vigorously and without apologies. We cannot simultaneously serve the poor and accept the legal killing of unborn children.

… We need to remember that most people—not everyone, of course, but most of us—root our moral convictions in our religious beliefs. What we believe about God shapes what we think about the nature of men and women, the structure of good human relationships, and our idea of a just society. This has very practical consequences, including the political kind. We act on what we really believe. If we don’t act on our beliefs, then we don’t really believe them. [Continue reading…]

Also, CNS reports that during the Q&A Abp. Chaput spoke frankly about the need for bishops to be more unified on the issue of Communion and pro-abortion public figures:

“There is unity among the bishops about abortion always being wrong, and that you can’t be a Catholic and be in favor of abortion — the bishops all agree to that — but there’s just an inability among the bishops together to speak clearly on this matter and even to say that if you’re Catholic and you’re pro-choice, you can’t receive holy Communion,” Archbishop Chaput said.

Individual bishops probably do take such a stand privately more often than anyone knows, the archbishop noted, and he said he is not in favor of refusing Communion without giving private notice ahead of time to the person. He emphasized, however, that Catholics who support keeping abortion legal should be told that they will not be given Communion, and not to present themselves to receive. [Continue reading… (link fixed)]

As I said, read everything he writes. This is a good chance to start catching up!



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  • Bill

    Google Cardinal McCarrick Syndrome and read all the sordid details.
    Think about this: Do you recall how J. Edger Hoover kept dossiers of the pecadillos of politicians across the country in the FBI files? He did this to enforce their silence about him and to garner their support for the FBI. Don’t you think that governors, et al., keep state police dossiers on bishops, priests and other religious figures in their states? It is done to protect the politicians from zealous churchmen. Ergo, hierarchical silence. Would you like to take the Host Governor Cuomo? No problem. Thank you for your financial support of the Catholic schools in N.Y. State.

  • James

    Perhaps Archbishop Chaput should practice a little more of what he preaches. Colorado just endured 4 years of a “Catholic” governor, who was quite pro-abortion, yet continued attending Mass. In addition, I would be surprised to find that even one Democrat “Catholic” member of the Colorado Legislature is against abortion. Yet they don’t seem to be refused Communion. Why is that?

  • Davide

    I am surprised this is an issue. To me this is a no-brainer. The Holy See AKA the His Holiness has spoken on this matter. Did not JP2 speak of this in a letter-sorry forgotten the name. The Catholic church has always been perfectly clear on the matter. That Bishop in Albany NY is playing politics just like the bishops did with Kemnedy for years. I believe that bishops who are not clear on this matter are cowards and need to come to terms with their behavior. Of course anyone who is “pro-choice” can not receive the Eucharist..they are in mortal sin. Especially those who are politians and make laws governing abortion AKA Nancy Pelosi. I heard when she met the Pope she for scolded. Evidently she did not listen. Now let me ask you this–can a Catholic who refuses to listen to the Vicar of Christ be trusted? After all if he was unable to bring her to truth what will? Prayer and fasting on our parts but unfortunately there are to few Catholics willing to be victim souls for our brothers and sisters. I firmly believe if us Catholics had said our prayers did our Rosaries abortion would have been abolished years ago. We are unwilling to sacrifice as we should. All of us can be blamed for this–me…especially me included. Be well

  • Michael B.

    I second Mr. Peters’ recommendation of reading everything Archbishop Chaput writes, and I’d especially recommend reading his book “Render Unto Caeasar”, especially those of you involved in politics. It is a first-rate book on how we as Catholics need to live our faith in political life.

    • Zach

      I will second Michael B’s comment. “Render Unto Caesar” is a fantastic book. Just finished it and I highly recommend it to all the papists out there.



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