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Archbishop Chaput urges Catholics to let Christ permeate the public square
Catholic News Agency ^ | May. 20, 2005

Posted on 05/20/2005 9:57:40 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Washington DC, May. 20, 2005 (CNA) - This morning at the 2nd annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, held in Washington, Denver’s Archbishop Charles Chaput urged Catholics and Christians to make their voices heard in government and public life.

“Catholics”, he said, “see politics as part of the history of salvation. For us, no one is a minor actor in that drama. Each person is important. And one of the most important duties we have is to use our gifts in every way possible for the glory of God and for the common good.”

He added that, “That’s why Catholics and other Christians have always taken an active role in public life. What we believe about God shapes how we think about men and women. It also shapes what we do about promoting human dignity.”

The Archbishop, who was joined by President George Bush, San Antonio Archbishop Jose Gomez and an estimated 2,000 other participants in what is said to be the only major event of its kind.

Archbishop Chaput, who was criticized during the recent presidential election for adding his own voice to the public square, said that, “If God is the center of our lives, then of course that fact will influence our behavior, including our political decisions. That’s natural and healthy.”

“What’s unnatural and unhealthy”, he said, “is the kind of public square where religious faith is seen as unwelcome and dangerous. But that seems to be exactly what some people want: a public square stripped of God and stripped of religious faith.”

Archbishop Chaput chided what he sees as a false idea of religious pluralism, saying that often, people are afraid of being “too Catholic” and offending others.

That, he said, is “not democracy. Democracy and pluralism depend on people of conviction fighting for what they believe through public debate – peacefully, legally, charitably and justly; but also vigorously and without excuses.”

“Divorcing our personal convictions from our public choices and actions is not ‘good manners,’” he said. “On the contrary, it can be a very serious kind of theft from the moral treasury of the nation, because the most precious thing anyone can bring to any political conversation is an honest witness to what he or she really believes.”

Calling on all members of society, from politicians to average folks, the Archbishop said that the Church is Christ’s—not ours.

Only God is God, and only Jesus is Lord,” he said in closing. “When our actions finally follow our words, then so will our nation, and so will the world.”


TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Current Events; General Discusssion; History; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: archbishopchaput; catholic; politics; publicsquare

1 posted on 05/20/2005 9:57:44 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah; Lady In Blue; Desdemona; Siobhan; Maeve; NYer; Salvation; cpforlife.org; ...

ping


2 posted on 05/20/2005 10:12:56 AM PDT by nickcarraway (I'm Only Alive, Because a Judge Hasn't Ruled I Should Die...)
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To: nickcarraway

BTTT!


3 posted on 05/20/2005 10:19:25 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: nickcarraway

Some people God has designated in the church to be, first, apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers;

Cardinal Chaput sounds good to me.


4 posted on 05/20/2005 10:26:25 AM PDT by siunevada
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To: nickcarraway
“Divorcing our personal convictions from our public choices and actions is not ‘good manners,’” he said. “On the contrary, it can be a very serious kind of theft from the moral treasury of the nation, because the most precious thing anyone can bring to any political conversation is an honest witness to what he or she really believes.”

Respecting the beliefs of others, does not mean abandoning your own.

5 posted on 05/20/2005 12:31:14 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: nickcarraway

So do we have the future Cardinal Archbishop of San Francisco here?


6 posted on 05/20/2005 1:08:01 PM PDT by Siobhan ("Whenever you come to save Rome, make all the noise you want." -- Pius XII)
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To: Siobhan

Brace for the Second San Francisco Earthquake if he's the one!


7 posted on 05/20/2005 1:09:38 PM PDT by livius
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To: Siobhan

Along with the many good things Archbishop Chaput has done, there's one very bad thing that I know of: he's an enthusiastic backer of the Neocatechumenal Way.


8 posted on 05/20/2005 1:43:56 PM PDT by Romulus (Der Inn fließt in den Tiber.)
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To: Romulus

I don't know much of this 'Way'. How is it problematic?


9 posted on 05/20/2005 1:59:28 PM PDT by pbear8 (Navigatrix, Tomas Torquemada Gentleman's Club - Ladies Auxiliary)
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To: Romulus

I didn't know that. Thanks for the grim tidings.


10 posted on 05/20/2005 2:08:01 PM PDT by Siobhan ("Whenever you come to save Rome, make all the noise you want." -- Pius XII)
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To: pbear8

They are secretive, with cultic elements including taking over all of their members' time, forcing them to perform public confession, isolating them from all non-members. They celebrate liturgies of their own design, departing radically from the norms established by Rome. They are not accountable to the hierarchy. Their theology is suspect, in matters such as the Real Presence and the sacrificial nature of the Mass. They are gnostic, posessing a secret catechism, and having various "stages" of membership to which members are admitted only after having satisfied their NC catechists. In short, they are a para-church, powerful and a menace to souls.


11 posted on 05/20/2005 2:17:17 PM PDT by Romulus (Der Inn fließt in den Tiber.)
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To: Romulus

That is disturbing and disgusting. I thank you for the information. Has anyone trustworthy done an expose' on them?


12 posted on 05/20/2005 3:23:13 PM PDT by pbear8 (Navigatrix, Tomas Torquemada Gentleman's Club - Ladies Auxiliary)
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To: nickcarraway

"Archbishop Chaput chided what he sees as a false idea of religious pluralism, saying that often, people are afraid of being “too Catholic” and offending others."

Not me. But I am allergic to lions. And prisons. And martyrdom.

In short, chicken.


13 posted on 05/20/2005 3:29:05 PM PDT by OpusatFR (I live in a swamp and reuse, recycle, refurbish, grow my own, ride a bike and vote gop)
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To: pbear8
This ought to keep you busy for a while:

Bad History, Bad Guide. The Strange Liturgy of the Neocatechumenals

Cult Fiction

Are there cults in the Catholic Church?

Amy Welborn’s blog

The Neocatechumenal Way - A Fearful Danger to the Faith

Christian Order

THE LAST TROJAN HORSE?

Church Mouse 1

Church Mouse 2

Church Mouse 3

PASCH (Parishioners Against a Secret Church) Home Page

Heresies in the Neocatechumenal Way

14 posted on 05/20/2005 3:38:02 PM PDT by Romulus (Der Inn fließt in den Tiber.)
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To: Romulus; pbear8

I thought Archbishop Chaput was a member of Opus Dei, which is not the same thing as the Neocatechumenal organization called The Way. Saint Josemaria Escriva was the founder of Opus Dei, and some guy named "Kiko" is head of The Way. Saint Escriva wrote a book called "The Way" but it is basically similar to Saint Theresa's "little way". I know a few priests in Opus Dei personally.


15 posted on 05/20/2005 5:06:20 PM PDT by padfoot_lover
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To: Siobhan

Chaput would know what to do! He is an excellent shepherd.


16 posted on 05/20/2005 5:11:26 PM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: OpusatFR

There are different ways of making the truth known. When St. Perpetua was taken prisoner, the group taken was just a small number of the Christians in her area. Those in the group wanted to be martyrs.

This is not to belittle the other Christians there at the time...God calls us all to witness. How we do it varies according to who we are, what talents and abilities we have, and what God wants to do with us.

Little things done with great love count as much as getting thrown to the lions.


17 posted on 05/20/2005 5:16:03 PM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: pbear8

Just search for "Opus Dei" on the FR religion threads, there are many mixed opinions. Opus Dei is named a cult in The Da Vinci Code, which I think only adds fuel to the fire of any erroneous cultish ideas about the group.


18 posted on 05/20/2005 5:17:13 PM PDT by padfoot_lover
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

"Little things done with great love count as much as getting thrown to the lions."

Which is exactly why I am very very fond of St. Teresa! (And her namesake, Our Blessed Teresa.)


19 posted on 05/20/2005 5:26:21 PM PDT by OpusatFR (I live in a swamp and reuse, recycle, refurbish, grow my own, ride a bike and vote gop)
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To: padfoot_lover

I know OD, my DH has one of their priests as a spiritual advisor. They don't scare me.


20 posted on 05/20/2005 5:55:28 PM PDT by pbear8 (Navigatrix, Tomas Torquemada Gentleman's Club - Ladies Auxiliary)
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To: Romulus

A quick read was enough to establish it as a Protestant movement. Sometimes heresy is so easy to spot it's not fun anymore. Kiko's catechism could have been written by Luther.


21 posted on 05/20/2005 6:08:46 PM PDT by pbear8 (Navigatrix, Tomas Torquemada Gentleman's Club - Ladies Auxiliary)
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To: Siobhan

Pinging you to my #15 -- Archbishop Chaput is in Opus Dei, a personal prelature approved by the Vatican, NOT that neocatechumenal "Way" group.


22 posted on 05/20/2005 6:19:10 PM PDT by padfoot_lover
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To: pbear8

I love that you are the Navigatrix of that most august association.


23 posted on 05/20/2005 8:16:12 PM PDT by Siobhan ("Whenever you come to save Rome, make all the noise you want." -- Pius XII)
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To: Siobhan

It was on my resume' that I can conn a ship through two pillars so they hired me ;)


24 posted on 05/20/2005 8:19:32 PM PDT by pbear8 (Navigatrix, Tomas Torquemada Gentleman's Club - Ladies Auxiliary)
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To: pbear8

St. John Bosco, pray for us.


25 posted on 05/20/2005 9:46:50 PM PDT by Siobhan ("Whenever you come to save Rome, make all the noise you want." -- Pius XII)
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To: padfoot_lover
Archbishop Chaput is not Opus Dei, Archbishop Gomez is.
26 posted on 05/21/2005 4:41:39 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Thanks for correcting me.... :-)


27 posted on 05/21/2005 4:47:50 PM PDT by padfoot_lover
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To: padfoot_lover

I have nothing to say oe way or the other about Archbishop Chaput's involvement with OD. What concerns me at present is that he has gone on the record as an outspoken supporter of the NC Way. It's not exactly hard to find examples of this. Google is our friend.


28 posted on 05/21/2005 7:49:39 PM PDT by Romulus (Der Inn fließt in den Tiber.)
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To: Romulus

I'll have to do some investigation of my own into this NC way, thanks.


29 posted on 05/22/2005 5:17:08 AM PDT by padfoot_lover
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To: Siobhan

I wouldn't mind Cardinal Archbishop of Washington. Burke wouldn't be bad there either.


30 posted on 05/22/2005 6:52:30 AM PDT by StAthanasiustheGreat (Vocatus Atque Non Vocatus Deus Aderit)
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