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Breaking: (Archbishop) Chaput responds to Biden
American Papist ^ | September 8, 2008 | Thomas Peters

Posted on 09/08/2008 1:42:40 PM PDT by NYer

Today on the Archdiocese of Denver website, the following news item:

Denver bishops release letter to faithful, stress importance of accurate moral reasoning by public servants

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. and Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley have released a new letter to the Catholics of northern Colorado, titled “Public Servants and Moral Reasoning.” In the letter, they reaffirm the importance of informed moral reasoning when discerning public action, especially in regard to Catholics who serve their country on the national stage. Click here to read the full letter (PDF file)

The last two paragraphs sum-up Archbishop Chaput's position:

In his Meet the Press interview, Sen. Biden used a morally exhausted argument that American Catholics have been hearing for 40 years: i.e., that Catholics can't "impose" their religiously based views on the rest of the country. But resistance to abortion is a matter of human rights, not religious opinion. And the senator knows very well as a lawmaker that all law involves the imposition of some people's convictions on everyone else. That is the nature of the law. American Catholics have allowed themselves to be bullied into accepting the destruction of more than a million developing unborn children a year. Other people have imposed their "pro-choice" beliefs on American society without any remorse for decades.

If we claim to be Catholic, then American Catholics, including public officials who describe themselves as Catholic, need to act accordingly. We need to put an end to Roe and the industry of permissive abortion it enables. Otherwise all of us - from senators and members of Congress, to Catholic laypeople in the pews - fail not only as believers and disciples, but also as citizens.

Bishops who have responded to Biden so far: 3.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Religion & Politics; Theology
KEYWORDS: abortion; archbishopchaput; biden; chaput
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1 posted on 09/08/2008 1:42:41 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...

Biden-gate :-)


2 posted on 09/08/2008 1:43:36 PM PDT by NYer ("Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ." - St. Jerome)
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To: NYer

About time!

I think this is due at least in part to the leadership of Pope Benedict.


3 posted on 09/08/2008 1:45:12 PM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: NYer

There have always been high-ranking, pro-abortion Catholics in Washington. I’m wondering why now Church leadership is coming out so vociferously against Biden and Pelosi. I’m all for it, don’t get me wrong.


4 posted on 09/08/2008 1:46:49 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie (Homeschool like your kids' lives depend on it.)
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To: NYer

Its long overdue.


5 posted on 09/08/2008 1:49:31 PM PDT by Schwarzeneger (The Empire Strikes Back.....Free Georgia (McCain/Palin 08))
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To: NYer

Oh slow Joe Biden, this is why Dummies shouldn’t do theology.


6 posted on 09/08/2008 1:51:06 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (Annoy the media, end the Obamanation, vote maverick, McCain/Palin '08)
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To: ChocChipCookie

http://wdtprs.com/blog/2008/09/bp-morlino-of-madsion-on-pelosi-biden-and-the-failure-of-clergy/

you can hear a sermon of Bishop Morlino of Madison, WI quite critical of Biden and Pelosi

I do not know what to make of the bishops finally summoning some leadership. It couldn’t come at a better time.


7 posted on 09/08/2008 1:51:36 PM PDT by Piers-the-Ploughman (Just say no to circular firing squads.)
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To: NYer

Pelosi got called called for her comments... so this jerk repeats them. Palin’s gonna’ rip him a new one during the debate!


8 posted on 09/08/2008 1:53:25 PM PDT by johnny7 ("Duck I says... ")
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To: NYer

Amazing. There was a time it would be remarkable for 3 U.S. bishops to respond to this at all, but now we have 3 bishops respond within 24 hours?


9 posted on 09/08/2008 1:54:08 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: NYer

try telling that to my Catholic MIL who has been voting dem all her life...........


10 posted on 09/08/2008 1:57:24 PM PDT by tioga (Big Mac and the Cuda - 2008)
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To: NYer

I’m betting it’s the Pope’s influence. Several bishops have said something before, but it was isolated and sporadic. Giving some of them a shove, though, brings out enough simultaneously to make a much more forceful impression. Keep ‘em coming! ;-)


11 posted on 09/08/2008 1:57:45 PM PDT by maryz
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To: ChocChipCookie
There have always been high-ranking, pro-abortion Catholics in Washington. I’m wondering why now Church leadership is coming out so vociferously against Biden and Pelosi. I’m all for it, don’t get me wrong.

Maybe the Vatican knows something we don't.

12 posted on 09/08/2008 1:58:51 PM PDT by fanfan (SCC:Canadians have constitutional protection to all opinions, as long as they are based on the facts)
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To: nickcarraway
On the Atlanta front in the abortion wars, our Archbishop “printed” - without comment or extension or even SIGNING his name! - an original (undated) boilerplate letter of the right-to-life committee.

I suspect that his racial/ethnic liberal politics - that only allow him to support Obama (and by extension Pelosi and Kennedy and Biden and Kerry ....) - are more important to him than 43 million aborted taxpayers.

13 posted on 09/08/2008 2:01:35 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: NYer
And the senator knows very well as a lawmaker that all law involves the imposition of some people's convictions on everyone else.

I want to remember this in case I need it for ammo because it is true so by posting it, I can find it again for awhile.

Now there was a thread about a bishop? in WI who scrapped his sermon? s/b homily oh well after Biden's appearance on "Meet the Press", same old tired argument we've heard so much.

My only concern, and I don't do poscast to hear a replay, is that if he brought him up by name in church, I don't know if that crosses the line. I don't want the Catholics to get backed into a corner and risk losing their 501c(3). They have to walk a fine line. Unless you are a liberal church.

14 posted on 09/08/2008 2:01:43 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: ChocChipCookie

This weekend our priest went off in his sermon on how we have to remove the unbeliever from the group, after airing your grievances with him, two or three witnesses, and then The Church.


15 posted on 09/08/2008 2:02:24 PM PDT by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: ChocChipCookie

does kennedy take communion?

i’m a former catholic who did not like the double standard, turn a blind-eye to those “famous” catholics who support abortion and take communion and get an annulment after having children and being married for 20 years.


16 posted on 09/08/2008 2:02:39 PM PDT by machogirl
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Biden was speaking in Iowa today. He looked very old, tired, and depressed. How anyone could be inspired by that...It seems like they are bummed out by McCain’s poll numbers in the wake of the convention and the Palin pick.


17 posted on 09/08/2008 2:04:54 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: ChocChipCookie

Pope Benedict would be the reason why we are now getting more action from the bishops about this.


18 posted on 09/08/2008 2:06:20 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
Biden was speaking in Iowa today. He looked very old, tired, and depressed.

They know they are in for an a$$ whippin'!

19 posted on 09/08/2008 2:08:35 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: johnny7
Pelosi’s comments were far more egregious than Biden's.....Biden stated as a lawmaker he had no right to impose his beliefs on others, so abortion was OK......Pelosi tried to say the church teaching was that life begins in the third trimester and that the church's teaching was not clear..........when the church teaching is very clear that life begins at conception. Any abortion is murder - no if, ands, or buts........both of them should have the intellect to understand this, so they are openly defiant in their positions. As it Ted Kennedy, btw.
20 posted on 09/08/2008 2:08:45 PM PDT by tioga (Big Mac and the Cuda - 2008)
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