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The Profound, Unapologetic and Timely Reflections of Archbishop Chaput [Catholics in Public Life]
Catholic World Report ^ | 4/5/12 | Michael J. Miller

Posted on 04/11/2012 7:04:59 AM PDT by marshmallow

Abp. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. publishes e-book about Catholic Witness: "A Heart on Fire"

Almost fifty years ago, the writings on religious pluralism of an American Jesuit, John Courtney Murray, helped the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council to draft a Declaration on Religious Liberty in a world where millions of Christians were being ruled by officially atheistic regimes.

On March 23, 2012, hundreds of citizens gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia to participate in a Rally for Religious Freedom, in protest of the U.S. Government’s Health and Human Services Department mandate that compels institutions and individuals to pay for insurance coverage of contraception and abortion despite their conscientious objections.

The United States used to be such a staunch defender and beacon of religious freedom. What happened?!

Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., who now serves as Archbishop of Philadelphia, incisively explains many of the reasons for this paradox in a new e-book entitled A Heart on Fire: Catholic Witness and the Next America, published by Image Books (a division of Random House, Inc.).

The author neatly captures the fundamental tension in the American religious scene by contrasting the courage and pioneering spirit of the Christians who first came to these shores and the skepticism of their materialistic descendants just a few generations later (symbolized respectively by Bunyan’s perennial classic, The Pilgrim’s Progress, and satirical portrayals of Protestantism in short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne).

Nowadays the skeptics seem to have commandeered the megaphones. Chaput writes:

Freedom of religion and freedom of the press are two key pillars of our country’s identity. But more than sixty years ago, the writer George Orwell saw something curious emerging in the character of modern journalism—an erosion of free thought and expression unique to democratic societies.

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics

1 posted on 04/11/2012 7:05:05 AM PDT by marshmallow
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The fear of schism still looms over the Church. Either that, or the overwhelmingly Irish (and older) clergy still can’t quite manage to cut the apron strings tying them to the Democrat party. Claiming, as poster 2 points out on the website, that neither American political party offers a failsafe choice for Christians reinforces all the old loyalties (to the Rat party) while killing any hope at all of intellectually honest evaluations of the choice between the parties. Poor Cardinal Dolan. He was hoodwinked by a Democrat president. That recognition, that revelation, may be a step forward for the Chucrch, but look how long it’s taken! The dems have been hoodwinking Catholics and Christians for decades while floating the images of Al Smith and Jack Kennedy throughout their visions of Utopia. There IS a difference between the parties, and it’s about time the American Catholic Church noticed.

2 posted on 04/11/2012 7:45:18 AM PDT by Mach9
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3 posted on 04/17/2012 2:07:32 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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