Related thoughts.... excerpts from a recent talk given by Archbishop Chaput:
“Critics of the Church have attacked Americas bishops so bitterly, for so long, over so many different issues including the abuse scandal, but by no means limited to it for very practical reasons.
***If a wedge can be driven between the pastors of the Church and her people, then a strong Catholic witness on controversial issues breaks down into much weaker groups of discordant voices. ...****
We also need to change the way we act. We need to understand that we cant quick fix our way out of problems we behaved ourselves into. Catholics have done very well in the United States. As I said earlier, most of us have a deep love for our country, its freedoms and its best ideals. But this is not our final home. There is no automatic harmony between Christian faith and American democracy. The eagerness of Catholics to push their way into our countrys mainstream over the past half century, to climb the ladder of social and economic success, has done very little to Christianize American culture. But its done a great deal to weaken the power of our Catholic witness.”
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Thank you for your courage and understanding of our faith to post this.
Saying these things are not easy and are even rejected by our own who have been weakened by our society