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(Archbishop) Chaput: Donít Let Biden Get Away With Misleading on HHS Mandate
Life News ^ | October 14, 2012 | Deal Hudson

Posted on 10/14/2012 3:05:06 PM PDT by NYer

Nearly 500 people packed the gymnasium at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania late Saturday afternoon to hear Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap address the issue of Catholics in politics.

Archbishop Chaput spoke for about 45 minutes, followed by eight questions from the audience. The last question was from a Catholic woman who described herself as a “conservative” who asked the Archbishop why so many Catholics were “liberal.” His answer typified the Archbishop’s manner and message:

“I call you as a Catholic, to forget about the labels, be a liberal sometimes, a conservative sometimes, but a Catholic first.”

The Archbishop follows his own advice: Chaput’s presentation included a strong affirmation of the abortion and marriage issues as belonging to political debate, some very direct criticism of Vice President Biden’s comments during the debate this past week, and the admonition, “If you are not for social justice you are not being a Catholic.”

Archbishop Chaput is no stranger to engaging in political debate. His book Render Unto Caesar: Serving Our Nation by Living our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life, published in August, 2008, infused that year’s presidential campaign with an authoritative Catholic voice. The book also drew some harsh criticism for what was called a “partisan” effort by the Archbishop to influence the outcome of the election.

Chaput remains unapologetic for his book, which now has been republished with an additional chapter on his habit of addressing controversial issues such as abortion, same sex marriage, and religious liberty. He rejects the accusation that for a priest or bishop to instruct the faithful on these issues is ‘partisan’. It is for the clergy to preach and teach and for “the laity to act on what they’re taught.”

He asked for a show of hands of those who were “more serious about being a Democrat than being a Catholic.” None appeared. Then, for the hands of those who were “more serious about being a Republican than a Catholic.” Again, no hands were raised. The Archbishop then said, “All of us should be more serious about being Catholic than a Democrat or a Republican.”

“What if you had to choose between our country and Jesus, what would you choose? We have not had to make that choice, yet.” With that last comment, a ripple of recognition could be felt in the audience, as if the Archbishop was tapping into the deep concern that brought them into the gymnasium on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in autumn.

“I don’t want to go to jail,” the Archbishop said with a laugh, as he explained that during the coming year the bishops would have to decide how to respond to the HHS mandate. “Biden was wrong” in what he said about the mandate during the debate, and “he should not get away with saying that in the public square.”

The archbishop added that the HHS mandate “could lead to the closing of schools and other Catholic institutions. This is a serious matter.”

Earlier in his lecture he described Biden’s debate comments as the “latest outrageous example” of the false division between personal Catholic belief and political action.

He singled out President Obama and Secretary Sebelius only in the context of the absurdity of how the mandate defines a religious institution: “Our institutions,” Chaput said, “would be considered religious if we served only Catholics — now that wouldn’t be very Catholic, would it?”

“We believe in the separation of Church and State, but that is not the same thing as a separation between faith and politics. Faith is what we believe, politics is how we act. We are hypocrites if we fail to act in accord with our beliefs.”

One point Archbishop Chaput made with a particular note of force in his otherwise gentle voice: “It’s a sin if you do not vote in the upcoming election.” He cautioned that Catholics, “should not vote their party line blindly but apply the principles of Catholic social teaching — such as the common good and subsidiarity to their voting decisions.”

If your political party is for abortion, Chaput told the crowd, “You can’t just be quiet; you must try to change your party.” He went on to explain that the reason for abortion on demand in our nation was the historic failure of Catholics to impress pro-life beliefs on both parties.

One of the questioners raised the issue of the three exceptions to abortion mentioned by vice presidential candidate Ryan during the debate and urged the bishop to correct him. In response, Chaput explained:

“Everyone knows the bishops admit no exceptions. Biden knows where the Church stands, and he chooses not to believe it. Ryan was stating the position of his party led by a Mormon who holds the same position of his faith, Mormonism, which allows those exceptions.”

During his presentation and answers to questions, Archbishop Chaput made some very penetrating comments about the history of the Church in our nation. For example, he described the present generation of clergy — those his age or close to his age — as having been formed during the age of the civil rights struggle, the struggle for social justice. “It’s an emotional thing for many priests, and this is why you have nuns attacking Paul Ryan.”

He explained further that the demand for social justice and human dignity includes a “right to health care but not the right to the government providing health care.” He came back to this distinction during the Q & A period when he reminded the audience of the importance of subsidiarity as a political principle, one that is “often forgotten,” he said.

The one statement in a very rich speech that drew the loudest applause, was when Chaput described Jesus as having been killed “because he spoke the truth” and refused to back down from it. I think the applause was a response not only to the admonition but also to the example of a bishop who is willing to speak the truth in the public square, Archbishop Charles C. Chaput of Philadelphia.


TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: catholicvote; hhs; obama; religiousleft
LifeNews Note: Deal W. Hudson is president of the Pennsylvania Catholics’ Network and was chairman of Catholic Outreach at the RNC between 2000-2004 and is
the author of Onward Christian Soldiers: the Growing Political Power of Catholics and Evangelicals in the United States (Simon & Schuster 2008).
1 posted on 10/14/2012 3:05:09 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Catholic ping!


2 posted on 10/14/2012 3:06:07 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer

I just wish the church management had the spiritual strength to excommunicate fake Catholics like Biden, Pelosi, and Sebelius.


3 posted on 10/14/2012 3:09:46 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: nascarnation
I just wish the church management had the spiritual strength to excommunicate fake Catholics like Biden, Pelosi, and Sebelius.

As another Freeper pointed out, Biden has been excommunicated in his home diocese. Chaput has also said something similar: Biden had better not show up in front of him expecting to receive the Eucharist. But the Archbishop of Washington DC, Donald Wuerhl, is kind of limp-wristed on these matters.

4 posted on 10/14/2012 3:19:54 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: NYer

Because not all Catholics are Catholics.....


5 posted on 10/14/2012 3:34:42 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: NYer

Bravo!


6 posted on 10/14/2012 3:42:27 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Romney vs Obama, Round One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyNxHOZiQPA)
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To: NYer
He explained further that the demand for social justice and human dignity includes a “right to health care but not the right to the government providing health care.”

How can you have one without the other? I don't see how you can have a "right" to goods and services.

7 posted on 10/14/2012 4:00:23 PM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: Homer_J_Simpson
Dear Homer_J_Simpson,

It strikes me as a little silly to talk about a “right to health care,” as it's really part of a more basic right - the right to one’s property and the right to make use of one’s property as one sees fit to provide the means for one’s life and the lives of one’s family.

So, each person has a right to earn a living, the right to use one’s means to obtain the necessities of life, within the bounds of the moral law.

It no more means that the government has an unlimited obligation to provide those means anymore than the right to free expression means that government is obligated to buy one a printing press.

That being said, although the government doesn't have the right to pick our pockets to provide for those who can't provide for themselves (whether temporarily, or more long-term), we do have an obligation of charity toward those sufficiently less fortunate that they legitimately need our assistance to provide for the necessities of life, and woe to us if we make no effort to meet those needs.


sitetest

8 posted on 10/14/2012 5:15:22 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

“He explained further that the demand for social justice and human dignity includes a “right to health care but not the right to the government providing health care.”

He came back to this distinction during the Q & A period when he reminded the audience of the importance of subsidiarity as a political principle, one that is “often forgotten,” he said.”

That is how Catholic hospitals started. In local areas where the need was.


9 posted on 10/14/2012 5:40:14 PM PDT by Not gonna take it anymore (If Obama were twice as smart as he is, he would be a wit)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

Think in a broader context. Terry Schiavo was denied her right to health care.


10 posted on 10/14/2012 6:15:45 PM PDT by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

Everyone deserves to have health care, and we have a duty to give it. Which is why the Church established hospitals, and long before that Christians became known by the Roman people for their care for the sick. You don’t think that the Roman government cared for the sick do you? The first legal recognition of Christians by that Roman government, as distinct from the Jews, came for a group not unlike the Knights of Columbus, a mutual aid society that performed the corporal acts of mercy?


11 posted on 10/14/2012 6:27:13 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: ottbmare
As another Freeper pointed out, Biden has been excommunicated in his home diocese.

Do you have a link to that claim because Biden has not been excommunicated ferendae sententiae.

12 posted on 10/14/2012 6:47:32 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
Biden "effectively excommunicated"

From 2008

13 posted on 10/14/2012 6:55:42 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
Biden "effectively excommunicated"

From 2008. Of course it is not, as you note, ferendae sententiae.

14 posted on 10/14/2012 6:56:48 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: ottbmare; Jeff Chandler
"On September 2 [2008] the Bishop of Scranton, Pennsylvania (a crucial swing state) banned him [Biden] from communion in his diocese."

I never knew that. Thank God for this bishop!

15 posted on 10/15/2012 9:31:29 AM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: ottbmare
Telling someone they can't receive Communion is not "effective excommunication" despite what that blogger parrots or what Gerald Warner claims. It is an interdict. Big difference between the two.

Again show us the ferendae sententiae excommunication of Biden issued by his Ordinary.

16 posted on 10/16/2012 9:29:33 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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Outrage!… Military Tells Chaplains What They Can and Can’t Say About HHS/ObamaAssault on Religion
Updated: *153* Bishops (Over 80% of Dioceses) Have Spoken Out Against Obama/HHS Mandate
href="http://www.sundayscripturestudy.com/this_week.html">An Affront Catholics Agree On [Liberal and Conservative Catholics Against Obama Mandate]

Army Silenced Chaplains Last Sunday
Catholic Military Archdiocese & Chaplains interfered with last Sunday by Pres. Obama’s Admin
The Anti-Catholic President v. the Catholic Bishops
Sen. Rubio introduces bill to reverse Obama birth control mandate
Churches balk at birth control rule - Catholics won’t comply, Bishop Kevin Rhoades says
Protestants and Jews declare to White House: We stand with Catholics
Checking the Air Outside [Bp. Zubik's follow up to Obama's “To Hell with You”]
Mohler [Southern Baptist] Says Insurance Mandate Not Just 'Catholic' Issue
An Open Letter to President Barack Obama Concerning Recent Tyranny (With Pictures!)
Lincoln bishop: prepare for 'suffering' under HHS mandate
Bishop David Zubik confronts Obama
Obama’s ‘war on the church’

Pope hits out at 'radical secularism'
‘We Will Not Comply’: Catholic Leaders Distribute Letter Slamming Obama Admin Contraceptive Mandate
‘We Will Not Comply’: Catholic Leaders Distribute Letter Slamming Obama Admin Contraceptive Mandate
Bruskewitz: Fight Insurance Ruling [Sebelius a "bitter, fallen away Catholic"]
Letter from Archbishop John G. Vlazny on the matter of freedom of conscience and decisions by HHS
Bishop Olmsted's Letter to Catholics [Catholic Caucus]
Liberty for the Amish & Quakers but not Catholics. . .
Contraception mandate prompts Peoria bishop to instate St. Michael Prayer (Catholic Caucus)
Phoenix bishop (Olmstead): defy feds on birth control
A letter from Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr concerning HHS edict
Speak honestly: abortion is ‘the killing of tiny human beings in the womb’ – Denver bishop
Bishop [Daniel Jenky] Blasts Secularist Intolerance, Calls For ‘Assertive Action’ to Defend Church
(Pittsburgh Bishop Zubik comments:) HHS delays rule on contraceptive coverage
Dolan: Natural law, not religious preference, dictates all life sacred
Religious leaders blast HHS over contraception mandate
Mandated Contraception, Sterilization: Caesar Demands Church Violate Conscience
OBAMA’S CONTEMPT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY (mandates coverage of sterilization & contraception)
Implications of Obama Admin move to force Cath hospitals to provide contraception and sterilizations
Catholic doctors’ group launches petition against contraception mandate
Contraception mandate tramples religious freedom, US bishops say

17 posted on 10/30/2012 3:40:02 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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