Tuesday, February 24, 2009

"No we can't!"

Archbishop Chaput on the "adulation surrounding Obama".
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Chaput is another guy who definitely knows what is going on in our country, and he is here to remind American Catholics of what to do about it. First and foremost, the archbishop is a realist, acknowledging:
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"[The] Church in the United States has done a poor job of forming the faith and conscience of Catholics for more than 40 years. And now we’re harvesting the results -- in the public square, in our families and in the confusion of our personal lives. I could name many good people and programs that seem to disprove what I just said. But I could name many more that do prove it, and some of them work in Washington. American Catholics need to realize that many in the current generation haven’t just been "assimilated" into the American culture, but have in fact been "absorbed and bleached and digested by it," Archbishop Chaput asserted" - CNA
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"Servility and adulation"
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"I like clarity, and there’s a reason why," began the archbishop. "I think modern life, including life in the Church, suffers from a phony unwillingness to offend that poses as prudence and good manners, but too often turns out to be cowardice. Human beings owe each other respect and appropriate courtesy. But we also owe each other the truth -- which means candor."
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According to the archbishop, the political situation for Catholics is difficult to discern because a "spirit of adulation bordering on servility already exists among some of the same Democratic-friendly Catholic writers, scholars, editors and activists who once accused pro-lifers of being too cozy with Republicans. It turns out that Caesar is an equal opportunity employer."
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In a reference to the messianic treatment the Barack Obama received from some Americans during the presidential primaries, Archbishop Chaput delivered his second point: "in democracies, we elect public servants, not messiahs.
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"For Christians," he explained, "hope is a virtue, not an emotional crutch or a political slogan. Virtus, the Latin root of virtue, means strength or courage. Real hope is unsentimental. It has nothing to do with the cheesy optimism of election campaigns. Hope assumes and demands a spine in believers. And that’s why – at least for a Christian -- hope sustains us when the real answer to the problems or hard choices in life is ‘no, we can’t,’ instead of ‘yes, we can.’" - CNA
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The truth is out there.

2 comments:

  1. David9:32 AM

    AMEN!!!! Your Excellency. AMEN!!! Wow a bishop who actually and publicly calls it as it is. Why can't HE be given NY or LA or even SF...get him out of Colorado and to a place where his voice cannot be ignored.

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  2. I "heart" Archbishop Chaput!

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