Posts tagged “Charles Chaput

A new kind of paganism

Posted on February 25th, 2012

More from Chaput: Catholics need to wake up from the illusion that the America we now live in – not the America of our nostalgia or imagination or best ideals, but the real America we live in here and now – is somehow friendly to our faith.  What we’re watching emerge in this country is a new kind of paganism, an atheism with air-conditioning and digital TV.  And it is neither tolerant nor morally neutral. As the historian Gertrude Himmelfarb observed more than a decade ago, “What was once stigmatized as deviant behavior is now tolerated and even sanctioned; what was once regarded as abnormal has been normalized.”  But even more importantly, she added, “As deviancy is normalized, so what was once normal becomes…

A measured and deliberate attack on religion’s moral influence

Posted on February 25th, 2012

Archbishop Charles Chaput is one of the leading lights in American Catholicism. His entire statement on the HHS Mandate is worth reading, but in the following two paragraphs he makes a point that I have not seen elsewhere, at least not so directly: The current administration prides itself on being measured and deliberate. The current HHS mandate needs to be understood as exactly that. Commentators are using words like “gaffe,” “ill conceived,” and “mistake” to describe the mandate. They’re wrong. It’s impossible to see this regulation as some happenstance policy. It has been too long in the making. Despite all of its public apprehension about “culture warriors” on the political right in the past, the current administration has created an HHS mandate that is…

The Unity of the West

Posted on January 12th, 2011

Fr. Charles Caput, Roman Archbishop of Denver, on the world’s two biggest lies (emphasis mine): Two of the biggest lies in the world today are these: first, that Christianity was of relatively minor importance in the development of the West; and second, that Western values and institutions can be sustained without a grounding in Christian moral principles. […] Downplaying the West’s Christian past is sometimes done with the best intentions, from a desire to promote peaceful co-existence in a pluralistic society. But more frequently it’s done to marginalize Christians and to neutralize the Church’s public witness. The Church needs to name and fight this lie. To be a European or an American is to be heir to a profound Christian synthesis of Greek philosophy…