Monday, March 2, 2009

Archbishop Chaput: Not one to mince words

I’ve quoted Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver CO before. He has been outspoken in his rejection of legalized abortion, wrote a book titled Render Unto Caesar about how Catholics ought to live their faith in the public square and has, most recently, spoken at an even in Toronto analyzing the outcome of the US presidential election.

Here’s a snippet of his speech:

Every new election cycle I hear from unhappy, self-described Catholics who
complain that abortion is too much of a litmus test. But isn’t that exactly what
it should be? One of the defining things that set early Christians apart from
the pagan culture around them was their respect for human life; and specifically
their rejection of abortion and infanticide. We can’t be Catholic and be evasive
or indulgent about the killing of unborn life. We can’t claim to be “Catholic”
and “pro-choice” at the same time without owning the responsibility for where
the choice leads – to a dead unborn child. We can’t talk piously about programs
to reduce the abortion body count without also working vigorously to change the
laws that make the killing possible. If we’re Catholic, then we believe in the
sanctity of developing human life. And if we don’t really believe in the
humanity of the unborn child from the moment life begins, then we should stop
lying to ourselves and others, and even to God, by claiming we’re something
we’re not.
To the Archbishop I say “good for you!” Good for you for taking your position as shepherd seriously. Good for you for teaching consistently with the Tradition of our Church. Good for you for speaking up for voiceless babies who can’t defend themselves. Good for you for demanding that “pro-choice Catholics” make a choice; are you pro-choice or are you Catholic?

Do we need better options for pregnant women? Yes. Do we need better adoption regulations? Yes. Do we need this or that? Yes. Do the lack of these things justify killing a child? The pope and bishops say NO. How can a person be “Catholic” and say yes?

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