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Inaugural Champion of Life - Archbishop Charles Chaput
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As we prepared for the launch of 4CToday, many news sources were searched for current Champions of Life Bishops. Indeed, many Champions were identified, although their actual numbers represent a relative small minority of US bishops. Choosing one to headline the inaugural edition of 4CToday was difficult. Several could have been chosen. But only one could be first. So, we present Archbishop Charles Chaput of the Denver Colorado Archdiocese as the first featured Champion of Life. 1
Archbishop Chaput is a strong proponent of all Pro Life causes. But he also (correctly) recognizes that the evils that exist in the world today so do because of the will of society. Addressing the 15th Symposium for the Canon Law Association of Slovakia on August 24, 2010, he warned that “Christianity will become a faith that can speak in the public square less and less freely”. “We face an aggressively secular political vision and a consumerist economic model that result – in practice, If not in explicit intent—in a new kind of state-encouraged atheism.” Continuing, he said despite the fact that “In the United States, a nation that is still 80 percent Christian with a high degree of religious practice, government agencies now increasingly seek to dictate how Church ministries should operate and to force them into practices that would destroy their Catholic identity.”
In an interview with Life Site news in late February 2009, “Archbishop Chaput stressed that “not nearly enough” US Bishops have been speaking out strongly on the current state of the culture. He also pointed out that poor instruction of Catholics over the past 40 years has to a large degree been responsible for many of today’s serious problems with US Catholicism, especially the lack of “understanding of the horror of abortion.” LifeSite further noted that despite the Archbishop’s usually upbeat and gentle manner, he “did not beat around the bush on the abortion issue, and the responsibilities of Catholics and Catholic Leaders in the culture wars.”
The Archbishop understands the Complacency and Apathy within the Church and where the solution lies. Thank You, Archbishop Chaput, for being a Champion of life.
We must encourage Archbishop Chaput to continue to be outspoken and to challenge his peers to do the same. He needs to hear from us who depend on Catholic leadership, like his, for our Salvation Journey.
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1 all material regarding Archbishop Chaput obtained from www.lifesitenews.com