By Fr. Wilson (articles ) | Apr 15, 2004

The Archbishop of Denver has written an article admonishing politicians who claim to be Catholic while their votes dissent from Catholic teaching. Indications are this is just his first move in a forthcoming campaign.

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 18, 2004 12:34 PM ET USA

    The Archbishop has been one of the Father's of the Church I have looked up to in these times. He's not ashamed of the Gospel as some of his fellows seem to be when they water down the Church's teaching to political correctness and conformity to public tastes and takes. Case in point: hiring a PR firm for Pete's sake! I don't think Jesus was to concerned about PR or photo ops. Rather, He was sign of contradiction, an anomoly, the rise and fall of many in Isreal.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 16, 2004 11:29 PM ET USA

    I pray that Chaput speaks to his brother bishops as well; the consequences of them arguing with Our Lord about it at the Final Judgment are too horrible to wish on anyone.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 16, 2004 11:27 PM ET USA

    More importantly, where is the nuncio of nuance, Bishop Wilton Gregory? He's been remarkably quiet -- as if there's some type of inventory shortage of pre-fabricated episcopal boilerplate. After all, if protecting the children is A-Number One, and not just a reference to A-1 steaksauce (for all you UK readers out there) then shouldn't how Catholic politicians vote on abortion be Ay-Number One? Paging Bishop Gregory, please pick up the white courtesy phone.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 16, 2004 10:01 AM ET USA

    Ok, Archbishop Chaput is to my knowledge one of 6 prelates on the "problem of pro-abortion 'Catholic' politicians" commission, but how is he going to handle the public moral cowardice of Cardinal McCarrick regarding the most infamous of these politicians? God Bless Archbishop Chaput for his courage. I pray he will also speak courageously to his brothers on the commission.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 16, 2004 9:03 AM ET USA

    I wonder if I should hold my breath waiting for Bishop Clark in Rochester, NY to follow suit. Yes, I have considered pursuing a career as a stand-up comedian.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 16, 2004 1:33 AM ET USA

    Hooray for Archbishop Chaput! I read the article in the Denver Post which said he "scolded" Catholic politicians who did not follow church teaching. I would call what Chaput said in his article to the Denver Catholic Register more than a scold - he said their souls were in danger. If I had to guess, Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs will follow suit, which leaves only the Pueblo bishop to figure out what stand he plans to take on this matter. The tide is turning, folks. Give thanks!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 15, 2004 7:20 PM ET USA

    Wonder what "Catholic" Church Salazar belongs to? He is creating his own church by dissenting on Church doctrine. Unfortunately he is not alone in this respect. How many clergy and laity dissent on Humanae Vitae and other teachings of the Church? At least he did not say he was just following his conscience! Interesting that he does not want "to impose my religious morality on other people." What is the basis of his religious morality? Is there some law, Church or civil that applies?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 15, 2004 3:47 PM ET USA

    Chaput for next Pope !

  • Posted by: - Apr. 15, 2004 12:22 PM ET USA

    Archbishop Chaput is a good and holy man. Just now I sent an e-mail to my Ordinary, Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs, respectfully requesting that he join the good Archbishop of Denver in issuing a public reprove of Mr. Salazar. May God have mercy on Mr. Salazar.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 15, 2004 11:26 AM ET USA

    Why do politicians with the Hispanic heritage of genuine Catholic orthodoxy (like Salazar) advocate the tired ideologies of sorry old hippies (like "Father" Drinan)? Because their faith is only skin-deep -- a mere cultural accoutrement to be trotted out and displayed when of material benefit -- certainly not something to die for.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 15, 2004 10:41 AM ET USA

    The basic problem is seen in Salazar's comment: "I belived the Catholic Church is an institution where the doctrine is made by men." That alone makes him at least a heretic and separates him from the Catholic Church. But, when you have some bishops and many in the bureaucracy that believe the same thing, there won't be many real changes. Pray that God gives more bishops like Chaput.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 15, 2004 10:21 AM ET USA

    Salazar, who 'once studied for the priesthood' says: "The Catholic Church is an institution in which men create the doctrines of the church..." Actually counsellor, Christ laid down the doctrines of the church. It is men who distort them. You probably missed that class in the seminary, huh...?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 15, 2004 9:45 AM ET USA

    Its nice that some Bishops are standing up, but I'd prefer to see the ones that are sitting down, thrown out. When Henry VIII beheaded St Thomas More, how many of the Catholic hierarchy went to the gallows after him, and how many became Anglicans?

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Apr. 15, 2004 9:28 AM ET USA

    How ironic it will be that this man, John Kerry, whose only use for the Catholic Church is as a political prop during the election cycle, will be the cause of the first self-examination of the role of bishops in carrying Catholic morality into public policy since the time of the Great Depression.