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Archbishop Chaput rips Clinton campaign efforts to change Church teaching

October 13, 2016

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia blasted Clinton campaign officials in a heated response to the revelations that they had organized a drive to influence the Church.

Writing in his archdiocesan newspaper, Archbishop Chaput said that he had encountered representatives of Catholics United in the past, and found them to be “obvious flacks for the Obama campaign and the Democratic Party.” (Catholics United is one of the organizations that John Podesta, the chairman of the Clinton campaign, disclosed that he had helped to establish, in emails made public by Wikileaks.)

In a sardonic finale to his column, the archbishop wrote:

Of course it would be wonderful for the Clinton campaign to repudiate the content of these ugly WikiLeaks emails. All of us backward-thinking Catholics who actually believe what Scripture and the Church teach would be so very grateful.


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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Oct. 15, 2016 11:48 AM ET USA

    Clinton hates the Church and especially its doctrines on abortion and homosexuality. She wants to change the Church views and have Catholics give up their beliefs one way or another. Thank God for Chaput.

  • Posted by: koinonia - Oct. 15, 2016 7:04 AM ET USA

    "Nobody understands the nature of the Church, or the ringing note of the creed descending from antiquity, who does not realize that the whole world once very nearly died of broadmindedness and the brotherhood of all religions.” -Chesterton. For decades there's been a mindset inviting change, and it's the faithful who already face charges of infidelity in resisting. Thus the recurrent gospel theme of vigilance which must persist as outside drives to influence the Church continue full throttle.

  • Posted by: Bveritas2322 - Oct. 14, 2016 4:14 PM ET USA

    God bless the lonely voice of Chaput, but when will we hear forceful public condemnations of dissident priests, nuns, bishops, theologicans and flat out Catholic anti-Catholic bigots that have been acting this way within the Church for the past half century?

  • Posted by: Margaret - Oct. 14, 2016 12:45 PM ET USA

    And yet, how many Catholics will vote for Hillary (including bishops, priests and nuns)?? We need to hear these messages in the pulpits, not just at these good Catholic websites that primarily faithful Catholics read.

  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Oct. 14, 2016 1:47 AM ET USA

    If you got this far, be sure to click on the link to read the entire worthwhile read. It is most unfortunate Archbishop Chaput's perspicacity is not better understood in certain high quarters. P.S. We must look to certain great schools to hope for future replacements (not to be too obtuse: Thomas Aquinas in Sao Palo, CA and Wyoming Catholic in Lander for example.)

  • Posted by: WNS3234 - Oct. 13, 2016 9:13 PM ET USA

    There are no words to describe the outrage we "backward Catholics" ought to feel at such a loathsome opinion publicly held and worse yet, even promoted. Would that we could, tear away from both "presidential" candidates their current warrant to present themselves for election to any political position.

  • Posted by: unum - Oct. 13, 2016 8:39 PM ET USA

    Catholics must not forget that the John Podesta / Hillary Clinton effort to undermine fundamental Church teaching with leftist ideas is an attack on our Church, not a campaign issue. It is reassuring to know that Clinton and others on the extreme left regard Catholic teaching as a threat to leftist, pagan ideology. But, look for the left to continue to attack Catholic teaching as it seeks to woo faithful Catholics to immoral leftist thinking.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 13, 2016 7:32 PM ET USA

    I stand with Archbishop Chaput. All faithful practicing Catholics should stand behind Archbishop Chaput and their own local ordinary, which for myself is Bishop Thomas Olmsted.

  • Posted by: aclune9083 - Oct. 13, 2016 7:28 PM ET USA

    As usual, Archbishop Chaput is right on the mark. Sadly, Cupich gets the red hat, Chaput, no way. It is becoming more difficult to believe that Pope Francis is listening to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.