Archbishop Chaput has made a remarkable series of speeches recently and they can be found here. All deserve to be read by all Catholics in this country who are concerned about our Faith and the US. His speech of February 24, 2009 in Toronto has been subject to analysis here at American Catholic in this post.
Yesterday, and a hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air who brought this to my attention, the Archbishop made another speech. The text of the speech is not on line, but I was struck by this passage in reports of the speech:
“Noting that there was no question about President Barack Obama’s views on abortion “rights,” embryonic stem cell research and other “problematic issues,” he commented:
“Some Catholics in both political parties are deeply troubled by these issues. But too many Catholics just don’t really care. That’s the truth of it. If they cared, our political environment would be different. If 65 million Catholics really cared about their faith and cared about what it teaches, neither political party could ignore what we believe about justice for the poor, or the homeless, or immigrants, or the unborn child. If 65 million American Catholics really understood their faith, we wouldn’t need to waste each other’s time arguing about whether the legalized killing of an unborn child is somehow ‘balanced out’ or excused by three other good social policies.”
BINGO! That is why we have mockeries like the administration of Notre Dame toadying up to do homage to the most pro-abort President in our nation’s history. Oh they’ll mouth platitudes about a “culture of life”. But actually do something about it? Why they might be shunned in the academic community. They might be attacked in the New York Times. Late night comedians might make jokes about them. Additionally, what about issues really important to them, like increasing federal largess to universities, or the rights of pets of Wiccan lesbian people of color Micronesian illegal aliens?
It is for this type of putrid mess of pottage that too many Catholics sell out not only the unborn but the Faith .
Bravo to Archbishop Chaput for the courage to say that not only the emperor is naked but so are we. A full analysis to follow when the text of the speech is available on line.