Democrats Snub Denver's Archbishop Chaput
The Democrat Party has not invited the Archbishop of Denver Charles J. Chaput to attend their national convention, which will be held in his archdiocese next week:
Democrats have invited more than two dozen religious leaders to pray or speak at their upcoming conventioin with a notable exception: Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, a policy wonk and the leader of Colorado's largest religious denomination.(emphasis added)
Several Catholics, including former Colorado state Sen. Polly Baca, "Dead Man Walking" author Sister Helen Prejean, social justice lobbyist Sister Catherine Pinkerton and Pepperdine University professor Douglas W. Kmiec, are on the program.
Raymond Flynn, the Democratic mayor of Boston for 10 years before being named ambassador to the Vatican during the Clinton administration, said not inviting the archbishop to pray or speak was "a serious oversight" that Democratic leaders should correct.
"Chaput is one of the most respected leaders of the Catholic Church in America," he said. "His record is a strong commitment to social and economic justice and the principles of the Catholic faith. He's also a strong patriot.
"Pro-life Democrats who are proud Catholics like myself feel this is an insult to our values."
Instead of following Monday night's opening ceremonies on TV, the archbishop will join Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, in a prayer vigil against abortion near a Planned Parenthood clinic in Stapleton, a Denver suburb.
The archbishop, who is not registered with any political party, is keenly interested in politics. His latest book, "Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life," was released last Tuesday.
Governor Casey redux.