Thursday, August 14, 2008

Sandro Magister: "How to Conduct Politics as Catholics"

(Hat tip: Catholic Online)

Sandro Magister writes at Chiesa:

ROMA, August 13, 2008 – A few days ago, a book was released in the United States that will be widely discussed, especially in the run-up to the presidential elections. The author is Charles J. Chaput, archbishop of Denver.

Chaput, 64, born to a farming family in Kansas, is a member of the Native American tribe of the Prairie Band Potawatomi. He is a Franciscan, of the Capuchin order. Before going to Denver, he was bishop of Rapid City in South Dakota. He is among the candidates for two top-level archdioceses waiting for new archbishops: New York and Chicago.

The title of the book itself gives a hint to its contents: "Render Unto Caesar. Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life." It is right to give Caesar what belongs to him. But one serves the nation by living out one's own Catholic faith in political life.

Chaput moves decisively against the prevailing cultural tide in the media, in the universities, among political activists, a tide that wants to thrust the faith from the public stage.

But he is also issuing a challenge to the American Catholic community. There are 69 million Catholics in the United States, one fourth of the population. More than 150 congressmen say they are Catholic. In the Senate, the Catholics are one out of four. They are the majority on the Supreme Court. But, the author of the book asks, what difference do they make?

(emphasis added)

My Comments:
Definitely read the whole thing. Magister's piece also includes an excerpt from Render Unto Caesar, as well as a review of the book that was published in L'Osservatore Romano.

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Archbishop Chaput: Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life

Archbishop Chaput to Release Book on Catholic Faith and Voting

Archbishop Chaput: Thoughts on “Roman Catholics for Obama ’08”

Archbishop Chaput Warns Catholics on Supporting Pro-Abortion Candidates

Archbishop Chaput: "Better Citizens, More Faithful Catholics"

John Allen Interviews Archbishop Chaput Regarding Catholic Voting Guides

Archbishop Chaput Not Satisfied With Proposed New USCCB Document on Voting

Archbishop Chaput: The Time for Behind-The-Scenes Diplomacy with Politicians Is Over

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