Saturday, October 25, 2008

Archbishop Charles Chaput teaches...

"Christians in general and Catholics in particular do not, and should not, seek to "force" their religious beliefs on society. But working to form the public conscience is not coercion any more than teaching the difference between poison and a steak is a form of bullying. Actively witnessing to and advancing what we believe to be true about key moral issues in public life is not "coercion." It's honesty. And it's also a duty -- not only of faith but of citizenship." - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

The Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., has been the archbishop of Denver, Colorado since February 18, 1997. As member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe, Archbishop Chaput is the second Native American to be ordained bishop in the United States, and the first Native American archbishop.

Here are a couple of recommended articles by the above archbishop, which I strongly encourage you to read in this election season, as they touch upon the role of the faithful Catholic in political life.

"Why We're Here" is actually chapter three of Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life, recently published by Doubleday.

"Little Murders" is a talk he gave at an ENDOW (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women) dinner on Oct. 17.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

NC Bishops survey political candidates

The Catholic Bishops of NC (Diocese of Raleigh and Charlotte) have invited all political candidates running for office this year to participate in a survey to find out where they stand on various moral issues of special importance to Catholic voters (and all of good will, really).

The results of that survey can be found on line, here:

You can enter in your address or zip code to see how the candidates running for office in your area responded. I did, and I noticed one fact that surprised me. Of all the candidates running in my region, every Libertarian candidate responded to the bishops' survery; all but one Republican candidate responded; and not a single Democratic candidate bothered to respond. I found that interesting.

Why not try your zip code to see how the candidates running in your area responded?