Archbishop Chaput: “If laypeople don’t love their Catholic faith enough…nothing the bishops do will finally matter.”

Attention on deck!

Absolutely right. To think otherwise is foolish.

It would be the same as thinking that only the Joint Chiefs of Staff  are needed to do the fighting in a war. Who needs all those officers and  enlisted folks carrying all the rifles, flying planes, and manning ships,  doing the actual work?

Sun Tzu knows that is ridiculous. [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput: “The HHS Mandate Can Only Be Understood As A Form Of Coercion.”

Just in time for the long Memorial Day weekend, Archbishop Chaput’s weekly column notes the IRS scandals, the HHS Mandate, and what it all means for Catholics and religious liberty.

Religious Freedom And the Need To Wake Up
By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput on the Politics of Secularism

In the combox this morning on the post on the new educational website launched by the USSCB, a reader notes that religious freedom is a two way street.

The concern here is America not only as a place of freedom OF religion, but also freedom FROM religion. Both must be honored in a true democracy.

I replied with a few thoughts, noting that yes it is a two-way street, and let’s make sure it isn’t a one way street to the gulag for believers.

Providentially, as no one tips me off to stuff going on within the halls of the chanceries throughout the country, Archbishop Charles Chaput launched a little YouTube video* to help answer the concerns of secularists like the reader above. [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput’s Five Points on Religious Freedom UPDATED

Several of the Patheos Catholic Portal bloggers (Elizabeth Scalia, and Deacon Greg Kandra) are in Indianapolis for the Catholic Media Conference. Last night, Archbishop Charles Chaput, my favorite Franciscan, gave an important speech at the conference to set the stage for the kickoff of today’s Fortnight for Freedom call to prayer.

I’ll share a bit of the speech with you below. For the sake of brevity, and for the ease of memorization, I’ve summarized his five main points here. [Read more...]

Brad Miner Saw “For Greater Glory” This Weekend, and A Book Recommendation Too UPDATED

His review confirms my decision (it’s just one man’s opinion, take it or leave it) to not go see the film at theater prices, even though I honor the sacrifices of those who fought, died, or were martyrd during the dark days of La Cristiada. Here’s the meat and potatoes of his review, [Read more...]


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