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Hudson and Fournier: Catholic Countdown to Election 2012, Day 23. Abp. Chaput says 'Be a Catholic First' Comments

"What if you had to choose between our country and Jesus, what would you choose? We have not had to make that choice, yet." With that last comment, a ripple of recognition could be felt in the audience, as if the Archbishop was tapping into the deep concern that brought them into the gymnasium on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in autumn. Continue Reading

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  1. George Moore
    1 year ago

    Being a Catholic and saying you are a Catholic are two polar opposite statements. Being a catholic means abiding by the teachings of the Church and Jesus Christ. To live as a Catholic is a very difficult thing as we tend to "customize" our own beliefs out of the human weakness to deny what the rules of the Church are to fit our personal lifestyles. It makes us feel less guilty when we customize our beliefs and behaviours because it`s so damn hard to live the true life and follow in the footsteps of Christ. In other words, Biden says he is a Catholic and uses that for his own perceived advantage but Joe, God knows who you are.

  2. Henry
    1 year ago

    It's a shame the audience was not much larger. Was the speech recorded? Could it somehow be shown to a national audience? It might cause some to reconsider their vote in November.

  3. JoAnn
    1 year ago

    This probably won't be printed but I have to say this anyway. Is anyone besides me disgusted with the anti Romney ads we keep hearing on this site? I am appalled and disgusted. I have not seen ONE anti Obama ad. As a matter of fact. all I've seen are ads that support Obama. I called CO 2 weeks ago and complained and I again called them today. If Catholics? put Obama back in office, you will deserve what you get. I'm sure God will take care of His TRUE children when the persecutions come. May God have mercy on your souls if you hypocrites vote for this anti-faith, anti-life, anti-American Muslim communist again. I will pray for you that you will come to Christ and do His will. GOD IS PRO-LIFE!!!! Any vote against Pro-Life is a vote for evil. This man in the WH is a Muslim Brotherhood member and he will stand with the Muslims. Obama's words, not mine. He said that in his book. He made that abundantly clear when he apologized to the terrorists that killed Ambassador Stevens and 3 other Americans. HE APOLOGIZED TO THE TERRORISTS!!! THEN, they tried to COVER-UP what they did. HOW MUCH MORE PROOF DO YOU NEED? God bless.

  4. RAY CURIALE
    1 year ago

    HOW CAN YOU EXPECT FELLOW CATHOLICS TO VOTE AND ACT LIKE A CATHOLIC WHEN ARE BISHOPS AND PRIESTS DON'T ACT AS IF THEY BELIEVE THE TEACHINGS OF OUR CHURCH. WE SEE POLITICIANS & CELEBRATIES MAKE A MOCKERY OF CHURCH TEACHINGS CONTINUOUSLY. PELOSI, KERRY, THE KENNEDY'S, CUOMO, AND THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS JOE BIDEN. BIDEN HAD THE GALL TO SAY THAT HE IS A "PRACTICING CATHOLIC". IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO TELL PEOPLE LIKE HIM THAT THEY CANNOT RECEIVE THE EUCHARIST. THEY MUST BE BANNED FROM THE CHURCH UNTIL SUCH TIME THAT THEY TRULY FOLLOW CHURCH TEACHINGS.

  5. Larry
    1 year ago

    We'll see what the Catholic leadership in general says and does, not just this election cycle. Democrats have been championing abortion, contraception, gays, anti military, their own brand of Christianity or faith, lots of social justice with wealth redistribution, etc. for years, not just this year. The focus in verbage about the poor and downtrodden from the democrats with few real solutions to get them out of their situations in my opinion is what has kept most Christian groups on their side. But as they say, talk is cheap.
    Now there are important issues - telling faith groups what they can and can't do, what they have to do which is enroaching on freedom of religion. Now the other issues seem to matter too - abortion, gay marriage, etc. We need leaders who explain what the faith demands and the real help for the poor is not only to care for their needs but to help them rise from their poverty into better conditions. Poverty is an economic issue so economics is what can help someone out of it. Poor of spirit is another issue. Not all people who are poor economically are poor of spirit. We may become more poor in spirit as we serve and care for the less fortunate, the poor and the downtrodden. We will always have the poor with us because of how the human condition and sin affect humanity.
    I'm waiting to see what leadership says after this election. Who is really helping those in need - those who say Lord, Lord - or those who actually do what may be necessary to lift them from their downtrodden condition and as people who are not now poor can lend a helping hand to others who are still poor. One hand helping another

  6. Bill Sr.
    1 year ago

    Paul-Emile Leray

    You have nailed it. Or in good Catholic lingo.....BINGO!!!

  7. Tom McGuire
    1 year ago

    The Archbishop is exceptional in emphasizing social justice. I wonder why he does not want to go to jail? The early Christians desired martyrdom as the crown of a faithful life.

    This weekend the Gospel was a profound challenge to those of us with more wealth than we need. Jesus said to the rich young man: "Go sell all that you have then come follow me." I would like to hear the Archbishop address this challenge to those who put priority on wealth in the economic sphere of life. Were we to live the Gospel as Jesus taught, we might all find ourselves in jail or in danger of martyrdom. Would that not be a great crown of glory!

  8. Robert Burford
    1 year ago

    Wow! What a wonderful air clearing argument. His eminence pointed out errors in both Biden and Ryan comments and brought it down to where our priorities are. He provided clear logic when he asked the question of who comes first, political party or God.

  9. Paul-Emile Leray
    1 year ago

    There are two main reasons, in my understanding, as to why Jesus was killed. The 2nd reason was political. It was either Alban Goodier (Archbishop) or Luis M. Martinez (Archbishop) who wrote that it is the nature of truth that it often (or usually) separates itself from the crowd. How, then, I ask, to reconcile this fact with the other fact that in a democracy majority rules? The collective consciousness and awareness of the whole of society at large needs to rise significantly, as one of many solutions towards a more effective and well functionning democracy to work rooted in and built upon truth. Bravo to all Catholic leaders and religious leaders at large who stand up to lies and corruption, deceit and nonsense. Aristotle, the Dominicans, the Jesuits, to offer some examples; all can help us with better discerning the center, the mean, striking that balance that blends faith and reason harmoniously. Easy to say and write, difficult to do; it is, I think, possible. And "social justice" does not mean, in my understanding, socialism or communism. Social justice, in my mind, goes much deeper than political ideologies and partisan politics. Politicians often manipulate words to suit their perceived political ends and means. And if they were so virtuous, they likely would never be in the business of politics to begin with. It is, after all, a game of power and control. Why were so many of the WORST politicians schooled by Jesuits? This is likely not the fault of Jesuits, but rather the fact that politicians use all that intelligence and training to then sophistically argue themselves into positions of power and control to then often go against those who taught them!
    Paul-Emile Leray

  10. jh
    1 year ago

    Deo gratias for Archbishop Chaput. May God bless him and protect him. We need strong bishops. Let us fix our eyes on Christ and He will sustain us.


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