Archbishop Chaput recently gave a talk to the Canon Law Association of Slovakia.
I can only characterize it as another warning.
Are we prepared for—as he calls it—a “Catholicism of resistance”? In doing so, he argues, we would need to “name and fight [the] lie” whereby tolerance and pluralism require the marginalization of Christianity.
Are we prepared—truly prepared, or ready RIGHT NOW—to do that in our public board meetings, our public universities, or the elementary school around the corner?
Some are not only prepared, but pushing back mightily. We Arizonans are blessed, for instance, to have the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) over in Scottsdale. They defend Christians all over the country, but have frequently come to the aid of local Christians.
Yet there is no group of attorneys nor exemplary organization that can defend Christians who surrender by heart or by action before the fight has begun.
I think it’s clear that ANY student entering a public university is in danger of having their fundamental liberties coerced—if they believe the wrong things according to the current culture.
And if you’d like your elementary school-aged child to say a blessing before a meal or read the Holy Bible during recess, you’re quite likely to get a twisted lesson on constitutional law from someone who is lightly qualified to teach arithmetic.
Archbishop Chaput: “The temptation in every age of the Church is to try to get along with Caesar.”
On some things, we cannot. I’d argue we need to make that point so clear—through clear words and committed action*—that Caesar gets the message.
When Catholic Charities in Boston was hounded out of adoption services back in 2006 (for refusing to place children in a same-sex pairing—more here), I recall a priest saying “We need to be prepared to go to jail, and not just abandon what we practice.”
I had assumed, back then, that he was talking of clergy.
(*For an example, see the Manhattan Declaration.)Share on Facebook