"Catholics have been historically part of the Democratic party in great numbers and I think could have really stopped that development and movement if they had tried. But they didn’t,” Philadelphia archbishop Charles J. Chaput says in a new interview with the Catholic News Service, speaking about the Democrats’ “embrace” of abortion. The issue of abortion, Archbishop Chaput says, “really is a big issue today.” And the issue “requires of Catholics” a “loyalty to the Church prior to their political party,” he says. “We are Catholics before we are Democrat, we are Catholics before we are Republican, we are even Catholics before we are Americans,” Archbishop Chaput emphasizes, “because we know that God has a demand on us prior to any government demand on us.” “This,” he adds, “has been the story of the martyrs through the centuries.”I love my country, but "when we've been here ten thousand years," no one is going to remember that I was a Democrat or a Republican.
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Somewhere outside of Berlin in 1870. That's a reference to the Kulturkampf, when German Catholics really had to choose between being German or being Catholic. Here is Archbishop Chaput's observation about that perennial choice: