Archbishop Charles Chaput Encourages Catholics to 'Never Accept' Separation of Faith from Political Engagement

In a speech delivered in early July to the Alliance Defending Freedom Summit on Religious Liberty, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said Catholics must not separate their faith from political engagement. "We can never accept a separation of our religious faith and moral convictions from our public ministries or our political engagement," he said. "It's impossible. And even trying to do so is evil because it forces us to live two different lives, worshiping God at home and in our churches; and worshiping the latest version of Caesar everywhere else."

In his speech, Chaput described democracy as, "built upon the pillars of cooperation and conflict," and said that both were needed to make society function. "What that means for people of faith is this: We have a duty to treat all persons with charity and justice. We also have a duty to seek common ground where possible, but that's never an excuse for compromising with grave evil." Read more of Archbishop Chaput's address in this Catholic News Agency article.

July 22, 2019 - 7:35am

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