Archbishop Charles Chaput painted a stark picture for the future of Catholic social ministry work in America while accepting an award from Catholic Social Services in Rapid City on Tuesday.
Chaput, a former bishop of the Diocese of Rapid City who was installed in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in September, was named the second recipient of CSS’s Founder’s Award, which is named for the award’s first recipient and the agency’s founder, Msgr. William O’Connell.
Speaking to about 600 people at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Chaput delivered the same theologically conservative message that he has given numerous times before to Catholic social service agencies, hospitals and universities on the dangers of losing their Catholic identity through accommodation of government-imposed requirements on issues such as civil unions, health insurance coverage requirements and contraception.
Warning that the Obama administration is “unfriendly” to religion, he predicted that “we’ll see more attempts by the state to interfere with the church’s ministry.”
“And if our social work isn’t deeply, confidently and explicitly Catholic in its identity, then we should stop using the word ‘Catholic’ to define it,” he said. “It’s that simple.”…(Source)
Let the Canadian Bishops and all of their bureaucratic organs clean out their ears and hear! We’re tired of watered-down Catholicism that seeks to saturate who we are and what we believe. Too much ‘co-operation’ with the culture of death and its dupes in religion. It’s time to cut bait and go against the tide instead of swimming with it.