A ROLE MODEL
Thursday, January 10, 2008
It was a breadth of fresh air to read this article on the Internet (www.lifenews.com) dated March 3, 2005: Archbishop Charles Chaput spoke to a crowd of Denver civic and business leaders at the City Club of Denver on “Church, State and Politics.” He is one of the strongest Episcopal voices defending the rights of Christians to participate in public life and defend the rights of the unborn.
Fightin’ Denver Bishop Defends Church and Unborn: Any Questions?
1. One woman asked, “Why do (religions) feel they have to impose their views on us?” Without pause, Archbishop Chaput replied, “If we don’t – you’ll impose your views on us.”
2. Another asked, “When is the church going to agree to pay taxes?” Archbishop Chaput shot back, “I run 50 Catholic schools that keep you from paying more taxes, is that worth it to you?”
Who will take care of the unwanted children?” another asked. “I’ll take any child that is unwanted and find them a home and take care of the mother.” He added, “You’ll have my personal pledge.”
In his address the Archbishop pointed out that the work he has done on behalf of the poor and homeless and against the death penalty has been nearly ignored by the press. “As a church more than 80% of our time, resources, ministry personnel and lobbying efforts go to issues that have nothing to do with abortion. But you’ll never see that on anybody’s front-page either, because it isn’t news.” He pointed out that the normal life of the Catholic Church is to defend the poor and helpless. In fact he said, “It’s so normal that nobody pays attention – until they disagree.”
What does all this mean to me? It means I am going memorize his answers. But there is more. Last year in the Nov. 2004 issue of Crisis magazine, The Archbishop of Denver wrote, “The abortion issue cannot be avoided. IT’S THE CENTRAL MORAL CONFLICT OF THIS MOMENT IN OUR NATION’S HISTORY. Every abortion kills an unborn child. Every abortion leaves a woman emotionally scarred. Every abortion is a grave act of violence. All of these things fundamentally damage the common good.”
In conclusion, there is some good news locally. If you believe that St. Dominic, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Catherine of Siena are great saints and role models, and you seek the truth, and wish to proclaim it.
Well, there is a Dominican Laity Chapter in Formation in Orange County. They meet monthly. This month’s meeting is on Tuesday, Jan. 22nd at 7 P.M., at St. Joachim Church, 1964 Orange Ave., Costa Mesa. Calif. 92627. (Annex C)
Also, you can be a role model by supporting the Parental Notification Measure Sarah’s Law. It provides for a waiting period and parental notification before the termination of minor’s pregnancy, constitutional amendment. It will be on the ballot in California in 2008. A paid gatherer of signatures is very expensive. Your help would be deeply appreciated. There are only five names to get for each Initiative Measure Sheet. For info: www.friendsofsarah.com or Maria Kennedy – 909-527-3095, or 1-866-828-8355
George H. Kubeck, P.O. Box 579, Stanton, California, U.S.A. 90680
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