Friday, March 27, 2009

Obligations

From Howard Friedman at Religion Clause:

The Pew Forum last week published a long interview with Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput on the political obligations of Catholics. Chaput, author of the recent book Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life, says in the interview:
we Catholics serve Caesar best when we serve God first, and that means living our Catholic beliefs vigorously, faithfully and without apologies at home and in the public, at work and in the voting booth. We can’t ignore the sufferings of the poor or the homeless or undocumented immigrants and then claim to be good Catholics. We also can’t ignore the killing of unborn children without struggling to end that daily homicide – not just through supportive social policies, but by changing the law.

[Thanks to Brad Pardee via Religionlaw for the lead.]
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IE, crossing the line between Church and State.

Ladies and gentlemen, you've just read a declaration of war - from the Catholic church to the secular world.

I've been saying for years that our next biggest challenge would be well-funded fundies trying to take over the world WE BUILT - and there it is.

It's time to start nailing these people up on their own theological crosses - they want to do politics? Okay, fine.

No More Tax-Exempt Status.

We'll see how their money-raising machinery works with that wrench in the gears.

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