Archbishop Chaput: ‘The worst enemies of religious freedom’ are inside the church

TIM SHAFFER REUTERS Archbishop Charles J. Chaput tries on a Phillies cap during a news conference announcing Cardinal Justin Rigali’s … Continued



Archbishop Charles J. Chaput tries on a Phillies cap during a news conference announcing Cardinal Justin Rigali’s retirement and the appointment of Chaput as his replacement at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 19, 2011.

“Politics and the courts are important. But our religious freedom ultimately depends on the vividness of our own Christian faith–in other words, how deeply we believe it, and how honestly we live it. Religious liberty is an empty shell if the spiritual core of a people is weak. Or to put it more bluntly, if people don’t believe in God, religious liberty isn’t a value. That’s the heart of the matter. It’s the reason Pope Benedict calls us to a Year of Faith this October. The worst enemies of religious freedom aren’t ‘out there’ among the legion of critics who hate Christ or the Gospel or the church, or all three. The worst enemies are in here, with us–all of us, clergy, religious, and lay–when we live our faith with tepidness, routine, and hypocrisy.”

-Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput addressing a group of Catholic journalists on the eve of the “Fortnight for Freedom,” a nationwide campaign celebrating religious freedom that some also recognize as a protest against the Obama administration. Read the rest of his speech.

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    More damage to the RCC was done by the RCC administration of their silence the truth to protect the image that has cause many RCs to lose faith in their church. Just look at Ireland.


    One of the worst enemies of human freedom and the continued existence of the human race is the Catholic Church.

    They would let you all die for their dogma.

  • ceodata

    This is one of the more insane comments I have seen on this forum.

    Just HOW is the Catholic Church threatening the existence of humans?


    Its insane opposition to birth control. Overpopulation will destroy the human race.

  • Watcher1

    Well played SODDI, you are entirely correct. Every ill on the planet can be directly attributed to overpopulation.

  • peterroach

    This is no better said your excellency. We need to find the best ways to recover from the mess we have created.

  • nkri401


    “critics who hate Christ …” it may be due to the hateful things that those who purports to represent Christ do in the name of Christ.

  • cprdcnats

    We can only hope our turning away from the Towers of Babylon and Golden Calves and the embrace of God will not provoke the aggression of Christ’s haters but their own embrace as well.

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