Have you ever read anything by Charles J. Chaput? If not, I’d recommend it. Highly. This man is incredible. Definitely Pope material type of amazing. I got addicted to Chaput after reading Render unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life. Since then, I gobble up anything he writes or says and only wish I could copy his words permanently into my memory. So again, I highly recommend you read anything and everything with the name Charles J. Chaput attached to it.
If you are feeling like being intellectually stimulated, try this for an appetizer. Politics and the Devil. It’s long and I also didn’t think I’d finish it but then I caught sucked in by it’s amazingness. Read it and let me know what you liked/didn’t like (if that’s even possible).
Some golden nuggets:
”A healthy democracy depends on people of conviction working hard to advance their ideas in the public square—respectfully and peacefully, but vigorously and without apologies. We cannot simultaneously serve the poor and accept the legal killing of unborn children”
Lest you think the article is only about abortion:
“All law in some sense teaches and forms us, while also regulating our behavior. The same applies to our public policies, including the ones that govern our scientific research. There is no such thing as morally neutral legislation or morally neutral public policy. Every law is the public expression of what somebody thinks we “ought” to do. The question that matters is this: Which moral convictions of which somebodies are going to shape our country’s political and cultural future—including the way we do our science?”
“…neither science nor technology requires a moral conscience to produce results. The evidence for that fact is the record of the last century.”
But then he does get back to the point:
“The moral and political struggle we face today in defending human dignity is becoming more complex. I believe that abortion is the foundational human rights issue of our lifetime. We can’t simultaneously serve the poor and accept the legal killing of unborn children. We can’t build a just society, and at the same time, legally sanctify the destruction of generations of unborn human life. The rights of the poor and the rights of the unborn child flow from exactly the same human dignity guaranteed by the God who created us.”
“Of course, working to end abortion doesn’t absolve us from our obligations to the poor. It doesn’t excuse us from our duties to the disabled, the elderly and immigrants. In fact, it demands from us a much stronger commitment to materially support women who find themselves in a difficult pregnancy.”
Read the whole article here.