Saturday, November 3, 2007

Archbishop Chaput Gets Down to it...


...and challenges us to do the same.


The following are excerpts from his October 26 address at St. John's University Law School in New York City.


"People often say we're living at a "post-Christian" moment. That's supposed to describe the fact that Western nations have abandoned or greatly downplayed their Christian heritage in recent decades. But our "post-Christian" moment actually looks a lot like the pre-Christian moment. The signs of our times in the developed nations -- morally, intellectually, spiritually and even demographically -- are uncomfortably similar to the signs in the world at the time of the Incarnation....

(Baylor University scholar Rodney) Stark shows that one of the key areas in which Christians rejected the culture around them was marriage and the family. From the start, to be a Christian meant believing that sex and marriage were sacred. From the start, to be a Christian meant rejecting abortion, infanticide, birth control, divorce, homosexual activity and marital infidelity -- all those things widely practiced by their Roman neighbors...

The early Church had no debates over politicians and communion. There wasn't any need. No persons who tolerated or promoted abortion would have dared to approach the Eucharistic table, let alone dared to call themselves true Christians. "


Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Chaput and Molloy forget that this is the society and church they have bequeathed to subsequent generations. Instead of belaboring the fact that "society is going to hell," get out and start doing something about it and not merely bemoaning in speech about it. Remember, Molloy and Chaput are the ones who gave younger generations this mess. Before criticizing, take ownership, apologize and repent!

I dare you to deny me communion because I kneel said...

At least he's saying something about it.

Anonymous said...

Thankyou for saying this. And say it again and again. And make sure you invite daily to confession all members. Then lead us in Holy hour.
God bless and keep it up.
Aloha, Lois