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Antonio A
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Posted - Feb 19 2009 :  9:46:45 PM  Show Profile Send Antonio A a Private Message
Archbishop Chaput responds to Pelosi-Pope meeting



Denver, Colo., Feb 19, 2009 / 07:31 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver is in complete agreement with the message that Pope Benedict XVI delivered to Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday. The archbishop also went so far as to say that since she disagrees with the Church on the "black and white issue" of abortion, she should not present herself for Communion.

The comments by Archbishop Chaput were made following Nancy Pelosiís meeting with Pope Benedict, at which the Pope reminded the Speaker of the House that all legislators, but especially Catholics, are bound to protect human life from conception to natural death.

FOX Newsí Neil Cavuto invited Archbishop Chaput to give his reaction to the Pope-Pelosi meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

Cavuto began by pointing out the disparity between Pelosiís statement about the meeting and the Popeís.

"I got very different reads from both the Popeís message of that meeting and the speakerís, but the gist of the Popeís is that, she has a duty to respect life, what did you make of that?" said Cavuto.

"Well itís true," replied the archbishop. "Every Catholic, whether youíre famous or anonymous, whether youíre a public official or a private citizen, has a responsibility to be faithful to what the Church believes about human life, and we believe that human life is sacred and precious from the moment of conception. So that applies to the Speaker as well as it does to me and to you and to anyone whoís Catholic."

Referring to a previous interview regarding Pelosiís comment that when life begins is not agreed upon by Catholic teaching, Cavuto asked, "isnít it a fairly black and white issue?"

Chaput responded, "Well itís not a fairly black and white issue, itís a clearly black and white issue.

"The Church without a doubt believes that human life begins at the moment of conception," he said.

Cavuto also asked Archbishop Chaput if he would deny Holy Communion to Pelosi.

To which, the archbishop responded:

"Well, Iíd like to talk to her if sheís coming to church in the Archdiocese of Denver and Iíd say to her what Iíd say to anyone, if you donít accept what the Church teaches, you shouldnít present yourself for Communion, because Communion means youíre in agreement with what the Church teaches, and, as I said to you earlier, that applies to all of us..."

Isnít she boxed in by Catholic beliefs on the one hand and by a society that is pro-choice? Cavuto queried.

"Well I donít think itís a box to defend the truth and to stand up for what you know to be right, even if others in the community disagree with you, and being honest about our moral principles is a sign of maturity, is a sign of being a statesman.

"And I think that politicians are required to be both good Americans and good Catholics at the same time and to be convincing when they present the position of the community on basic human rights," the archbishop replied.

Referring to the issue of abortion, Archbishop Chaput said, "This is a human rights issue, from the point of view of the Church, and not a theological or religious perspective. Our religious perspective supports that, but thatís not the source of our belief about the sacredness of human life."



Antonio A. Obregůn

JRJ
Mary's Servant



USA
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Posted - Feb 20 2009 :  1:31:23 PM  Show Profile Send JRJ a Private Message
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Originally posted by Antonio A#13;#10;#13;#10;Referring to the issue of abortion, Archbishop Chaput said, "This is a human rights issue, from the point of view of the Church, and not a theological or religious perspective. Our religious perspective supports that, but thatís not the source of our belief about the sacredness of human life." #13;#10;#13;#10;Antonio A. Obregůn#13;#10;
This is why the issue is so critical and frightening. Just as Paul VI predicted in Humanae Vitae, the forces working for the power of death keep adding new categories of human beings to their list of people whose lives aren't convenient. Contraception started this and now we have untold numbers - very probably hundreds of millions - of human lives ended by contraception and all forms of abortion throughout the world. The oft-quoted 40- to 50 million dead is only USA abortions by the D & C procedure.

Jennifer Jaeger
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Antonio A
Maryhead



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Posted - Feb 21 2009 :  2:55:33 PM  Show Profile Send Antonio A a Private Message
Jennifer,

The other day my liberal Catholic friend in our school was complaining bitterly that Catholic schools are closing all over this country. I told him it was "ironical" he was complaining since he ignored Humanae Vitae and the situation we are witnessing today is the direct result of openly disobeying the teaching of Paul VI in that encyclical. I reminded him that in 1968 we told the Pope to mind his own business, and today we are seeing the results of such arrogance and disobedience to the Bishop of Rome.




Antonio A. Obregůn

Edited by - Antonio A on Feb 21 2009 2:57:21 PM
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JRJ
Mary's Servant



USA
136 Posts

Posted - Feb 21 2009 :  5:14:19 PM  Show Profile Send JRJ a Private Message
Amen. The whining about the lack of vocations while applauding contraception has always baffled me. Smaller families, fewer vocations. To the priesthood, religious life or marriage. Leading to fewer vocations... and so on. Duh!

Jennifer Jaeger
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Antonio A
Maryhead



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Posted - Feb 22 2009 :  01:11:36 AM  Show Profile Send Antonio A a Private Message
JRJ,

"Amen. The whining about the lack of vocations while applauding contraception has always baffled me. Smaller families, fewer vocations. To the priesthood, religious life or marriage. Leading to fewer vocations... and so on. Duh!"

I don't see many "progressives" making the connection between their opposition to Humanae Vitae and present day conditions affecting Catholic schools and vocations to the priesthood and to religious life.


Jennifer Jaeger
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