Archbishop Chaput wades in

Archbishop Chaput wades in

Want to see a Shepherd take the Gospel to the hostile world? Check out Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver.

Verbal fisticuffs broke out Tuesday between Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput and a luncheon audience that challenged him to defend the church’s role in public life.

“Why do (religions) feel they have to impose their views on us?” asked one woman during a spirited question-and-answer session following Chaput’s speech to the City Club of Denver.

“If we don’t – you’ll impose your views on us,” Chaput shot back to murmurs from the group of about 120 business and civic leaders.

This is a bishop with backbone. I might quibble with some of the answers, but I won’t because all I have is what the newspaper is reporting. I would rather see the transcript of his actual remarks to make any sort of judgment. But the very fact that he was willing to move beyond the comfort of the chancery to engage a sometimes hostile crowd on the most controversial issues of the day, sets Archbishop Chaput apart from the rest of the crowd.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli