Chaput on Catholic Complacency

Archbishop Charlie Chaput of Denver had some blunt words recently about Catholic political influence–or lack thereof.

“We need to stop over-counting our numbers, our influence, our institutions and our resources, because they’re not real. We can’t talk about following St. Paul and converting our culture until we sober up and get honest about what we’ve allowed ourselves to become. We need to stop lying to each other, to ourselves and to God by claiming to ‘personally oppose’ some homicidal evil — but then allowing it to be legal at the same time.”

He makes some other interesting points, comparing today’s mission to that of Paul on the Areopagus. It’s being discussed in the blogosphere, with some liberals patronizingly or disdainfully looking down their noses at him.