Democrats have invited more than two dozen religious leaders to pray or speak at their upcoming convention with a notable exception: Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, a policy wonk and the leader of Colorado’s largest religious denomination.
Well this is not exactly a surprise. The Archbishop is not one to hold his tongue just to get along. When he recently spoke to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) he brought up the topic of holy obedience, a message not exactly warmly received by this group.
But the Democrats does have Sister Catherine Pinkerton who is on Obama campaign’s Catholic Advisory Council and hold to a relativisitc version of the seamless garmet. When you play word association with these types this is what happens.
- Abortion: Death Penalty
- ESCR: Health Care
- Euthanasia: War
- Homosexual Marriage: Equality
You will almost certainly always get an answer that is a prudential matter in relation to something intrinsically evil.
Though I do wonder historically if Bishops are invited to the conventions generally from either the Democratic or Republican Party? I don’t know the answer to this.
Update: A commenter mentions that Cardinal Mahoney spoke at the Democratic Convention – figures.
In a related note Archbishop Chaput was interviewed last night on the Hugh Hewitt show in a fairly long interview about his new book Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life which I will certainly have to buy. It was a really good interview and I am glad that it is also now available for download.