Denver, Jan 29, 2008 (CNA).- At a press
conference today on the Popes Lenten Message, Cardinal Paul Josef
Cordes offered his support for Archbishop Charles Chaputs recent stand
against a potential Colorado law. The bill would eradicate Catholic
Charities ability to ensure its employees follow Catholic beliefs when
working on state funded projects.
Last week, Chaput objected to a proposed measure before the Colorado
legislature which would bar charitable agencies that receive state
funding from discrimination on the basis of religion in personnel
policies. Chaput argued that such a measure would compromise the
Catholic identity of church-run charities, and that he would rather see
those charities stop delivering services rather than comply.
This is not idle talk, Chaput added. I am very serious.
According to the National Catholic Reporter, this morning in Rome,
Cardinal Cordes expressed support for Chaputs position. In response to
a reporters question, Cordes stated: This bishop is doing the right
The president of the papal charity Cor Unum continued, saying,
Theologically, charitable activity and the good deeds of the faithful
are always connected to the proclamation of the Word. Jesus performed
his works because he was moved by mercy, but also to proclaim the
gospel. Service is always tied to testimony to the Word of God, and no
one must break this connection.
This points to a great contemporary problem. Thanks to the generosity
of many donors, the charitable agencies of the church are able to do
their work. But this carries a risk that the spirit of a Catholic
agency can become secularized, doing only what the donor has in view.
I hadn’t heard that Archbishop Chaput had said this. Once
again it proves what a great bishop he is and in this instance is
following the footsteps of Cardinal O’Connor who threatened much the
same thing in response to interference. Cardinal O’Connor won
out against the city and let us pray the same for Archbishop Chaput.