Rev. Charles J. Chaput

Charles J. Chaput

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Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has led the Roman Catholic diocese of Denver since 1997. He grew up in Kansas, became a Franciscan in 1965, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1970. He holds degrees from St. Fidelis College, Catholic University, and Capuchin College. Archbishop Chaput is the author, most recently, of Render unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life.

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Rev. Charles J. Chaput

Politics and Catholics with Archbishop Charles Chaput

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Charles J. Chaputvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, September 22, 2008

According to the New York Times “A struggle within the church over just how Catholic voters should think about abortion is once again flaring up just as political partisans prepare an all-out battle for the votes of Mass-going Catholics.” Archbishop Chaput weighs into this battle, taking on the thorny issue of where to draw the line between church and state, particularly for Catholics. The archbishop also answers critics who speak of misbegotten forays by the church into other political battles as well as the challenges the Catholic Church faces as its influence declines in American life. (41:28) Video transcript