I find it amazing that the Roman Catholic Church suddenly has criticized President Barack Obama on so many levels, while they said very little about President George W. Bush during his eight-year tenure. The latest “godly” person who has taken offense to President Obama’s popularity is Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput. He told a Canadian audience earlier this week that some Catholics are treating President Obama “spirit of adulation bordering on servility.”
“In democracies, we elect public servants, not messiahs,” he said. Wow. This is amazing coming from the same group that reappointed a Nazi denier back into their fold.
Chaput also warned that an overly deferential attitude toward Obama makes the political situation “very hard for Catholics in the United States.” Guess why he was in Canada? To promote his book “Render Unto Caesar,” which discusses how Catholics should bring their faith into public life. It speaks volumes that 54 percent of Catholics voted for Obama, who is pro-choice, which has irked many in the upper echelons of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Archibishop should listen to his own words and acknowledge that President Obama, like Presidents John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton were charismatic leaders. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. “President Obama is a man of intelligence and some remarkable gifts. He has a great ability to inspire, as we saw from his very popular visit to Canada just this past week. But whatever his strengths, there’s no way to reinvent his record on abortion and related issues with rosy marketing about unity, hope and change,” the Catholic News Agency quoted Chaput as saying.
“Americans, including many Catholics, elected a gifted man to fix an economic crisis. That’s the mandate. They gave nobody a mandate to retool American culture on the issues of marriage and the family, sexuality, bioethics, religion in public life and abortion,” he said. So, I am guessing that the Catholic Church has stood for all those things and have pushed programs in their own churches to strengthen the very things the Archbishop is complaining about. Wasn’t this the same group of people, who rather than calling the authorities on those priests molesting innocent children, they moved them around from parish to parish? Archbishop Chaput, don’t hate the messenger because he is popular, focus on cleaning up the ills dogging the Roman Catholic Church. As the Bible says, pick the speck out of your own eye before you pick it out of another’s.