Denver Prelate Addresses Obama’s Catholic Fans

Denver Prelate Addresses Obama’s Catholic Fans

Archbishop Charles Chaput Says Voters

Need to Be Ready to Meet Abortion Victims in Next Life


DENVER, Colorado, MAY 20, 2008 (Zenit.org).- The archbishop of Denver is wishing the group “Roman Catholics for Obama” good luck in their endeavors to change their presidential candidate’s position on abortion. He says they’ll need it.

Archbishop Charles Chaput dedicated Monday’s column in the Denver Catholic Register to “Thoughts on ‘Roman Catholics for Obama.'”

He began his reflection noting his own change in attitude regarding pro-abortion politicians.

“Forty years ago this month Bobby Kennedy was still alive and running for the Democratic Party’s 1968 presidential nomination,” Archbishop Chaput recalled. “I was a seminarian in Washington, D.C. I was also an active volunteer on Kennedy’s campaign. […] After RFK [was assassinated], the meaning of the 1968 election seemed to evaporate. I lost interest in politics.

“I didn’t get involved again until the rise of Jimmy Carter. Carter fascinated me because he seemed like an untypical politician. He was plain-spoken, honest, a serious Christian and a Washington outsider. So I supported him during his 1976 campaign when I was a young priest working in Pennsylvania. […] Carter had one serious strike against him. […] I knew Carter was wrong in his views about Roe v. Wade and soft toward permissive abortion.

“But even as a priest, I justified working for him because he wasn’t aggressively ‘pro-choice.’ True, he held a bad position on a vital issue, but I believed he was right on so many more of the ‘Catholic’ issues than his opponent seemed to be. The moral calculus looked easy. I thought we could remedy the abortion problem after Carter was safely returned to office.”

Stymied efforts

Archbishop Chaput recounted how his outlook on the abortion issue in politics began to change.

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