Archbishop Chaput’s Column: Sex, Sanity, and Beliefs that “Live Loudly” Within Us

 

In his most recent column Archbishop Chaput writes, “On Tuesday, August 29, a group of prominent evangelical scholars and pastors -including respected public voices like Russell Moore – issued the ‘Nashville Statement.’ It’s worth reading in the original, rather than reading about it. Nothing in the document is shocking or belligerent. On the contrary: In its preamble and 14 articles, the text simply reaffirms historic biblical beliefs about marriage, chastity and the nature of human sexuality. Critics might question its timing or structure or wording. Some evangelicals have done so. In a normal time, though, the Statement would be a non-story.

But we don’t live in a ‘normal’ time. We live in the midst of a culture war. A methodical effort is now playing out in the mass media to recast biblical truths as a form of ‘hate,’ to reshape public opinion away from those biblical truths, and to silence anyone who stays faithful to Christian teaching on matters of sexual behavior, sexual identity, family and marriage. The message is simple: Conform to the new herd dogmas or enjoy the consequences. Which explains the river of public contempt that was quickly poured out on the Nashville Statement.”

 

You can read the complete column by visiting www.CatholicPhilly.com. A Spanish translation of this column will be provided to you as soon as possible.

 

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