Yesterday afternoon I had the privilege of spending nearly an hour with His Excellency Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Denver, before he spoke about his new book, “Render Unto Caesar” at the Catholic Information Center. Since I have been given permission to spill the proverbial beans, I can tell you that my friends Thomas Peters and Alexander Buder of American Papist News had managed to arrange an interview with the Archbishop, and asked me to come along and help out. To be honest this was more of an act of charity on their part, since there was not really much that I could do to help them given that I am still not doing so well post-accident.
Naturally when you are a Catholic and in the presence of a bishop, and particularly a rather well-known Archbishop, it is a bit intimidating. However, Archbishop Chaput could not have been more gracious and engaging in putting the three of us at ease. The lads did great work, with Tom asking a number of thoughtful questions and receiving great responses, and Alex working in constricted filming conditions. I am looking forward to seeing the final results when they appear in the next update of American Papist News.
For myself, I was merely an interloper trying to stay out of the way, but the Archbishop made time for me as well. Not only is his best-selling book (which he very kindly inscribed to me) a call to put our faith into practice in the political sphere, but he himself is a wonderful example of generosity, good humour, and Christian leadership. I was deeply honored to have met such an inspiring and courageous leader of the Church.