As I mentioned previously on this blog, American Papist News reporter Thomas Peters and producer Alexander Buder of 32 to 63 Productions recently taped an exclusive interview with Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver. This took place prior to His Excellency speaking at a book signing at the Catholic Information Center here in Washington, D.C. I was very privileged to attend and observe the interview, and also to help in a small way with the taping of Episode 1 of AmP News this weekend.
Chaput comes flat out during the course of the interview, as well as in his book, and says something which I myself have said for years: I am a Catholic first. This means that my faith has to inform the way that I think and act, in whatever part of the public square I happen to find myself. The public square after all, does not only include government buildings, but in its more catholic sense includes markets, cultural institutions, entertainments, and so forth. We are faced with a wealth of choices, but not all choices are truly acceptable options. Therein lies the importance of discernment on the part of the individual.
In any case, I have embedded the new segments below, and you can also click on over to AmP News’ YouTube channel and subscribe. And please don’t be shy. AmP News is continuing to grow, and I know that Tom and Alex would be grateful for your feedback on their work.
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.
>Tonight the redoubtable yet humble Charles Chaput, Archbishop of Denver, will be participating in a book signing at the Catholic Information Center here in DC. Archbishop Chaput will be speaking on his latest book, “Render Unto Caesar: Serving The Nation By Living Our Catholic Beliefs In Political Life”, which has been the subject of much discussion since its debut in August. His Excellency of course was not invited to address – i.e. snubbed – the Democratic Convention in Denver this summer, presumably because no one at the DNC wanted anyone to risk casting a shadow of truth over the artificial light in which they have bathed their messiah.