Philly Archbishop: 'Amazing to Me How Hostile The Press is to Everything' Trump Does

Michael W. Chapman
By Michael W. Chapman | February 14, 2017 | 1:48 PM EST

Archbishop Charles Chaput, head of

the archdiocese of Philadelphia. (AP)

During a radio interview on Monday, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said he was amazed by "how hostile the press is to everything that the president does," and added that since Donald Trump was elected, the media "seem to be in a greater spirit of despair and anxiety." 

On the Hugh Hewitt radio program, host Hugh Hewitt discussed Archbishop Chaput's new book saying, “You also write in Strangers in a Strange Land that the sin of the19th, early 20th century was overweening pride. That became the Progressive movement. But right now it’s cynicism and despair. I see embittered vanity, the inversion of pride. Boy, does that sound like the media. Cynicism and just deep despair over being able to do anything about anything."

The archbishop said, “Well, especially now that President Trump has been elected. They seem to be in a greater spirit of despair, and anxiety."

"It’s just amazing to me how hostile the press is to everything that the president does," said the archbishop.

President Donald J. Trump.  (Screenshot: FNC)

"I don’t want to be partisan in my comments here, but it seems to me if we really are serious about our common responsibilities as citizens, we support the president whether we accept everything he stands for or not, and wish him success rather than trying to undermine him," he said. 

"We can clearly disagree with him and, I think, it’s important to do that especially on issues that count, moral issues," said Chaput. "Nonetheless it’s important that we hope for his success so our country can come to a better place.”

Charles Chaput, 72, was installed as the Catholic archbishop of Philadelphia in 2011. Previously, he was the archbishop of Denver. There are 1.5 million Catholics in the archdiocese of Philadelphia and 257 Catholic churches, or parishes. 

Michael W. Chapman
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