In his latest column for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Catholic Archbishop Charles Chaput criticized some of the Catholics in America's "leadership class" for not speaking out against evils such as abortion or gay "marriage," and stressed that Joe Biden's flip-flop on supporting the Hyde Amendment shows the "unborn child" means nothing to liberals who now revere the murder of children by abortion as some "perverse kind of sacrament."
Some of the Catholics in America's leadership class -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Tim Kaine, Justice Anthony Kennedy, former Vice President Joe Biden -- seem to have abandoned their loyalties to the traditional faith, said the archbishop, and entered a "new 'Church'" devoted to their "ambitions and appetites."
Former Pope Benedict XVI "spoke several times about the 'silent apostasy' of so many Catholic laypeople today and even many priests," said Archbishop Chaput, explaining that apostasy means "revolt or desert," literally "to stand away from."
In Pope Benedict's view, "laypeople and priests don’t need to publicly renounce their baptism to be apostates," said Chaput. " They simply need to be silent when their Catholic faith demands that they speak out; to be cowards when Jesus asks them to have courage; to 'stand away' from the truth when they need to work for it and fight for it."
We need to keep apostasy in mind in our own lives, said the archbishop, and also consider what we gain when "Vice President Biden conducts a gay marriage and Senator Kaine lectures us all on how the Church needs to change and what kind of new creature she needs to become."
Biden, he added, used to support the Hyde Amendment, a federal rule that prohibits taxpayer funds being used to pay for abortion, usually through Medicaid, except when the mother's life is at risk and when the pregnancy is caused by rape or incest. Up until June 6, 2019, Biden was publicly defending the Hyde Amendment, reported the Wall Street Journal.
However, within one day of that Journal news article, Biden flipped his position. He now opposes the Hyde Amendment.
"Exactly 24 hours later, on June 7, the same paper noted that Biden had sharply changed his thinking (“Biden, in Reversal, Backs Abortion Funding”)," reported Archbishop Chaput. "Translation: The unborn child means exactly zero in the calculus of power for Democratic Party leaders, and the right to an abortion, once described as a tragic necessity, is now a perverse kind of 'sacrament most holy.' It will have a candidate’s allegiance and full-throated reverence … or else." (Emphasis added.)
Chaput continued, "There’s a remark by Thomas More in the film A Man for All Seasons that’s worth remembering in the months ahead: 'When statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their own public duties, they lead their country by a short route to chaos.' We can’t say we weren’t warned."
Charles Chaput, 74, was installed as archbishop of Philadelphia in 2011. Prior to that he was the archbishop of Denver. Chaput is a member of the Prarie Band Potawatomi Nation and the first Native American archbishop.