Archbishop Chaput: No Apologies in Abortion Debate

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DENVER, Colorado, JUNE 16, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Archbishop Charles Chaput dismissed fears that the Catholic Church's particular concern about abortion, as opposed to other public issues, will make the Church appear partisan.



"That's almost always code language for telling the Church to be quiet about abortion," the Denver archbishop wrote in an e-mail interview with the Denver Post published Sunday.

The interview focused on the debate over whether pro-abortion Catholic politicians should be denied holy Communion.

"The Church is never partisan," Archbishop Chaput wrote. "But that doesn't change the fact that abortion is the central social issue of this moment in our national history -- not the only issue, but the foundational issue; the pivotal issue. For Catholics to ignore it or downplay it or 'contextualize' it would be an act of cowardice."