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Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Lifeby Charles Chaput
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Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has received widespread attention for his bold statements on everything from abortion to the war in Iraq. As the nation readies itself for the 2008 elections, he presents an invaluable roadmap for Catholics struggling with the competing claims on their loyalty to faith and country.
RENDER UNTO CAESAR redefines the relationship between personal morality and the public sphere. Strongly defending the right of religious people to express and act on their beliefs in the public square, Chaput urges Catholics to take an active part in national debates and work toward establishing a government based on America’s founding moral values rather than on party loyalties and political expediency.
Chaput stakes out a new political territory, blending a classically Christian reverence for life, including that of the unborn child, with a new urgency for serving the poor, fostering peace, and building the common good. In a style both engaging and vigorous, he expresses the frustration of many people who feel that their priorities have been ignored by both Republicans and Democrats, and shows why the dual commitment to faith and democracy is the key to revitalizing our nation’s highest ideals.
Archbishop Chaput has received widespread attention for his statements on everything from abortion to the war in Iraq. As the nation readies itself for the 2008 elections, he presents an invaluable roadmap for Catholics struggling with the competing claims on their loyalty to faith and country.
About the Author
CHARLES J. CHAPUT, O.F.M. Cap., is the archbishop of Denver, a Capuchin Franciscan, and a former member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. He lives in Denver, Colorado. He is the author, previously, of Living the Catholic Faith: Rediscovering the Basics.
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