February 26, 2009 7:36 AM
Chaput: Obama-love makes it 'hard for Catholics'
Catholics who have too much admiration for the President of the United States are making it hard on the religion, says Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput.
In Canada to promote his book, Render Unto Caesar, a guide to how Catholics can bring their faith into public life, Chaput said, "In democracies we elect public servants, not messiahs."
Polls show 54 percent of Catholics voted for Obama, whose pro-choice position on abortion is antithetical to Catholic belief.
Jean Torkelson reports:
Chaput delivered a lecture Monday night at a church on the campus of the University of Toronto. His remarks, reported by the Catholic News Agency, were picked up by blogs and nationally watched Web sites, such as the Drudge Report.
Chaput could not be reached for comment late Wednesday.
He was in Toronto to promote his book, Render Unto Caesar, which discusses how Catholics should bring their faith into public life.
In the presidential election, 54 percent of Catholics voted for Obama, who is pro-choice on abortion, which is condemned by the Catholic Church.
"President Obama is a man of intelligence and some remarkable gifts. He has a great ability to inspire, as we saw from his very popular visit to Canada just this past week. But whatever his strengths, there's no way to reinvent his record on abortion and related issues with rosy marketing about unity, hope and change," the Catholic News Agency quoted Chaput as saying.