Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput will present his latest book in Washington, D.C. in the near future, discussing the changed situation for Catholicism in America.
“As Christians, we're offering a salvific message in a therapeutic culture. It's a tough sale,” the archbishop told CNA. He suggested that new understandings of religion and civic life are very different from previous generations.
“Jesus changed the world with 12 very flawed men,” Archbishop Chaput
said. “We have plenty of good men and women, and more than enough
resources, to do the same. But not if we’re too self-absorbed and too
eager to fit into the world around us to suffer for our faith. We’re not
short of vocations. We’re short of clear thinking and zeal.”
His newest book, “Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic
Faith in a Post-Christian World,” was released Feb. 21 by Henry Holt and
The archbishop makes the case that American culture has undergone a
qualitative change from the past, and he considers the future for
Catholics and Americans in public and private life.
While there are tens of millions of actively practicing Christians in
the U.S., Archbishop Chaput suggests the overall trends in religious
affiliation are not good.
He stressed that the Christian past was great
only insofar as Christians were faithful to Jesus Christ.
The archbishop will hold a book signing, deliver comments and take part in a panel discussion.
The Washington, D.C. event will take place March 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Catholic Information Center, 1501 K Street NW.
Admission is free.