Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has a new book out: Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith In a Post-Christian World. It is a must-read for all Christians in the United States. He is my guest in the third hour Monday, and you ought to order the book now.
Audio from 2/21 interview
Audio from 2/20 interview
HH: So pleased to welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show His Excellency, the Archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles Chaput. Bishop, welcome, I know that people who are following my tweets as I flew to DC on Saturday and then back to California on Sunday may have heard about Strangers In a Strange Land many, many times. I hope I’m not embarrassing you with overkill, but it’s such a wonderful book that we’ve got to talk about a lot more. But I can’t push people enough. Today is publication day, is it not?
CC: Tomorrow, actually.
HH: Oh, tomorrow, okay.
CC: But I think people are starting to get their books in the mail, though. I’ve heard that from people already.
HH: Well, it is, you know, I read it back when it was in galleys, and I hadn’t really done the close read that you need to do, and I told David Brooks in the green room yesterday that he’s quoted on Page 139. He said I am? And I said yeah, there’s no index. The Archbishop makes you actually read the book. And so was that by design?
CC: Well, no, actually, it’s probably an easier way to do it rather than to index the book. But I’m honored that you told that to him. And actually, I did see your tweets yesterday, and I’m very honored by them so very, very much.
HH: Well, let’s get into the depth of why I think every Christian in America, especially Catholics, but every Christian, and people want to understand Christian America as well need to read Strangers In A Strange Land. It’s linked at Hughhewitt.com. Chapter 3 – Why It Can’t Be Like It Was, “Modesty, virginity, celibacy, sexual restraint, these words are dust magnets in today’s vocabulary – antibiotics passed their expiration date.” While you are full of hope, you are not an optimist about the culture turning back. Porn is too deeply embedded. Parenting is shattered. Half of Catholic youth lose their Catholic identity by age 30. The Pill is ubiquitous and unleashed a large dynamic unknown. And this really surprised me. Only 3% of Hispanic children in the United States attend Catholic schools. Hispanics under the age of 30 are declining to participate. I close with another quote. “The formative spirit in today’s American life is cool to religion and no longer broadly Biblical.” Not a lot of sugarcoating there, Archbishop.
CC: No, I think we have a situation that’s pretty serious and difficult, and the only way to ever do anything about a situation is to know it and speak about it honestly. Otherwise, we’re just talking around issues. You know, about the Hispanics not going to Catholic schools, part of that is a function of many people coming from Latin America don’t have an experience with Catholic schools. It’s only affordable for the very wealthy. And of course, the parents don’t speak, many of the parents don’t speak English, so they feel awkward dealing with the administration of the Catholic schools. So we’re trying to do something about it, but it isn’t simply because they don’t have an interest. In fact, many of them would if they thought they could, so we’re trying to make them understand that they can. Continue Reading