.- In his most recent weekly column, Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput defended Pope Benedict XVI against recent slander and explained why the new Pope would have no âmedia honeymoon.â Citing some of the more prominent media attacks, including a recent New York Times column, the archbishop thinks that, âThe reason those who oppose authentic Catholic teaching resent [Pope Benedict] is not because heâs harsh â he is exactly the opposite â but because he has a unique serenity and courage.â
âBenedict XVIâ, he said, âis not only more experienced in the life of the intellect and Christian conscience than his critics, heâs also more faithful to the mission of the Church and more anchored in the peace that comes from knowing and loving her founder â Jesus Christ.â
Archbishop Chaput went on to explore the reasoning behind much of the smearing of recent weeks.
He noted that âtoo many American Catholics still donât want to face is that itâs OK to be Catholic in todayâs public square as long as we donât try to live our beliefs too seriously; as long as weâre suitably embarrassed by all those âprimitiveâ Catholic teachings; as long as we shut up about abortion and other sensitive moral issues and allow ourselves to be tutored in the ways of âpoliteâ secular culture by experts who have little or no respect for the Christian faith that guides our lives.â
The archbishop summarized why, in his view, the media has been so disappointed with the choice of Cardinal Ratzinger for Pope: âHe actually believes that what Jesus Christ and His Church teach is true, and that the soul of the world depends on the Churchâs faithful witness.â
In conclusion, Archbishop Chaput called on the faithful--âevery son and daughter of the Churchââto support the new Holy Father with âenthusiasm, prayers and support.â