"A genuinely Catholic life should feed the soul as well as the mind; should offer a vision of men and women made whole by the love of God, the knowledge of creation, and the reality of things unseen; should enable us to see the beauty of the world in the light of eternity; and should help us recapture the nobility of the human story and the dignity of the human person. This is the kind of witness that sets fire to the human heart."
—Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
In this eBook original, Charles J. Chaput, the Archbishop of Philadelphia, offers a powerful manifesto on the need for Americans to protect religious freedom.
As he notes, principles that Americans find self-evident—the dignity of the human person, the sanctity of conscience, the separation of political and sacred authority, the distinction between secular and religious law, the idea of a civil society pre-existing and distinct from the state—are not widely shared elsewhere in the world, and in recent years seem to be in jeopardy on our own shores.
Archbishop Chaput offers a call to action for leadership both here and abroad to challenge this damaging trend. By thoughtfully interpreting and applying Catholic values to this confusing moment in history, he provides hope for an American audience hungry for courage and counsel.
About Charles J. Chaput
CHARLES J. CHAPUT, O.F.M. Cap., the nation's first Native American archbishop, was raised in a small town in Kansas and served previously as bishop of Rapid City, SD, and archbishop of Denver. He has become one of the Catholic Church's most visible and articulate leaders in the United States, consistently engaging the great moral debates of the nation. He is the author of the Catholic bestseller Render Unto Caesar.
This splendid eBook is a clarion call for Catholics to embrace their calling to be authentic witnesses in every aspect of social life. With passion and eloquence, Archbishop Chaput makes the case that our country is at a crucial turning point, and that faith-filled citizens—men and women with “hearts on fire”-- can and must play their role in building a better future.
-Mary Ann Glendon, Author of The Forum and the Tower: How Scholars and Politicians Have Imagined the World
Archbishop Charles Chaput is the American episcopate's most acute analyst of the Catholic situation in America, and the American situation in Catholicism, today.
-George Weigel, author of The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II—The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy
In A Heart on Fire, Archbishop Chaput speaks with clarity and force about a central predicament facing America today: the diminution of a Christian voice in the public life of our nation. Chaput rightly insists that Americans must recognize the vital contribution religion has made historically to a vibrant public discourse. The true fate of a public Christian voice, however, lies in the hearts of Christian believers and their eagerness to transmit the faith to which they are heirs. Archbishop Chaput’s essay marks an important contribution to an urgent discussion that American Christians cannot afford to forego.
-John Garvey, President, The Catholic University of America
Archbishop Charles Chaput is one of the clearest, most courageous voices in American Catholicism, and this sharp, witty, well-reasoned reflection reminds us why. In tracing both the historical roots of America’s unique religious situation and the daunting challenges that confront us today, he makes a compelling case for the central role that Catholics must play in shaping the future of our republic. And he reminds us that when it comes to defending our God-given freedoms, there is no substitute for holy boldness.
-Colleen Carroll Campbell, host of EWTN’s Faith & Culture, author of The New Faithful, and former presidential speechwriter
Archbishop Chaput has written in clear and moving style an essay that situates the Catholic Church in a society ever more culturally secularized. Examining the reasons for the present societal impasse, he also uncovers anew our reason for hope.
-Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago