Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver was in Washington on March 17 where he was the principal guest at the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion in Public Life. The event was one of an occasional series the center holds in which they examine where religion and the political life come together. This one focused on the political obligations of Catholics and how Catholics’ convictions are played out in the public square.
Archbishop Chaput is the author of “Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life” (2008), and he has written and spoken widely on Catholics and political activity. The guests included members of the secular and religious press including Catholic News Service. CNS reporter Pat Zapor covered the wide-ranging presentation and discussion.
The Pew Center now has made the transcript of the event avalable on their Web site. While you are on their site, check out the U.S. religious landscape survey that Pew began in 2008. There are also many other excellent resources on the participation of religious Americans in the public square.