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Repair My House

Repair My House

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Published by: Rocco Palmo on Jul 04, 2012
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REPAIR MY HOUSE:RENEWING THE ROOTS OFRELIGIOUS LIBERTY
+Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M.Cap. Archbishop of PhiladelphiaCatholic Media Convention Keynote Address Indianapolis, 6.20.12
I’ve known Greg Erlandson asa friend for many years. So Iwas very happy to accept hisinvitation to join you tonight.
 
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And I’m very glad to speak onthe theme of religious liberty because events in our countryhave made it an urgent con-cern. I can sum up my remarkstonight in five simple points.
 First, religious freedom is acornerstone of the Americanexperience.
This is so obviousthat once upon a time, nobodyneeded to say it. But timeshave changed. So it’s worth re-calling that Madison, Adams,Washington, Hamilton,Franklin, Jefferson – in fact,
 
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nearly all of the AmericanFounders – saw religious faithas vital to the life of a free peo- ple. Liberty and happinessgrow organically out of virtue.And virtue needs a groundingin religious faith.Gertrude Himmelfarb, the his-torian, put it this way: TheFounders knew that in a repub-lic “virtue is intimately relatedto religion. However skepticalor deistic they may have beenin their own beliefs, however determined they were to avoid

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