Monday evening, I went to Theology-on-Tap NYC at Metro 53. The Midtown East bar was packed for a talk by Denver's Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
It was the largest crowd I've ever seen at a TOT with folks almost out the door.
Archbishop Chaput's remarks, titled "This Dual Life Will Self-Destruct," were forceful and intellectually honest in the kind of way that would make many uncomfortable (including, at times, yours truly).
The archbishop was unambiguous in his strong critique of the secular domination of our culture. He called upon Christians not be "part-time" in their faith -- and to be fully engaged in bringing Christian ideals and morals to the civic debate.
The archbishop also critiqued those who would downplay the identity of Jesus as "Lord" or "Son of God."
To frame his talk, Archbishop Chaput told the story of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter (1907-1943). The Austrian layman, a conscientious objector during World War II, has been named a martyr by the Church.
Blessed Franz was a Christian who, to paraphrase the archbishop, lived his faith "full-time."