The mood among many U.S.
Roman Catholic bishops was captured in a recent speech by Archbishop
Charles Chaput of Philadelphia. His talk, called "Catholics in the Next
America," painted a bleak picture of a nation increasingly intolerant of
"The America emerging in
the next several decades is likely to be much less friendly to Christian
faith than anything in our country's past," Chaput told students last
week at Assumption College, an Augustinian school in Worcester, Mass.
"It's not a question of when or if it might happen. It's happening
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