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The Need to Recover a Sense of Distinction

In Philadelphia I’m struck by how many women I now see on the street wearing the hijab or even the burqa. Some of my friends are annoyed by that kind of “in your face” Islam. But I understand it. The hijab and the burqa say two important things in a morally confused culture:  “I’m not sexually available,” and “I belong to a community different and separate from you and your obsessions.”

I have a long list of concerns with the content of Islam. But I admire the integrity of those Muslim women. And we need to help Catholics recover their own sense of distinction from the surrounding secular meltdown.

—from Remembering Who We Are and the Story We Belong To by Archbishop Charles Chaput, in an address given at the Bishop’s Symposium at the University of Notre Dame on October 19, 2016

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