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Charles W. Schroeder

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Charles W. Schroeder (about 1853–1903) served two terms on the Los Angeles, California, Common Council, the legislative branch of the city, in the 1880s. He also was a civil engineer for the Southern Pacific railroad.[1]

Born in Prussia about 1843,[1] Schroeder was married in Los Angeles to Marta Carbajal in April 1881.[2] They had two daughters, Mrs. Hazel C. Blandford and Mrs. Martha Gristock, who operated the Webb Hotel at 642 Crocker Street.[3]

Elected to two one-year terms, Schroeder represented the 1st Ward on the Los Angeles Common Council, the legislative branch of the city, serving from December 9, 1882, to December 8, 1884.[4]

He died October 23, 1903, at the Patton Insane Asylum, where he had been living since he was committed October 13, 1894, on complaint of his wife.[1]

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♪♪<i> >>THIS BYU FORUM ADDRESS WITH</i> <i>ARCHBISHOP CHARLES CHAPUT WAS GIVEN ON MARCH 22, 2016.</i> >>GOOD MORNING, BROTHERS AND SISTERS. IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO WELCOME YOU TO OUR UNIVERSITY FORUM. OUR SPEAKER TODAY IS MOST REVEREND CHARLES J. CHAPUT, <i>THE ARCHBISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA.</i> <i>WE ARE VERY PLEASED THAT ELDER DALLIN H. OAKS,</i> <i>A MEMBER OF THE QUORUM OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES AND</i> <i>FORMER PRESIDENT OF BYU, IS WITH US TODAY.</i> ARCHBISHOP CHARLES J. CHAPUT IS THE NINTH ARCHBISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA. HE WAS BORN AND REARED IN CONCORDIA, KANSAS AND WAS ORDAINED A CATHOLIC PRIEST IN 1970. ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT HOLDS MASTER'S DEGREES IN BOTH THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, AND HE HAS SERVED AS A PASTOR, SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR, AND SEMINARY INSTRUCTOR. HE WAS ORDAINED BISHOP OF RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA IN 1988 AND APPOINTED BY POPE JOHN PAUL II AS ARCHBISHOP OF DENVER IN 1997. <i>A MEMBER OF THE PRAIRIE BAND POTAWATOMI TRIBE,</i> <i>HE WAS THE SECOND NATIVE AMERICAN TO BE ORDAINED A</i> <i>BISHOP IN THE UNITED STATES, AND THE FIRST NATIVE</i> <i>AMERICAN ARCHBISHOP.</i> <i>POPE BENEDICT XVI APPOINTED HIM ARCHBISHOP OF</i> <i>PHILADELPHIA IN 2011.</i> <i>PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH NAMED ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT</i> <i>AS A MEMBER OF THE U.S.</i> <i>COMMISSION ON INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN 2003.</i> <i>HIS DUTIES INCLUDED RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FACT-FINDING</i> <i>MISSIONS TO CHINA AND TURKEY, AND THE PREPARATION OF</i> <i>ANNUAL REPORTS MONITORING TRENDS IN RELIGIOUS LIBERTY</i> <i>THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.</i> <i>THE BECKET FUND FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AWARDED HIM THE 2009</i> <i>CANTERBURY MEDAL FOR HIS WORK IN ADVANCING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.</i> ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT RECENTLY HOSTED THE EIGHTH WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES AND A VISIT BY POPE FRANCIS TO PHILADELPHIA IN 2015. HE IS THE AUTHOR OF NUMEROUS ARTICLES AND SEVERAL BOOKS, INCLUDING "LIVING THE CATHOLIC FAITH: REDISCOVERING THE BASICS," AND "RENDER UNTO CAESAR: "SERVING THE NATION BY LIVING OUR CATHOLIC BELIEFS." IN HIS PREFACE TO THE 2012 EDITION OF THE LATTER BOOK, ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT ARTICULATELY IDENTIFIED THE KEY WAY IN WHICH CHRISTIAN FAITH CAN IMPROVE MODERN SOCIETY. HE WROTE, "SAINT AUGUSTINE REMINDS US "THAT THE CITY OF MAN AND "THE CITY OF GOD INTERMINGLE. "WE HAVE OBLIGATIONS TO EACH. "BUT OUR FINAL HOME AND "OUR REAL CITIZENSHIP "ARE NOT IN THIS WORLD. "POLITICS IS IMPORTANT, "BUT IT'S NEVER THE MAIN FOCUS "OR PURPOSE OF A CHRISTIAN LIFE. "IF WE DO NOT KNOW AND "LOVE JESUS CHRIST, "AND COMMIT OUR LIVES TO "HIM AND ACT ON WHAT WE "CLAIM TO BELIEVE, "EVERYTHING ELSE IS EMPTY. "BUT IF WE DO, "SO MUCH ELSE IS POSSIBLE- "INCLUDING THE CONVERSION OF THE WORLD AROUND US." <i>WE LOOK FORWARD TO ADDITIONAL INSIGHTS THAT</i> <i>ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT WILL SHARE WITH US TODAY.</i> <i>NOW PLEASE JOIN ME IN</i> GIVING A WARM WELCOME TO ARCHBISHOP CHARLES CHAPUT. [APPLAUSE] >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, PRESIDENT WORTHEN. MY DEAR FRIENDS, I'M HERE TODAY BECAUSE I BELIEVE THE FRIENDSHIP OF THE LDS AND CATHOLIC COMMUNITIES IS IMPORTANT. THE BETTER WE KNOW EACH OTHER'S STORIES AS RELIGIOUS MINORITIES IN THIS COUNTRY, THE BETTER WE CAN SUPPORT EACH OTHER IN PURSUING SOME OF THE VITAL ISSUES WE SHARE. AND THAT SERVES NOT JUST OUR BELIEFS AND CONCERNS, BUT THE HEALTH OF OUR ENTIRE NATION. I WANT TO BEGIN BY GIVING YOU SOME BACKGROUND ON THE CATHOLIC EXPERIENCE IN THIS COUNTRY. I'LL DO THAT THROUGH THE LENS OF A PARTICULAR CATHOLIC BISHOP- ME. I DON'T CLAIM TO SPEAK FOR ALL OR EVEN MOST AMERICANS WHO DESCRIBE THEMSELVES AS CATHOLIC, BUT MY COMMENTS DO REFLECT THE VIEWS OF MANY CATHOLICS WHO RANK THEIR CATHOLIC FAITH AS THE MOST PRECIOUS THING IN THEIR LIVES- AND ACTUALLY LIVE THAT WAY. SO LET'S BEGIN WITH A SIMPLE FACT: CATHOLICS HAVE NEVER ENTIRELY "FIT" IN AMERICA. WE'VE TRIED, BUT THE RESULTS ARE MIXED. IN FACT, SOME YEARS AGO STANLEY HAUERWAS, THE DISTINGUISHED PROTESTANT THEOLOGIAN, SAID THAT WE CATHOLICS NOT ONLY DON'T FIT IN AMERICA, WE ALSO KNOW WE DON'T FIT, AND BECAUSE WE KNOW, WE'RE DOUBLY EAGER TO PROVE THAT WE'RE MORE AMERICAN THAN ANYONE ELSE. FOR HAUERWAS, THE PROOF IS OBVIOUS: HE WROTE THIS: "ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW "IS THAT THE FBI IS MADE UP "OF CATHOLICS AND SOUTHERNERS. "THIS IS BECAUSE CATHOLICS "AND SOUTHERNERS NEED TO "SHOW THEY ARE MORE LOYAL "THAN MOST AMERICANS, "SINCE SOUTHERNERS HAVE A "HISTORY OF DISLOYALTY, "AND AMERICANS FEAR THAT "CATHOLICS MAY OWE THEIR "ALLEGIANCE TO SOME GUY IN ROME. "THAT IS WHY THE FBI IS "GIVEN THE TASK OF EXAMINING "GRADUATES OF HARVARD AND YALE- "THAT IS, HIGH CULTURE "PROTESTANTS WHO, OF COURSE, "NO LONGER BELIEVE IN GOD- "TO SEE IF THEY ARE LOYAL ENOUGH TO BE OPERATIVES IN THE CIA." HAUERWAS WAS WRITING WITH A DRY SENSE OF HUMOR, BUT WHAT HE SAID IS LARGELY TRUE. AMERICA'S ROOTS ARE DEEPLY PROTESTANT AND HISTORICALLY SUSPICIOUS OF CATHOLICS. AMERICA IS A CHILD OF THE REFORMATION AND THE ENLIGHTENMENT. NEITHER HAD MUCH USE FOR THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. AT THE TIME OF THE REVOLUTION, OUT OF THREE MILLION OR MORE COLONISTS, FEWER THAN 25,000 WERE CATHOLICS. IN PRACTICE, CATHOLICS WERE OFTEN TOLERATED BECAUSE THEIR NUMBERS WERE SO SMALL. AND SOME, LIKE CHARLES CARROLL, THE ONLY CATHOLIC SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, WERE WELL-EDUCATED AND QUITE SUCCESSFUL. BUT PREJUDICE AGAINST CATHOLICS WAS NONETHELESS WIDESPREAD. THE REALLY UGLY ANTI-CATHOLIC BIGOTRY- CHURCH BURNINGS AND LOOTED CONVENTS- CAME LATER, IN THE 19TH CENTURY. AND IT WAS LINKED, PREDICTABLY, TO THE WAVES OF POOR IMMIGRANTS WHO ARRIVED FROM CATHOLIC COUNTRIES IN EUROPE AND THE SOCIAL STRAINS THEY CAUSED. READING THE OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS OF AMERICA'S CATHOLIC BISHOPS FROM THE 1830'S TO THE 1950'S IS REVEALING. THEY TELL US TWO THINGS. FIRST, THE BISHOPS WERE DETERMINED TO PROTECT THEIR PEOPLE FROM PUBLIC HATRED AND VIOLENCE. AND SECOND, THEY WERE COMMITTED TO PROVING THEIR LOYALTY AS GOOD CITIZENS INTEGRATED INTO THE AMERICAN MAINSTREAM. SO AMERICA'S CATHOLIC BISHOPS WANTED THEIR MEMBERS TO BE MORE LOYAL THAN ANYONE ELSE, SO THEY BECAME ZEALOUSLY PATRIOTIC. I WAS BORN IN 1944 AND INHERITED THAT SPIRIT OF PATRIOTISM. IT SHAPED THE EARLY YEARS OF MY OWN LIFE AND MY GENERATION. MORE THAN 80 CATHOLIC CHAPLAINS DIED IN WORLD WAR II, KOREA, AND VIETNAM. FIVE CATHOLIC CHAPLAINS, ALL OF THEM PRIESTS, WON THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR IN THOSE SAME WARS. WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, THE NATION'S SERVICE ACADEMIES ALL HAD A DISPROPORTIONATE NUMBER OF CATHOLIC CADETS. AND EVEN TODAY- AFTER THE DISAFFECTION OF THE CATHOLIC LEFT DURING VIETNAM, AND CATHOLIC CRITICS OF THE WARS IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ, INCLUDING AT TIMES THE VATICAN- MOST AMERICAN CATHOLICS HAVE A DEEP HABIT OF LOYALTY TO THIS COUNTRY. AND FOR GOOD REASON: AT ITS BEST, AMERICA IS AN EXCEPTIONAL COUNTRY. IT'S A COUNTRY BUILT ON LIMITED GOVERNMENT, THE RULE OF LAW, AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY. PERSONAL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES ARE STILL IMPORTANT HERE. THEY ACTUALLY MEAN SOMETHING. AND OUR PUBLIC LIFE, WHILE NON-SECTARIAN, IS- OR AT LEAST WAS- FOUNDED AND GROUNDED IN A BROADLY BIBLICAL MORALITY. HERE'S WHY I MENTION THIS. I HAVE A FRIEND OF MANY YEARS, A MAN COMMITTED TO HIS WIFE AND FAMILY, WELL-EDUCATED AND VERY CATHOLIC, WHOSE SON ATTENDED WEST POINT. OVER THE YEARS HE'S TAKEN GREAT PRIDE IN HIS SON AND IN THE IDEALS OF THE MILITARY ACADEMY. HE'S STILL PROUD OF HIS SON, AND HE STILL ADMIRES THE LEGACY OF WEST POINT. BUT HE WOULD NEVER SEND ANOTHER CHILD TO A SERVICE ACADEMY. HE SIMPLY DOESN'T BELIEVE THAT AMERICA, AS IT CURRENTLY STANDS, IS THE SAME COUNTRY HE ONCE LOVED. AND, IN HIS WORDS, IT'S NOT WORTH RISKING A SON OR A DAUGHTER TO FIGHT FOR IT NOW. THE AMERICA HE SEES NOW- AN AMERICA OF ABORTION, CONFUSED SEX, LANGUAGE POLICE, ENTITLEMENTS, CONSUMER AND CORPORATE GREED, CLOWNISH POLITICS, AND GOVERNMENT BULLYING OF RELIGIOUS GROUPS LIKE THE LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR- IS DIFFERENT IN KIND, NOT MERELY IN DEGREE, FROM THE NATION HE THOUGHT HE KNEW. IT'S NO LONGER A COUNTRY HE CONSIDERS HIS OWN. AND KEEP IN MIND THAT THIS IS A MAN OF THE CULTURAL RIGHT, WHERE SUPPORT FOR THE MILITARY HAS TYPICALLY BEEN STRONG. NOW THOSE ARE HARSH FEELINGS, BUT I DO UNDERSTAND THEM. THERE'S A LOT OF TALK IN CHRISTIAN CIRCLES TODAY ABOUT THE NEED TO PROTECT BELIEVING FAMILIES FROM A FLAWED CULTURE THAT OFTEN SEEMS TO BE GETTING WORSE, AND THE TALK FREQUENTLY TURNS TO A THING CALLED THE "BENEDICT OPTION." IT'S AN IDEA WORTH EXPLAINING. BENEDICT OF NURSIA WAS A SIXTH CENTURY ITALIAN SAINT AND THE FOUNDER OF WESTERN MONASTICISM. THE SON OF A ROMAN NOBLEMAN, HE LEFT ROME AS A YOUNG MAN FOR THE PEACE OF THE COUNTRYSIDE. HE EVENTUALLY FOUNDED 12 RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES THAT GREW INTO THE WORLDWIDE BENEDICTINE ORDER OF MONKS WE HAVE TODAY. SO THE CORE OF A MODERN "BENEDICT OPTION" INVOLVES FINDING A WAY TO PRESERVE PEOPLE FROM THE MOST DYSFUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS OF THE SECULAR WORLD- EITHER BY BUILDING NEW COMMUNITIES OR WITHDRAWING MENTALLY, OR EVEN PHYSICALLY, FROM THE PUBLIC CULTURE AROUND US. IT'S A COMPELLING IDEA. CRITICS DON'T DO IT JUSTICE WHEN THEY WRITE IT OFF AS A FORM OF ESCAPISM. BUT FOR ME AS A BISHOP- AND I'VE HEARD THIS FROM MANY OTHER BELIEVERS- I THINK AN EVEN BETTER MODEL IS SAINT AUGUSTINE, WHO LED THE FIFTH CENTURY CHURCH IN THE NORTH AFRICAN CITY OF HIPPO REGIUS. AUGUSTINE LIVED AND WORKED IN THE THICK OF HIS PEOPLE. AS A BISHOP, HE ENGAGED THE PROBLEMS OF THE SOCIETY AROUND HIM EVERY DAY- EVEN AS THE ROMAN WORLD FELL APART, AND HIS OWN CITY CAME UNDER SIEGE. I THINK WE NEED TO THINK AND ACT IN THE SAME WAY AUGUSTINE DID. OUR TASK AS BELIEVERS, WHATEVER OUR RELIGIOUS TRADITION, IS TO WITNESS OUR LOVE FOR GOD AND FOR EACH OTHER IN THE TIME AND PLACE GOD PUTS US. THAT MEANS WE HAVE DUTIES- FIRST TO THE CITY OF GOD, BUT ALSO TO THE CITY OF MAN. IT MEANS WORKING WITH ALL OUR ENERGY TO MAKE OUR NATION WHOLE AND GOOD, EVEN AS WE KEEP OUR EXPECTATIONS MODEST, AND EVEN WHEN WE EXPERIENCE CRITICISM AND FAILURE. AND FINALLY, IT MEANS REALIZING THAT NONE OF US CAN DO THIS WORK ALONE. WHICH BRINGS US TO THIS MOMENT NOW- HERE, TOGETHER, TODAY. EXACTLY SIX YEARS AGO, A GREAT MENTOR AND FRIEND OF MINE CAME TO THIS CAMPUS, CARDINAL FRANCIS GEORGE OF CHICAGO. AND HE SPOKE ABOUT THE CATHOLICS AND LATTER-DAY SAINTS AS PARTNERS IN THE DEFENSE OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. BUT HE WENT FURTHER THAN THAT. HE NOTED HOW OFTEN THE LDS AND CATHOLIC CONCERNS ABOUT MARRIAGE, FAMILY, POVERTY, THE DEGRADING EFFECTS OF PORNOGRAPHY AND THE SANCTITY OF THE UNBORN CHILD COINCIDE. HE ALSO ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN OUR TWO RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES ARE LARGE, AND IGNORING THEM SERVES NEITHER GOD NOR THE TRUTH. BUT IN HIS REMARKS HERE AT BYU IN 2010, HE STRESSED THAT DESPITE THESE DIFFERENCES, "THE POSSIBILITIES OF DEEPENING "OUR FRIENDSHIPS THROUGH COMMON WITNESS AND DIALOGUE" ARE TOO IMPORTANT TO UNDERESTIMATE, AND TOO URGENTLY NEEDED TO LET LAPSE. CARDINAL GEORGE DIED JUST LAST YEAR. HE WAS ONE OF THE GREAT CATHOLIC MINDS OF MY GENERATION, AND HE HAD AN ENDURING RESPECT FOR THE LDS LEADERS AND BELIEVERS HE KNEW. I WANT TO BUILD ON HIS WORDS TODAY BY DOING TWO THINGS WITH THE TIME GIVEN TO ME. FIRST, I'LL OFFER SOME THOUGHTS AS A CATHOLIC PASTOR ABOUT HOW AND WHY WE GOT TO WHERE WE ARE AS A NATION, AND SECOND, I'LL TALK BRIEFLY ABOUT WHAT WHAT WE NEED TO DO AS PEOPLE OF FAITH, IN MUTUALLY SUPPORTIVE WAYS, GOING FORWARD. SO FIRST, HOW AND WHY DID WE GET WHERE WE ARE? SPEAKING LAST JULY, THE POLITICAL SCHOLAR CHARLES MURRAY ARGUED THAT "THE AMERICAN PROJECT, "AS ORIGINALLY DEFINED BY THE FOUNDERS, IS DEAD;" NOT DYING, BUT DEAD. THESE ARE STRONG WORDS. THEY PRETTY WELL TAKE THE AIR OUT OF THE ROOM. AND THEY COME FROM A SOURCE- THE AUTHOR OF STUDIES LIKE "LOSING GROUND" AND "COMING APART"- THAT WE CAN'T EASILY DISMISS. I SHOULD NOTE HERE THAT MURRAY IS A LIBERTARIAN. CATHOLIC THOUGHT HAS SOME SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH THE LIBERTARIAN APPROACH TO SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY, BUT THAT DOESN'T ALLOW US TO IGNORE HIS POINT BECAUSE MUCH OF MURRAY'S RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS IS HIGH GRADE. FOR MURRAY, THE AMERICA OF THE FOUNDERS IS DEAD BECAUSE WE KILLED IT. WE STRANGLED IT WITH A REGULATORY STATE THAT EXPANDS BY ITS OWN INERTIA. IT CREATES DEPENDENCY AND ACCUMULATES POWER AS IT PROVIDES SERVICES. AS IT GROWS, IT EATS INTO THE SPACE FOR PERSONAL LIBERTY AND RIGHTS, AND IT SLOWLY REPLACES THE AUTHORITY OF THE PEOPLE'S ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES WITH AN ADMINISTRATIVE MACHINE. A GOOD EXAMPLE IS OBAMACARE. CONGRESS PASSES A NATIONAL HEALTH CARE ACT. THEN THE ADMINISTRATION "INTERPRETS" THE LAW TO IMPOSE A CONTRACEPTIVE MANDATE THAT DELIBERATELY ATTACKS THE CONSCIENCE OF MANY RELIGIOUS BELIEVERS AND MINISTRIES. THERE'S OBVIOUS MERIT IN MURRAY'S ARGUMENT. WHAT WE HAD, ONCE UPON A TIME, WAS LIMITED GOVERNMENT, AND THAT WAS A GOOD THING. THE GOVERNMENT WE HAVE NOW IS SOMETHING QUITE DIFFERENT AND MUCH MORE UNSETTLING. I DO WONDER IF A CONTINENT-WIDE NATION OF 320 MILLION PEOPLE CAN REALLY WORK IN A GLOBALIZED AGE WITHOUT A BIG FEDERAL FOOTPRINT, BUT IN ANY CASE, THE CHANGES IN OUR COUNTRY HAVE DEEPER AND MORE COMPLEX ROOTS THAN JUST THE GROWTH OF BIG GOVERNMENT. A SIMPLE EXAMPLE IS DEMOGRAPHY. AMERICA WAS FOUNDED BY WHITE ANGLO-SAXON PROTESTANTS. THEY WERE PEOPLE STEEPED IN ENGLISH COMMON LAW. TODAY, AMERICANS ARE VASTLY MORE NUMEROUS. THEY'RE ALSO A LOT MORE DIVERSE. MANY TRACE THEIR HERITAGE TO CULTURES THAT HAVE NO EXPERIENCE OF CHRISTIANITY, THE REFORMATION, THE ENLIGHTENMENT OR ENGLISH COMMON LAW. NO ONE SHOULD FEAR THAT. AMERICA THRIVES ON DIVERSITY. IT NEEDS IMMIGRATION TO CONSTANTLY RENEW ITSELF, SO DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE IS A VERY GOOD THING- AS LONG AS SOME MECHANISM EXISTS IN SOCIETY TO WEAVE PEOPLE TOGETHER INTO A NATION WITH COMMON IDEALS; IDEALS THAT ARE ORGANIC TO OUR PAST AND HIGHER THAN OUR PERSONAL APPETITES. AMERICA IS AN IDEA, AND AN IDEA NEEDS TO HAVE MORAL SUBSTANCE GREATER THAN "EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF" OR "DO WHATEVER YOU WANT, "AS LONG AS IT DOESN'T HURT SOMEBODY ELSE." THAT'S A HUNTING LICENSE, NOT A NATIONAL PURPOSE. ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS LEGAL THEORY. UNTIL RECENTLY, AMERICAN LAW SOUGHT TO APPLY A CODE OF OBJECTIVE TRUTH ABOUT GOOD AND EVIL TO HUMAN AFFAIRS. THIS TRUTH WAS UNDERSTOOD TO BE WRITTEN INTO THE DESIGN OF CREATION AS A KIND OF "NATURAL LAW." ALL THINGS, INCLUDING THE HUMAN PERSON, WERE SEEN AS HAVING A NATURE AND PURPOSE- A TELOS. AS A RESULT, HUMAN LAWS PRESUMED A BUILT-IN MORAL ORDER TO THE WORLD. THEY PRESUMED THE "GIVENNESS" OF NATURE, AND THE "GIVENNESS" OF NATURE IMPLIED A GIVER AND CREATOR- IN OTHER WORDS, "NATURE'S GOD." THE NATURAL RIGHTS WE TAKE FOR GRANTED- LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS- ARE INALIENABLE ONLY BECAUSE THEY'RE GUARANTEED BY NATURE'S GOD- A GOD WHO STANDS ABOVE ANY HUMAN AUTHORITY. IN MOST OF OUR LAW SCHOOLS, OUR PUBLIC DISCOURSE AND OUR COURTS, THAT IDEA IS ALL BUT DEAD. TODAY'S SO-CALLED "POSITIVE" LAW DOESN'T REFLECT AND APPLY SOME HIGHER ORDER OF JUSTICE. IT INVENTS JUSTICE BY DISCOVERING NEW RIGHTS AND JUGGLING INTERESTS. AND THAT MEANS NO RIGHTS ARE INALIENABLE- WHETHER OUR POLITICAL CLASS WANTS TO ADMIT IT OR NOT. TO PUT IT LESS KINDLY, A SORT OF FUNDAMENTAL "LAW-LESSNESS" NOW GOVERNS OUR THINKING ABOUT THE LAW. IN A NATION LIKE THE UNITED STATES, WHERE THE LAW IS ONE OF THE MAIN ADHESIVES OF OUR UNITY, THAT HAS VERY BIG IMPLICATIONS. HERE'S ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW WE GOT WHERE WE ARE: TECHNOLOGY. TECHNOLOGY HAS PLAYED A BIG ROLE- THE DECISIVE ROLE- IN CHANGING OUR ECONOMIC LIVES, OFTEN FOR THE BETTER. BUT IT'S ALSO CHANGED HOW AMERICANS THINK. TO PUT IT ANOTHER WAY: WE USE OUR TOOLS, BUT OUR TOOLS ALSO USE US. IN HALF A CENTURY, THE UNITED STATES HAS GONE FROM A MANUFACTURING ECONOMY BASED ON PRODUCTION, TO A KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY BASED ON CONSUMPTION. THE IMPACT ON OUR IMAGINATIONS AND BEHAVIORS HAS BEEN HUGE. PRODUCTION IS A JOINT AFFAIR. IT REQUIRES GUILDS, UNIONS AND CORPORATIONS. IT NEEDS ASSEMBLY LINES, HEAVY INDUSTRY AND COMMUNITIES. CONSUMPTION IS A PRIVATE AFFAIR. IT REQUIRES ONLY THE SELF. THIS DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION IS WHAT SOCIOLOGIST ZYGMUNT BAUMAN CALLS THE GULF BETWEEN SOLID AND LIQUID MODERN LIFE. OLDER, "SOLID" SOCIETIES BASED ON PRODUCTION FIND THEIR SECURITY IN OWNERSHIP, DELAYED GRATIFICATION AND RATIONAL ORGANIZATION. THEY SEEK METHODICAL PROGRESS, AND THEY PUT A HIGH VALUE ON DURABLE GOODS. "LIQUID," CONSUMER-BASED SOCIETIES- CREATURES OF THE TECH REVOLUTION AND ITS RAPID RATE OF CHANGE- FEED ON "INCESSANT NEW BEGINNINGS" AND EXPERIENCES. WHAT THAT MEANS IS THIS: IN LIQUID, CONSUMER-BASED LIFE, THE BIGGEST FEAR IS WHAT THEY CALL "DRAG COEFFICIENT"- THE BURDEN OF HAVING TO LIVE WITH OBSOLETE OR BAD PRODUCT CHOICES. INEVITABLY, THIS APPROACH TO LIFE SHAPES PERSONAL RELATIONS. AS BAUMAN NOTES, "ONCE THE PATTERN TO "REJECT AND REPLACE AN "OBJECT OF CONSUMPTION... "IS EXTENDED TO PARTNERSHIP RELATIONS," THE PARTNERS THEMSELVES BECOME DISPOSABLE CONSUMER OBJECTS. IN THIS SENSE, NOTHING IS MORE LIQUID THAN NO-FAULT DIVORCE, WHICH IS NOW COMMON ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I COULD GO ON WITH A LIST OF EXAMPLES FOR A LONG TIME. BUT BEFORE WE TURN TO THE LAST PART OF MY REMARKS, I WANT TO NOTE JUST ONE MORE FACTOR THAT DIVIDES THE AMERICA WE NOW HAVE FROM THE AMERICA WE REMEMBER- OR AT LEAST THINK WE REMEMBER. THAT FACTOR, OF COURSE, IS SEX- SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS, SEX AND MARRIAGE, SEX AND THE FAMILY, SEX AND HUMAN MEANING. TO BORROW A THOUGHT FROM C. S. LEWIS, THE HUMAN PERSON IS A KIND OF "AMPHIBIAN"- A CREATURE MADE BY GOD FOR THIS WORLD AND THE NEXT; A BLENDING OF SPIRIT AND FLESH THAT GIVES THE BODY SPECIAL DIGNITY. THE BODY IS NOT MODELING CLAY. IT'S NOT RAW MATERIAL FOR THE SERVICE OF OUR WILLS, AND THERE'S SOMETHING PROFOUNDLY SAD IN WATCHING A PERSON MUTILATE HIS OR HER BODY IN THE HOPE OF CREATING A NEW IDENTITY. THE BODY HAS A PURPOSE. OUR SEXUALITY IS ORDERED TO CREATING AND RAISING NEW LIFE, AND TO THE MUTUAL SUPPORT OF A MAN AND WOMAN IN A COVENANT OF LOVE. MY POINT IS THIS: SEXUAL CONFUSION ISN'T UNIQUE TO OUR AGE, BUT THE SCOPE OF IT IS. NO SOCIETY CAN SUSTAIN ITSELF FOR LONG IF MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY FALL APART ON A MASS SCALE, AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT'S HAPPENING AS WE GATHER HERE TODAY. THE SUPREME COURT'S OBERGEFELL DECISION APPROVING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LAST JUNE WAS A LEGAL DISASTER, BUT IT DIDN'T HAPPEN IN A VACUUM. IT FITS VERY COMFORTABLY WITH TRENDS IN OUR CULTURE THAT GO BACK MANY DECADES, EVEN BEFORE THE 1960'S IN THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION. IT'S USEFUL TO READ OR REREAD WILHELM REICH'S BOOK FROM 1936 ENTITLED, "THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION." REICH ARGUES THAT A REAL REVOLUTION CAN ONLY BE MADE AT THE LEVEL OF SEXUAL FREEDOM, AND IT NEEDS TO BEGIN BY WIPING AWAY INSTITUTIONS LIKE MARRIAGE, FAMILY, AND TRADITIONAL SEXUAL MORALITY. WHAT'S INTERESTING ABOUT REICH'S WORK IS THAT, 80 YEARS AGO, HE SAW THE UNITED STATES AS THE MOST PROMISING PLACE FOR THAT KIND OF REVOLUTION, DESPITE OUR PURITAN HISTORY. THE REASON IS SIMPLE. AMERICANS HAVE A DEEP STREAK OF INDIVIDUALISM, A DISTRUST OF AUTHORITY AND A BIG APPETITE FOR SELF-INVENTION. AS RELIGION LOSES ITS HOLD ON PEOPLE'S BEHAVIOR, ALL OF THESE INSTINCTS ACCELERATE. THE TROUBLE IS THAT ONCE THE GENIE IS OUT OF THE BOTTLE, SEXUAL FREEDOM GOES IN DIRECTIONS AND TAKES ON SHAPES THAT NOBODY IMAGINED, AND ULTIMATELY IT LEADS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT WHO A PERSON IS AND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN. NOW, ALL THIS IS A PRETTY SOBER, AND IT'S A DISTURBING VIEW OF WHERE WE FIND OURSELVES, BUT WE SHOULD REMEMBER TWO THINGS. HERE'S THE FIRST THING. PETER DRUCKER, THE GREAT EXPERT ON BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT, LIKED TO SAY THAT EVERY SUCCESS BEARS THE SEEDS OF FAILURE. WHAT HE MEANT IS THAT PEOPLE WHO SUCCEED TEND TO FORGET THAT THEY'RE FALLIBLE. THEY GET OVER-CONFIDENT. THEY GET LAZY OR VAIN. THEY FORGET THAT WHAT WORKED YESTERDAY MAY NOT WORK TOMORROW. AND THAT LEADS VERY QUICKLY IN A BAD DIRECTION- EVEN FOR NATIONS. BUT THE INVERSE OF DRUCKER'S WARNING IS ALSO TRUE: EVERY SETBACK AND FAILURE BEARS THE SEEDS OF SUCCESS- IF WE LEARN THE RIGHT LESSONS FROM IT. HERE'S THE SECOND THING. JUST AS OPTIMISM IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM HOPE, A LITTLE PESSIMISM- I PREFER TO CALL IT REALISM- IS A LONG WAY FROM HOPELESSNESS. OPTIMISM IS A KIND WORD FOR WISHFUL THINKING. HOPE, AS GEORGES BERNANOS LIKED TO SAY, IS "DESPAIR OVERCOME," AND IT'S BUILT ON THE GRANITE OF FAITH. PEOPLE WHO REALLY BELIEVE IN A LOVING GOD ARE ALWAYS PEOPLE OF HOPE AND THE JOY THAT COMES WITH IT. AUGUSTINE, WHO WAS A PESSIMIST, COULD BE A VERY HARD AND VERY CRITICAL OF THE ROMAN WORLD, BUT IN HIS SERMONS, AUGUSTINE CALLED THIS EARTH "A SMILING PLACE." PORTIONS OF HIS WORK READ LIKE A LITANY TO THE GOODNESS AND BEAUTY OF CREATION. HIS BIOGRAPHER, PETER BROWN, DESCRIBES HIM AS A MAN IMMODERATELY IN LOVE WITH THE WORLD. THIS IS ALL TRUE, AND THE REASON FOR IT IS SIMPLE. AUGUSTINE LOVED THE WORLD BECAUSE HE WAS IN LOVE WITH THE AUTHOR OF THE BEAUTY AND GOODNESS HE FOUND THERE. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR US TODAY? AUGUSTINE WOULD TELL US THAT THE REAL PROBLEM WITH THE WORLD IS BIGGER THAN CLIMATE CHANGE OR ABORTION OR POVERTY- OR EVEN TWO LEADING PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES WHO SEEM EQUALLY DISTASTEFUL- AND IT'S MUCH MORE STUBBORN. THE REAL PROBLEM WITH THE WORLD IS US. AS AUGUSTINE SAID IN HIS SERMONS, IT'S NO USE COMPLAINING ABOUT THE TIMES, BECAUSE WE ARE THE TIMES. HOW WE LIVE SHAPES THEM. AND WHEN WE FINALLY LEARN TO FILL OUR HEARTS WITH SOMETHING MORE THAN THE NOISE AND NARCOTICS OF THE WOUNDED SOCIETIES WE HELPED CREATE; WHEN WE FINALLY LET OUR HEARTS REST IN GOD AS AUGUSTINE DID; THEN- AND ONLY THEN- THE WORLD WILL BEGIN TO CHANGE, BECAUSE GOD WILL USE THE WITNESS OF OUR LIVES TO CHANGE IT. A FEW WEEKS AGO, WHILE I WAS WORKING ON MY REMARKS FOR TODAY, I GOT AN EMAIL FROM A FRIEND OF MINE AT VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY IN PHILADELPHIA. PROFESSOR THOMAS SMITH TEACHES IN VILLANOVA'S HUMANITIES AND POLITICAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENTS. HE ALSO DIRECTS THE UNIVERSITY'S HONORS PROGRAM. HE'S A WONDERFUL SCHOLAR, HUSBAND, AND FATHER, AND A VERY SERIOUS CATHOLIC. I WANT YOU TO HEAR WHAT HE WROTE: "ARCHBISHOP, I VISITED BYU LAST "YEAR TO GIVE A TALK AND SPENT "CONSIDERABLE TIME WITH MORMON "FAMILIES AND WENT TO ONE "OF THEIR SUNDAY SERVICES. "THEIR THEOLOGY IS OBVIOUSLY "VERY DIFFERENT FROM OURS, "BUT THEIR CULTURE IS AMAZING; "VERY INTENTIONAL, "AND FULL OF LOVE "AND SOLIDARITY. "ONE THING THAT "REALLY STRUCK ME: "THEY HAVE A PALPABLE SENSE THAT "THEY BELONG TO A GLOBAL CHURCH. "PRIMARILY, THIS COMES FROM THE "MISSION WORK THEY HAVE TO DO. "BUT IT GIVES THEIR "PARTICIPATION IN THE "CHURCH A MUCH WIDER SCOPE- "THEY'RE NOT AS OBSESSED WITH "HOW THEY FIT INTO AMERICAN "CULTURE BECAUSE THEIR HORIZON "IS JUST WIDER AND BIGGER. "WE ABSOLUTELY NEED TO "LEARN FROM THAT. "WE HAVE A MUCH LARGER GLOBAL "CHURCH AND WE NEED TO "PARTICIPATE IN THAT MORE "FULLY AND INTENTIONALLY. "YOUNG CATHOLICS IN THE U.S. "NEED TO MEET AND BECOME "FRIENDS WITH SERIOUS YOUNG "CATHOLICS IN NIGERIA "OR ARGENTINA OR ITALY, "AND SO ON. "OLDER ONES DO, TOO. "WE NEED TO ENGAGE, "OR RE-ENGAGE, "THE GLOBAL CHURCH IN "A WAY THAT LEAVENS EVERYONE'S CULTURE." END OF QUOTE. NOW, I IMAGINE MOST OF YOU ARE MORMONS. THAT'S HIGH PRAISE FROM A GOOD MAN. I WOULD ADD ONLY THIS: NEVER NEGLECT TO NOURISH YOUR ROOTS AND YOUR IDENTITY AS A UNIVERSITY GROUNDED IN FAITH. FAITH IN GOD IS THE ROAD TO LIFE. FAITH IN A LOVING GOD IS THE LIGHT THAT ILLUMINATES AND GIVES MEANING TO HUMAN REASON AND TO ALL OF LIFE. REAL EXCELLENCE IS A QUALITY OF THE SOUL. AND TO BORROW A LINE FROM THE GOSPEL OF LUKE, THE SOUL OF THIS UNIVERSITY, AND THE SOUL OF EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US HERE TODAY, SHOULD "MAGNIFY THE LORD." I'LL LEAVE YOU WITH ONE FINAL THOUGHT. MANY YEARS AGO, THE NEUROLOGIST OLIVER SACKS PUBLISHED A BOOK CALLED "AWAKENINGS." IT'S THE STORY OF AN EXPERIMENT SACKS RAN IN 1969. SACKS GAVE THE DRUG L-DOPA TO A GROUP OF PATIENTS WHO HAD BEEN CATATONIC FOR DECADES. THE RESULTS WERE DRAMATIC. THE PATIENTS LITERALLY "WOKE UP" TO A MUCH HIGHER LEVEL OF UNDERSTANDING, FUNCTIONING, AND COMMUNICATION. AND THEY DISCOVERED A WORLD THAT HAD GREATLY CHANGED SINCE THEIR ORIGINAL ILLNESS. THE RESULTS WERE TEMPORARY. ALL THE PATIENTS EVENTUALLY SLIPPED BACK INTO SILENCE OR DEVELOPED OTHER MEDICAL PROBLEMS. BUT WHILE THEY HAD THEIR WINDOW OF CLARITY, THEY SAW THE WORLD AS IT REALLY IS, AND THEY EXPERIENCED IT WITH ALL OF THE WONDER, SUFFERING, FEAR, AND JOY THAT GIVE LIFE ITS GRANDEUR. WE COME BACK TO THE QUESTION I ASKED EARLIER: WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO AS PEOPLE OF FAITH GOING FORWARD? WE CAN BEGIN BY REMEMBERING THOSE PATIENTS. WE NEED TO WAKE EACH OTHER UP TO SEE THE WORLD AND OUR NATION AS THEY REALLY ARE- THE GOOD ALONG WITH THE EVIL. WE NEED TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER IN THE WORK FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM WE SHARE. WE NEED TO TREAT EACH OTHER AS FRIENDS, NOT ENEMIES OR STRANGERS. WE NEED TO LEARN FROM EACH OTHER'S SUCCESSES AND MISTAKES. AND UNLIKE THE PATIENTS OF DR. SACKS, WE NEED TO KEEP EACH OTHER FROM SLIPPING BACK INTO THE NARCOTIC HAZE THAT SO MUCH OF AMERICA'S EVERYDAY LIFE HAS BECOME. TO PUT IT ANOTHER WAY: IT'S IMPORTANT FOR OUR OWN INTEGRITY AND THE INTEGRITY OF OUR COUNTRY TO FIGHT FOR OUR CONVICTIONS IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE. ANYTHING LESS IS A KIND OF COWARDICE. BUT THE GREATER TASK IS TO LIVE WHAT WE CLAIM TO BELIEVE BY OUR ACTIONS- FIDELITY TO GOD, LOVE OF SPOUSE AND CHILDREN; LOYALTY TO FRIENDS; GENEROSITY TO THE POOR; HONESTY AND MERCY IN DEALING WITH OTHERS; TRUST IN THE GOODNESS OF PEOPLE; DISCIPLINE AND HUMILITY IN DEMANDING THE MOST FROM OURSELVES. THESE THINGS SOUND LIKE PIETIES, AND THEY ARE. UNTIL WE TRY TO LIVE THEM. THEN THEIR COST AND THEIR DIFFICULTY REMIND US THAT WE CREATE A CULTURE OF HUMAN DIGNITY IN THE MEASURE THAT WE GIVE OUR LIVES TO OTHERS. NATIONS CHANGE WHEN PEOPLE CHANGE. AND PEOPLE CHANGE THROUGH THE WITNESS OF OTHER PEOPLE- PEOPLE LIKE EACH OF YOU HERE TODAY. YOU MAKE THE FUTURE. YOU BUILD IT STONE BY STONE WITH THE CHOICES YOU MAKE. ONE OF THE UNOFFICIAL MOTTOS OF BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY IS "ENTER TO LEARN, GO FORTH TO SERVE." GO FORTH TO SERVE- IT'S A BETTER EXIT LINE THAN ANYTHING I COULD EVER WRITE. DEAR FRIENDS, GO FORTH TO SERVE. SERVE THE POOR. HELP THE WEAK. PROTECT THE UNBORN CHILD. FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO LOVE AND SERVE GOD, AND FOR OTHERS TO DO THE SAME. DEFEND THE DIGNITY OF MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY, AND WITNESS THEIR MEANING AND HOPE TO OTHERS BY THE EXAMPLES OF YOUR LIFE. IF YOU DO THAT, YOU'LL INSPIRE OTHERS TO DO THE SAME. AND YOU'LL DISCOVER IN YOUR OWN LIFE WHAT IT MEANS TO BE FULLY HUMAN. THANK YOU, AND GOD BLESS YOU. [APPLAUSE] ♪♪ <i>>>THIS BYU FORUM ADDRESS WITH ARCHBISHOP CHARLES CHAPUT</i> <i>WAS GIVEN ON MARCH 22, 2016.</i>

References and notes

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  1. ^ a b c "The City in Brief: Ex-Councilman Died Insane," Los Angeles Times, October 23, 1903, page 14
  2. ^ Los Angeles Express, April 5, 1881, page 3
  3. ^ "Mrs. Hazel C. Blandford Dies at 70," Los Angeles Times, February 17, 1956, page A-26
  4. ^ Chronological Record of Los Angeles City Officials,1850-1938, compiled under direction of the Municipal Reference Library, City Hall, Los Angeles (March 1938, reprinted 1966). "Prepared ... as a report on Project No. SA 3123-5703-6077-8121-9900 conducted under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration."


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