Chuck Weber, a Kansas legislator, will be spending time in Topeka next year – not representing District 85, though, he’ll be representing Kansas’ Catholics.
Weber, a member of Church of the Resurrection in Wichita, has been named executive director of the Kansas Catholic Conference effective July 15. He will also resign from the Kansas House on July 15, a post he has held since January 2016.
Archbishop Naumann of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, said the bishops of Kansas are excited about the skills Weber brings to the position.
“His background in public policy and communications will be a great asset to the organization. Most important, however, is that fact that Chuck is a deeply committed Catholic. He has our full confidence.”
Weber said he looks forward to working with policy makers and others in the public square to make life better for all Kansans. “Many of the solutions to our cultural and political challenges can be found in the wisdom of the Catholic Church’s beliefs and teaching,” he wrote in an email.
The recent debate and passage of the Adoption Protection Act in Kansas is a prime example of the growing threat to religious liberty faced by Catholics in Kansas and around the country, he said.
“The average Catholic in the pew would be both astonished and deeply offended to hear what was said about them and the faith they hold dear. Apathy and indifference to what’s happening in our state and country is no longer an option if we wish to preserve our freedoms and way of life.”
Weber will succeed Michael Schuttloffel, who is leaving the KCC after 10 years as executive director. “We are profoundly grateful for Michael’s hard and successful work on behalf of the church over the last decade,” Abp. Naumann said.
Rep. Weber played an important role in the recent passage of the Kansas Adoption Protection Act. He has a wide variety of professional experiences as a short film producer and writer and has a number of Catholic communications projects to his credit. He and his wife, Cindy, have been married 33 years and have five children.
The Kansas Catholic Conference is the public policy office of the Catholic Church in Kansas and represents Kansas’ four Catholic bishops at the state capitol in Topeka.
Schuttloffel on July 1 will become the executive director of the Council for American Private Education, a coalition of 22 national organizations serving private elementary and secondary schools, based in Germantown, Maryland. The National Catholic Education Association is a member of CAPE.