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  • Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on vocations, elections, apostolic exhortations

    11/25/2016 4:39:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 24, 2016 | Jim Graves
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., 72, was born in Concordia, Kansas, in 1944. He attended Catholic schools in the area before joining the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, St. Augustine Province, in 1965. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1970. He served as a teacher and pastor an in a variety of roles in his community. He was ordained Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, in 1988, and appointed Archbishop of Denver in 1997. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Archbishop of Philadelphia on July 19, 2011, and he was installed as the 13th bishop and ninth archbishop of...
  • Bishops need shared approach to 'Amoris Laetitia,' new cardinal says

    11/15/2016 1:08:59 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 11/15/2016 | Cindy Wooden
    Cardinal-designate Kevin J. Farrell believes the U.S. bishops as a whole should have discussed pastoral guidelines for implementing Pope Francis' exhortation on the family before individual bishops began issuing guidelines for their own dioceses. Implementing the pope's exhortation, "Amoris Laetitia," he said, "has to be done in communion with our bishops. I think that it would have been wiser to wait for the gathering of the conference of bishops where all the bishops of the United States or all the bishops of a country would sit down and discuss these things." A conference-wide discussion, he told Catholic News Service Nov....
  • Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput welcomes ‘smaller church’ of holier Catholics

    10/21/2016 11:48:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    RNS ^ | October 21, 2016 | David Gibson
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, during the Festival of Families announcement at the Pontifical North American College in Rome on June 23, 2015. Photo courtesy of Chris Warde-Jones, Archdiocese of Philadelphia (RNS) In a stark prognosis for contemporary Catholicism, a leader of the conservative wing of the U.S. hierarchy has said that “a smaller, lighter church” of fewer but holier believers is preferable to one that promotes inclusion at the expense of traditional orthodoxy.In a speech delivered Wednesday (Oct. 19) at the University of Notre Dame, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput also suggested that many prominent Catholics are so weak in their...
  • The Catholic Church Doesn’t Really Care About Abortion

    08/16/2016 12:10:50 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 34 replies
    The Christian Review ^ | 15 August 2016 | Deal Hudson
    Pro-life Catholics need to wake up and realize that most of the “officialdom” of the Catholic Church in the U.S. is already rolling out a national campaign that is virtually an arm of the Democratic Party. If you don’t believe me, start tracking the various conferences and forums being offered in your diocese, drill down to look at the host organization, the speakers, and their topics. Better yet, attend one and publicly voice your pro-life preferences and see what happens.
  • Archbishop Chaput's column: Some personal thoughts on the months ahead [Trump, Hillary equally bad.]

    08/13/2016 8:43:50 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 77 replies ^ | 12 Aug 2016 | Archbp. Charles Chaput
    My column this week is a collection of personal comments. Read it as thoughts from a brother in the faith, not as teachings from an archbishop. Presidential campaigns typically hit full stride after Labor Day in an election year. But 2016 is a year in which two prominent Catholics – a sitting vice president, and the next vice presidential nominee of his party — both seem to publicly ignore or invent the content of their Catholic faith as they go along. And meanwhile, both candidates for the nation’s top residence, the White House, have astonishing flaws. This is depressing and...
  • Philly Mayor Attacks Eucharistic Doctrine as “Not Christian” [Catholic Caucus]

    07/09/2016 7:16:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | July 9, 2016 | Kathy Schiffer
    Archbishop Charles Chaput is "not Christian"? That's the claim made by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who disagrees with the archbishop's recent directive to priests in his archdiocese to deny communion to gay, divorced and unwed couples. Kenney, who was raised in an Irish Catholic family and who attended St. Joseph's Preparatory School, tweeted his dissatisfaction with the archbishop's statement:
  • Will Progressive Outsider Be Responsible in Future for the Appointment of Bishops?[Cath Caucus]

    07/07/2016 4:06:32 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | July 7, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Washington) Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has been attacked by the media as an "enemy" of the Pope, because he interpreted the Post-Synodal Letter Amoris laetitia in the light of Catholic moral teaching and Sacraments. Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago has been appointed at the same time by Pope Francis as a member of the Congregation for Bishops, and will continue to have a decisive influence on the appointment of bishops in the United States. The two events are emblematic of the pontificate of Pope Francis and his relationship with the Church in the United States. The Church in the...
  • Catholics wrestle with teachings as gay employees dismissed

    08/09/2015 4:04:55 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 27 replies ^ | Aug 9, 2015 | MARYCLAIRE DALE
    Margie Winters, right, ex-nun, ex-Director of Religious Education at Waldron Mercy, a private Catholic high school--- and partner Andrea Vettori Pope Francis refined his vision for the church last week when he said long-spurned divorced and remarried Catholics should be welcomed with "open doors." And he has famously parsed centuries of thought on homosexuality into a five-word quip: "Who am I to judge?" Yet the Archdiocese of Philadelphia opened its door only briefly when married gay teacher Margie Winters, trailed by supporters, arrived Monday with 23,000 petitions seeking reinstatement to her job at a Catholic elementary school. "The school and...
  • Music chief for Pope Francis' Phildelphia Mass quits in dispute with Archbishop Chaput

    06/02/2015 1:37:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    NC Reporter ^ | June 2, 2015 | David Gibson
    John Romeri during Mass on Aug. 8, 2010, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis (RNS/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Erik M. Lunsford) The head of liturgical music for the Philadelphia archdiocese, who was also to play a key role orchestrating the huge outdoor Mass concluding Pope Francis' trip to the U.S. in September, is resigning his post over long-standing differences with Archbishop Charles Chaput. John Romeri, who has headed the archdiocesan liturgical music office for five years, said he will resign effective June 30 because "there are simply irreconcilable differences" with Chaput over the role and style of music at Mass. Romeri...
  • Pope Francis confirms he'll visit Philadelphia for world families meeting in September

    11/17/2014 3:37:03 AM PST · by Biggirl · 6 replies ^ | November 17, 2014 | Associated Press
    ROME – Pope Francis is coming to the United States.
  • Chaput: clergy might stop signing marriage licenses as “principled resistance”

    10/27/2014 8:36:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies ^ | October 21, 2014 | Archbishop Charles Chaput
    Chaput: clergy might stop signing marriage licenses as “principled resistance” October 21, 2014 by Deacon Greg KandraStrong words from the Archbishop of Philadelphia: Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput says he was “very disturbed” by the debate over church teachings on gays and remarried Catholics at this month’s Vatican summit, saying it sent a confusing message, and “confusion is of the devil.”  In a lecture delivered Monday evening in Manhattan, Chaput also suggested that in the wake of the rapid series of court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage in more than 30 states, Catholic priests might consider opting out of certifying civil marriages as...
  • Pope Francis clarifies Archbishop Chaput’s confusion

    10/25/2014 8:25:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | October 24, 2014 | Mark Silk
    Yesterday, Pope Francis came out against the death penalty about as strongly as a pope can come out against anything. In a meeting with representatives of the International Association of Penal Law, he pretty much declared a crusade: “All Christians and people of good will are thus called today to struggle not only for abolition of the death penalty, whether it be legal or illegal and in all its forms, but also to improve prison conditions, out of respect for the human dignity of persons deprived of their liberty. And this, I connect with life imprisonment,” he said. “Life imprisonment...
  • Archbishop: 'The More That Gov't Mandates Evil Actions, The More Likely Civil Disobedience Becomes'

    02/16/2014 4:29:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 2/14/14 | Barbara Hollingsworth – Calling the Obama administration “the most tone deaf to religious liberty issues in recent memory,” Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput warned that religious freedom in the U.S. is “at risk,” and that “the more government mandates evil action, the more likely civil disobedience becomes.” Last February, Chaput urged his fellow prelates to take the “right action…whatever the cost” regarding the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate, which requires nearly all insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act to pay for sterilization, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs. Due to “an unfriendly political class” and believers’ own apathy, Chaput told, “government...

    02/10/2014 2:42:51 PM PST · by NYer · 40 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | February 10, 2014 | THOMAS PETERS
    Barely two months ago the ecclesiastical news circuit was rocked with the revelation that Pope Francis had decided not to renew Cardinal Burke’s membership on the Congregation for Bishops.The New York Times, NPR, NBC and a host of other secular and Catholic news outlets went berserk, seeing in Pope Francis’ decision the promise of a radical reorientation of the curia.At the time, I proposed a counter-narrative: Pope Francis is not about to purge “conservatives” from the curia and we shouldn’t read too much into the Burke news.Well, my counter-narrative received a big boost last week.You shouldn’t feel bad, of course,...
  • Latino leaders urged to put the Gospel in action at their workplace

    09/05/2013 8:44:25 AM PDT · by haffast · 9 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | Aug. 28, 2013 | Doris Benavides and Maria Luisa Torres
    Los Angeles - Peter J. Coulchinsky arrived in the United States from Argentina in 1986 as a young man seeking a law degree. As his time in the U.S. lengthened, the more he decided he wanted to stay. There was just one problem: He had only a student visa. snip Chicago Cardinal Francis George told attendees the need for constant dialogue to accomplish its goals in life was imperative. He noted the need to counter the current "endemic anti-Catholicism" in the country. "We cannot be passive," the archbishop said. "The church calls us to be in the forefront of the...
  • Pope Francis is unsettling – and dividing – the Catholic right

    08/07/2013 2:13:17 PM PDT · by haffast · 57 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | Aug 6, 2013 | David Gibson
    (RNS) For more than three decades, the Vatican of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI operated on a version of the conservative maxim, “No enemies to the right.” While left-wing theologians were silenced and liberal-to-moderate bishops were shunted aside in favor of hard-liners, liturgical traditionalists and cultural conservatives were diligently courted and given direct access to the apostolic palace. But in a few short months, Pope Francis has upended that dynamic, alienating many on the Catholic right by refusing to play favorites and ignoring their preferred agenda items even as he stressed the kind of social justice issues that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Archbishop Chaput: Non-Catholic enthusiasm for Pope [Francis]

    07/24/2013 12:46:07 PM PDT · by topher · 8 replies ^ | Wed Jul 24, 2013 14:23 EST | by John-Henry Westen
    Full Title: Archbishop Chaput: Non-Catholic enthusiasm for Pope based on hope he’s unconcerned with moral issues RIO, July 24, 2013 ( - In an interview with John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput noted the enthusiasm for Pope Francis coming from “alienated Catholics, non-Catholics and non-Christians,” even more than from the faithful. Asked for an explanation, the Archbishop said it is possible that these admirers “think they would prefer a church that wouldn't have strict norms and ideas about the moral life and about doctrine, and they somehow interpret the pope's openness and friendliness as being...
  • Philadelphia archdiocesan reports show huge financial deficits

    07/03/2013 3:46:20 PM PDT · by haffast · 3 replies
    Catholic World News ^ | July 03, 2013 | CWN
    The Philadelphia archdiocese has revealed that it faces $350 million in long-term debt, aggravated by annual budget deficits. Releasing audited financial statements for the first time, the archdiocese showed a $39.2 million deficit for the fiscal year ending in June 2012. Although that year’s financial reports included some special expenses, such as the costs of sex-abuse litigation, even without those expenses the budget showed a deficit of more than $17 million. The deficit for the most recent fiscal year was $6 million, reported Timothy O’Shaugnessy, who was appointed last year as the top financial officer for the archdiocese. The next...
  • Report documents eight decades of Capuchin province's poor handling of sex abuse

    06/18/2013 6:42:44 PM PDT · by haffast · 21 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Jun. 18, 2013 | Joshua J. McElwee
    For eight decades, leaders of a community of Catholic priests and brothers spanning 10 U.S. states acted inadequately in responding to sex abuse allegations and prioritized protecting accused abusers over their victims, concludes an audit released by the group Tuesday. The report, released by a province of Franciscan priests known as Capuchins, could raise questions of how communities of religious, which are not under direct control of bishops, are handling abuse allegations. It also addresses themes many critics of the U.S. church's response to sex abuse have raised since the issue made national headlines in 2002. The report says that...
  • Gosnell Babies Burial: Activists rally to bury bodies in Gosnell abortion trial

    06/11/2013 12:12:45 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 5 replies
    Religion Today ^ | June 9, 2013 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey/RNS
    Now that the trial for abortion provider Kermit Gosnell has ended with a conviction, many are asking what Philadelphia plans to do with the 47 bodies from the case. After Gosnell's arrest in 2011, then-Archbishop Justin Rigali asked the district attorney's office for the bodies of the aborted fetuses. After [the trial] ended and Gosnell was sentenced to life in prison, Rigali's successor, Archbishop Charles Chaput, has renewed the request to bury the bodies. Francis Maier, assistant to Chaput, said "We're not interested in turning it into a circus. Points were made in the trial; now we just want...
  • Catholic Archbishop: Wake Up! Religious Liberty At Risk In USA

    06/08/2013 6:33:33 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 35 replies ^ | June 8, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( - Roman Catholic Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is calling on Americans to wake up and recognize that the Founding Fathers' vision of religious freedom is now threatened by the federal government.
  • Religious Freedom and the Need to Wake Up

    05/24/2013 9:54:14 PM PDT · by iowamark · 6 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 5/24/2013 | Archbishop Charles Chaput
    Let’s begin this week with a simple statement of fact. America’s Catholic bishops started pressing for adequate health-care coverage for all of our nation’s people decades before the current administration took office. In the Christian tradition, basic medical care is a matter of social justice and human dignity. Even now, even with the financial and structural flaws that critics believe undermine the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the bishops continue to share the goal of real health-care reform and affordable medical care for all Americans. But health care has now morphed into a religious-liberty issue provoked entirely — and needlessly —...
  • Philly Archbishop: National Media Have ‘Allergic Disinterest’ to Abortionist's Murder Trial

    04/30/2013 7:25:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 4/30/2013 | Michael W. Chapman
    Catholic Archbishop Charles Chaput, head of the archdiocese of Philadelphia, said that in addition to the ongoing trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, an equally important story is the “failure” of the “most important national media” outlets to cover the case. “The real story in the Gosnell trial is bigger than the ugly allegations against Gosnell himself,” said Abp. Chaput in his April 25 column. “It includes the failure – the allergic disinterest – of some of our most important national media.” Gosnell has been on trial in Philadelphia since Mar. 18. He is charged with four counts of first-degree murder,...
  • Archbishop gives stark, frank assessment of archdiocese at Philos dinner

    04/16/2013 5:04:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Catholic Philly ^ | 4/15/2013
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput joined a distinguished group on April 12. It includes four cardinals, a bishop, two governors of Pennsylvania, a United States senator, a Pennsylvania chief justice, three university presidents and scores of Catholic lay leaders. All were recipients of the Sourin Award, given annually since 1960 by Philadelphia’s Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute — popularly known as the Philo — and Archbishop Chaput was this year’s honoree. He accepted the 2013 award from Philo President Thomas B. Byrnes at a dinner before 200 guests held at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue. HC Wood Monuments In his acceptance speech...

    04/26/2013 5:25:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Philadelphia ^ | 4/26/2013 | Charles J. Chaput, O.F. M. Cap.
    Some stories, no matter how unsettling, just can't be ignored – even when some people are determined to look away. The murder trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell will soon go to jury. And like every other criminally accused person under the law, Gosnell is innocent until proven guilty. Whatever the verdict though, there's no ambiguity about the kind of business he ran at his West Philadelphia “Women's Medical Center” – an abortion clinic that critics have likened to a meatpacking plant or a butcher shop, with unborn children delivered into a toilet, and jars of fetal body parts stored...
  • Archbishop Charles Chaput Video Clips on ROKU Streaming TV [Catholic Caucus]

    04/26/2013 9:44:07 PM PDT · by Heart-Rest · 5 replies
    Archbishop Charles Chaput, currently of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, sees some things a bit differently than I do at times (such as amnesty for illegal immigrants), but I believe he is a sincere, honest, honorable, holy Bishop, and I respect him immensely, and always try to pay attention to what he has to say or write. (He reminds me a little of David going up against Goliath in his new assignment in Philadelphia, with all the problems they've had there!) With that in mind, I wanted to share a link with "ROKU Streaming TV" users, where you can add the...
  • Archbishop Chaput: ‘We Are Catholics Before We Are Americans’

    10/25/2012 7:04:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/24/12 | Jeannine Hunter
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia urged the faithful to put their faith ahead of politics, according to an interview with Catholic News Service within two weeks of the presidential election. The Catholic leader clarified the duty of Catholics as he discussed the politics of abortion. He emphasized a need to honor God above country, of “Catholic identity taking precedence over everything.” “We’re Catholics before we’re Democrats. We’re Catholics before we’re Republicans. We’re even Catholics before we’re Americans because we know that God has a demand on us prior to any government demand on us,” he said in a new...
  • Archbishop Chaput says Year of Faith holds solution to relativism

    11/19/2012 2:54:19 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | November 19, 2012 | Michelle Bauman
    Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia celebrates Mass at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter's Basilica, Oct. 20, 2012. Credit: Matthew Rarey-CNA. Baltimore, Md., Nov 19, 2012 / 11:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The current Year of Faith is an opportunity to counter the cultural relativism that plagues modern society and that has led many in the Church to deny Catholic teaching on important topics, said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia. “The appropriate response to relativism is faith, where you no longer are the center of the universe, you are no longer the one who decides what’s true,...
  • Archbishop Chaput: Democrats have ‘gotten worse’ on abortion because Catholics haven’t left

    10/24/2012 3:30:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 154 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 24, 2012 | ADAM CASSANDRA
    October 24, 2012 ( - In a recent video interview with Catholic News Service, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that the position of the Democrat Party on abortion has “gotten worse” over time because Catholics within the party haven’t taken a strong moral stand and shown a willingness to abandon the Democrat Party. “I think many of the Democrats have [taken] Democrat Catholic votes for granted because they’ll go with them no matter what the party position might be on abortion,” Archbishop Chaput said. “That’s why the position of the Democrat Party has gotten worse, and worse, and...
  • Abp Chaput on voting for Obama: ‘I certainly can’t vote for somebody who’s pro-choice’

    09/17/2012 11:38:54 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 129 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 17, 2012 | Patrick B. Craine
    PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 17, 2012 ( - As the November general election approaches, America’s Catholic bishops have been walking a fine line as they strive to avoid appearances of partisanship while at the same time they wage a high-profile battle against the Obama administration over religious freedom. Earlier this month, one of the leading lights in the U.S. episcopate insisted he “certainly” could not vote for Obama, while not specifically endorsing his Republic opponent Mitt Romney. Asked whether a Catholic could vote for Obama in good faith, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia replied: “I can only speak in terms of my...
  • Chaput in Philly Swims Against 'Nostalgia and Red Ink'

    09/16/2012 6:16:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 9/14/12 | John L Allen Jr
    Charles Chaput, whose blunt speech and strong leadership style made him both a celebrated and a controversial figure for almost fifteen years in Denver, was installed as the ninth Archbishop of Philadelphia on September 8, 2011. To say the very least, he’s had a tumultuous first year on the job. The very day Chaput arrived, he was informed that the archdiocese’s chief financial officer, Anita Guzzardi, had been suspended. She would later plead guilty to embezzling almost $1 million over a decade, to support a gambling addiction. The experience hinted at two constants Chaput has faced -- scandal and red...
  • Archbishop Chaput and the U.S. Bishops are challenging us: How shall we respond?

    07/07/2012 6:57:23 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 11 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | July 7, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    In a homily delivered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception that brought the U.S. bishops' "fortnight for freedom" to a close, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput stressed that defending religious liberty is part of the bigger struggle to "convert our own hearts" and to "live for God completely." See here. This struggle to convert our own hearts and to live for God completely encompasses a battle against Satan and his demonic forces. Satan does not want the follower of Jesus to live in peace and harmony. He wants to seduce the followers of the Lord away...
  • ‘We’ll Face More and More Serious Challenges to Religious Liberty in Our Country.’

    07/05/2012 3:20:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | July 4, 2012 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    In the closing Mass for the Fortnight for Freedom today at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput reflects on the religious-liberty threats we face and urges authenticity in the fight to protect it, reminding those gathered that freedom is not a gift of Caesar, but God. Full text, as prepared, courtesy of the archdiocese of Philadelphia:(For a recent interview with the Archbishop Chaput on freedom in America, click here.)    Philadelphia is the place where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were written.  For more than two centuries, these...
  • Government cannot take away true freedom, Archbishop Chaput teaches

    07/04/2012 2:43:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | July 4, 2012 | Benjamin Mann
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. Washington D.C., Jul 4, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Government cannot give or take away the ultimate freedom found in obedience to God, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said at the closing Mass of the U.S. bishops' “Fortnight for Freedom.” “True freedom knows no attachments other than Jesus Christ,” Archbishop Chaput said in his July 4 homily at Washington, D.C.'s National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. “True freedom can walk away from anything – wealth, honor, fame, pleasure … It fears neither the state, nor death itself.” “We’re free only to the extent that...
  • Ringing a Bell for Liberty

    04/02/2012 4:52:57 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/2/2012 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Nothing guarantees that America’s experiment in religious freedom, as we traditionally know it, will survive here in the United States, let alone serve as a model for other countries in the future,” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia writes in the new e-book, A Heart on Fire: Catholic Witness and the Next America. “The Constitution is a great achievement in ordered liberty. But it’s just another elegant scrap of paper unless people keep it alive with their convictions and lived witness,” he continues. Archbishop Chaput talks to National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez about the threats to and future of...
  • The Vocation of Christians in American Public Life

    02/29/2012 10:18:55 AM PST · by jobim · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Archdiocese of Denver website ^ | March 1, 2010 | ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT
    ...Fifty years ago this fall, in September 1960, Sen. John F. Kennedy, the Democratic candidate for president, spoke to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association. He had one purpose. He needed to convince 300 uneasy Protestant ministers, and the country at large, that a Catholic like himself could serve loyally as our nation’s chief executive. Kennedy convinced the country, if not the ministers, and went on to be elected. And his speech left a lasting mark on American politics. It was sincere, compelling, articulate – and wrong. Not wrong about the patriotism of Catholics, but wrong about American history and very...
  • Chaput emerging as a warrior-bishop

    02/19/2012 1:54:51 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies ^ | February 19, 2012 | David O'Reilly
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has spoken out on a variety of issues, including insurance coverage for birth control. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput does not yet wear the empowering red hat of a cardinal, and he is so new to Philadelphia that he recently called it "Denver."But in the mere five months since he arrived here from the Rockies, Chaput has already emerged as a fierce warrior-bishop, unlike anyone Philadelphia has seen since the mighty Cardinal Dennis Dougherty reigned more than 60 years ago.His fighting words have refocused the national spotlight on the archdiocese, led lately by the low-profile Cardinals Justin...
  • Four Catholic high schools and 44 elementary schools to close (Philadelphia Archdiocese)

    01/06/2012 1:01:27 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 13 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Jan. 6, 2011 | Martha Woodall
    The Archdiocese of Philadelphia plans to close four Catholic high schools and 44 elementary schools will be closed or partnered with other schools, officials told school administrators and priests at a close-door meeting at Neumann University this morning.
  • Archbishop Chaput's Stunning Letter to Philadelphia

    12/10/2011 1:17:11 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Jimmy Akin ^ | December 9, 2011 | Jimmy Akin
    On December 8th, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Archbishop Charles Chaput, the newly-installed archbishop of Philadelphia, released a pastoral letter to the faithful of his archdiocese. It will be read this weekend at Masses, even as Archbishop Chaput is returning home from his ad limina visit to Rome. A copy of the letter was obtained by Whispers in the Loggia and has now been published online.Pastoral letters from bishops can range from being “ho-hum” letters to being “Wham!” letters. Archbishop Chaput’s is definitely at the “Wham!” end of the spectrum.Let’s read it together.The letter begins with the kind of gentle,...
  • BEING HUMAN IN AN AGE OF UNBELIEF (Must-Read Speech by Abp Chaput!)

    11/08/2011 7:07:30 PM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Philadelphia ^ | 11/7/11 | Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap.
    In getting ready for tonight, Charles Gray asked me to keep two things in mind.  First, he asked me to remember that we have a mixed audience here in Houston Hall, both Catholic and non-Catholic.  Second, he asked me to explain what Catholics mean when we talk about the “sanctity” of human life, and why the Church deals with issues like abortion so vigorously in the public square.  As it turns out, most of my sources tonight are not Catholic.  That shouldn’t be surprising.  Catholics have no monopoly on respect for human dignity.  Catholics do have a very long tradition...
  • No Brotherly Love for the new Archbishop of Philadelphia

    09/08/2011 3:40:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Catholic Advocate ^ | 9-8-11 | Deal Hudson
    Today, Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are celebrating the installation of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput O.F.M. The question thus arises why Nicholas P. Cafardi, Dean Emeritus of the Duquesne Law School, would publish an op-ed in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer both maligning and accusing Archbishop Chaput of propagating a “one-issue” Catholic Church. That issue, of course, is abortion, a practice that Archbishop Chaput has consistently reminded all Catholics, including Catholic politicians, should be opposed rather than supported. To imply that Archbishop Chaput does not care about the “broad spectrum of values,” such as caring for the poor and immigrants, is...
  • Archbishop Chaput promises sacrifice to 'renew this great church'

    09/08/2011 2:13:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | September 8, 2011 | Benjamin Mann
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput delivers his homily at Philadelphia's Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul. Credit EWTN Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 8, 2011 / 02:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput promised to lay down his life to restore faith and trust among Catholics in Philadelphia, during his Sept. 8 installation at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.“Whatever my weaknesses and whatever my lacks, no bishop will give more of himself than I will to renewing this great Church,” the new archbishop promised in his installation homily. “Everything I’ve learned, everything I know, and everything I have,...
  • Archbishop Chaput's Installation

    09/08/2011 11:17:23 AM PDT · by old and tired · 4 replies
    Charles Chaput is being installed today as the head of the Philadelphia diocese.
  • Archbishop: MSM can’t be trusted on matters of faith ("Media tends to be lazy and bias")

    08/25/2011 2:12:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/25/2011 | Tina Korbe
    Christians (and presumably non-Christians, too!) “make a very serious mistake” if they turn to news outlets like The New York Times, Newsweek, CNN and MSNBC for “reliable news about religion,” the incoming bishop of Philadelphia told a crowd of young people in Spain last week. LifeSiteNews reports: “Being uninformed about the world and its problems and issues is a sin against our vocation as disciple[s],” Archbishop Charles Chaput told his audience during a special World Youth Day session in Madrid. And yet, he went on to note, the Christian believer is faced with a unique challenge in finding accurate sources...
  • Archbishop: MSNBC, CNN, New York Times ‘Untrustworthy’ When it Comes to Religion

    08/20/2011 12:32:50 AM PDT · by bronxville · 11 replies
    the blaze ^ | 08-19-2011 | Tiffany Gabbay
    The news outlets CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, and Newsweek have come under fire by Philadelphia’s incoming Archbishop, for a lack of “trustworthiness” where matters of religious faith are concerned. According to Archbishop Charles Chaput, the media do not “provide trustworthy information about religious faith. ” His comments were made Wednesday during an address on religious freedom before some 10,000 pilgrims at the Catholic World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain. Archbishop Chaput told the group of young faith-goers, “in the United States, our battles over abortion, family life, same-sex ‘marriage,’ and other sensitive issues have led to ferocious public...
  • Archbishop [Chaput]: New York Times, CNN, MSNBC can’t be trusted on abortion, faith

    08/24/2011 5:04:07 PM PDT · by topher · 14 replies · 1+ views
    MADRID, SPAIN, August 23, 2011 ( – When it comes to finding information on vital issues like abortion, same-sex “marriage,” and faith, the mainstream media simply can’t be trusted, the incoming archbishop of Philadelphia told a group of youth in Spain last week. “Being uninformed about the world and its problems and issues is a sin against our vocation as disciple,” Archbishop Charles Chaput told his audience during a special World Youth Day session in Madrid. And yet, he went on to note, the Christian believer is faced with a unique challenge in finding accurate sources of information on key...
  • World Youth Day and Religious Freedom

    08/19/2011 8:12:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    First Things ^ | Aug 18, 2011 | Charles J. Chaput
    I want to start by sharing a story. Once upon a time, a student at one of the world’s oldest universities took a break from her studies to visit the Catholic chapel on campus. As she sat there in silence—praying for a sick relative or trying to settle her nerves before a test—the chapel suddenly filled with noise. A mob of about seventy fellow students charged in chanting anti-Christian slogans. They shouted obscenities against the Church and insults about the Pope. Two females in the mob climbed on top of the altar. Then, according to the student who was trying...
  • Archbishop Chaput tells youth: Intimacy with Christ not based solely on feelings

    08/18/2011 1:45:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | August 18, 2011
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput speaks at a WYD catechesis session in Madrid Madrid, Spain, Aug 18, 2011 / 12:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop-designate of Philadelphia Charles J. Chaput told thousands of young people gathered in Madrid for World Youth Day that an authentic relationship with Christ isn't based purely on emotions. “Ultimately, it will not be how you feel that will determine how genuine and profound your encounter with Jesus is,” he told pilgrims. “Instead, it will be determined by how much you are transformed into Him and how much you burn in the desire to bring Him to...
  • Card. Burke: Vatican puppetmaster?

    07/21/2011 4:53:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | July 21, 2011 | Fr. Zuhlsdorf
    From Italian journalist Marco Tosati on the Vatican Insider of the Italian daily La Stampa comes this. Raymond Leo Burke, the “great puppeteer” of American appointeesThe appointment of Chaput to the Diocese of Philadelphia confirms Burke’s role as the Pope’s trusted man in the US marco tosatti romeThe nomination of Charles Chaput, Native American bishop from Denver, to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia confirms Raymond Leo Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, as Benedict XVI’s top advisor in the United States. One of the first signs of his role as a bridge between the influential United States...
  • Archbishop Chaput: leaving Denver will be 'very difficult'

    07/21/2011 2:50:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | July 21, 2011 | Katherine Veik
    Denver, Colo., Jul 21, 2011 / 12:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput said on July 20 that he was “very grateful” for his time in Denver, and that it would be “very difficult” for him to leave the city for his new post in Philadelphia. “I have a great love for the people of the Archdiocese of Denver,” Chaput said at Wednesday's press conference, one day after his new appointment was announced. “It's going to be hard—very, very hard for me to leave.”Two weeks before the public announcement, Chaput received notification that Pope Benedict XVI was appointing him the...