October 5, 2018

Archbishop Chaput’s Second Synod Intervention at the Synod 2018 on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment (October 4, 2018)

The image of Jesus as “eternally young” is not only beautiful but powerful.  As we deal with the many outside pressures on the Church today, and the problems we also face within our believing community, we need to remember that Jesus is alive and vigorous, and constantly offering his disciples an abundant new life.  Thank you, Holy Father, for reminding us of that.

October 5, 2018

Archbishop Chaput’s First Synod Intervention at the Synod 2018 on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment (October 4, 2018)

I was elected to the synod’s permanent council three years ago.  At the time, I was asked, along with other members, to suggest themes for this synod.  My counsel then was to focus on Psalm 8.  We all know the text: “When I look at thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars which thou hast established; what is man that thou art mindful of him, and the son of man that thou dost care for him?” 

September 14, 2018

Remarks of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. at the Faith and Reason Institute at Gonzaga University: The Love that Moves the Sun

Permanent truths about good and evil, man and his behavior and meaning, do exist.  Faith and reason are the means to find and know those truths.  Each needs the other in its search.

August 13, 2018

Archbishop Chaput’s Address at Salinas Men’s Conference: Why Men Matter

We men – all of us, both clergy and lay — bear a special responsibility because the Gospel tasks us as leaders. 

April 11, 2018

Archbishop Chaput’s Address at Catholic University: Humanae Vitae and its Legacy, April 4, 2018

Thirty years ago, in remarks to brother bishops, Joseph Ratzinger noted that life in the modern Church comes with a recurring litany of complaints.  The complaints are familiar.  They never vary.  They target the Catholic teachings on contraception, sexual morality, and the nature of conscience and freedom.  And each individual complaint rests upon a commonly […]

February 22, 2018

Archbishop Chaput’s Address at Villanova University: Things to Come: Faith, state and society in a new world

We live in complicated times.  It’s easy to be angry and distressed.  Earlier this month a friend sent me an email with a message of exactly four syllables: “Worse is better.”  He was quoting a famous line from Vladimir Lenin.  And his message did have some merit.  The worse things get, the more painful they […]

February 9, 2018

Archbishop Chaput’s Homily at the ‘Families Fully Alive’ Conference in Fairbanks, Alaska: February 10, 2018

A friend of mine likes to say that life in a modern country, at least a wealthy one like the United States, isn’t a real life at all.  It can be very pleasant.  It can be very interesting.   But it isn’t real – real in the sense of actions having consequences. 

February 9, 2018

Archbishop Chaput’s Homily at the ‘Families Fully Alive’ Conference in Fairbanks, Alaska: February 9, 2018

The Gospel passage we’ve just heard is unique to St. Luke.   He alone of the four evangelists writes about the boyhood of Jesus.  And these 12 verses are the full account.  It’s a rich text for us to consider today and for every family to hold dear.

November 8, 2017

Archbishop Chaput’s Address at the National Assembly of Filipino Priests USA: Amoris Laetitia and the Nature of Mercy

Amoris Laetitia has passages of great wisdom and beauty on marriage and on family life.  And it has other passages that have caused some obvious controversy.  The controversy has obscured much of the good in the document.  So we need to engage the text with open hearts and the discipline of clear thinking.  

July 27, 2017

Archbishop Chaput’s Address at the Napa Institute Conference—What’s Next: Catholics, America, and a World Made New

WHAT’S NEXT: CATHOLICS, AMERICA, AND A WORLD MADE NEW +Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Napa Institute, 7.27.17 When you spend a couple of years writing a book like Strangers in a Strange Land, your brain ends up as a magnet.  It starts collecting all sorts of data like little metal slivers that seem important, but […]