Keynote Addresses and Presentations
Archbishop Chaput’s Address at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary: Faith And Hope For An Uncertain Time
FAITH AND HOPE FOR AN UNCERTAIN TIME +Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, 4.12.19 As I’ve gotten older, I’ve discovered an important fact. If you survive long enough without saying too many stupid things, people start mistaking that for wisdom and give you awards. So I don’t have any illusions about […]
Archbishop Chaput’s Address at the Pontifical College Josephinum–Facing the Future with Hope and Joy
FACING THE FUTURE WITH HOPE AND JOY +Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Pontifical College Josephinum, 3.27.19 I’m glad to be here tonight for two reasons. First, I admire – greatly admire — the Josephinum and the men it produces. The Church needs you because we urgently need more good priests, men of prudence and charity, […]
Archbishop Chaput’s Address at Vocations Jamboree cosponsored by the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, and the Diocese of Bismarck (March 20, 2019)
VOCATIONS JAMBOREE +Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Bismarck, North Dakota 3.20.2019 I want to talk about vocations today, especially to the young people in the audience, but I want to do it in a roundabout way. So I hope you’ll bear with me. I also need to express my gratitude for this award. I don’t deserve […]
Archbishop Chaput’s Address at Catholics at the Capitol—An Initiative of the Minnesota Catholic Conference (February 19, 2019)
Earlier this month, on February 8, the Tim Tebow Foundation sponsored an event called “A Night to Shine.” It involved 622 churches and 200,000 volunteers in 40 countries honoring 100,000 guests. All of the guests were persons with special needs. They came from every kind of background and age group.
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.
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?”
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.
We men – all of us, both clergy and lay — bear a special responsibility because the Gospel tasks us as leaders.
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 […]
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 […]