Keynote Addresses and Presentations
Archbishop Chaput’s Address at the Alliance Defending Freedom Summit: Building a Culture of Religious Freedom (July 9, 2019)
BUILDING A CULTURE OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM +Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap ADF Summit, 7.9.19 Back in April Gerard Baker, the Wall Street Journal’s editor at large, wrote a column that I hope every person in the audience today will track down and read. The title was “Persecuted Christians And Their Quiescent Leaders,” and he hammered home two facts. […]
Archbishop Chaput’s Magnificat Foundation’s Egan Lecture in New York City: God and Man in an Age of Unbelief (April 27, 2019)
GOD AND MAN IN AN AGE OF UNBELIEF +Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Egan Lecture, New York City, 4.27.19 A friend of mine likes to say that every life comes down to a choice between happiness and comfort. You can have one or the other, she says, but not both. Sometimes they coincide, but not […]
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.