November 10, 2014

Address at USCCB Fall General Assembly

Address at USCCB Fall General AssemblyNovember 10, 2014+Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Brothers, I’m grateful to Archbishop Kurtz for a few minutes to update you on the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next September 22-27. Each of you received on your chair a packet of information. It outlines the content of the four-day general […]

October 20, 2014

Address at 2014 Erasmus Lecture: Strangers in a Strange Land

I’ve always had an affection for French Canada. My father’s family began there. When I was growing up in Kansas in the 1950s, Quebec was deeply Catholic; one of the most profoundly Catholic cultures in the world. The province had 90 percent church attendance. Catholic education, health care and social services pervaded daily life. I […]

August 16, 2014

Address at the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders conference: St. Francis, Pope Francis and Today’s Spiritual Revolution

ST. FRANCIS, POPE FRANCIS AND TODAY’S SPIRITUAL REVOLUTION +Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.Catholic Association of Latino Leaders Conference remarksHouston, 8.16.14 Before we start, we should remember for a moment the drama taking place on our southern border, where so many undocumented immigrants — many of them very young – are stuck in an ugly kind […]

August 6, 2014

Address in Toronto: Law and Morality in Public Discourse

My theme tonight is the relationship of law and morality in public discourse. And since it’s always a good idea to start at the beginning, I’ll do that. In the beginning, Genesis tells us, “the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep” (Gen 1:2). Creation begins in […]

July 26, 2014

Address at the Napa Institute: Pope Francis and Economic Justice

I’m a Capuchin Franciscan, and I’ve often found that people think of Francis of Assisi as a kind of 13th-century flower child. St. Francis was certainly “counter-cultural,” but only in his radical obedience to the Church, and his radical insistence on living the Gospel fully — including poverty and all of its other uncomfortable demands. […]