September 30, 2016

Archbishop Chaput’s Address at Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Dinner

For the past 43 years we’ve been living the consequences of Roe v Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized abortion on demand. And the abortion struggle of the past four decades teaches us a very useful lesson.

September 15, 2016

2016 Tocqueville Lecture on Religious Liberty at the University of Notre Dame: Sex, Family and the Liberty of the Church

I want to thank Dr. Muñoz and Father Jenkins for inviting me to speak this afternoon. It’s a privilege and a pleasure to be here. A lecture named after Alexis de Tocqueville will naturally involve politics. That’s a good thing, and we’ll have plenty to talk about. But I don’t want to begin there today.

March 23, 2016

Address at Brigham Young University: Awakenings: Living as a Believer in the Nation We Have Now

AWAKENINGS:  Living as a believer in the nation we have now+Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.Forum AddressBrigham Young University, 3.22.16 I’m here today because I believe that the friendship of the LDS and Catholic communities is important. And I hope we have a chance for questions and discussion at the end of my remarks. Being a […]

May 27, 2015

Address at Hershey Priests’ Convocation: What ‘Renewing’ the Church Really Requires

Joseph Greaton, an English convert and Jesuit, was Philadelphia’s first resident priest. In 1732, eleven persons attended his first Mass at old St. Joseph’s. In September 2015, 300 years later, another Jesuit will celebrate Mass for us in Philadelphia at the World Meeting of Families. The congregation will be more than one million people.

March 18, 2015

Address at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary: Of Human Dignity: The Declaration on Religious Liberty at 50

Vatican II ended in December 1965 with an outpouring of enthusiasm and hope. The Council’s hope was grounded in two things: a renewed Catholic faith; and confidence in the skill and goodness of human reason. Half a century has passed since then. A lot has happened. The world today is a very different place from […]

January 23, 2015

Address at Brigham Young University: The Great Charter at 800: Why it Still Matters

THE GREAT CHARTER AT 800: WHY IT STILL MATTERS+Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.Brigham Young University, 1.23.15 Henry Ford is often quoted as saying, “History is bunk.” That’s not quite accurate. What he actually told the Chicago Tribune in 1916 is this: “I wouldn’t give a nickel for all the history in the world. It means […]

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 […]