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 […]

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. […]