Statements and Weekly Columns of Archbishop Chaput
Declaración del Arzobispo Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. CAP. sobre la encíclica del Papa Francisco, Laudato Si
«La nueva encíclica del Santo Padre Laudato Si (Alabado seas, Señor) es una profunda y compleja apelación a la conciencia, un reto a todos a reexaminar nuestra corresponsabilidad del medio ambiente y nuestro amor por los pobres del mundo.
The First World War lingers in the memory as humanity’s first encounter with industrialized killing on a mass scale. New weapons of the machine age obliterated forests, villages and fields – an entire way of life. This new type of war also deeply shaped the thinking of men who experienced it firsthand. Among them were J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, two of the greatest Christian writers of the last century.
In Christian thought, justice is one of the cardinal (or “hinge”) virtues. Mercy – also a virtue – is a fruit of the great theological virtue, charity. Together, mercy and justice should guide a mature Christian’s actions, choices and words.
En el pensamiento cristiano, la justicia es una de las virtudes cardinales (o «coyuntura»). La misericordia —también una virtud— es fruto de la gran virtud teológica, la caridad. Juntas, la misericordia y la justicia deben guiar las acciones, decisiones y palabras de un cristiano maduro.
I’ve followed news of the tragic Amtrak train derailment in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia last night with deep sadness and concern.
Throughout the weeks of April, our Commonwealth, along with the rest of the country, has been focused on National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.
On March 5 (http://catholicphilly.com/2015/03/think-tank/archbishop-chaput-column/remembering-a-forgotten-genocide/), I devoted this column space to remembering the mass murder carried out by Turkish authorities against Armenian Christians and other Christian minorities then living in Turkey.
Statement of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. on the Appointment of Father Edward Malesic as the Bishop of Greensburg
Father Edward Malesic’s appointment as the 5th Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg is a moment of joy for the Church in Pennsylvania. I’m confident that he will carry on the work of his predecessors with joy and fidelity.
Statement of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. on the Death of Cardinal Francis E. George, OMI Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago
I was deeply saddened today to learn of the death of Cardinal Francis E. George, Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago.
Cardinal George was a close friend over many years, from the time I was a young bishop in Rapid City. We talked often. He was a constant source of good counsel and encouragement.
Earlier this month, on the vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis issued a special decree announcing a Jubilee Year of Mercy to begin on December 8. Divine Mercy Sunday – the first Sunday after Easter each year — was instituted in 2000 by St. John Paul II, who expressed his own profound understanding of mercy in the encyclical Dives in Misericordia (“Rich in Mercy”).