Statements and Weekly Columns of Archbishop Chaput
Lent is a time for self-examination and repentance; a time for good spiritual reading and the Sacrament of Penance. It’s also a time for renewing our sense of solidarity with fellow Christians around the world. It’s a moment to remember the witness of so many Christians who’ve died simply because they were Christian.
La Cuaresma es un tiempo de examen de conciencia y de arrepentimiento; un tiempo de buena lectura espiritual y de sacramento de la penitencia. También es un tiempo para renovar nuestro sentido de solidaridad con los compañeros cristianos alrededor del mundo; es un tiempo para recordar el testimonio de tantos cristianos que han muerto simplemente porque ser cristianos.
A year ago I had the privilege of speaking to men of all ages at the “Man-Up Philly” 2014 conference. In the course of a great day of fellowship, I offered the following words:
Hace un año tuve el privilegio de hablar con los hombres de todas las edades en la conferencia ‘Man-Up Philly’ 2014. En el curso de un gran día de compañerismo, ofrecí las siguientes palabras:
Philadelphians might say “finally noticed” — that the City of Brotherly Love is enjoying a major resurgence as an international urban center. Philadelphia is a city on the move; a city that “has greatly evolved economically and culturally since 2000,” revitalized by “celebrity chefs, a vibrant technology sector and [a] thriving art scene” – not to mention some of the finest universities, museums, medical centers and historical locations in the United States.
El 13 de febrero, informó el New York Times —los filadelfianos pueden decir «finalmentenotados»– que la Ciudad del Amor Fraternal está disfrutando de un gran resurgimiento como centrourbano internacional. Filadelfia es una ciudad en movimiento; una ciudad que «evolucionó en granmedida cultural y económicamente desde el año 2000», revitalizada por «chefs de cocina famosos,un sector […]
Statement of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Regarding the Reprieve of Pennsylvania Death Row Occupants
Today Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced a reprieve for all Pennsylvania death row occupants until current commonwealth studies of the death penalty are complete and he has had time to study the data.
The great Catholic writer Georges Bernanos once said that, “the world will be saved only by free men. We must make a world for free men.” He wrote those words nearly 70 years ago in the wake of a terrible world war. He understood from painful experience that man is made for God — and without faith, there can be no real freedom, only distractions and idolatries that eventually consume man himself.
“Creation is sacred. It has sacramental meaning. It reflects God’s glory. That includes our bodies. Our sexuality has the power to procreate, and shares in the dignity of being created in the image of God. We need to live accordingly.”
More than 50 years have passed since Martin Luther King Jr. stepped into America’s racial divide of the 1950s and 1960s. Although that divide has eased in some important ways, recent events show that much remains to be done. This month’s observance of Martin Luther King Day, January 19, therefore comes at a key moment. We should take advantage of it by reflecting on why King’s efforts to fight racial injustice bore such good fruit, and what his witness means for the United States today. It’s a moment for those of us who are Christians to reexamine our own lives in light of the Gospel, and to ground ourselves again in the same Word of God that gave Martin Luther King the courage and perseverance to seek healing where sin had wrought racial conflict.