Archbishop Chaput's column

Why House Bill 800 matters

A bill in the Pa. House would dramatically increase EITC funding and greatly expand the number of families and students eligible, writes Archbishop Chaput. The bill is not simply a “good idea” -- it’s a huge service to the young people of our state.

See this movie. It matters.

Abby Johnson's journey from director of a Planned Parenthood clinic to staunch pro-life advocate is told compellingly in the new movie, "Unplanned," which Archbishop Chaput urges everyone to see. It's that important.

A thought for Lent 2019

It’s the season in church life that calls us to discipline our appetites, put aside our excuses, and take an honest look at the state of our souls. Archbishop Chaput proposes eight points to ponder during Lent.

Safe Haven Sunday

Pornography isn't new, but in the digital age it creates an even wider "cascade of pain" throughout families and society, writes Archbishop Charles Chaput. The Archdiocese's Safe Haven Sunday (March 2-3) will equip the faithful to protect themselves from this devastating addiction.

Disciplines for an ordinary time

We have a choice, writes Archbishop Charles Chaput. We can bear the routine challenges of these “ordinary” weeks as a burden, or we can mark them with beauty by every day turning our hearts to God in silent prayer.

The Presentation of the Lord

Feb. 2 marks the annual feast of Mary and Joseph presenting their son Jesus at the Temple. Archbishop Charles Chaput thinks this is a good time to encourage large families, Catholic education and welcoming children at Mass.

Christian unity 2019

Five hundred years after a famous debate with Martin Luther, important differences remain among Catholics and Protestants, writes Archbishop Charles Chaput. But the love of Jesus and the friendship among Christians it creates matter more.

Marching for life, 2019

The job of those going on the March for Life Jan. 18, and those praying at home, is to work as hard and as joyfully as we can, for as long as we can, to encourage a reverence for human life in our country, writes Archbishop Charles Chaput.

Days to remember

There's a linkage this month in the memorial of Dr. Martin Luther King and Religious Freedom Day. Archbishop Charles Chaput sees Dr. King's courage in one minister of the Gospel calling out anti-Catholic bigotry today.

Christmas 2018

A "tired and complicated world" needs Christ even more, writes Archbishop Charles Chaput. In Bethlehem, something new and beautiful took place: God himself became one of us to restore us to eternal life.