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Language and its implications

Posted on October 12th, 2015

Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.Read Archbishop Charles Chaput’s speech at the Synod of Bishops on the Family Saturday in Rome. In it, he calls on the synod fathers to reflect carefully on two words in use during the synod: diversity and unity. “Our most urgent need is unity,” he says, “and our greatest danger is fragmentation.”

Marriage as a witness to hope

Posted on October 7th, 2015

Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.Read Archbishop Charles Chaput’s speech at the Synod of Bishops on the Family today in Rome. In it, he calls on the synod fathers to emphasize the positive, to trust in the power of grace and “the ability of people to actually live what the church believes.”

Sanity, indifference and the American immigration debate

Posted on September 2nd, 2015

Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.In a speech leading a panel discussion Sept. 1, Archbishop Charles Chaput condemned Donald Trump’s idea to end birthright citizenship, and offered five fixes to the U.S. immigration system.

What ‘renewing the Church’ really requires

Posted on June 3rd, 2015

Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.Archbishop Charles Chaput writes about a survey of parishioners in the archdiocese, and other data, that show traditional parish life is ending, and it’s not coming back. After the visit of Pope Francis, serious work must begin on empowering lay leaders in the Church.

Of human dignity: The Declaration on Religious Liberty at 50

Posted on March 18th, 2015

On the 50th anniversary of the close of Vatican II, Archbishop Charles Chaput gave a major speech on religious liberty last night at St. Charles Seminary. The talk is the first a four-part series on the topic this month.

The Great Charter at 800: Why it still matters

Posted on January 26th, 2015

In an address at Brigham Young University last week, Archbishop Charles Chaput reflected on the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and what the seminal document has to say about religious freedom and the nature of public life in America today.

St. Francis, Pope Francis and today’s spiritual revolution

Posted on August 20th, 2014

Archbishop Chaput said last week in Houston that we are at a very powerful “Latino moment” in our Church — a moment that acknowledges that demography is destiny, because half of people 14 to 34 years old in the U.S. are Latino. More than ever, Latinos should feel that the church is their home and they have a vital role in her mission.

Law and morality in public discourse

Posted on August 7th, 2014

We often hear the claim that we shouldn’t press for laws that impose our morality on others, Archbishop Charles Chaput said in an address Aug. 6 in Toronto. But no one really believes that kind of argument, because it makes no sense. In practice, all law involves imposing certain moral claims on other people.

Pope Francis and economic justice

Posted on July 28th, 2014

When we Americans think about economics, we think in terms of efficiency and production, Archbishop Charles Chaput said in a talk last week. When Pope Francis thinks about economics, he thinks in terms of human suffering. We can’t always see what Francis sees, and what he says about economic justice may be hard for some of us to hear.

Without gloss: Francis of Assisi and Western Catholicism

Posted on April 25th, 2014

In a speech at New York University, Archbishop Charles Chaput urges Christians to live an uncompromising life as St. Francis did, one person, one family, one Christian community at a time – and thus begins a revolution.

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