Archbishop Chaput's speeches

Wisdom, Christian witness and the Year of Faith

Year of Faith Lecture Series, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C., July 8, 2013 Nothing is more compelling than a good man, or a good woman, in an evil time. Wisdom is the pursuit of the true, the right and the lasting. In the record of Scripture and the witness of the Church, all these things find their source in God, and nowhere else but God.

Junipero Serra and his witness for today

Archbishop Charles Chaput spoke at the Serra International Convention June 22 in Mallorca, Spain. Francis of Assisi was not a man known for his dissembling about the Gospel. And Junipero Serra, his spiritual son, had the same burning zeal in all things related to Jesus Christ. The key question facing every Christian in every age isn’t whether the Christian faith is socially useful, or consoles us when we’re sad, or makes us nicer people. The key question is whether our faith is true.

Catholic witness and religious liberty in the light of 2013

Salt and Light Dinner, April 25, 2013, Greensburg, Pa.   One of the great scholars of the last century was the Jesuit Henri de Lubac.  As a theologian at Vatican II, de Lubac helped to shape some of the council’s most important work.  It’s less well known that he spent much of World War II […]

Testimony to the United States Commission on Civil Rights

(The following originally appeared on, website of the Witherspoon Institute) +Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M.Cap. Archbishop of Philadelphia March 22, 2013   Ladies and gentlemen: Thank you for this opportunity to offer comments to the Commission. My remarks today are purely my own.  But they’re shaped by 25 years as a Catholic bishop and the […]

Mass honoring St. Kateri Tekakwitha and St. Marianne Cope, Washington, D.C.

Jan. 26, 2013 + Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.   I am Archbishop Charles Chaput ofPhiladelphia.  I’m also a Native American.  When I was asked to preach today, I wondered if some of you would worry that I would give favored attention to our first Native American saint, Kateri Tekakwitha, and neglect St. Marianne Cope.  […]

Mass for Philadelphians at the March for Life, Washington, D.C.

Jan. 25, 2013 + Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.   This Mass today, like every Mass, is the celebration of the Eucharist.  “Eucharist” comes from the Greek word eukharistia.  It means “thanksgiving.”  The trouble is, if we look unsentimentally at the direction of our nation, some of us may not feel very thankful. We live […]

Young adults and ‘secrets of the heart’

In an address to Catholic Campus ministers this week in Florida, Archbishop Charles Chaput described the daunting cultural landscape facing today's young adults, which makes campus ministers' task of sharing the faith a complicated one. Too often the Church has held on to the same institutional patterns of organization, the same methods of preaching and teaching that worked in a religion-friendly past, but can’t and don’t work today. Young people in search of meaning won’t choose Jesus Christ if they constantly encounter a faith life of worn-out structures in various stages of decline. Emerging adults are the future of Catholic life in flesh and blood, the key to triggering a chain reaction of conversion and new zeal in the Church. All Catholics need to be and make a fire on the earth that consumes human hearts with God’s love.

Archbishop Chaput sends Christmas card to the faithful

See Archbishop Charles Chaput's Christmas greeting to everyone, along with a pledge of his prayers.

English martyrs call to today’s bishops in America: ‘Do not be afraid’

In the coming year, Catholic and other Christian leaders face tough choices concerning the HHS contraceptive mandate. They can refuse to comply and decline to pay the consequent fines, or try to pay them; they can divest themselves of institutions that the regulation will impact; they can seek some unexplored compromise or way of circumventing […]

The new communities and the ‘New Evangelization’

Archbishop Charles Chaput gave a talk Nov. 29 in Lima, Peru on the value and role of new religious movements in the Catholic Church. "In an age of aggressive individualism and the isolation it breeds," he says, "the new ecclesial movements offer two absolutely priceless gifts: community and purpose." Read the full text of his moving talk.