Archbishop Chaput's column

The public value of Catholic social witness

Archbishop Charles Chaput comments on a new report showing the $4.2 billion Catholic economic impact in Greater Philadelphia. The Catholic Church reaches out to persons in need without strings attached, but always with a deeper religious purpose.

The spirit of Thanksgiving and Advent

God has blessed Americans with a wide range of freedoms and extraordinary abundance, writes Archbishop Charles Chaput. He links the anticipation of Advent, with a focus on Mary, to the work of Catholic social action ahead.

The right place to start

Donald Trump clearly connected with ordinary Americans and he won an open election fairly, writes Archbishop Charles Chaput. We need to support Mr. Trump when he does the right thing, and resist him respectfully when he doesn't. But first we must start showing decency to strangers and immigrants.

About those unthinking, backward Catholics

Archbishop Charles Chaput writes about the revelation of anti-Catholic emails leaked from the Clinton election campaign. In a nation where “choice” is now the unofficial state religion, he writes, the menu for dinner is remarkably small.

A conference not to be missed

Archbishop Charles Chaput's column this week is a wholehearted commercial for one of the best gatherings on the archdiocesan calendar this year: the Philadelphia Catholic Women's Conference, coming Oct. 29 to Doylestown.

The purpose of an education

As students and teachers head back to school, Archbishop Charles Chaput writes that the ultimate purpose of Catholic schools is not to get students into a great university but to get them into heaven, their eternal destiny.

A new overview of a contested subject

We live in a time when fundamental elements of human identity -- gender and sexuality -- are reimagined, writes Archbishop Charles Chaput. A new report restores some badly needed clarity, scientific substance and prudence to our discussions.

Some additional thoughts — and the elephant in the room

In his new column, Archbishop Chaput writes again about the candidates for president and the global forces shaping this election. He cites one intriguing voice that suggests the democratic era may be ending, and the future may be one of empire.

Some personal thoughts on the months ahead

My column this week is a collection of personal comments. Read it as thoughts from a brother in the faith, not as teachings from an archbishop.

The Court, the House, and the elections ahead

Archbishop Charles Chaput writes about two recent events that are worth considering before the election season begins this fall. He urges everyone to pray daily for our commonwealth, our nation and our church.