Archbishop Chaput's column

Toward a fair and reasonable way forward

In a letter to the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles Chaput explains the commitment to compensate survivors of clergy sexual abuse and to cleanse the church and her ministries of abuse in the future.

On anger, grief and the future

Archbishop Charles Chaput affirms that anger and grief are necessary responses to the latest round of clerical sex abuse scandals, as are the concrete reforms proposed by the USCCB Executive Committee.

Katharine Drexel and the gift of hearing

In an age of relentless noise, silence can help us makes sense of our times, writes Archbishop Charles Chaput. As the remains of St. Katharine move to the cathedral, we can ask her to help us hear the will of God for the Church and for our own lives. 

The Supreme Court and the future of Roe

As soon as Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement earlier this summer, pro-abortion groups began lobbying the U.S. Senate hard to reject any nominee who might question or oppose Roe v. Wade.  The irony here is exquisite. 

Thoughts on the synod: The power of faith

Archbishop Chaput turns his column over to Stefan Johnson, a 26-year-old Philadelphia man and proud Catholic who says young people are longing for clear Catholic teaching and the healing power of Jesus Christ.

Daughters of the King

Archbishop Chaput writes that in a culture where the question of identity is everywhere, the Catholic Women’s Conference this October invites women to discover their one unshakable and lasting identity: They are daughters of God.

A great nation, if we act accordingly

The Trump administration's policy of separating children from their parents was stupid and destructive, writes Archbishop Charles Chaput. But if we want to "make America great again," Congress must fix our immigration problems.

Thoughts on the synod: Solitude and mission

Archbishop Charles Chaput turns his column over to a young man discerning God's personal call to embark on a mission for life -- a vocation -- which begins with solitude and is built in community.

The power of witness; the importance of the Eucharist

Archbishop Charles Chaput lauds the Culture Project that ministers to young adults, the Courage ministry to persons with same-sex attraction and the holy Eucharist -- all treasures of the Catholic Church.

What happens in Germany

Archbishop Charles Chaput offers six thoughts on questions German bishops are debating: Who can receive the Eucharist, and when, and why? What happens in Germany will not stay in Germany, as history has taught us.