Archbishop Chaput's speeches

Sanity, indifference and the American immigration debate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Religion and civil society

In a speech at the Agora Institute of Eastern University in Radnor, Archbishop Charles Chaput said public witness of religion is vital to serving the common good.

A city upon a hill: Augustine, John Winthrop and the soul of the American experiment today

In a speech at the Anselm Institute at the University of Virginia, Archbishop Charles Chaput said we should not give up -- at least not yet -- on the possibilities for good that still reside in our system of public life in America.