Archbishop Chaput's speeches

Fighting the good fight for religious freedom

Key people in this administration simply do not seem to believe in “religious freedom” in the sense the American Founders originally intended it – in other words, as a distinct human liberty and a priority human right. If we want to lead others to do the right thing; if we want to turn our country away from duplicity and toward real justice; then we need to do it without anger or fear or despair. In his letters, St. Thomas More writes, "...you must not abandon the ship in a storm because you cannot control the wind.” The wind is the business of God. Success is the business of God. Our business is to fight the good fight. Read more of the comments by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M.Cap., as he accepted the annual Meese Award Nov. 16 in Washington, D.C., from the Alliance Defending Freedom, which specializes in legal defense of religious liberty.

Living the Year of Faith: Some thoughts on the Christian vocation

+Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Los Angeles Prayer Breakfast, 9.18.12 Writing in about the year 116, the pagan historian Tacitus described a fringe group of religious blasphemers who lived in Rome under the emperor Nero.  They refused to honor the gods.  They engaged in “superstitious abominations” and worshipped a crucified criminal.  They were blamed for […]

“We have no king but Caesar:” Some thoughts on Catholic faith and public life

+Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics and Culture Villanova University, 9.14.12   A priest I know does a lot of spiritual direction.  Two of the men he was helping died suddenly this past year, one of a heart attack and one of a stroke.  In both cases they were […]

Building a culture of religious freedom

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Keynote address at Napa Institute Conference, Napa, Calif. July 26, 2012   A friend of mine, a political scientist, recently posed two very good questions.  They go right to the heart of our discussion today. He wondered, first, if the religious freedom debate had “crossed a Rubicon” in our country’s political […]

Catholics and the next America

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Assumption College November 10, 2011 My theme tonight focuses on Catholics and the American future.  But sometimes the best way to look at the future is through the lens of the past. One of the most sacred symbols of the Roman state was an altar to the goddess Victory.  […]

Being Human in an Age of Unbelief

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Penn for Life, University of Pennsylvania November 7, 2011 In getting ready for tonight, Charles Gray asked me to keep two things in mind. First, he asked me to remember that we have a mixed audience here in Houston Hall, both Catholic and non-Catholic. Second, he asked me to […]