Chaput on being archbishop of Philadelphia: “I haven’t liked it at all”

Details:  Archbishop Charles J. Chaput joined a distinguished group on April 12. It includes four cardinals, a bishop, two governors of Pennsylvania, a United States senator, a Pennsylvania chief justice, three university presidents and scores of Catholic lay leaders. All were recipients of the Sourin Award, given annually since 1960 by Philadelphia’s Catholic Philopatrian Literary [Read More...]

Chaput: “We’re Catholics before we’re Americans”

Details:  Church teaching against abortion “requires absolute adherence” on the part of Catholic voters, who must “stand united” in opposition to the practice regardless of party affiliation, said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia. “(Abortion) really is a big issue today, and I think what it requires of Catholics is a loyalty to the church [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“We live in a time that calls for sentinels and public witness. Every Christian in every era faces the same task. But you and I are responsible for this moment. Today. Now. We need to “speak out,” not only for religious liberty and the ideals of the nation we love, but for the sacredness of life [Read More...]

Chaput reportedly plans to sell cardinal’s residence

Details, from Rocco: In the most concrete sign yet of his plans to thoroughly reshape the beleaguered church he’s inherited, Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput OFM Cap. is giving up the mansion at the city’s edge which his predecessors have called home for the last 75 years. Less than four months after taking the reins of [Read More...]

Quote of the day: "God is with us!"

“In the unfolding of Scripture, Mary’s birthday is ultimately about the birth of her son. The Gospel for today is the story of how Jesus was conceived. And we honor Mary precisely because she gave birth to Jesus, our messiah and Lord. The Gospel focuses on Joseph’s goodness and fidelity, and on Mary’s perfect surrender [Read More...]

Chaput says "Adieu"

The Archbishop of Denver said his final mass last night — and the celebration included a processional that featured  the thundering rhythm of Native American drummers. Details: Archbishop Charles Chaput said his goodbyes Sunday night to a flock that filled the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. He summoned people in from the foyer to fill [Read More...]

"When people deride their bishops and priests, they undermine the Church…"

“Bishops, priests, and deacons are too often weak and sinful. They need to be held to high standards. Some deserve to be chastised. The clergy’s leadership in the Church should always be marked by humility and service, and never by a sense of entitlement. But men and women didn’t found the Church, they don’t own [Read More...]

A bishop and his deacons

From today’s mass at the cathedral in Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles Chaput and two deacons.  (And, of course, Cardinal Rigali…) [Read more...]

From the e-mail bag: You say "Sha POO," I say "Sha PEW"

From a reader in Denver: Those of us who personally know and serve the Archbishop here in Denver pronounce his last name “Sha Pew” as does he and as did Cardinal Rigali at this morning’s press conference in Philadelphia. The Archbishop doesn’t correct those who mispronounce it unless you totally butcher it. Please accept this [Read More...]

From the trenches of the culture war

Those scanning the web this morning will find, among other things, two views of the culture war, from two very different perspectives — but both writers come to conclusions that are more similar than you might think. From Elizabeth Scalia, over at First Things: Recently a reader at my blog asked me what it would [Read More...]


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