Philadelphia Gets a Visit From a First-Class Relic of St. John Paul II

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The first-class relic of St. John Paul II touring the US is stopping in Phillie this weekend. I hope to make it there, if time allows. Here’s the press release from the Diocese: A precious Relic of the recently canonized Pope Saint John Paul II will be exposed for public veneration between all of the [Read More...]

“This Is Abortion”

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Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia reacts to the Gosnell verdict with some pointed reminders: The trial of Kermit Gosnell is over. His convictions will surprise very few. But nothing can bring back the innocent children he killed, or make up for the vulnerable women he exploited. We should keep the repugnance of his clinic conditions sharp [Read More...]

Chaput: “Embody it, witness it, live it.”

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Cardinal Dolan gets the lion’s share of the headlines, but we have another brilliant leader in the American church: Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia. I’ve had an opportunity to report on the Philadelphia diocese over the past few years, and his work there has been astonishing: bold, decisive, charitable, intelligent, and, always, deeply faithful. He [Read More...]

Archbishop Chaput on Hard Choices, Money, Sexual Abuse, Politics, and More

John Allen does a long and interesting interview with Archbishop Chaput. Absolutely first-rate stuff from both subject and writer. The section on politics is going to get the most play in the media, but you should read all of it to get a sense of one of the great bishops of our time. We’re speaking [Read More...]

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Unveils New Model for Education

Something I wrote for the Register this week: PHILADELPHIA — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is turning the management of its 17 high schools and four special-education schools over to the Faith in the Future Foundation. The archdiocese’s groundbreaking agreement with Faith in the Future announced today creates the first independently managed Catholic secondary-school system in [Read More...]

Should Autism Be a Death Sentence?

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Paul Corby is 23, autistic, and suffers from a potentially fatal heart condition called left ventricular noncompaction. He’s high-functioning enough to have written and self-published a novel for pre-teens, but he also has severe social problems, is prone to emotional outbursts, and suffers from various psychological and developmental issues. He spends much of his day playing [Read More...]

Statement from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

“Statement from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia After Sentencing of Monsignor William Lynn” (as received): “From the challenges the Church has faced both nationally and locally over the past decade, we understand the full gravity of sexual abuse. This year and even this week, Pennsylvania has been the epicenter of this issue, and we know there [Read More...]

Archbishop Chaput’s Homily for the Closing Mass of the Fortnight for Freedom

Delivered during mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC, July 4th 2012. Philadelphia is the place where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were written. For more than two centuries, these documents have inspired people around the globe. So as we begin our reflection on [Read More...]


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