Archdiocese of Philadelphia: The Love that Moves the Sun

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Remarks of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. at the Faith and Reason Institute at Gonzaga University: The Love that Moves the Sun September 14, 2018 Last October, the journal First Things carried my comments on the encyclical Veritatis Splendor. In March, it published my thoughts on Fides et Ratio. Each text needs the other. They’re a diptych. And both mark anniversaries this year; 25 and 20 respectively. I went into a lot of detail in each of those First Things pieces, and I won’t repeat it here for two reasons. First, the landscape of the Church in the United States has changed drastically, and painfully, over the last six months. And second, I’m a pastor, not a scholar. My interest in any papal document is very practical: Does it help me help others to know God, live his will, and get to heaven, or not? For a layman – …

Catholic News Agency from 2015: Are Pope Francis and the US bishops split? Don’t believe the critics.

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Are Pope Francis and the US bishops split? Don’t believe the critics. Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 3, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News) Ahead of the papal visit to the U.S., some critics have painted a narrative pitting Pope Francis against the “conservative” American bishops – but the Archbishop of Philadelphia doesn’t believe them. Claims that that Church ignores the poor while obsessing over things like abortion and human sexuality are nothing new to members of the Catholic hierarchy, not even to the Pope himself, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said in a recent column. “When Francis was an archbishop in Buenos Aires, Argentine political leaders reviled him publicly as ‘the leader of the opposition,’” Archbishop Chaput said. “When he defended Church teaching on issues like sexuality and marriage, they accused him of conducting ‘an inquisition.’”

National Catholic Register: Extraordinary Synod on Clerical Life Proposed to Address Abuse Crisis

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Extraordinary Synod on Clerical Life Proposed to Address Abuse Crisis But some Church analysts suggest there are more effective ways to facilitate immediate action. Stephen Beale SEP. 7, 2018 Three bishops — one in England and two in the United States — are calling for Pope Francis to convene an extraordinary synod of bishops on the life and ministry of clergy to deal with the sex abuse crisis. The idea has drawn support from some Church analysts who spoke with the Register, but others caution that there might be better alternatives. Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England, published an Aug. 22 letter he wrote to the Holy Father calling for an extraordinary synod on the life and ministry of the clergy. Noting the sexual abuse scandals in Chile, Australia, Ireland and in England, Bishop Egan said he wanted to offer “a constructive suggestion.” “I suggest the Synod be devoted to …

Archbishop Chaput calls on Pope Francis to postpone “Youth Summit”

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BREAKING: US archbishop calls on Pope Francis to cancel Youth Synod in light of abuse crisis August 31, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia told a conference that had met to discuss the “young people” of the Church that in light of the abuse crisis in the Catholic Church he had written to Pope Francis asking him to cancel the upcoming Youth Synod set to take place in Rome. “The bishops would have absolutely no credibility” in the upcoming Youth Synod, Chaput told the Cardinal’s Forum, an annual gathering to provide academic formation of seminarians and continuing education for lay people, yesterday. The synod’s planned dates are set for October 3-28, 2018. The August 30 panel discussion, which took place at  St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, was on the topic of “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” Some 300 participated in the event. Archbishop Chaput said the Youth Synod should …

Archbishop Chaput on the Grand Jury Report

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August 17, 2018 Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: On Anger, Grief, and the Future This has been an ugly week: first for the survivors of sex abuse; second, for Catholics across the state; third, for the wider public.  For many, rage is the emotion of choice.  The latest grand jury report is a bitterly painful text.  But rage risks wounding the innocent along with the guilty, and it rarely accomplishes anything good. The Stoics believed that anger is never a healthy thing: It always involves an inhuman appetite to hurt others, and it always poisons the soul.  But this isn’t the Christian view.  The anger Jesus showed toward the Temple moneychangers, the Sadducees, and the Pharisees was not merely acceptable but right and good.  The anger Philadelphians felt toward the Archdiocese after the 2005 and 2011 grand jury reports was likewise well placed and justified. We’ve worked hard to remember the lessons of …