How do you say, “Jesus Christ is Lord”?

"When I am lifted up from the earth I shall draw all men to myself." (John 12:32) In the liturgical calendar of 1962 the Feast of Christ the King was assigned to the final Sunday of October. The feast was established in 1925 by Pope Pius XI as a response to the rising tide of secularism. The inhuman pall of atheistic ideologies that would see the murder of hundreds of millions over the n... More

People of Life

I’m just getting to read Teresa Tomeo’s new book, Extreme Makeover: Women Transformed by Christ, Not Conformed to the Culture. At the very beginning of it, she quotes the current archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles J. Chaput: We need to really believe what we say we believe. Then we need to prove it by the witness of our lives. We need to be so convinced of the truths of the Creed that we are ... More

In Arranged Philadelphia Marriage, Archbishop Chaput Woos His New Flock

I had high expectations when I attended Archbishop Charles Chaput’s Installation Mass in Philadelphia last Thursday. I believe him to be the most important intellectual and pastoral voice among American bishops today. So imagine my delight when my high expectations were exceeded! Archbishop Chaput is frequently maligned by liberal Catholics for being too “political.” That was t... More

Follow me to Philadelphia Tomorrow for Archbishop Chaput’s Installation Mass!

This is where I’ll be tomorrow: I’ll be tweeting live updates from the road and throughout the day. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Communications will provide live, streaming video online and to mobile devices at The Installation Mass begins at 2PM ET. Please join me in praying for Archbishop Chaput and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and celebrating thi... More

New on AmP: Archbishop Chaput to Pilgrims at WYD: Don’t Rely on Mainstream Media, Support Catholic Media Instead!

An excerpt from Archbishop Charles Chaput’s remarks given to young pilgrims in Madrid as part of a special World Youth Day Session (underlining my own): We make a very serious mistake if we rely on media like the New York Times, Newsweek, CNN, or MSNBC for reliable news about religion. These news media simply don’t provide trustworthy information about religious faith—and sometimes they ... More

Vatican Makes It Official: +Chaput to Philly! And I’ll be at the Presser…

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia website looks a little different this morning: And now another nice little surprise: I’m currently aboard a train bound for Philadelphia. The presser is scheduled for 10AM EST. I’ll be tweeting live updates here, and probably blog post directly after the press conference concludes. You can watch it online (live) here. The Archdiocese has a special page ... More


What It Means If Its Abp. Chaput to Philly

As the hours go by it appears more and more likely that Archbishop Charles Chaput will be named the next Archbishop of Philadelphia tomorrow. Giving full respect to the embargo, I’d like to speculate on what +Chaput’s appointment to Philly will mean for the Catholic Church in America. Left-wing Catholics unfriendly to +Chaput are already trying to flavor the narrative, and I don’... More

Must-Read +Chaput: On the Devil and Politics, and on Bishops and Communion

I will never tire of saying this: read everything Archbishop Chaput writes. The Public Discourse has published an essay adapted from a recent keynote address he gave at the University of Notre Dame’s student-organized pro-life lecture series: A healthy democracy depends on people of conviction working hard to advance their ideas in the public square—respectfully and peacefully, but vigorou... More

JFK: 50 years later

Today marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration as President of the United States, the first (and so far only) Catholic to ascend to the highest office in the land. Rocco Palmo over at Whispers notes the historic nature of his inauguration for Catholics: Fifty years ago today, after three centuries of persecution, struggle and prejudice, the American Catholic jo... More

Weekend reading: Archbishop Chaput on “Catholics and the Next America”

I make a point of trying to read absolutely everything that Archbishop Charles Chaput writes. His most recent column in First Things, “Catholics and the Next America“, is yet another reason why I know I’ve made a good choice. Here’s an excerpt of his thesis: “In the coming decades Catholics will likely find it harder, not easier, to influence the course of American cu... More



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