Tag Archives: Charles +Chaput

A genuinely pastoral statement

Serving as a follow-on to this post, I should note that Archbishop Chaput said recently: I think faithful Catholics listen to their bishops pretty carefully. But the key word there is “faithful.” Baptism brings us into the Christian community, but our fidelity is determined by how we live our lives after baptism. If we don’t give […]

“Pastoral care is directed towards salvation, not comfort.”

If you take nothing else away from this, a column that is well-worth reading for several reasons, let it be the reclaiming of one of the most abused words in the Catholic lexicon, so often used to demand or justify lassitudinous “don’t judge” “anything goes” attitudes. “Pastoral care is directed towards salvation, not comfort.” Pastor […]

Chaput confirmed for Philly

Rumor confirmed: Denver’s Archbishop Charles Chaput will succeed Justin Card. Rigali at the helm of the troubled Archdiocese of Philadelphia. A boon all around, I think: the archdiocese gets a chance to draw a line under its difficulties, and an articulate voice for orthodoxy gains a more prominent platform.