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At Fishwrap there is a frantic tirade from Beans about a new book from Archbishop Charles Chaput, Emeritus of Philadelphia. The title… Things Worth Dying For: Thoughts on a Life Worth Living You can see why this offering might give … Read More
I bring to the readership two offerings which merit your close attention. A First Things there is a piece by Archbp. Charles Chaput – that he is not a Cardinal is a scandal – about … Mr Biden and the Matter … Read More
The other day I posted – HERE – about Archbp. Chaput’s column in Catholic Philly about a address given by Jesuit homosexualist activist James Martin in Philadelphia. Chaput’s column nailed it – after the fact, alas, of the event. I … Read More
A couple of bishops have raised their heads in defiance of contemporary Tall Poppy Syndrome. First, Most Rev. Daniel R. Jenky issued a letter to his subjects in the Diocese of Peoria. He kindly allows us to eavesdrop by putting … Read More
Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput, a participant in the 2018 Synod (“walking together”), has been interviewed by CatholicPhilly.com. This quote struck me: Q: What might the synod change in Church doctrine or in the interpretation of the doctrine? CHAPUT: No synod … Read More
The Tablet (aka The Bitter Pill aka RU-486) interviewed Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia. At present, the Archbishop is involved in the Synod (“walking together”) on Youth in Rome. He has some pointed comments about what faith both is and isn’t. … Read More
Some people are concerned that the 2018 Synod (“walking together”) on Youth will be rigged to create unheard of new openings toward the normalization of homosexual acts and homosexualist identity. Today I read at the Catholic Herald, the UK’s best Catholic … Read More
Not only is there a new document out which changed the way the Synod (“walking together”) of Bishops runs, but a substantive supplemental document with more details (needed because the new document left things out) hasn’t yet been issued. The … Read More
At First Things there are two outstanding pieces to which I direct your attention. Firstly, run, don’t walk, to read Martin Mosebach’s beautiful essay about “eternal Rome”. The translator did a masterful job. I read it yesterday on the airplane and … Read More
Excellent Letter for Lent from Archbp. Chaput of @ArchPhilly – Fr. Z rants, gives 3 points of advice about sin.
Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has issued a great letter on the threshold of Lent. As I read it, the Archbishop’s reference to the history of the Church in German with the Nazi state and the 1933 , could … Read More
Two items concerning Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput have come across my scree in the last few hours. First, today I received PDF (PDFs are clunky) of a column that that Archbp. Chaput wrote for their archdiocesan newspaper. In this column, … Read More
UPDATE: One of you readers caught this and posted in the combox. Comment: To submit a reply to Archbishop Chaput’s column, the anti-spam quiz currently is “What is 2 plus 2?” Very shrewd. This will prevent Fr. Antonio “2+2=5” Spadaro … Read More
UPDATE 8 June: BELOW Originally Published on: Jun 2, 2017 ___ A while back, the head of the Jesuits, their Superior General Fr. Arturo Sosa Ascobal, opined that we don’t know what the Lord taught because no one had a tape … Read More
UPDATE: Radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt picked up on this and is tweeting about it. @hughhewit Follow me, while you’re at it. @fatherz _____ I heard about something disturbing which happened recently. It involves a Jesuit. Big surprise, right? … Read More
UPDATE: Today I saw at First Things a review of three books along a common theme. Guess which three books they were. Here is an interesting point (for links to the books, scroll down): All three of these books make reference … Read More
Every once in a while people opine about whether or not it would be good (and not just inevitable) to have a smaller, leaner, more faithful Church rather than one filled (mainly?) by mere cultural Catholics or CINOs. Benedict XVI … Read More
This First Things piece is a must. It has many good points, so I urge you also to visit First Things and explore their combox, once some discussion gets underway there as well. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia spoke … Read More
National Catholic Register has something from a speech I just heard during the Napa Institute meeting. It affirms something I have been saying. Archbishop Chaput on Pope Francis: It would be a mistake to describe him as a “liberal” Is … Read More