The time for easy Christianity is over. In fact, it never really existed…
- Archbishop Charles Chaput
The time for easy Christianity is over. In fact, it never really existed…
- Archbishop Charles Chaput
Writes Rocco Palmo - and he is someone who knows what he’s talking about:
… it’s worth noting that 2012′s largest ordination group for an ecclesial circumscription on these shores belongs not to any time-honored outpost, but the new kid on the block. Thanks to the recent establishment of the Anglican Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter and its unique circumstances, the nationwide entity comprising no more than a few thousand souls will welcome somewhere between 30 and 60 new priests over the remainder of this year as freshly-”Poped” Episcopal clergy are cleared for orders and commissioned following the new body’s Vatican-approved program of rapid, mostly online formation conducted by Houston’s St Mary’s Seminary and University of St Thomas.
As previously noted, the Chair’s first priestly ordination is slated to take place on June 3rd in South Carolina, with several others quickly to follow. Given the priest crunch in no shortage of US locales, the Ordinariate clerics — most of them married — are likely to take on secondary assignments or be sought out for coverage duty in the Latin-church dioceses where they reside. In exchange for the added manpower, at least several US bishops are pitching in to aid the priests and the Houston-based start-up alike by, among other things, providing health insurance and other benefits for their local Ordinariate clergy and their families.
The whole post is here. There’s also a homily by Archbishop Charles Chaput OFM Cap. posted. It’s always worth listening to that godly man.
“Lent is a time for self-denial and prayer; a time to reconnect with Scripture; a time to purify ourselves and reconcile with God through the sacrament of penance,” wrote Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia in a recent CatholicPhilly.com column. “It’s an invitation to humility, forgiveness of others, honest self-examination and repentance — but also to growing joy, because, with Easter, our redemption will be at hand.
“Lent is a precious time and gift; a unique chance to reorient our lives toward those unseen but enduring things that really matter. This year, may God grant us the wisdom to use these weeks of Lent well. May we remember that we serve justice best by first giving ourselves to God, and then bringing the light of Jesus Christ to others through the witness of our lives, our words and our actions. There is no justice without truth; and only Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life.”
Pope Benedict XVI named 22 new Cardinals today, but notably absent from the list was Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput and Westminster’s Archbishop Vincent Nichols.
(CBS) – Pope Benedict XVI named 22 new Cardinals Friday, including two from America. But, neither of them is Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput. Was it a snub?
“There are always more people who are in line to become Cardinals than there are slots to make them Cardinals,” says Philadelphia-based Catholic journalist Rocco Palma, who runs the website WhispersInTheLoggia.com.
Palma says it is not a snub from the Vatican and puts this in historical perspective.
“Cardinal Dougherty had been here three years before he was made a Cardinal. Cardinal O’Hara had been here eight years. Cardinal Kroll had been here six years. Cardinal Bevilacqua had been here three years.”
And Archbishop Chaput has been here for only four months. He is highly regarded in the Vatican, according to Palma, but there’s just too much to do. Palma says extra responsibilities of being a cardinal would get in the way of issues at home like school closures, next year’s parish planning and others.
“The archbishop’s focus would want to be on what’s going on in Philly and he wouldn’t want to be diverted by added international responsibilities right now.”
Palma says the 67-year-old’s time could come within the next few years. The new cardinals will be officially elevated next month.
And on Archbishop Vincent Nichols:
… Heretofore, Benedict has been a stickler for the custom that a new cardinal is not named until the previous cardinal of that diocese turns 80 (unless, of course, the retired cardinal dies in the meantime). That’s likely the reason, for instance, that Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster is still in a holding pattern; his predecessor, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, doesn’t turn 80 until August…
The list is out.
I was pleased to see that one of my profs from the Augustinianum was on the list, though he is over 80, Prosper Grech, OSA. Trappé never had the red hat.
I was sad that good old Archbp. Luigi De Magistris was not included. It is a heavy burden.
No, Archbishop Chaput wasn’t named, but there are two living Cardinal Archbishops of Philadelphia, one of whom can still vote. Archbishop Nichols of Westminster will remain without the red hat for a while longer, for his predecessor is still of voting age. Archbishop Dolan is president of the conference and his predecessor is just a few months from turning 80.
Lot’s of Italians, which I don’t think is a great move.
Pray for the new Cardinals.
Writes Fr Dwight Longenecker (and I was thinking something similar yesterday):
I believe St John Neumann was not a large man. Physically short and frail, he was nevertheless a terrier of a bishop–tireless and fervent in all that he attempted. Read more about him here and here. What a dynamo! Serving the poor, establishing parishes, building churches, building schools, learning umpteen languages. Lord, give me a portion of that energy and focus! St John Neumann pray for us!
What struck me today at Mass for St John Neumann is that he did all this in the midst of great opposition. He faced poverty and persecution (the Know Nothings) and hardship and peril. He was an immigrant and away from his home country, yet see what he did in Philadelphia!
Now the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has another “little guy” to lead it. Archbishop Chaput has taken the helm of a diocese reeling under yet more stories of corrupt priests, financial crisis and seemingly terminal decline. Parishes and schools must be closed and consolidated. There is a shortage of priests. There is loss of faith. There is heresy and complacency and persecution and resistance. See how Chaput has begun to face this head on from the beginning by reading his letter–which Jimmy Akin fisks here. All of this St John Neumann also battled. All of this all of us have in one way or another if we seek to proclaim the gospel and be faithful to the cross of Christ. To be a priest, to be one of the faithful baptized we must battle all these things.
Abp. Chaput has gone into the storm with a firm resolve to put things right. It will be interesting to see how things go in Philadelphia. I think what we are witnessing is the beginning of a great change within the American church. The old establishment, complacent, cultural Catholic church of the great cities is dying, and if not dying, then evolving into something very different. This article by Fr. McCloskey explains what is going to be required: a leaner, more efficient and committed Catholic population. We must be “Intentional Disciples“– equipped to evangelize, sacrifice and live the faith of the apostles in a way that is, as yet, unexpected and unpredicted and unimagined by many Catholics.
We will have to have the same, astringent and invigorating missionary spirit that charged St John Neumann. I believe Archbishop Chaput has such a spirit as he begins his new task.
I hope and pray he succceeds. May St John Neumann–his saintly predecessor intercede for him.
By Archbishop Charles J Chaput. It’s a public discourse:
Four points in defense of human dignity. Adapted from an address delivered at the University of Pennsylvania.
Well worth a read here.
… the greatest difference between humans and other animals is the grave. Only man buries his dead. Only man knows his own mortality. And knowing that he will die, only man can ask where he came from, what his life means, and what comes after it…
2011 featured numerous high-profile appointments by Pope Benedict. But none, arguably, were as buzzed-about as the new head of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, a historic see that has been rocked by the abuse crisis. The Pope chose Archbishop Charles Chaput, who, as the former Archbishop of Denver, had already gained international exposure for his eloquent writing on faith and politics. Witness host Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB speaks with the Capuchin prelate in the days following his appointment to Philadelphia.
To the accompaniment of prayer, a pealing pipe organ, applause, and laughter, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput was installed Thursday as the new head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
“This is a big job,” he told the throng of 1,700 crowded into the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.
Without mentioning the clergy sex-abuse scandal plaguing the archdiocese, the new archbishop acknowledged in his homily that “this church in Philadelphia faces very serious challenges these days. There’s no quick fix to problems that are so difficult, and none of us here today, except the Lord himself, is a miracle worker.”
But, he said, “no bishop will give more joyfully of himself than I will to renewing this great church. No bishop will try harder to help persons who have been hurt by the sins of the past. And no bishop will work harder to strengthen and encourage our priests and restore the hearts of our faithful.”
Chaput, 66, succeeds Cardinal Justin Rigali, who is retiring after eight years at the helm of the 1.5 million-member archdiocese.
A half-dozen cardinals, about 200 bishops, and 400 priests in cream-and-gold vestments preceded Chaput to the main altar of the cathedral. Rigali followed, carrying an ornate crosier, or bishop’s staff, of brass and silver.
In his final gesture as archbishop, Rigali first took his seat in the large oak-and-velvet bishop’s chair. Chaput sat in a smaller chair opposite him.
After a representative of the papal nuncio’s office read Pope Benedict XVI’s July 19 edict naming Chaput to Philadelphia, Rigali rose, crossed the altar, and escorted the former Denver archbishop to the chair in the formal act of succession.
At that, the congregation rose and applauded Chaput for more than 90 seconds.
Later, the Kansas-born Franciscan Capuchin friar took hold of the plain wooden shepherd’s staff that he had brought with him from Colorado as the symbol of his new office…
You can read the full text of Archbishop Chaput homily here.
Archbishop Charles Chaput is conservative, and I really do like the sounds he’s making:
(CNSNews.com) – The news outlets CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, and MSNBC do not “provide trustworthy information about religious faith,” said Philadelphia’s incoming Archbishop, Charles Chaput, at the Catholic World Youth Day ongoing this week in Madrid, Spain.
Chaput, the former Archbishop of Denver, made his remarks in an address on religious freedom to a group of more than 10,000 young pilgrims in Madrid on Wednesday. As initially reported in First Things, Chaput told the audience that, “In the United States, our battles over abortion, family life, same-sex ‘marriage,’ and other sensitive issues have led to ferocious public smears and legal threats not only against Catholics, but also against Mormons, evangelicals, and other religious believers.”
“And with relatively few exceptions,” he said, “the mass media tend to cover these disputed issues with a combination of ignorance, laziness, and bias against traditional Christian belief.”
The Archbishop continued: “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 can’t provide it, either because of limited resources or because of their own editorial prejudices.”
“These are secular operations focused on making a profit,” he said. “They have very little sympathy for the Catholic faith, and quite a lot of aggressive skepticism toward any religious community that claims to preach and teach God’s truth.”
Archbishop Chaput noted that the media gave a lot of coverage to the so-called “Arab Spring,” involving civil unrest in Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries. “But very little of that coverage has mentioned that the turmoil in Muslim countries has also created a very dangerous situation for Christians and other religious minorities across North Africa and the Middle East,” he said. “In Egypt, angry mobs have attacked Christian churches and monasteries, burning them to the ground and murdering the people inside.”In addition, he said there has been widespread anti-Christian violence in Iraq, Syria, and Tunisia, but little news coverage of this in the U.S. media, adding that it is illegal to wear a crucifix or own a Bible in Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, said the Archbishop, in Pakistan, “Christians face frequent discrimination, slander, beatings and even murder.”Archbishop Chaput also warned that it is dangerous for democracy to force religion out of the public square.
“Forcing religious faith out of a nation’s public square and out of a country’s public debates does not serve democracy,” said the Archbishop. “It doesn’t serve real tolerance or pluralism. What it does do is impose a kind of unofficial state atheism. To put it another way, if we ban Christian Churches or other religious communities from taking an active role in our nation’s civic life, we’re really just enforcing a new kind of state-sponsored intolerance — a religion without God.”
Archbishop Chaput was named by Pope Benedict XVI to head the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, starting on Sept. 8, 2011.