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Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia

August 4, 2012

Charles Joseph Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. (pronounced “sha-POO”) (born September 26, 1944) is an American prelate of the Catholic Church. He is the ninth and current Archbishop of Philadelphia, serving since his installation on September 8, 2011.He previously served as Archbishop of Denver (1997–2011) and Bishop of Rapid City (1988–1997). Chaput is a professed Capuchin and has a reputation as an outspoken conservative. A member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi tribe, he is the second Native American to be ordained a bishop in the United States and the first Native American archbishop. His Potawatomi name is “the wind that rustles the leaves of the tree” while his Sioux name is “good eagle”.

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Sooner or later, a nation based on a degraded notion of liberty, on license rather than real freedom — in other words, a nation of abortion, disordered sexuality, consumer greed, and indifference to immigrants and the poor — will not be worthy of its founding ideals. And on that day, it will have no claim on virtuous hearts.
Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia

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One comment

  1. Pronounced “sha-POO” by him at least!



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