Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver has emerged as one of the three or four intellectual leaders of the American Catholic Church as well as one of its leading examples of renewed pastoral care and accountability in the post-scandal era.
Last week he gave two addresses which deserve a wide audience.
The first was to journalists assembled at the Religious Newswriters Association conference. It is titled “Religion, Journalism, and the New American Orthodoxy.”
The second talk, “Life in the Late Republic: The Catholic Role in America After Virtue,” was delivered to the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars.
You don’t have to be a journalist or a Catholic academic to profit from either or both of these pieces, but if you are either, you ought to read them both.