On December 8th, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Archbishop Charles Chaput, the newly-installed archbishop of Philadelphia, released a pastoral letter to the faithful of his archdiocese. It will be read this weekend at Masses, even as Archbishop Chaput is returning home from his ad limina visit to Rome.
A copy of the letter was obtained by Whispers in the Loggia and has now been published online.
Pastoral letters from bishops can range from being “ho-hum” letters to being “Wham!” letters. Archbishop Chaput’s is definitely at the “Wham!” end of the spectrum.
Let’s read it together.
The letter begins with the kind of gentle, winning tone that one would expect in a pastoral letter...READ MORE