And this is why Archbishop Chaput is one of the best bishops in the world. He just seems to "get" the whole Christian life, not over- or under-emphasizing any single facet.
Here's just one money quote from his World Youth Day address:
“Ultimately, it will not be how you feel that will determine how genuine and profound your encounter with Jesus is,” he told pilgrims.
“Instead, it will be determined by how much you are transformed into Him and how much you burn in the desire to bring Him to others, by announcing the Gospel, by serving the poor and the needy, by defending the unborn, by securing a culture that is not hostile to the growth of Christian families.”
In honor of the 4th annual Respect Life Week in New York, Archbishop Timothy Dolan delivered a challenging, prophetic speech to the crowd:
Logic, biology, medicine, common sense, reason, American values, and ethics are dramatically on our side; money, marketing, the media, most political leaders, and the chic molders of today’s style are not.
This is not a church issue; this is a civil rights issue, the premier civil rights issue of our day!
All we are asking is that the equal protection of the law promised by our beloved constitution be applied to the pre-born baby.
All we’re promoting is the noble right to life assured in our nation’s foundational documents, which list the right to life first among those inalienable rights no one has the power to take away.
(W)e gather as no one’s enemy, with no threats, simply believing the truth will set us free, that this great nation will recover its birthright as a guardian, not a taker, of innocent life;
(W)e unite recalling the words of Mother Teresa, at the White House, before a president and guests who blushed at her remark that, “the greatest poverty of all is for a nation to take the life of an innocent unborn baby so we could live as we want.
Take two minutes and read the whole thing.
“Without fear we must set sail on the digital sea facing into the deep with the same passion that has governed the ship of the Church for two thousand years. Rather than for, albeit necessary, technical resources, we want to qualify ourselves by living in the digital world with a believer’s heart, helping to give a soul to the Internet’s incessant flow of communication.”
"Hopefully this tragedy will bring about a new national unity among the Haitian people who have been long divided over class and or political lines. And for us in the United States, let me say that geography has made the U.S. and Haiti neighbors; now is the time that we show that we also are truly brothers and sisters."
Read for more from Bishop Thomas Wenski--the Catholic bishop of my Central Florida diocese--who has deep ties to the Haitian community in this interview from today.