His Grace Archbishop Charles Chaput told the Synod of Bishops that the confidence to announce the truth of the faith is essential to the Church’s mission, and especially her service to young people. His Excellency Chaput delivered his three minute intervention Oct. 4 during the fifteenth ordinary general session of the Synod of Bishops, taking place in Rome and treating the issues of young people, the faith, and vocational discernment.

As reported by Catholic Herald, His Excellency Archbishop Chaput remarked that “Who we are as creatures, what it means to be human, why we should imagine we have any special dignity at all – these are the chronic questions behind all our anxieties and conflicts, and the answer to all of them will not be found in ideologies or the social sciences, but only in the person of Jesus Christ, redeemer of man.” The archbishop pointed out to the synod that in order to either proclaim or accept Christ with sincerity, “we need to understand, at the deepest level, why we need to be redeemed in the first place.

The archbishop centered his remarks on the working document on which the sessions will be based, pointing out that the instrumentum laboris did a good job of describing the anthropological and cultural challenges facing young people.