Last Updated on May 10, 2021
email from Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of the Archbishop Philadelphia, PA
As you well may know, His Holiness Pope Francis will make a historic, landmark journey to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA in the month of September, in the year of our Lord 2015.
Pope Francis has heard your broadcast and is troubled frankly with the statements and charges you have made against the Holy Roman Catholic Church on the international radio broadcast, “The Overcomer”.
Pope Francis would very much like to open a dialogue with you and attempt to breach the wall of partition that so divides Protestants and Catholics alike. His Holiness Pope Francis formally requests a private meeting with you Brother Stair to see if we can come to an equitable solution to Protestant and Catholic issues.
If you are available please reply at your earliest convenience. We will make arrangements to provide you first class transportation from the Low Country Gateway – Low Country Regional airport, 537 Aviation Way, Walterboro, SC via private Learjet to the Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA.
Additionally, we will be providing you with 5-star hotel accommodation for you and a guest at a hotel of your choice in the Philadelphia area.
We do request Brother Stair that you wear appropriate attire for the purpose of meeting Pope Francis – a black suit, black shirt and shoes and a black necktie. Should you not have these items available they will be provided for you upon your arrival.
We also do request that you respect our protocol and that upon meeting the Pope, you will kneel, kissing his ring and only addressing him as “Holy Father” or “Your Holiness”.
These procedures are implemented so that we maintain proper respect and etiquette for our His Holiness and Holy Roman Catholic procedures.
We do hope and pray that we will find an amicable solution to Catholic and Protestant matters. After all, we as Catholics believe that all Churches including Protestant will eventually return home – to the Holy Roman Catholic Church which The Apostle Peter established.
Your earliest response is appreciated.
In His Service, ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA OFFICE OF THE ARCHBISHOP ARCHBISHOP CHARLES J. CHAPUT, O.F.M. Cap. Archdiocesan Pastoral Center 222 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1299 http://archphila.org/home.php 215-587-3800
The email you got from the Catholic Church seems to be legit. The pope is coming to Philadelphia during Sept 2015, and Archbishop Chaput is planning the trip. The phone number and physical address on the email are correct…… I just cant confirm that the email address belongs to the Archbishop or if someone made it up as a hoax. Time will reveal. If this is truly authentic, you didn’t realize how right you were when you spoke about this being a historic day for the church.
One last interesting thing if the email is legit. This archbishop just returned from a personal trip to the Vatican last month in preparation for this meeting in Philadelphia which is to begin on Sept 23 (Day of Atonement) and last until Sept 27, 2015.
Thank you for replying to my message.
I can tell you that I personally sat down with Pope Francis when I was in Rome and we had a conversation about you that lasted for approximately 30 minutes. We tried to find an amicable way to deal with this other than meeting with you personally and concluded that a personal meeting is our only option.
I can also say to you that after having spoken with Pope Francis, even though the invitation is posed as a request, that it is not a request. It is one of his top directives of his American visit next year.
I can say this. One way or another you will meet with the Pope.
Please inform us of your decision.
[Brother Stair responds]
“Well, we shall see as this goes forward… Be sure to hear the broadcast.”