Talking about the "things that matter most" on July 8
3:00 – Kresta Comments
3:20 – Caritas in Veritate / Barak and Benedict
On June 23, it was announced that Pope Benedict XVI and President Obama will meet this Friday, at the conclusion of the upcoming G8 Summit Meeting in L'Aquila, Italy. John Allen is currently in Rome reporting on this week’s events. We preview the meeting and discuss the initial reaction to Caritas in Veritate.
3:40 – Two Years Since “Sumnorum Pontificum”
Pope Benedict XVI's letter "Summorum Pontificum" was released two years ago yesterday and has sparked an increased interest in the Latin-language liturgy, especially among priests. That according to Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, a former employee of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei and a noted authority on both liturgical translations and the 1962 Missal. He is with us to discuss the document, the response, its implementation interest in the traditional Latin Mass, and various concerns that have been raised regarding “Summorum Pontificum.”
4:00 – Kresta Comments
4:20 – Pope and President Meet
On June 23, it was announced that Pope Benedict XVI and President Obama will meet this Friday, at the conclusion of the upcoming G8 Summit Meeting in L'Aquila, Italy. Deal Hudson is here to discuss the impact of this meeting, what will likely be discussed, and how this will be used by the Obama administration.
4:40 – “Tiger’s Hope”
Tiger Norwell has everything going for her: beauty, talent, notoriety, a good husband, and a quick temper. But the one thing she wants most, she can't have -- a baby. “Tiger’s Hope” is a dramatic made-for-TV-movie intended to become the centerpiece of a global campaign that will raise the awareness of the health and moral dangers of in vitro fertilization (IVF), and the great benefits of natural procreative technology (NPT) which can remove the obstacles that cause infertility. It's the story of how a successful entertainer, unable to conceive, trades desperation for hope, and embarks on an emotional journey that tests her faith. We talk with executive producers Stan Williams and Rory Hoipkemier.
5:00 – Kresta Comments
5:20 – Caritatis in Veritate
The Vatican has released the text of Caritatis in Veritate, the long-awaited social encyclical in which Pope Benedict XVI calls for "a profoundly new way of understanding business enterprise" and a global economic system that values the common good above private profits. Explaining the title of the encyclical, Pope Benedict writes that the social teachings of the Catholic Church offer a means of appraising the secular world, judging social and economic systems against a clear moral standard. The guiding principle of Catholic social teaching is charity, he says. The 144-page document, was released yesterday, just as leaders of the G8 industrial nations gather in Italy for their discussions of the global economy, defies easy categorization. A story in the National Catholic Reporter carried an accurate descriptive subhead, noting that the encyclical "offers something for both the political left and right to cheer… and something to be grumpy about." We talk with Sam Gregg in studio.