Talking about the "things that matter most" on Nov. 14
Live From the USCCB Fall Assembly in Baltimore, MD
4:00 – Religious Freedom Under Attack in America
In the past few months, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has made a sea change in how it works on religious-freedom issues. Faced with what they see as dangerous trends in the Obama administration, the bishops recently announced the creation of their own Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. The goal is to address church-state trends that in recent decades have primarily been attacked by Protestant conservatives. The Committee is led by Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, CT. He joins us.
4:20 – The Plight of Christians in Iraq
Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Arizona recently made a pastoral visit to Baghdad at the invitation of the bishops of Iraq. He visited churches, convents, schools and hospitals in the city. He says “The Christians in Baghdad have suffered greatly; their faith has been tested. One of the most moving moments in the visit was praying with Archbishop Athanase Matti Shaba Matoka, archbishop emeritus of Baghdad, in the Syrian Catholic Church of Our Lady of Deliverance where so many were killed in the bombings and shootings that took place there on October 31 of last year.” We talk with Bishop Kicanas about that encounter and what Christians in Iraq face.
4:40 – The Value of Catholic Radio in the US
Our Blessed Lord makes it clear through his holy Church that he desires to bring all people into loving communion with himself. Today, the Holy Spirit exhorts each and every one of us to participate in proclaiming the Gospel message in every way possible, including through the use of modern media. Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City is here to discuss the value of Catholic Radio.
5:00 – Direct to My Desk – Penn State Scandal As A Moral Failure
For Penn State University there was the past week — a week of unimaginable turmoil and sorrow, anger and disbelief and shame. And then there is tomorrow. As Penn State leaves a harrowing week behind and takes tentative steps toward a new normal, students and alumni alike wonder what exactly that means. What comes next for a proud institution brought low by allegations that powerful men knew they had a predator in their midst and failed to take action? We look at the scandal, compare / contrast it to the sex abuse crisis in the Church, and analyze it as a moral failure.