Talking about the "things that matter most" on October 14
4:00 – The Bad Catholic's Guide to
the Catechism: A Faithful, Fun-Loving Look at Catholic Dogmas, Doctrines, and
Masquerading behind the guise of the
old-fashioned Catechism that generations of Catholic school kids in plaid
skirts or clip-on ties had to memorize, John
Zmirak has written a candid handbook which provides a witty take on the
Catechism. Objections from relativist, New Atheist, dissenting Catholic, and
other points of view are featured, with intellectually sound questions and
bracingly funny answers. Penned by a Yale-educated author who worked both in
the mainstream, secular media as well as for Catholic outlets, the study
reveals the whole range of contemporary criticisms aimed at the Church—and how
to answer them in kind. John joins us.
5:00 – What Should We Expect in the
Government Shutdown / Debt Ceiling Debacle?
As the government shutdown continues, the debt
ceiling deadline looms and no progress in Washington apparent, Americans are worried
about what the impact will be in their lives. Economic analyst George Schwartz helps us sort it
5:20 – PBS Correspondent Prescribes Monastic Wisdom for U.S.
In the face of government shutdown
and unprecedented political dysfunction, PBS correspondent and Chicago Public
Radio commentator Judith Valente
suggests that how we got to this place has very little to do with politics and
very much to do with habits of the mind and heart. The solution? Members
of Congress should read The Rule of St. Benedict, the sixth-century
classic guide to monastic living, for advice on how to extricate themselves
from this mess. She is here to explain why.