Catholic Connection – October 25, 2013 – Hour 2

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Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga

  • Description: Dave Palmer is the General Manager of Guadalupe Radio in Dallas, TX. He fills in for Teresa today as she travels back from a speaking engagement in North Carolina. In this first segment, we air an interview Dave recorded last night with Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, President of the Council of Eight (C8) Cardinals Pope Francis has chosen to advise him. Cardinal Rodriguez said the C8 plans to help the pope to reform the Roman Curia, making it more simple and effective and closer to the people. These plans include consideration of a new dicastery or department to represent lay people in the Church.
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    • Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga
      Archbishop, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

      Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, S.D.B., Archbishop of Tegucigalpa (Honduras), was born on 29 December 1942 in Tegucigalpa. He was ordained for the Salesians on 28 June 1970 and holds a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome, and a diploma in clinical psychology and psychotherapy from Leopold Franz University, Innsbruck. He is currently President of the Episcopal Conference of Honduras. As of June 2007 he is President of Caritas Internationalis. On 13 April 2013 he was made a coordinator of the group of cardinals established to advise Pope Francis in the government of the universal Church and to study a plan for revising the Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia,‘Pastor Bonus’.

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Letters to My Brothers: Words of Hope and Challenge for Priests

  • Description: "Letters to My Brothers: Words of Hope and Challenge for Priests" is a collection of personal letters from Msgr. Stephen Rossetti, former director of Saint Luke Institute, to his brother priests. Rossetti writes to priests, affirming their dedication and generosity. He acknowledges the heavy demands priests face and the negative opinion many have of the priesthood in the wake of the sexual abuse scandal, but he also calls them to ongoing conversion through a stronger prayer life, a deeper devotion to Mary, and greater care for their health and well-being. Through it all, Rossetti reminds his readers of what research has consistently borne out—that priests are happy and fulfilled in their vocations.
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    • Msgr. Stephen Rossetti
      Director, Saint Luke Institute

      Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, a priest of the Diocese of Syracuse, is a licensed psychologist with a doctorate in psychology from Boston College and a doctor of ministry from the Catholic University of America. He is the author of scores of articles and several books including "Why Priests are Happy," "Born of the Eucharist," and "The Joy of Priesthood"—recipient of a Catholic Press Association book award. Rossetti has been featured on NPR and Meet the Press, and has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, and other major newspapers.

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Letters to My Brothers: Words of Hope and Challenge for Priests

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Catholic Psychotherapy Association Conference

  • Description: The Catholic Psychotherapy Association is inviting all therapists, priests, religious, seminarians, and therapy-students to their annual conference being held in Dallas-Fort Worth this November 7-9. The CPA is a national organization dedicated to supporting Catholic mental health practitioners to integrate their faith into their practice. This year's theme is Restoring The Beauty of the Human Person; Psychological Healing Through the Light of Christ, with guest speakers Fr. Robert Spitzer, Fr. Thomas Loya, Rwanda survivor and healing priest, Fr. Ubald, and more.
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    • Dr. Thomas Spudic
      Co-Founder and President, Catholic Psychotherapy Association

      Dr. Spudic has been a licensed Psychologist since 1980. He worked as both Psychologist and Psychology Director in Connecticut (Developmental Disabilities) for roughly ten years. He then went into private practice. He has also worked extensively in the Correctional system, in both Connecticut and Georgia. His positions in the Georgia Correctional system included Consulting Psychologist, Clinical Director and Regional Clinical Director in several prisons. He has done testing in the prison system, for the Archdiocese of Atlanta (Deacons and Seminarians), and in Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Spudic has also done work and some writing in sport psychology. For the last several years he has been in private practice doing individual and marital therapy, as well as Psychological testing.

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Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation

  • Description: Under the patronage of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the mission of the Avila Institute is to provide spiritual education and formation to Catholics around the world who are seeking to deepen their understanding and appropriation of the magisterium faithful mystical and ascetical patrimony of the Catholic Church.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dan Burke
      Executive Director, National Catholic Register

      Dan speaks frequently on the interior life and his journey from Judaism, through Evangelical Christianity, to the Catholic Church. His award-winning blog, Catholic Spiritual Direction, has helped hundreds of thousands of souls seeking faithful Catholic spirituality.

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