Description: Daniel Mattson is a Roman Catholic, living with a homosexual inclination and committed to chastity. But he does not identify as “gay.” Rather, he says “I live with same-sex attraction.” He refuses to identify as gay because the label “gay” does not accurately describe who (or what) he is. More fundamentally, he refuses to use that label because he desires to be faithful to the theological anthropology of the Church. Dan joins us today.
Lives in the midwest, where he has a career in the arts. As a chaste man who struggles with same-sex-attraction he takes great interest in the Church’s teaching on homosexuality and from time to time, he is invited to give his personal testimony to groups around the country.
Courage Website: an apostolate of the Catholic Church, ministers to persons with same-sex attractions and their loved ones(http://www.couragerc.net/)
St Augustine: Father of Politics and Civil Society in Christendom?
Description: Perhaps the most influential Church father of all time, St. Augustine is also the first author to deal with the problem of politics and civil society in light of Christianity. Kishore Jayabalan is here to examine his critique of pagan Rome and natural theology and what this means for the relationship between the City of God and the City of Man today.
Director of the Acton Institute’s Rome office. He organizes the institute’s educational and outreach efforts in Europe. He has worked as an international economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was appointed to the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, and worked for the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
Description: The Obama administration is weighing whether to press the Shiite prime minister in Baghdad to step down in a last-ditch effort to prevent disgruntled Sunnis from igniting a full-scale civil war, demonstrating U.S doubts about the country's stability. President Barack Obama is also expected to announce that he is deploying about 100 special operations forces to Iraq to help train and advise Iraqi forces. The president has said he has no plans to send Americans to Iraq for combat missions. We are joined by Turkish columnist Mustafa Akyol about the deteriorating situation in Iraq and what it means for the Middle East in general.
Columnist for the Turkish Daily News. He studied political science and history at Bosphorus University of Istanbul. His opinion pieces have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Newsweek, International Herald Tribune, The Weekly Standard and First Things. He is the author of Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty