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Catholic Connection – Jan 9, 2023 – Hour 2

Guest host Vanessa Denha Garmo speaks with Melissa Henson from the Parents TV and Media Council. We look at the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI with Lucia Ann Silecchia. Gail Buckley has our Bible verse of the week.



Segment 1 – Intro and News


Segment 2 & 3 – Social Media Use is Linked to Brain Changes in Teens, Research Finds
From the New York Times, “A new study by neuroscientists at the University of North Carolina tries something new, conducting successive brain scans of middle schoolers between the ages of 12 and 15, a period of especially rapid brain development. The researchers found that children who habitually checked their social media feeds at around age 12 showed a distinct trajectory, with their sensitivity to social rewards from peers heightening over time. Teenagers with less engagement in social media followed the opposite path, with a declining interest in social rewards.”

Melissa Henson is a noted expert on entertainment industry trends and the impact of entertainment media on children and American culture at large. As the Parents Television and Media Council’s Program Director, she directs the organization’s educational programs, research, and advocacy for a safe media environment for children and families.


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Segment 4 – Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI (1927-2022)
“Pope Benedict XVI’s trio of encyclicals — Deus Caritas Est, Spe Salvi, and Caritas in Veritate — will be an enduring part of his legacy. Rather than using his encyclicals to address discrete issues of the day, he devoted his profound theological insights to developing a more timeless framework for Catholic social thought centered on the demands of love – love of God, love of neighbor, love of truth – and the way in which failure to love as we ought lies at the root of our deepest social distress.” – Lucia Ann Silecchia

Lucia Ann Silecchia, professor of law at the Columbus School of law and Scholar at the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America.







Segment 5 – Bible Verse of the Week
Vanessa and Gail discuss Exodus 20:7 — “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.”

Gail Buckley Barringer
President & Founder, Catholic Scripture Study International




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