Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on April 10, 2018
4:00 – What Does Francis Say in the New Apostolic Exhortation?
Pope Francis has issued a long apostolic exhortation on holiness in today’s world, in which he emphasizes the universal call to sanctity, highlights the pitfalls to achieving it, and recalls that the Christian life is one of constant battle against the devil and the forces of evil. Like many of Francis’ works, it is significant both for what it says and what it doesn’t say. Unfortunately, the mainstream press has seized on a passage in which he says that migrant lives are just as sacred as the unborn, declaring that it is an admonition of the pro-live movement. We’ll take a closer look at the document with Matthew Bunson.
4:20 – Kresta Comments: On the Need for Evangelization
New data from a Gallup poll reveals more discouraging information about the faith lives of American Catholics. In 1955, 73% of Catholics aged 21-29 attended Church weekly; that number has declined to 25%. For the first time ever, there is no generational group of Catholics whose Mass attendance is at least 50%. And, since 1955, the number of young people professing no religion has increased from 1% to 33%. Obviously, we have work to do. Al shares some thoughts on the nature and need for Evangelization as we celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and the outpouring of his Divine Mercy.
5:00 – Our Warped Understanding of Freedom
God gives us freedom to do as we ought, but we’ve redefined it to do as we want. What is the true purpose and nature of freedom, and how did it get so twisted? We’ll talk with David Schindler.
5:20 – The Dignity of Women in Christian Tradition
One of the things that made the Church so appealing in its early days was its views on women – the idea that women had value, that men should respect them, that “in Christ there is no male or female.” But in modern times, the Church is often accused of misogyny and the oppression of women. Patricia Ranft has documented the long, strong and positive tradition of women in the Church and of women’s spiritual equality. She joins us with more.