Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on April 22, 2020
4:00 – First US Diocese Resumes Public Masses
Bishop Peter Baldacchino of the Diocese of Las Cruceshas resumed public Masses in his diocese while observing state public health rules that prohibit indoor gatherings of more than five people. He says the Church is the “essential service of hope” during the coronavirus pandemic, and that the Church must “welcome as many as we can” in line with public health regulations. Christopher Velasquez joins us from the diocese.
4:20 – Catholic Hospitals Under Attack
In a recent article for the New England Journal of Medicine, two prominent bioethicists express their concern that one in six US hospitals is “affiliated with a Catholic health system.” In their view, this is a problem because religiously-affiliated hospitals often “refuse to provide legally permitted health services on the basis of institutional belief structures.” Wes Smith joins us.
4:40 – A Chestertonian Approach to Pandemics
GK Chesterton was one of the great Christian minds of the 20th century. What would he have to say about facing suffering like a pandemic? We’ll talk about it with Dale Ahlquist, who also previews an online event highlighting the Chesterton Academy of Detroit.
5:00 – St. Leo: Leadership in Schism
The Great Schism was the culmination of theological and political differences that had developed between the East and the West over the centuries. At the time the Church was led by Pope Leo IX, who was tasked with leading during one of the Church’s most tumultuous times. His feast was April 19 and we’ll look at his legacy with Bill Cook.