Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on August 1, 2019
4:00 – Christian Solutions to Mass Incarceration
What should be done about Mass Incarceration? Most Americans agree the country has an over-criminalization problem, but the causes of the problem and complex and the solutions are varied. We’ll talk with Dr Anthony Bradley about using the concept of personalism to think through practical solutions to the problem and Al follows up with a look at the US Bishops’ response to the federal reinstatement of the death penalty and the risks of classifying Capital Punishment as “intrinsically evil.”
5:00 – The Rise of Civil War Catholics
In the bloody Civil War that split our nation, American bishops worked for the success of the Union . . . and of the Confederacy! As Catholics slaughtered Catholics, pious priests on both sides prayed God to give success in battle. . . to their own side. Men in blue and men in gray flinched at the Consecration as cannonballs (fired by Catholic opponents) rained down on them during battlefield Masses. We look at the experiences of Catholics in the Civil War with Fr Charles Connor.