Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on August 2, 2019
4:00 – Kresta Comments: Should the Church Stay Out of Politics?
Al continues his series of commentaries on the Church and politics. We frequently hear people claim that the Church should stay out of politics, or that you can’t legislate morality. While it is possible to keep the institutions of Church and State separate, you can’t keep politics and religion entirely separate because humans are fundamentally religious by nature. Al has more.
4:20 – The Embattled Religious Order that Made Catholicism Global
Wednesday was the feat of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order. At the start of the nineteenth century, the Jesuit order seemed fated for oblivion; it had just been restored as a religious order and had about six hundred aged members. But a century later, the Jesuits numbered seventeen thousand men and were at the vanguard of the Catholic Church’s expansion around the world, especially the US. We trace their history with John McGreevy.
5:00 – Register Recap: Cuban Cardinal was a truly remarkable Churchman
Cardinal Jaime Ortega, the former cardinal of Havana, passed away on July 26 following a battle with cancer. He served the country in a time when the Church faced intense pressure from Castro’s regime and is remembered for doing for that country what John Paul II did in Europe. Some Cuban refugees, however, feel he was not forceful enough against Castro. We talk with Matthew Bunson and also look at a new bill to stop federally-funded embryonic stem cell research.
5:20 – The Vandals Sack Rome…Again
We talked earlier this week with JD Flynn about faculty overturn at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family. To better understand the story we need to look back at the history, which traces to the Second Vatican Council. We talk with George Weigel.
5:40 – Kresta Comments: The Death Penalty Debate