Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on August 23, 2017
4:00 – My Work with the Persecuted Christians of Erbil
Fr. Gerald Gawronski is a priest from Michigan who has been called to minister to persecuted Christians in Erbil, Iraq. He joins us once again to update us on their situation and whether things have changed as ISIS continues to lose territory.
4:40 – Church Growth and Church Decline: Observations from Canada
Catholics frequently point to the 1960s as a turning point for the faith, due to the impact of Vatican II and the so-called “cultural revolution.” In the decades since then, the Catholic Church has had a harder time attracting people to worship and the priesthood and indifference to Church teaching is now widespread. Canada has often led the US in major social trends, and the decline of Christianity is no exception. What lessons can American Catholics learn from the decline of Mainline Protestantism in Canada? We’ll take a look with Dr. Kevin Flatt.
5:00 – Christian Persecution and the International Law
At the end of the Second World War, the Allies faced the dilemma of what to do with the Nazi officials who had planned and executed the Holocaust. The laws of war established at the Hague and Geneva conventions seemed insufficient to deal with the atrocities the world had just witnessed. Answering this dilemma meant establishing the meaning and limits of International Law. Today, these principles are relevant to the prosecution of groups who persecute Christians and other religious minorities. We’ll talk about it with Kevin Cieply.
5:40 – Evangelicals and Their Paths to Rome
Over the course of a single decade, dozens of students and professors from Southern Evangelical Seminary in North Carolina converted to Catholicism. They came from varied backgrounds and motivations but all came to the same conclusion. What led them to walk away from their education, risking jobs, ministries, and even family and friends? We’ll hear their stories from Douglas Beaumont.