Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on August 27, 2018
4:00 – Ex-Nuncio Accuses Pope Francis of Failing to Act on McCarrick’s Abuse
In an extraordinary 11-page written testament, a former apostolic nuncio to the United States has accused several senior prelates of complicity in covering up Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s allegations of sexual abuse, and has claimed that Pope Francis knew about sanctions imposed on then-Cardinal McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI but chose to repeal them. Ed Pentin joins us with the latest.
4:20 – How has the media responded to the Church Crisis?
The sex abuse crisis that rocked the Church in 2002 rightly received massive attention from the mainstream press, and the story of the Boston Globe’s coverage was told in the 2015 film Spotlight. How has that coverage compared to the coverage of the McCarrick scandal and current crisis in the Church? We talk with Julia Duin.
4:40 – The Scope of the Abuse Scandal
The John Jay report, released in 2004 as a response to the scandal that rocked the Church two years before, was a comprehensive study commissioned by the USCCB. Statistics such as the ones detailed in the report are helpful, but they aren’t comprehensive. Stats are like snapshots – they provide a piece of information, but cannot be fully understood without knowledge of the viewpoint and context. Dr Richard Fitzgibbons joins us with a closer look at the statistics of clergy sexual abuse.
5:00 – Kresta News Roundup: Remembering John McCain
5:20 – Pope Francis: “I Will not say a Single Word”
Aboard the papal plane yesterday, Pope Francis declined to confirm or deny the allegations posed by Archbishop Vigano. Meanwhile, former Nunciature official Monsignor Jean-François Lantheaume has said Vigano “told the truth,” a claim Cardinal Wuerl has denied. We talk more with Matthew Bunson.
5:40 – Nigeria is only getting Worse
We spoke with Fr. Bob Dowd this spring, shortly after President Trump urged Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to curb the violence against Christians in his country. Unfortunately, the situation there is only getting worse and some analysts are calling it the worst place in the world to be a Christian. Fr Bob joins us again.