Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on August 7, 2019
4:00 – Philadelphia Adoption Service Launches New Appeal to Supreme Court
In March 2018, the City of Philadelphia put out an urgent call for 300 new foster families. Despite the desperate need for homes for the 6,000 children in Philadelphia’s foster care system, the city then abruptly barred Catholic Social Services, one of the most successful foster agencies in the city, from placing children in homes. The city’s actions mean that foster homes are sitting empty and loving foster parents are unable to serve at-risk children, simply because city leaders disagree with Catholic Social Services’ longstanding beliefs about marriage. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has asked the Supreme Court to consider the case. We talk with Nick Reaves.
4:20 – I’m a Shooting Survivor. If you’re going to pray for us, here’s how.
After every shooting, politicians and well-wishers express they are sending “thoughts and prayers” to those affected. Taylor Schumann was shot by a gunman at New River Community College six years ago and is wondering if any real action will be taken to curb gun violence. But at the same time she believes in the power of prayer. She joins us with ways we can pray for survivors of such violence and how she came to forgive her attacker.
5:00 – Systematic Discrimination: Christians under Egyptian Rule
Coptic Solidarity, an international human rights organization devoted to ameliorating the plight of Egypt’s indigenous inhabitants—the Christian Copts—recently published a comprehensive report on why the Egyptian government systematically discriminates against its Christian citizens: in a word, shari‘a, or Islamic law. Raymond Ibrahim has the details.
5:20 – The Eucharist: Mystery of Presence, Sacrifice, and Communion
In his first encyclical, Redemptor Hominis, Pope St. John Paul II claims that the Holy Eucharist in its “full magnitude and its essential meaning” is “at one and the same time a Sacrifice-Sacrament, a Communion-Sacrament, and a Presence-Sacrament” What does this mean? We’ll talk with Dr. Lawrence Feingold.