Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on August 9, 2018
5:00 – Fact v Opinion: A False Dichotomy
What’s the difference between a fact and an opinion? Many of us took quizzes in elementary school asking us to identify the two – “football is better than basketball,” “Mars is the fourth planet from the sun,” and so on. But this creates the false impression that things are either true – or are neither true nor false, the first step toward relativistic thinking. Matthew D’Antuono breaks down the false dichotomy.
4:20 – How are Iraqi Christians faring?
The combined forces fighting against ISIS have taken back most of the land the self-proclaimed caliphate took when it swept across Iraq and Syria in 2014. But that doesn’t mean the terror group has been eradicated. Small groups of fighters continue to operate, especially in the more remote parts of the country. What is the situation? Have Christians returned to their homes, and how are they doing? We talk with Fr. Gerald Gawronski.
5:00 – Register Recap: Albany Bishop calls for Lay Commission
Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany, New York, who recently authored an excellent letter to the priests of his diocese about the response to the McCarick scandal, has now called for a commission of lay Catholics to investigate claims of abuse against bishops. He’s not the only one saying it, as Catholics across the nation unite to demand change. We talk with Matthew Bunson.
5:20 – The Theology of the Death Penalty
We had a great conversation this week with Dr Robert Fastiggi, who argued that there is a historical and theological defense of Pope Francis’ declaration that the death penalty is inadmissible. Now, we hear an argument from the other side. Monica Miller explains her view and concerns about Francis’ decision.