Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on February 20, 2018
4:00 – Why is the Vatican so Eager for a Deal with China?
For the last quarter-century or so, there’s been a well-recognized dynamic in Sino-Vatican relations that goes something like this: Some apparent thaw – a positive notice about the pope in the Chinese press, or a bishop released from prison – will cause breathless predictions of a breakthrough. Soon after, there will be a step back – a church is bulldozed someplace, or a priest gets arrested and progress seems to stall. Six months later, we’re back where we started. Why does the Vatican persist? We’ll talk with John Allen.
4:20 – The Competing Narratives of Islam and Christianity
A popular – and false – narrative is that all religions are “basically the same.” We’re all climbing the same mountain to the same summit, and we just get there via different paths. But even a basic examination of different religions’ teachings reveals this to be false. Duane Miller joins us with a slightly different approach by looking at the metanarratives – the stories told by Christianity and, in this case, Islam. We’ll compare their “stories of everything” and how the stories affect what the communities are doing today.
5:00 – Kresta Comments: How Concerned Should we be about the Vatican-China Deal?
5:20 – Made for Love: Understanding the Church’s Teaching on Same-Sex Attraction
One of the greatest contributors to the success of the same-sex marriage movement has been the Church’s inability to properly convey her message on the truth about marriage, sexuality and love. We have been portrayed as nothing but irrational bigots who are against people with same-sex attraction instead of being against intrinsically disordered acts. We’ll talk with Fr. Mike Schmitz about the nature and ends of human sexuality, the nature of true love and how we can share these truths in compassionate and non-judgmental ways.