Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on February 21, 2019
4:00 – Vatican Summit Day One
The Vatican Summit kicked off today. As Archbishop Viganò observes, it’s on the Feast of St. Peter Damien, who fought to renew a church corrupted by sins of sodomy. Pope Francis began the Summit by urging concrete, effective measures on abuse, but there’s no indication there will be a publication of the names of guilty clergy or removal of guilty bishops. Matthew Bunson has the latest.
4:20 – A History of the Culture Wars
During the push to recognize same-sex marriage in the US, advocates told Christians that they wouldn’t be affected in any way. Of course, people like baker Jack Phillips would beg to differ. And we’ve seen many examples of nominees to Congress or federal court being grilled about their faith’s impact on their politics, most famously when Dianne Feinstein told Amy Coney Barrett that “the dogma lives loudly within you.” These phenomena are not new, and these culture wars can be traced back to the early days of the Church. We talk with Dr. Steven Smith.
5:00 – The Abuse Crisis: A Review of Where we Are and Where We’re Going
The sexual misconduct crisis spreads beyond the United States, and it can be categorized into three situations: the sexual abuse of minors – typically adolescent males, the abuse of seminarians, and the tolerance and acceptance of actively homosexual priests and bishops. How did this get to be such a problem? We talk with Jane Adolphe, who has prepared a dossier on the crisis.