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January 26, 2019

January 26, 2019

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on February 26, 2019

 4:00 – Suppression Order Lifted on Cardinal Pell Trial; Second Trial Dropped

A court in Melbourne, Australia has lifted a suppression order on a trial of Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Church official to ever be tried for child sexual abuse. We now know that Cardinal Pell was found guilty of sexual abuse back in December, a ruling Pell denies and plans to appeal after he is sentenced. Meanwhile, a second trial related to accusations that Pell committed other abuses in the 1970s has been dropped. Ed Condon has the latest.

 4:20 – Unfulfilled Promises

Do you remember the Vatican’s Synod on Young People from October? The meeting was well-intentioned but ultimately seemed to lack a consistent vision or established set of goals. Sound familiar? Those same issues were seen throughout the recent Summit. We talk more with Leonard DeLorenzo.

5:00 – A Vatican Meeting Programmed for Failure

We continue our coverage of the disappointing Vatican Summit. Why are our bishops so hesitant to define the root causes of the problems? Why don’t the give us the specific names and decisions that got us into this mess? Why do they continue to hide between such clichéd ideas as we saw in the 21 points? What are they afraid of? Do they think we’re buying it? We talk with Phil Lawler.

 5:40 – Jussie Smollett and the Issue of Identity Politics

Chicago Police have announced they have more evidence that Jussie Smollett staged the alleged racist and homophobic attack he claims was carried out by two men wearing MAGA hats. What does this bizarre case reveal about our nation’s struggle with identity politics and racial relations? We talk with Rev Greg Livingston