Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on July 20, 2020
Guest Host Matthew Bunson
4:00 – Fire at Nantes Cathedral in France Being Investigated as Arson
Flames engulfed the French Gothic Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul in Nantes on Saturday, causing severe damage. The incident is now being investigated as arson. Add this to a long list of violence against Catholic Churches over the last several days – what is going on? We talk with Ed Condon.
4:20 – Pastor Aeternus’ Real Gem
On July 18, 1870, the First Vatican Council approved Pastor Aeternus, its dogmatic constitution on the Church. It is most well-known for the definition of papal infallibility, that the pope cannot err when teaching ex cathedra on matters of faith and morals. Important as that affirmation was, it’s not the most important effect of Pastor Aeternus. We talk more with Fr Raymond de Souza.
5:00 – CDF Issues Manual for Bishops On How to Handle Reports of Clerical Abuse of Minors
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has issued a manual to help bishops and dioceses follow Church procedure in respect to accusations of sexual abuse of a minor by a cleric. The handbook does not issue new norms or make alterations to current Church law, but is intended as a guide for bishops, dioceses, and religious communities on how to follow Church procedure in sex abuse cases. JD Flynn has the details.
5:20 – Early Christian Life in Rome
On the night of July 19 in the year 64, flames erupted across the city of Rome, destroying 2/3 of the city. We use the occasion to look at what everyday life was like in Rome with Mike Aquilina.
5:40 – Canceled by the Cancel Culture
“Cancel Culture” has been in and out of the news for a few years now and is making headlines again as activists push to remove statues and rename institutions that depict historical figures who owned slaves. At what point does it go too far? How does it limit free speech and debate? We’ll talk with V. Bradley Lewis.