Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on July 22, 2020
4:00 – Adult abuse case indicates mishandling across Church jurisdictions
A priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Fr Kevin McGoldrick, is quietly seeking voluntary laicization after that archdiocese investigated a claim he sexually assaulted a young woman who had been in his spiritual charge The Catholic Herald newspaper has obtained significant documentation corroborating the victim’s claims and raising concerns about the handling of the matter in several Church jurisdictions. Rome Bureau Chief Chris Altieri joins us.
4:20 – Understanding Clerical Sexual Misconduct
In 2018, as accounts of clerical sexual misconduct in Chile, Honduras, and the United States roiled the Catholic Church, an international meeting of Catholic experts in Law, pastoral care, philosophy, psychology, and other disciplines was convened to study the incidence of clerical sexual abuse of males. We’ll look over them with Ron Rychlak.
4:40 – Michigan Dismemberment Abortion Drive Fails: What Next?
Right to Life of Michigan has announced it will not challenge a recommendation that they failed to gather enough valid signatures in the Michigan Values Life petition drive to ban dismemberment abortions. Nevertheless, the pro-life movement wages on – including a protest at a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic this week. Lynn Mills joins us.
5:00 – The Unraveling Narrative of a Powerful Police Shooting Tale
“We called 911 for almost everything except snitching” reads the first line of an Atlantic article, “How I Became a Police Abolitionist,” by social justice activist and lawyer Derecka Purnell. Her deeply personal essay tells of her childhood in a polluted neighborhood surrounded by violence and beset by fear, using one particularly disturbing memory of a police officer shooting a young boy in the arm for skipping the sign-in sheet at a local rec center. The problem is, the Atlantic never verified her account. Christopher Bedford investigated the account and he joins us.
5:20 – St. Mary Magdalene: Prophetess of Eucharistic Love
Adoration is love, and Eucharistic adoration is love of Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament. In the Gospels there are few people who understand love for Jesus as well Mary Magdalene, the Apostle of the Apostles. Her life prompts us to reexamine the Mercy of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Fr. Sean Davidson has written an extended meditation on her life, and he joins us today.