Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on July 23, 2020
4:00 – Roman Catholics: The Original Abolitionists
The current racial climate is actually a teachable moment for Catholics, for the Church has long condemned human enslavement. We look at the history with Dr. Paul Kengor.
4:20 – The Theological Basis for Priestly Celibacy
The abuse crisis has reinvigorated the arguments of those who don’t accept priestly celibacy. The claim is that if priests were able to marry, cases of abuse would decrease. Why is there this call for celibacy? Dr. Robert Fastiggi joins us.
4:40 – Spiritual Care for the Victims of Clerical Abuse
We spoke yesterday about the story of a young woman abused by a priest who writes that she now understands why other victims of clerical abuse have left the Church. This raises a crucial question in the discussion regarding abuse in the Church – how do we provide proper care for those affected by it? Dr. Eduardo Echeverria joins us.
5:00 – The Prophetic Power of Humane vitae
Just over ten years ago, for the 40th anniversary of Humane vitae, Mary Eberstadt wrote “not only have the document’s signature predictions been ratified in empirical force, but they have been ratified as few predictions ever are: in ways its authors could not possibly have foreseen, including by information that did not exist when the document was written, by scholars and others with no interest whatever in its teaching, and indeed even inadvertently, and in more ways than one, by many proud public adversaries of the Church.” Ten years on, that statement rings even more true. Mary joins us.
5:20 – Humane vitae’s response to the Population Control movement
Obianuju Ekeocha has engaged head-on with UN officials and policies which attempt to promote so-called “reproductive health,” primarily contraception and abortion, which she calls the new neo-colonialism. She joins us today.
5:40 – Self-Gift: The Heart of Humane Vitae
The Church’s teaching on sexuality is based on the dignity of the human person as a being created in the Image and Likeness of God. This gift of life enables us to enjoy the marvelous goods of the world while also anticipating and striving for eternal life. We discuss the good news at the heart of Humane with John Grabowski.