Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on July 24, 2019
4:00 – What China’s Catholics Really Think of the Vatican Deal
A secret agreement between Beijing and the Holy See has left China’s faithful facing confusing dilemmas and their situation is just as complicated and challenging as it was before the deal was signed. How is the Church able to function under a government that is openly opposed to religious belief and practice? We talk with Anthony Clark.
4:20 – Bishop Brennan to help Diocese of Wheeling’s Healing Efforts
Sanctions have been announced against Michael Bransfield, the former bishop of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, who is accused of several sexual-related charges as well as using diocesan funds to give gifts to high-ranking Church officials. Bransfield is no longer allowed to live or practice Mass in the diocese and must make personal amends. Yesterday Bishop Mark Brennan was introduced as the new leader of the diocese. Christine Rouselle has the latest.
4:40 – Converts who Followed Chesterton Across the Tiber
G.K. Chesterton works draw readers from all backgrounds: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Atheist and more. And many, many of them have ended up joining full Communion with the Catholic Church. What is it about his writings that have compelled so many to cross the Tiber? We’ll talk with Dale Ahlquist.
5:00 – The Life and Cause of Servant of God Maria de Bianchini
Servant of God Maria Esperanza de Bianchini, a mystic and visionary from Venezuela, claimed her first mystical experience at the age of five, saying she had a vision of St. Therese of Lisieux giving her a rose. When she was twelve years old she reported having an apparition of the Blessed Mother. Her Cause for Canonization has been opened and we’ll talk with the Cause’s vice-postulator, Fr. Timothy Byerley.
5:20 – NFP’s Modern Marvels
More millennial women than ever are turning to fertility-awareness-based methods, not simply for a natural way to plan their families, but as a way to keep track of their bodily health and well-being without putting hormones or artificial devices into their bodies. New digital technology has been transforming fertility-awareness-based methods, or FABMs, and empowering women to take charge of their health and fertility. It has also offered them natural family planning alternatives to artificial forms of birth control. We talk with Mary Rose Somarriba.
5:40 — Continued Controversy Leads Netflix to Edit Suicide Scene in 13 Reasons Why
Shortly before launching the third season of 13 Reasons Why, Netflix has announced that it is removing a scene depicting a graphic teen suicide from the show’s first season. Mental health experts had warned when the show initially launched that the graphic suicide depiction could result in suicide contagion, or “copycat” suicides. Meanwhile, Oregon – a state with above-average suicide rates – has passed a law allowing students to take “mental health days” and be excused as they would for a regular sick day. We talk more on teen mental health with Dr Jim Langley