Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on July 29, 2020
4:00 – The Nantes Cathedral fire is a symptom of a growing problem across Europe
Catholic Churches in the US have faced several incidents of vandalism over the past several weeks, and for months now Church burnings in France have become a regular occurrence. Churches and other public Christian symbols are lightning rods for many ideological groups, from anarchists to radical feminists; from Islamists to Antifa. And as we’ve seen in both Europe and America, these groups are increasingly active—and violent. Ellen Fantini joins us with more.
4:20 – China turns surveillance state on religious gatherings
At a federal hearing last week, witnesses told the US Commission on International Religious Freedom that China is using advanced technology to monitor both public and private religious gatherings. This story came the same week that the US closed a Chinese consulate in Houston on the grounds that China was using it as a base for spy operations. What’s going on with China? We’ll talk with Sheena Greitens.
4:40 – Kresta Comments
5:00 – Religious freedom is ‘foremost’ in unalienable rights, US commission reports
A draft report by the US State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights says rights of property and religious liberty are foremost among human rights, and a society that destroys either loses its legitimacy. What does this mean for US foreign policy? We’ll talk with Mary Ann Glendon, chair of the commission and former ambassador to the Holy See
5:40 – The Shepherd who Didn’t Run: The Story of Fr Stanley Rother
July 28 is the Feast of Blessed Stanley Rother, the first martyr born in the US. Known as the “shepherd who didn’t run,” he is known for his work in Guatemala with the Tz’utujil natives. He knew he was being targeted by local death squads, but he refused to abandon his flock. Maria Scaperlanda shares his story.