Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on July 8, 2020
4:00 – In Defense of Louis IX
The movement to remove statues of Confederate generals has expanded to include any historical figures who owned slaves, and now has spread to target figures such as King Louis IX. Protestors in St Louis recently tried to remove the statue on the grounds that he was a “ramid anti-semite who spearhead persecutions against the Jewish people.” During the protests a priest stood before the crowd and said Louis was instead a man who used his power to do good for his people. Who was Louis IX? We talk with historian Thomas Madden.
4:20 – Supreme Court Delivers Two Big Victories for Religious Liberty
The Supreme Court delivered two big victories for religious liberty today. In a 7-2 decision the court ruled that religious schools enjoy a ministerial exception that protects them from lawsuits alleging employment discrimination, strengthening a ruling from 2012. And in another 7-2 decision the Court sided with the Little Sisters of the Poor against lawsuits brought by California and Pennsylvania. Montse Alvarado of the Becket Fund, which argued the cases, joins us.
4:40 – Life After ISIS: New Challenges to Christianity in Iraq
A new report by Aid to the Church in Need wars that without immediate action from the international community, Christians in northern Iraq could be facing extinction. Edward Clancy has the details.
5:00 – Kresta Comments
5:20 – Understanding von Balthasar
June 26 marked the death of Hans Urs von Balthasar, one of the more significant – yet controversial – theologians of the 20th century. Matthew Levering, who credits von Balthasar for his own conversion to the Church, gives us an introduction to the man’s work.