Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on June 21, 2018
Broadcasting from Acton University in Grand Rapids, Michigan!
4:00 – Abuse Allegations Against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Are ‘Credible’
The Archdiocese of New York announced Wednesday that an investigation it conducted into allegations of sexual abuse against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who oversaw multiple major U.S. dioceses, has found the accusations to be “credible and substantiated.” The Vatican has been informed of the accusation, and, as a result, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, by order of Pope Francis, has prohibited Cardinal McCarrick from public ministry. No official statement from the Vatican has been released. Matthew Bunson has more.
4:20 – Must work “secularize” us?
Does time dedicated to working in “secular” fields endanger our souls? Does attending to virtues valued by the workplace reduce us to pawns in exploitive structures of modern work? How can we work diligently while also pushing back against corrupted systems and practices? Where and how can we find God in our actual work? Chris Armstrong joins us with answers from Gregory the Great, John Wesley, Charles Sheldon, and C S Lewis.
5:00 – What is Really Happening with Immigration?
The latest news has been dominated with images of immigrant children separated from their parents as President Trump pushes a “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration. On Wednesday Trump signed an executive order that keeps the zero tolerance language but does not allow families to be separated. The House is expected to vote today on a bill that would fund the border wall and provide a path to citizenship for children who were illegally brought to the US by their parents. Kelly Kullberg joins us with more.
5:20 – Taking Rites Seriously
Why do courts, legal scholars, and other powerful actors in public life often describe the conservative positions on social issues as “religious” and the liberal ones as “secular,” implying that only the latter can be deliverances of “reason?” Frank Beckwith looks at controversies concerning the sanctity of human life, marriage, religious liberty, and the place of God in public life.