Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on June 30, 2020
Guest Host Matthew Bunson
4:00 – Is there only one way to depict Jesus?
Activist Shaun King has called for the removal of statues that depict Jesus as a white man, claiming they are a tool of white supremacism. The historical Jesus certainly didn’t have fair skin or blue eyes, but throughout history cultures have depicted Christ in a way that was relatable to their own experience. We’ll take a look with art historian Liz Lev.
4:20 – St. John Paul II’s Letter to Women Affirmed the Feminine Genius
In 1995, in response to an upcoming UN conference on Women, in which abortion-rights advocates were expected to push for a declaration of abortion as a universal human right, Pope John Paul II declared the Year of the Woman. He wrote and spoke on the subject throughout the year, highlighted by his “Letter to Women” published in June of that year that expanded on the themes of the feminine genius he detailed in his 1988 encyclical Mulieris dignitatem. What is this idea of the feminine genius? We’ll talk about it with Pia de Solenni.
4:40 – Supreme Court Strikes down Louisiana Abortion Law
The Supreme Court has struck down a Louisiana law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the Court’s liberal wing in the 5-4 decision. In the majority opinion, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the state’s law posed substantial obstacles to a woman’s access to abortion without providing significant safety benefits. Breyer also cited a similar case in Texas from 2016, saying the two laws were “almost word-for-word identical.” Michael New gives us his impressions.
5:00 – The Catholic View of Womanhood
Teresa Tomeo has experienced firsthand the way our culture distorts the self-image of women and their role in the world. She joins us as we continue our look at John Paul II’s letter to women and the idea of the feminine genius.
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.