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March 22, 2018

March 22, 2018

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on March 22, 2018

4:00 – Pennsylvania Election: Saccone Concedes to Lamb after 8 Day Wait

We talked last week with Paul Kengor about the special election in Pennsylvania between Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone, who were vying to replace disgraced representative Tim Murphy, who resigned late last year after he was caught encouraging an aide with whom he had an affair to have an abortion. It’s a district that Murphy has won easily for years and which Trump won by 20 points, but when we spoke the morning after the election Lamb led by .2% in a race that was still too close to call. Saccone conceded last night. What, if anything, does this mean for President Trump and his opponents? We’ll talk with Paul again.

4:20 – How Christian Faith Led a Single Woman to Defy Chairman Mao

When we think of 20th-century political dissidents who were people of faith, we tend to think of Mandela, Bonfoeffer and King. And for good reason: These men left an indelible mark on humanity with their resolve and fortitude, their eloquent words, and their profound wrestling with what it meant to oppose injustice. Now, thanks to the research of historian Dr. Lian Xi, we have a new name to add to the list: Lin Zhao, the only Chinese citizen known to have openly and steadfastly opposed communism under Mao Zedong.

5:00 – Register Recap: A Communication Breakdown at the Vatican

This morning Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Msgr. Dario Edoardo Viganò as prefect of the Secretariat for Communication, in the wake of what has been dubbed by many as the “Lettergate” scandal. The trouble began after the March 12 launch of the 11-book series The Theology of Pope Francis. A photo of a letter from Benedict XVI praising Francis’ theological and philosophical formation was released, however the secretariat later admitted to tampering with the image. It was later revealed that further paragraphs had been left out in which Benedict questioned the inclusion in the series of a theologian known for his “anti-papal initiatives.” Matthew Bunson joins us to straighten out the mess.

5:20 – Keeping the Flame of Faith Alive   

How do we keep our flame of faith alive? How can we share with others something that we don’t know and love ourselves? John Wood joins us with some suggestions.