Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on May 10, 2019
4:00 – Kresta Comments
4:20 – Pope Francis Issues Motu Proprio on Handling Abuse
Pope Francis has issued a Motu Proprio entitled Vos Estis Lux Mundi in which he lays out a comprehensive canonical plan for addressing the investigation of bishops accused of sexual abuse. The document establishes that many sexual acts committed by clerics with adults have the potential to be canonical crimes and clarifies that compliance with civil law in investigations is expected. However, it says little about the role of the laity in helping investigate and clean the mess. We talk with Matthew Bunson.
5:00 – What Happens When an Emperor Abdicates?
Last week, Japanese Emperor Akihito abdicated the “Chrysanthemum Throne,” where he had sat since 1989. The 85-year-old wishes to live out a quiet retirement and the following day his eldest son, Naruhito, succeeded him as emperor. Akihito’s reign began upon the death of his father, Hirohito, who led Japan through decades of domestic and international turmoil, including World War II. What is the role of the emperor in Japanese politics and culture and what does this mean for the country now? We talk with Helen Hardacre, a professor of Japanese Religion at Harvard.
5:40 – Tolkien Biopic Fails to Explore his Faith
J.R.R. Tolkien is well-loved as one of the great novelists of modern western culture. A new biopic looks at his life and the inspirations for his legendarium, but it fails to explore a key part of his life – his Catholic faith. We talk with Joseph Pearce, who also looks at white supremacy and censorship on Facebook.