Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on October 14, 2019
4:00 – Kresta Comments: Will our Bishops Lead?
While visiting Grand Rapids last night Al met with a young priest who has faced backlash for refusing the Eucharist to a same-sex married couple. Thankfully, he has had the support of his bishop – but this issue isn’t going anyway anytime soon. In fact, it’s likely to get worse – just look at Beto O’Rourke’s recent pledge to remove tax-exempt status from churches that refuse to recognize same-sex marriages. Al shares some thoughts.
4:20 – Synod Update – A New Amazonian Rite?
Much of the discussion surrounding the Synod has focused on the proposals for married priests and female deacons. But another recent proposal has a more direct bearing on the liturgy – the call for a new “ad experimentum” Amazonian rite of the Mass. Matthew Bunson updates us on this and other Synod news.
5:00 – Kresta Comments: Will the Pan-Amazon Synod Abandon Pope Francis’ Aparecida Approach?
We talked last hour with Matthew Bunson about two documents – the instrumentum laboris for the Synod and the Aparecida document, a letter from Pope Benedict to Latin America. As the Synod marches on, it’s becoming clear that one of the two documents must be discarded because they propose competing visions of the Church’s presence in South America, and one must prevail. The other will die. Al takes a closer look.
5:20 – What Teresa of Avila can teach us today
After years of lukewarm religious life, St Teresa of Avila finally encountered the Lord who suffered out of love for her. Her spirituality is not about what one experiences, but about what one becomes. She does not promise any achievement of inner peace, but a relationship that this life is too small to contain. Today’s her feast day and we’ll talk with Dr Anthony Lilles