Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on October 24, 2019
4:00 – Elementary Pastoral Sense Absent From Amazonian Statue Controversy
The disputed Amazonian statue might be dismissed as a small distraction, but it is an important thing made more significant by a lack of elementary pastoral sense. As Catholics ought to know better than anyone else — all the more so Vatican officials — symbols convey much more than words. That’s why the liturgy is a ritual employing symbols rather than an essay employing syllogisms. We talk with Fr Raymond de Souza
4:20 – Vatican Bank Lands in Regulatory Hot Seat
The head of the Vatican Bank appeared to admit this week to a transaction that could be a violation of European regulatory commitments. In a statement Tuesday, Bishop Nunzio Galantino, head of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, acknowledged that the Vatican bank loaned 50 million euros to finance the purchase of an Italian hospital, even though the Administration is prohibited from making loans that finance commercial transactions. Matthew Bunson discusses this and his new interview with Cardinal Kurt Koch.
4:40 – Trump Claims Victory in Syria – What Did He Really Bring About?
Yesterday President Trump claimed credit for the cease fire on the Turkish-Syrian border, saying it justified his decision to lift sanctions on Turkey, part of a broader decision to withdraw US troops from the region. What can we expect to happen from all this? We talk with Joshua Landis.
5:00 – Evangelizing through Radio
We’re at the 20th annual EWTN Catholic Radio Conference, celebrating the work Catholic radio is doing all over the world. John Martignoni joins us with his experiences as a Catholic evangelist.
5:20 – Survey: 69 percent of parents feel ‘addicted’ to phone, say it’s cutting into time with kids
According to a recent Onepoll survey, the average time parents spend on their phones per day is almost equivalent to the amount of time they spend with their kids. The same survey found that half of the 2,000 respondents have been asked by their children to put their phones away and 69% of parents say they feel “addicted” to their phones. How is this affecting families? We talk with Dr Ray Guarendi.
5:40 – Sex Respect – Helping Families Understand Chastity Education
Dr. Coleen Kelly Mast, an author, lecturer and radio talk show host, was a pioneer in the field of chastity education. She joins us to share her experiences and tips she has picked up along the way.