Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on October 28, 2019
4:00 – Kresta Comments: Thoughts on the Synod
4:20 – Understanding the Final Document’s Key Paragraphs
We are still waiting on official translations of the Synod Final Document but we do know it discusses the ordination of married men, a female diaconate and an Amazonian rite. Edward Pentin joins us with his impressions.
4:40 – God’s Pursuit of Fr. Walter Ciszek, S.J….and Each of Us
Ever since Fr. Walter Ciszek’s death in 1984, a group of local Catholics have awaited his Canonization. Fr Ciszek was held captive in Russia for 23 years as the soviets believed him to be a spy. His family believed he was killed overseas until they began receiving letters from Russia. John Dejak joins us with the story and how the canonization process is going.
5:00 – ISIS Leader Killed – What’s Next in Syria?
ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead. He detonated a suicide vest as coalition forces closed in on Saturday, killing himself and three of his children. What does this mean for the ongoing fight against ISIS, especially in light of the chaos in Syria? We talk with Brett McGurk.
5:20 – Amazon Synod Document Calls for Married Priests, and Discussion of Female Deacons
The meeting for the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian region has approved a final document which calls for the ordination of married men as priests and for women to be considered for diaconal ordination. The document does not have magisterial authority and will be presented to Pope Francis, who will issue his own document later. We talk about the document and the Synod with George Weigel.
5:40 – Pope asks for focus on ‘diagnosis’ of Amazon synod report; warns against ‘elite Christians’ focusing on the ‘little things’
In his closing remarks for the Amazon synod Saturday, Pope Francis urged the media not to give undue attention to aspects of the assembly’s final report addressing Church discipline while ignoring the assembly’s “diagnoses” of cultural, social, pastoral and ecological issues in the Pan-Amazonian region. “There is always a group of elite Christians who like to take up this kind of diagnosis as if they were universal,” he continued, “however small, or in this kind of more inter-ecclesiastical disciplinary resolutions.” JD Flynn has more.