Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on September 11, 2020
Guest Host Matthew Bunson
4:00 – Pope Francis to Sign a New Encyclical on Human Fraternity
Pope Francis will visit Assisi next month, where he will sign the third encyclical of his pontificate. Entitled “Fratelli tutti,” or “All brothers,” it will focus on the theme of human fraternity and social friendship. We’ll take a look at what we can expect.
4:20 – What if we never find a vaccine?
Tests of a promising COVID vaccine have been paused after a person participating in one of the studies got sick this week. Vaccines have been touted as the only way for us to get back to normal – but what if we never find one? Fr. Tad Pacholczyk has the latest.
4:40 – “Triumph of the Will”: The Culture of Death on Screen
In September 1934, production began on a German film that would come to be known as “Triumph of the Will.” It presented a glowing portrayal of that year’s Nazi Party Congress and was a carefully crafted piece of propaganda unlike anything that had been seen before. The film is a telling example of how propaganda was used so effectively during the rise of the Nazi Party. KV Turley looks back.
5:00 – Religious Freedom’s Tenuous 21st-Century Foothold
Another major case is making its way to the Supreme Court. Oral Arguments will begin in November for Fulton vs City of Philadelphia, which will decide whether the First Amendment prevents the city from cutting ties with the Archdiocese’ foster-care program, which refuses to submit to the city’s demand to certify same-sex couples as foster parents. Andrea Picciotti-Bayer joins us.
5:20 – More Misuse of the Vatican Archives
For decades now, critics of the Catholic Church have insisted that no assessment of Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust would be valid until all of the archives were examined. Earlier this year, the final archives were made available to researchers – but access has been limited thanks to the pandemic. Still, those critics have found documents they claim incriminate the Catholic Church, the latest being one concerning the “Finaly affair.” We look at the story with Ron Rychlak.
5:40 – The Wisdom of the “Golden-Mouthed” St John Chrysostom
On Sunday we’ll celebrate the Feast of St. John Chrysostom, affectionately known as “the Golden-Mouthed.” Mike Aquilina looks at his life and influence.