Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on September 30, 2019
4:00 – Social Science Apologetics: Children of Lesbian Parents More Likely to Identify as Gay or Bisexual
The idea that gay parents are more likely to have gay children has long been thought to be a myth among sexual orientation researchers. For example, a review of the literature published in 1999 emphatically stated that “the incidence of homosexuality is no higher if one is raised by a gay or lesbian parent, than if one is raised by a heterosexual parent.” However, recent research challenges this conclusion. Greg Popcak has more.
4:20 – The Real Presence: Knowing What We Are Doing
The recent Pew Research Center study about U.S. Catholics demonstrated that we have much work to do to ensure that priests and the faithful have this awareness and appreciation. Only 50% of U.S. Catholics said that they knew the Church’s teaching that after the consecration, the bread and wine are totally changed into Jesus’ body and blood. Even among that 50% of those who were aware of the Church’s teaching, a third said that they still regarded the Eucharist as a symbol, leaving only 31% who actually believe the Church’s teaching that the Eucharist actually is Jesus. What can we do about it? We talk with Fr Roger Landry, who recently celebrated his 10,000th Mass.
4:40 – Fr. Jerzy Popielsuzko: Martyr and Hero
Over the last century there are three Polish figures who stand out in our minds – the great saints John Paul II, Faustina Kowalska and Maximilian Kolbe. But there is a fourth who is just beginning to receive the attention he desreves – Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko, who was murdered by Communist agents in 1984. Within a month we celebrate his birthday (September 14) and martyrdom (October 19) We look at his life with Fr. Joseph Fessio.
5:00 – Preaching the Gospel on the Plains
Fr Brian Gross is a priest based in North Dakota who is bringing the Gospel to the chilly oil towns of the northern plains, where he is the pastor of a thriving parish. He’s visiting in town and joins us to discuss his journey to the priesthood and how he helps pastor the laity during difficult times.