SEG 5-1: Biden and Communion – is there a Simple Answer?
The U.S. bishops have challenged some of Joe Biden’s public positions as problematic because they cause confusion about Church teaching, and last week Archbishop Emeritus Charles Chaput called for him to not receive Communion. But for many Catholics, the bishops’ stance on whether politicians should be allowed to receive the Eucharist when their public positions are at odds with Church teaching is equally confusing. Michael Warsaw discusses.
Michael P. Warsaw is the Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer of EWTN Global Catholic Network. He joined EWTN in 1991 and has held senior management positions in the areas of television production, satellite operations, and technical services, working directly with Mother Angelica. Michael was named President of EWTN in 2000 and assumed the post of chief executive officer in 2009. With the Network’s 2011 acquisition of the National Catholic Register, he became its publisher. Michael assumed the post of chairman of the board of EWTN in 2013. In that capacity he oversees the network’s strategic direction and mission around the world. In 2017, Pope Francis appointed him as a Consultor to the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communications.
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SEG 5-2: Bringing Divine Mercy to the Living and Dead
As a young physician in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Dr. Bryan Thatcher worked day and night to improve the bodily health of his patients. He became very wealthy but was struggling interiorly. He went through the motions of church attendance, but the job stress took its toll on his marriage, and he became estranged from his wife, Susan. The two most important things in life — faith and family — were severely strained. Things began to change following a visit to Our Lady of Guadalupe and he now devotes his life to bringing the Divine Mercy to all. He shares his story.
Dr. Bryan Thatcher
Dr Bryan S. Thatcher is a retired medical doctor who travels the world speaking on the message of God’s Mercy and the gift of life. In 1996 he founded Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy (EADM), now a lay apostolate of the Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception. He has written several books on aspects of Divine Mercy, including “The Healing of Addictions through the message of Divine Mercy.” He hosted a series, “Cenacle of The Divine Mercy,” that aired on the Catholic network EWTN, has done numerous radio shows across the country, and is a frequent speaker at conferences. Visit www.thedivinemercy.org/eadm
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