Catholic Connection – July 24, 2013 – Hour 1

+  Obamacare and HHS Mandate Update

  • Description: Originally aired July 16, 2013
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. John Brehany
      Executive Director and Ethicist , Catholic Medical Association

      As CMA’s Executive Director and Ethicist, John Brehany, Ph.D., S.T.L., is responsible for coordinating efforts to strengthen the CMA internally and to enhance its ability to witness effectively in the public square. Under his leadership, the CMA’s membership has increased over 80 percent and the number of guilds has grown from 8 to 74. As CMA’s national representative, Brehany meets regularly with two committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, serves on national partnerships addressing conscience rights and healthcare reform, and provides interviews to a wide range of media outlets.

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+  Papal Encyclical: Lumen Fidei

  • Description: Originally aired July 11, 2013
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. Robert Fastiggi
      Professor of Systematic Theology , Sacred Heart Major Seminary

      Dr. Robert Fastiggi, Professor of Systematic Theology, has been at Sacred Heart Major Seminary since 1999. Prior to coming to Detroit, he taught at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas from 1985-1999. During his time at Sacred Heart, Dr. Fastiggi has taught a wide variety of courses, including, Ecclesiology, Christian Anthropology, Mariology, Trinity and Christology and the Sacramental Life of the Church. He is a board member of the Mariological Society of America and the Society for Catholic Liturgy.

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+  Catholic Witness Conference: Is Islam a Religion of Peace?

  • Description: Originally aired July 16, 2013
  • Segment Guests:
    • Richard Thompson
      President , Thomas More Law Center

      Richard Thompson is the President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center. Thompson spent 24 years of his professional career at the executive level of law enforcement. As elected Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney for eight years (from 1989 to 1996), Thompson directed a staff of 180 including 102 lawyers, and administered an annual budget of $12 million dollars. His accomplishments included: successfully defending the constitutionality of Michigan’s Mandatory Life Law for major drug dealers in the United States Supreme Court, creating the state’s first Child Sexual Assault Crimes Unit, and developing one of the nation’s toughest no plea bargaining policies--which achieved a 98 percent conviction rate.

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+  Catholic Witness Conference: Is Islam a Religion of Peace?

  • Description: Richard Thompson

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