First Topic – John Wesley’s “Letter to a Roman Catholic”
John Wesley was an Anglican cleric who founded the Arminian Methodist Movement. In contrast to George Whitefield's Calvinistic Methodism, which preached a doctrine of pre-destination, Wesley believed that each person could be saved by faith in God. Methodism in both forms was a highly successful evangelical movement in the United Kingdom, which encouraged congregants to experience Christ personally. We talk to former Methodist David Twellman of Ave Maria University about Wesley and his famous “Letter to a Roman Catholic.”
Second Topic – CT Bill to alter parish structures draws hierarchy ire
This past Thursday, the Judiciary Committee of the Connecticut State Legislature, which is chaired by Sen. Andrew McDonald of Stamford and Rep. Michael Lawlor of East Haven, introduced a bill that directly attacks the Roman Catholic Church and our Faith. This bill violates the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. It forces a radical reorganization of the legal, financial, and administrative structure of our parishes, by mandating that lay boards run parishes individually – not the Bishop or the Pastor. This bill, moreover, is a thinly-veiled attempt to silence the Catholic Church on the important issues of the day, such as same-sex marriage. Bishop William Lori of the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT is with us.