First Topic - New Vatican Document on Sexual Abuse of Minors / Rights of Priests
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has issued a circular letter "to assist episcopal conferences in developing guidelines for dealing with cases of sexual abuse of minors perpetrated by clerics." All episcopal conferences will have until May 2012 to complete these guidelines, which will outline "clear and coordinated procedures in dealing with these instances of abuse." What are the changes and emphases? Matthew Bunson, co-author of Pope Benedict XVI and the Sexual Abuse Crisis: Working for Reform and Renewal, is with us.
Second Topic - Streetwalking with Jesus: Reaching Out in Justice and Mercy
For over two decades Deacon John Green's vocation has been ministering to inner city men on the margins of society in downtown Chicago. Green didn't set out to be another Dorothy Day or Mother Teresa, and would be quick to tell you he hasn't become one. A product of middle class, church-going comfort and values, he heeded God's challenge to found Emmaus Ministries, which serves some of the modern-day lepers that are in our midst. Deacon Green's lessons learned regarding these hard questions are set against stories of men who struggle to escape poverty, addiction, and sexual sin while encountering Christ in the process. He joins us.