First Topic - CNN: “What the Pope Knew”
This weekend CNN aired a special entitled “What the Pope Knew” – focusing on the worldwide clerical sex abuse scandal. According to CNN promo material “CNN national correspondent Gary Tuchman reports for What the Pope Knew, investigating some of the most notorious pedophile priest cases in the United States and finds that the pope, as Cardinal Ratzinger, had direct responsibility for how they were handled. CNN’s investigation reveals that Ratzinger opposed or slowed down the defrocking of some priests, including convicted child molesters.” Matthew Bunson is here to respond.
Second Topic – Camped just outside the gates of hell
If any place on earth could be described as God-forsaken, it would be the Chicago streets where drug-ravaged young men sell their bodies in prostitution. But every night, John Green’s Emmaeus Ministries proves that God is there. For twenty years, Emmaus has been a source of transformation for some of the most tragic human beings in our society. After a comfortable suburban upbringing, John has worked with runaways and the homeless in New York and Latin America. Discerning a call to minister to young people on the streets, especially young men caught up in sexual exploitation, he founded Emmaus. Through faith, hope, and unconditional love, Emmaus uncovers the image of God where it is most deeply and cruelly hidden. He is here to share.
Third Topic – USCCB Reprimands 2 Creighton Theologians Over Their Book The Sexual Person
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Wednesday issued a sharply worded rebuke of a book co-authored by two Creighton University theologians. The Sexual Person: Toward a Renewed Catholic Anthropology was published in 2008 and written by Todd A. Salzman, chairman of the Creighton University Department of Theology, and Michael G. Lawler, the department’s professor emeritus. The book attempts to provide moral justification for contemporary sexual behaviors that consistently have been held to be immoral by the Catholic Church. Drafted by the USCCB’s Committee on Doctrine, it calls the authors’ conclusions “a radical departure from the Catholic theological tradition,” erroneous, and “harmful to one’s moral and spiritual life.” We talk to Fr. Daniel Mindling of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary.