Stories from the Heart – February 24, 2010

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    First Topic – They're Back: Dissenters Form The American Catholic Council

    Claiming that they are attempting to address the “serious deterioration of the US Church today,” organizers of a new Catholic reform organization are planning a national conclave in 2011 called the American Catholic Council. In what is being billed as a kind of off-site Vatican Council, the proposed gathering promises “thoughtful discussion” of scholarly papers and presentations by Catholic theologians, scholars, and activists—all directed toward the goal of creating a new Church that is “fully in tune with the authentic Gospel message.” It’s called the American Catholic Council and is an attempt to resurrect the ashes of “Call to Action” along with many other famous dissident groups. Anne Hendershott has been researching the group and has a report for us.

    Second Topic Voices of the Saints: A 365-Day Journey With Our Spiritual Companions

    Catholics around the world rely on the Catholic saints for guidance and inspiration…so it's important that the saints and their stories be easy to find. Voices of the Saints by Bert Ghezzi provides readers with many convenient ways to look up 365 Catholic saints: chronologically, alphabetically, by feast day, even by theme. The saint's patronage is also listed when available, as is the date of beatification or canonization. The voice of each Catholic saint comes through clearly in quotations drawn from their own writings, the recollection of witnesses, and the careful work of biographers. A prayer or Scripture verse concludes each entry. We talk with Bert.

    Third Topic – Religion and Science: A Conflict or a Complimentarity?

    In our regular semi-monthly segment with Fr. Robert Barron, we talk about religion and science. It comes up all the time. Science and religion are incompatible. They are at odds with each other. Fr. Robert Barron has recently met with Fr. George Coyne, former Vatican astronomer, and has some thoughts on the topic.

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