Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith


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Rethinking hyperincarceration: a better way to handle non-violent criminals

 

Att'y Brian MoranIn this second half of a series, Attorney Brian E. Moran, author of The Justice Imperative: How Hyperincarceration Has Hijacked the American Dream, lays out the problem of our bloated correctional system and offers practical solutions toward cutting the prison population in half in five years — a compassionate approach that he says would not only help non-violent criminals succeed when they are ultimately  released into society, but would improve public safety.

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Dr BrothersDr. Michael Brothers of Middletown (CT) Veterinary Hospital with a plaque in his office that spells out what we all — Pope Francis included — know is true.


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Crux, part II: Boston Globe launches expanded coverage of Catholicism with a panel on Pope Francis

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Cardinal Sean O'MalleyMary Ann GlendonJohn Allen Jr

Hosffman OspinoMargery EaganRobert ChristianThe Boston Globe launched expaanded coverage of Catholic issues — at www.cruxnow.com — with a panel discussion at Boston College about Pope Francis. The panelists were Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, who provided opening remarks; Harvard law professor Mary Ann Glendon, president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences; Vatican analyst John L. Allen Jr., associate editor of Crux and The Boston Globe; Boston College theologian Hosffman Ospino, assistant professor of Hispanic ministry and religious education; Crux spirituality columnist Margery Eagan, who served as moderator; and Robert Christian, editor and blogger for “Millennial | Young Catholics, An Ancient Faith, A New Century.”


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Is there a Catholic vote at midterm?; and Nuns on the Bus roll out the vote

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Prof. Mark Silk, director of the Leonard Greenberg Center for Religion and Public Life at Trinity College, talking about public reaction to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ objections to the Obama administration’s Affordable Health Care Act: “Most Americans don’t buy this as a threat to freedom of religion.”

Mark Silk, director of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College, discusses the Catholic vote; the silence of the bishops this election season and whether it’s a result of the Francis Effect; the synod on the family so far; and why certain progressive changes (married priests, same-sex marriage) would be problematic.

 

 

Sr. Elainenuns on the busWest Hartford, CT, Sister of St. Joseph Elaine Betoncourt, who traveled the country on the Nuns’ second trip, advocating immigration reform, talks about the sisters’ just-completed third mission — to get out the vote, especially in key states — and provides an update on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, in continuing discussions with its Vatican censors.

 

Catholic commentary of note:

ross douthatNew York Times conservative Catholic columnist Ross Douthat opines against the Pope:

 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/26/opinion/sunday/ross-douthat-the-pope-and-the-precipice.html?_r=0

And two America columnists beg to differ:

Sr Mary Ann Walshhttp://americamagazine.org/content/all-things/room-forgiveness-caring-and-starting-over-church

John O'Malley SJhttp://americamagazine.org/content/all-things/precipice-yawning-john-w-omalley-sj-responds-ross-douthat


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What He Saw at the Synod: Boston Globe’s Cruxnow.com national reporter Michael O’Loughlin brings back a full report

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Michael O’Loughlin, national reporter for www.cruxnow.com, The Boston Globe‘s newly launched expanded coverage of Catholic issues,  is just back from the Vatican, where he covered the Extraordinary Synod on the family.

Michael ReynoldsLove is StrangeMichael Reynolds provides the episode’s closing thought, after seeing the new film “Love is Strange.”


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Crux: Boston Globe kicks off expanded Catholic coverage with a panel on Pope Francis

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Cardinal Sean O'MalleyMary Ann GlendonJohn Allen Jr

Hosffman OspinoMargery EaganRobert ChristianThe Boston Globe launched expaanded coverage of Catholic issues — at www.cruxnow.com — with a panel discussion at Boston College about Pope Francis. The panelists were Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, who provided opening remarks; Harvard law professor Mary Ann Glendon, president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences; Vatican analyst John L. Allen Jr., associate editor of Crux and The Boston Globe; Boston College theologian Hosffman Ospino, assistant professor of Hispanic ministry and religious education; Crux spirituality columnist Margery Eagan, who served as moderator; and Robert Christian, editor and blogger for “Millennial | Young Catholics, An Ancient Faith, A New Century.”

Part II of the panel discussion will air on a date to be determined.

 

 

 


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Making the world safe for thinking: Wes Prez defends the liberal arts

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Michael S. RothWesleyan University President Michael S. Roth talks about his new book Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters.

Love is StrangeRichard_AllevaCommonweal magazine film critic Richard Alleva reviews “Love is Strange,” in which a gay man is fired from his Catholic school teaching job for marrying his longtime partner.


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Freud in the void? Marking the 75th anniversary of the famous atheist’s death: a conversation with Wesleyan President and Freud expert Michael S. Roth

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Freud died 75 years ago on Sept. 23rd, an opportunity for us to explore his allergy to faith with Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth, who’s written and taught about Freud and who curated a Library of Congress exhibit and edited an accompanying book of essays, Freud: Conflict and Culture. Today’s episode is the first of two interviews with President Roth. On Sept. 30, he’ll discuss his new book Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters, especially where it touches on the interior life.

 

Several listeners emailed about the latest wonder worked by Pope Francis:

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2014/09/12/Pope-to-marry-couples-living-in-sin/1161410544188


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Battlefield Angels: Civil War wounded on the North and South relied on the Daughters of Charity

Battlefield AngelsJames RadaJames Rada Jr. is the author of Battlefield Angels: The Daughters of Charity Work as Civil War Nurses. Catholic nuns comprised the only professional nurses in America. The Daughters of Charity were held in such high esteem, they were allowed to freely cross the North/South lines of battle.  You can find the book via online booksellers and at  www.jamesrada.com . Click here to listen to the interview: http://reasonablycatholic.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/rc2014_9_2-4.mp3">

CalvaryRichard_AllevaAlso in this episode, Commonweal movie critic Richard Alleva reviews Calvary, an Irish film about a sexual abuse victim who threatens to even the scales with the Catholic Church by murdering an innocent priest. Alleva points out, however, that, in a larger sense, the film is about the diminished authority of the church as a result of the crisis.

 

Hoof it for HaitiThe annual 5-K walk and run steps off from St. Elizabeth Seton Church on Sept. 20. One hundred percent of proceeds from the walk support St. Elizabeth’s twin parish, St. Ann, in St. Ard, Haiti. Go to www.hoofitforhaiti.org for details.

 

 


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40 years of Episcopal women priests: “It was a justice issue.”

Rev. MollyThe Rev. Dr. Molly Louden, a priest at St. James Episcopal Church in West Hartford, and a psychotherapist who leads the church’s healing ministry, helped plan Connecticut’s celebration of the milestone anniversary.

In our interview, she recounts her spiritual journey, what it took to raise women to full equality in the Episcopal Church, and whether she thinks the same is possible in the Catholic Church.

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Hoof it for Haiti

Take part in this worthwhile 5K walk and run, 100 percent of which benefits Haiti, this year on Sept. 20. Find details at:

http://www.hoofitforhaiti.org/rockyhill/

 

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