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Coupla Guys Sittin’ Around Talkin’ About Pre- and Post-Vatican II Catholicism and where we go from here

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troywesuAtty Dick Troy and Dr. Bart Troy, brothers raised in Melrose, Mass., reflect on their Catholic upbringing, the changes wrought by the Second Vatican Council, and where they think the Church should go from here.

After the interview, they treated the host to Thai ice cream on Main Street in Middletown:

 


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Tossing back starfish one by one: coroner enters the seminary to tend to the living

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Dr. Thomas A. Andrew just retired as New Hampshire’s chief coroner and is embarking on a new career as a Methodist minister. Like his fellow medical examiners, who are dwindling in number faster than they can be replaced, he has been overwhelmed by opiod deaths. His approach to the crisis will be a one-on-one engagement with youth — he intends to work with the Boy Scouts and the Appalachian Trail Outreach Ministry — rather than preaching to the choir in church.

 

 

 


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‘My Badass Book of Saints’ and other writings celebrating remarkable women

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Yours truly, Maria M. Johnson, talks with Catholic author and blogger Maria M. Johnson in an episode about the latter’s books, My Badass Book of Saints and Super Girls and Halos, both of which shine a light on remarkable women, sainted and otherwise. Why women? “The men are always in our faces,” says the author. “We need to see the women.”

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Mark Your Calendar Dept.:

The Henri Nouwen Society, The Thomas Merton Center, and Yale Divinity School will present a conference, Henri Nouwen and Thomas Merton: Spiritual Guides for the 21st Century, on Nov. 3-4 at Yale Divinity School. Details here: http://divinity.yale.edu/lifelong-learning/henri-nouwen-and-thomas-merton-spiritual-guides-21st-century

 


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The Congresswoman to the Archbishop: ‘You are not going to keep me out of my Church.’

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rosa and book coverUS Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of New Haven, who has served Connectictut’s Third Congressional District since 1991, serving on a number of important committees, talks about her policy memoir The Least Among Us: Waging the Battle for the Vulnerable.

Raised by Italian-American parents, she is still a practicing Catholic and reflects wistfully about the days when Catholicism was synonymous with service. She tells how, to counter misinformation about what she and fellow pro-choice Catholic legislators stood for, she and her Catholic fellow legislators had to get out in front of the issue and clearly define their values of faith and service.

In this excerpt from the book, she describes a meeting with then-Archbishop Henry Mansell:

“In February 2012, I was called to Hartford along with the rest of the Connecticut delegation to meet with Archbishop Henry Mansell, Bishop William Lori, and Bishop Michael Cote to explain why we were aiding and abetting the abortion cause. At the end of this meeting, the archbishop asked me to stay behind so he could speak to me alone. He proceeded to tell me I was married to a Jewish man, who was divorced, and therefore, he asked, how could I present myself for communion on Sundays? I told him I would continue to receive the sacraments, and asked him a question: How could the church be so blind to the fact that healthcare reform could save millions of lives? How was that not a pro-life issue? And where were they when I voted against wars, or to grow programs for the poor? Where were they then? Meanwhile the pedophile scandal wherein senior church officials looked the other way as priests violated boys and girls – why had little been done about that? There was no rapprochement in this meeting. I arrived feeling on the defensive. I left pissed off…

” Then with the election of Pope Francis in 2013, a ray of light appeared. I went to St. Peter’s Square for his installation, along with many of the Catholic members of Congress. Francis gave a stunning homily, one that reminded me of why I got into politics in the first place. ‘[He] must open his arms to protect all of God’s people and embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important.’

“When Francis demoted Cardinal Burke, the one who had threatened David Obey [with excommunication], I called David. I would not call that phone call a celebration, exactly, but we did feel vindicated.”

The Congresswoman will hit the following stops on her book tour this week.

 

 

 

 


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Reasonably Catholic turns five with a visit by first-ever guest Fr. John Pesce

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FrJohnFr. John Baptist Pesce of Holy Family Monastery in West Hartford, CT, takes up various issues — from whether the Church will ordain women to why there’s evil in the world.

Thanks to everyone who’s supported the program in word and deed!

 


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What makes Catholics Catholic? Anthropologists discuss it in a new book

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Anthropology_of_Catholicism_coverMaya_MayblinEdinburgh anthropologist Maya Mayblin, who with co-editors Kristin Norget and Valentina Napolitano produced The Anthropology of Catholicism: A Reader, talks about this first-of-its-kind compilation of essays exploring global Catholicism.


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Finally! Spiritual voices unite in resistance to Trump: a call to action

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Miguel De La Torre2Miguel De La Torre, Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver and a liberal-minded ordained Southern Baptist minister, is the editor of the forthcoming collection of essays, Faith and Resistance in the Age of Trump, due out in September from Orbis Books. De La Torre says a silver lining of Trump’s election is that the Church might be saved from irrelevancy.

From the book jacket:

“For many people of faith, the election of Donald Trump represents not just a political crisis—a threat to our republic and a danger for the entire world—but also a confessional crisis, a moment that calls into question the deepest meaning of our religious claims and values.

“Reflections by notable religious scholars, ministers, and activists address this crisis. With chapters treating issues of gender, race, disability, LGBT justice, immigration, the environment, peace, and poverty, the contributors seek to name our situation and to set forth an agenda for faith and resistance.

“Contributors include Susan Thistlethwaite, J. Kameron Carter, Amir Hussain, David Gushee, Miguel Diaz, Kelly Brown Douglas, Christiana Zenner, Sister Simone Campbell, Kwok Pui-lan, George “Tink” Tinker, and Rabbi Steven Greenberg.”

 

 

 

 


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The playwright and his muse on food, rebellion, and spirituality — oy, what an episode!

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Playwright Jacques Lamarre and Rossi talk about “Raging Skillet,” Lamarre’s play based on Rossi’s memoir of her youthful rebellion against her strict Jewish mother. The play runs through August 27th at TheaterWorks in Hartford. Details here: http://www.theaterworkshartford.org/event/raging-skillet/

Jacques first appeared on “Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith” on Feb. 18, 2014, to talk about his year and a half as a seminarian in Rome. Find the episode here: https://reasonablycatholic.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/reasonably-in-action0.mp3


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Churchgoing: down but not out, say expert observers from two sides of the Atlantic

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Andrew and RosieAndrew Walsh, associate director of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life, and Rosie Dawson, a longtime BBC producer of religion programs, talk about trends in religion.


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“We are still a house divided”: a jurist and Civil War expert on mending the breach

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Chief Williams

RI Supreme Court Chief Justice (Ret.) Frank J. WIlliams is a longtime mediator of disputes. With the nation so polarized, he talks about how it might be brought together. Chief Williams is an expert on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War and recently donated to Mississippi State University the Frank J. and Virginia Collection of materials he’s been collecting for more than 50 years.

Thanks to everyone who responded to my begging by donating so generously to WESU’s spring pledge drive!  More people gave in support of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith — raising close to $2,000 — than any other program on the station’s schedule. Good for you for getting how, now more than ever, non-commercial radio makes a difference!