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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!


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What He Learned About Life as a ‘Fake Catholic’

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Today’s episode is a lecture writer/editor Rand Richards Cooper delivered in April at Fairfield University, It’s titled “Confessions of a Catholic Interloper: From Sister Thomasina to Martin Scorsese.” Though Rand writes for the Catholic journal Commonweal, he is not Catholic. From his school days on, he’s had a foot in both the Catholic and Protestant worlds, and he brings the insights he gained, as well as some literary examples, to bear on what it all means.

Rand has written short stories and two novels, one of them produced for television. He also is an award-winning writer for Bon Appetit magazine. His latest project is a regular feature in Hartford Magazine called “In Our Midst,” about people, places and ideas in the Hartford area. “It will range widely — arts, politics, sports, business, culinary life, design, fun things to do, lovely things to see, track-downable curiosities, oddball amusements, challenging projects.” You can find the first of his columns, about a miniature golf course in Canton, here: http://www.courant.com/hartford-magazine/upfront/hc-hm-mini-golf-20170520-story.html

Rand delivering the 11th annual Commonweal lecture at Fairfield University:


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Jewish chef with Holocaust roots finds her calling at a Catholic monastery

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Anne BoucartAnne Boucart, who is Jewish, cooks for a small community of elderly priests and brothers at Holy Family Monastery in West Hartford. Two of her grandparents perished in the Holocaust, and her mother was sheltered against the Nazis in a succession of Catholic convents. 

I’ll post a photo of her mother, Sara Boucart, dressed for her First Holy Communion, a sacrament she was compelled to receive, ending permission from the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.

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No there there as Trump and Francis make nice at the Vatican

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Three expert pope-watchers do a post-mortem on last week’s meeting at the Vatican between the Trump entourage and Pope Francis. They are: Christopher Hale, executive director of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good; Mat Schmalz, religious studies professor at the College of the Holy Cross; and Jamie Manson, columnist and books editor at National Catholic Reporter.

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Francis and Barack
In happier times.

 

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Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower: Finding Answers in Jesus for Those Who Don’t Believe, by Tom Krattenmaker
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Freemasons are said to be ‘in a state of grave sin.’ Why?

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Warren's ringWarren's car insigiaWarren Packer is a 3rd-degree Freemason in his Manchester, CT, lodge. Here, he displays the ring and car insignia featuring the “square and compasses,” symbols harking back to medieval craft guilds. For reasons Packer says are incorrect, Pope Benedict has declared Freemasons to be in a “state of grave sin” and therefore unworthy to receive holy Communion.

SPRING PLEDGE DRIVE
Reminding you that WESU-FM’s spring pledge drive is in full swing. Please go to http://www.wesufm.org/pledge and give what you can. Keep independent, community-supported radio strong! Now more than ever, it matters!

For a donation of any size, I’ll add to WESU’s way-cool pledge gifts your choice of an autographed book by one of three authors who appeared recently on “Reasonably Catholic”:
If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse: Questions and Thoughts for Loud, Smart Women in Turbulent Times, by Gina Barreca
Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower: Finding Answers in Jesus for Those Who Don’t Believe, by Tom Krattenmaker
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I Heart Francis: Letters to the Pope from an Unlikely Admirer, by Rev. Donna Schaper

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What he saw at a conservative Catholic gathering at the Trump Hotel; plus, a visionary gets his due

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John GehringJohn Gehring, Catholic program director for the DC-based Faith in Public Life, a strategy center for the interfaith community, attended a $1,250-a-plate gathering of conservative Catholics at the Trump Hotel in DC. He brought back a full report for The Washington Post and talks about it in the episode. Here’s a link to the Post piece: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/03/17/heres-what-i-saw-when-i-attended-a-conservative-catholic-gathering-in-dcs-trump-tower/?utm_term=.47c311e5747c

 

msgr ryanart m picMsgr. John Augustine Ryan was ahead of his time in calling for social reforms that became part of FDR’s New Deal. In writing a book about Msgr. Ryan, Arthur Meyers, retired director of Middletown’s Russell Library, is making it his mission to bring the good padre to a wider audience. 

 

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Everybody dance now! … Well, not everybody …

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Today, we consider one Catholic high school’s decision to show no mercy when it comes to girls taking girls to the prom. The all-girls Mercy High in Middletown, CT, landed  in the news recently when a student circulated an online petition seeking to take a girlfriend to the prom, which is scheduled for the end of this month. Though the administration compelled the petitioner to withdraw her demand, the repercussions linger on. We’ll talk with three people who favor lifting the ban on same-sex prom attendance: Victoria Scott, a Mercy High alum now studying at SUNY who’s taken up the cause; Maryann Duddy-Burke,  executive director of the organization Dignity, which serves LGBT Catholics; and Jim Bransfield, lifelong Middletown resident who covers sports and writes a popular column for the Middletown Press. Jim, who happens to be gay, devoted a recent piece to the controversy.