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Catholic Connection

Catholic Connection – July 30, 2014 – Hour 1

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Intro and News

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Teresa's Two Cents

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The Latest from the Frontlines of the Pro-Life Movement

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    • Fr. Frank Pavone
      National Director, Priests for Life

      Fr. Frank Pavone is one of the most prominent pro-life leaders in the world. Originally from New York, he was ordained in 1988 by Cardinal John O’Connor. He is a priest of the Amarillo Diocese and serves full-time in pro-life leadership with his bishop’s permission. In 1993 he became National Director of Priests for Life. He is also the President of the National Pro-life Religious Council, and the National Pastoral Director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and of Rachel’s Vineyard, the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion.

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The Latest from the Frontlines of the Pro-Life Movement

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Catholic Connection – July 30, 2014 – Hour 2

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Intro and News

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When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers

  • Description: "A society characterized by loss of respect for life, violence, exotic religious cults, sexual promiscuity, homosexuality, and even pedophilia. Sound familiar? This was the world of the early Church Fathers. In this engrossing book, Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio brings out the colorful personalities of these dynamic Christian leaders and makes their rich teaching accessible, enjoyable, and relevant to the challenges we face every day. The Fathers of the Church succeeded in paving the way from a pagan society to one in Christ. Ambrose, Augustine, Basil, Gregory of Nyssa, John Chrysostom, John of Damascus, Jerome—these are just some of the Fathers Dr. D’Ambrosio will introduce with a clarity and freshness that will both inspire and challenge."
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    • Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio
      Founder, Crossroads Initiative

      Though a specialist in the interpretation of scripture and tradition, Dr. D’Ambrosio’s teaching has covered a broad range of subjects from historical, dogmatic, and sacramental theology to evangelization, ecumenism, and Vatican II. Throughout his academic career, convert to the faith Dr. D’Ambrosio always remained deeply involved in pastoral work, especially teen evangelization and Hispanic ministry, assuring that his teaching remained relevant to the challenges of everyday life.

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When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers

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Gay "Marriage" Evolution

  • Description: "In the current issue of First Things, the nation’s premier journal of religion and public life, Deputy Editor MATTHEW SCHMITZ, a 2008 Princeton graduate, recounts how he evolved on gay marriage. But not all in the direction you’d expect. In this fascinating story, Schmitz shares his account of how his being immersed in an upscale college environment -- a “boozy sea of casual acquaintance” -- forced him to refine his views on sex and relationships."
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    • Matthew Schmitz
      Deputy Editor, First Things

      Matthew was the founding managing editor of Public Discourse, the online publication of the Witherspoon Institute. His writing has appeared in Christianity Today, First Things, The Human Life Review, and Public Discourse. He holds a B.A. in English from Princeton University.

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Gay "Marriage" Evolution

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Catholic Connection – July 29, 2014 – Hour 1

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Intro and News

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Teresa's Two Cents

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Call to Holiness Conference 2014

  • Description: The 15th Call to Holiness Conference is taking place September 13-14 at the Sterling Inn in Sterling Heights, MI. Speakers include Dr. Ray Guarendi, Dr. Peter Kreeft, Sr. John Dominic, Archbishop Allen Vigneron, and our guest this morning, Dale Ahlquist.
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    • Dale Ahlquist
      President, American Chesterton Society

      One of the most respected Chesterton scholars in the world, Dale Ahlquist is President of the American Chesterton Society, creator and host of the EWTN series “G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense,” and Publisher of Gilbert Magazine. He is the author of three books on Chesterton, including "The Complete Thinker."

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Call to Holiness Conference 2014

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Catholic Connection – July 29, 2014 – Hour 2

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Intro and News

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The Importance of Reading and Carrying the Gospel With You

  • Segment Guests:
    • Fr. Scott Courtney
      Diocese of Lincoln, NE

      Fr. Courtney is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary and pastor of both St. Anthony’s and Sacred Heart parishes in the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska. He has taught high school religion for several years and has a sound, solid and inspirational way of engaging teens in faith formation as well as awakening and fanning the flames of the faith of all ages.

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The Importance of Reading and Carrying the Gospel With You

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The Importance of Reading and Carrying the Gospel With You

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Europe's High Court Defends Marriage

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    • John Paul Shimek

      John Paul Shimek holds advanced graduate degrees in Roman Catholic Theology and Philosophy from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Shimek is a specialist in the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, Blessed Pope John Paul II, and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. He is a Lecturer in the Theology of the New Evangelization as well as Political, Legal, and Moral Philosophy at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family in Manitowoc, Wisconsin in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. He has served as a special assistant to the now-Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan and Archbishop Jerome Listecki of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. And, he has provided advisory counsel to numerous Church and civic leaders, including Governor Scott McCallum of Wisconsin and Victoria Thorn of the Pontifical Academy for Life and the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing.

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Catholic Connection – July 28, 2014 – Hour 1

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Intro and News

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Teresa's Two Cents

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Awaken Ministry

  • Description: "Awaken Ministry is a monthly outreach currently hosted by various Catholic parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit, MI. The basic format of an Awaken experience is three-fold: praise and worship, the preached Gospel, and Eucharistic Adoration. Each Awaken event begins with upbeat praise and worship music lead by our band and worship leaders, Jeff Pipas and Andy Gardner, followed by dynamic preaching of the Gospel message, and culminating with a profound experience of Eucharistic Adoration, which is accompanied by more praise and worship music and a time of silent adoration. Key elements such as special lighting and sound, video screens displaying worship imagery and song lyrics, a creatively enhanced environment along with contemporary praise and worship music, are all meant to foster and enhance the worship experience. Following this time of praise, worship, prayer and adoration, there is an opportunity for fellowship and hospitality, where those in attendance can share with one another about what they have just experienced."
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Awaken Ministry

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Catholic Connection – July 28, 2014 – Hour 2

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Intro and News

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Sleeping with the TV On

  • Description: According to a new national consumer study, nearly two-thirds (61%) of Americans fall asleep with the TV on. (Perhaps even more worrisome: LG Electronics USA, which commissioned the survey, says the survey also reveals “Americans have redefined their relationships with television, seeing their TV less as an entertainment device and more as a companion.)
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. Meg Meeker

      Meg Meeker, M.D., has spent more than twenty years practicing pediatric and adolescent medicine and counseling teens and parents. Dr. Meeker is a fellow of the National Advisory Board of the Medical Institute, and the author of several books, including the national bestseller, STRONG FATHERS, STRONG DAUGHTERS; THE 10 HABITS OF HAPPY MOTHERS; and BOYS SHOULD BE BOYS. A popular speaker on pediatric health issues and child-parent relationships, she is a frequent guest on nationally syndicated radio and television programs.

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50 Shades of Grey and Facebook's Influence

  • Description: "The Hollywood Reporter reports that Parents Television Council blasted NBC’s Today show for airing the new Fifty Shades of Grey movie trailer during the 8 am hour yesterday. The PTC’s Melissa Henson had this to say: 'We're talking about basically the equivalent of a dime-store trashy romance novel. Essentially, what Today's doing is they're promoting what people refer to as 'mommy porn.' That's what it boils down to. Today is helping to promote mommy porn. That's a pretty poor judgment on their part in terms of their attitude toward their audience.'"
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    • Melissa Henson
      Director of Communications and Public Education, Parents TV Council

      As Director of Communications and Public Education for the Parents Television Council (PTC), Melissa Henson communicates the mission and message of the PTC to the American public and develops groundbreaking reports on entertainment trends and other PTC publications. Ms. Henson is a noted expert on entertainment industry trends and the how the impact of entertainment affects children and the American popular culture at large.

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Bible Verse of the Week

  • Description: Teresa and Gail discuss Luke 15:4 -- "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it?"
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    • Gail Buckley
      Founder and President, Catholic Scripture Study International
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Catholic Connection – July 25, 2014 – Hour 1

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Intro and News

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Right to Life of Novi's 2014 Golf Outing

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A Matter of Taste: Wine, Culture & Spirituality

  • Description: A one-day pilgrimage to the thumb of Michigan hosted by Monsignor G. Michael Bugarin and Teresa Tomeo Pastore & Deacon Dominick Pastore with guest speakers Dr. Liz Lev & Thomas Williams.
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    • Thomas Williams

      THOMAS D. WILLIAMS PhD is an internationally renowned Catholic Theologian, speaker and writer. He taught theology for more than a decade at at Rome's Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum where he served as Dean of the Theology School for 7 years. Dr. Williams is widely known for his on-air commentary and analysis for NBC, CBS News and Sky News in the UK. Dr. Williams is the author of fifteen books, and hundreds of articles. He lives in Rome with his wife and family.

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A Matter of Taste: Wine, Culture & Spirituality

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Catholic Connection – July 25, 2014 – Hour 2

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Intro, News, and Matt Swaim

  • Description: Before today's news, Teresa checks in with Matt Swaim to find out what we can look forward to on the "Son Rise Morning Show" next week.
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    • Matt Swaim
      Host, Son Rise Morning Show

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Prayer Works! Getting a Grip on Catholic Spirituality

  • Description: "Don't worry. You don't need money or a monastery. You have this book. You have a sense of humor. And you have God's grace. You're ready to pray. Prayer is how we talk with God. The Bible says we should do it constantly. Jesus said it's the one thing we need to do. Your soul was made to be in conversation with God. Nobody knows you better. Nobody cares more about you. The good news is that prayer isn't something exotic or esoteric - not when Matthew Leonard talks about it. He makes the methods manageable."
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    • Matthew Leonard
      Executive Director, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

      A convert to Catholicism and former missionary to Latin America, Matthew holds a Masters in Theology from Franciscan University and is a frequent guest on radio stations across the country including CBS, SiriusXM, and Immaculate Heart Radio. He television appearances include EWTN and Shalom Media. Matthew's articles have been published in newspapers and magazines such as Our Sunday Visitor, Shalom Tidings, and the Magnificat.

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Prayer Works! Getting a Grip on Catholic Spirituality

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Index of Culture and Opportunity

  • Description: "Numerous social and economic trends are at work, shaping and re-shaping America. And now they’re being tracked—in the 2014 Index of Culture and Opportunity, released today by The Heritage Foundation’s Institute for Family, Community and Opportunity. The Index tracks 31 cultural and economic indicators—from the marriage rate and religious attendance to welfare dependence, workforce participation, and educational opportunities—and categorizes them in three sections: culture, poverty and dependence, and general opportunity. It offers an at-a-glance view of change, as registered by each indicator over the last 10 years, and discusses the ramifications of those changes—whether they are moving in the right or wrong direction."
  • Segment Guests:
    • Jennifer Marshall
      Director of Domestic Policy Studies, Heritage Foundation

      As director of domestic policy studies at The Heritage Foundation, Jennifer A. Marshall oversees research in areas that determine the character of our culture: education, marriage, family, religion and civil society. Marshall heads the think tank’s Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, where researchers examine the role that religion, family and community play in society and public policy. She also oversees FamilyFacts.org, an online source of easy-to-share charts, briefs, videos and reports on the latest social science research on family and religious practice.

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Index of Culture and Opportunity

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Catholic Connection – July 24, 2014 – Hour 1

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Intro and News

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Teresa's Two Cents

  • Description: Teresa shares scripture passages dealing with prayer and the importance of prayer. She then shares a letter from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), who is asking the U.S. bishops to join with him in prayer and action for peace in world trouble spots, including the Middle East, Ukraine, Africa and Central America.
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    • Teresa Tomeo
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Mary's Mantle: A Catholic Home for Expectant Mothers

  • Description: Mary’s Mantle is a residential program rooted in the Catholic faith. The home is designed to accommodate four expectant mothers at a time who are at least eighteen years old, regardless of their religious affiliation. Mary’s Mantle is a safe haven where expectant mothers can fully realize their potential as children of a loving God. Beth tells us about a Mom to Mom Sale taking place on August 8th to help benefit the organization.
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Conclusion

  • Description: Teresa previews the upcoming hour of "Catholic Connection."

Catholic Connection – July 24, 2014 – Hour 2

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Church of England's women bishops vote 'obstacle' to Christian unity

  • Description: With the Church of England voting to allow female bishops and Presbyterians voting to allow gay marriage, how is the Catholic Church to unite with these denominations whose teachings can change simply due to pressure from the culture?
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    • Dr. Eduardo Echeverria
      Professor of Philosophy and Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary

      Dr. Echeverria has advanced degrees in philosophy and theology and received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the Free University of Amsterdam in 1981. He has published articles in professional journals such as the Thomist, Logos, Philosophia Reformata, the Journal of Markets and Morality, and Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia.

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Heartbeat International - 2 millionth caller

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    • Dr. Pia de Solenni

      Dr. Pia de Solenni is an ethicist and cultural analyst. She owns her own consulting company, Diotima Consulting. She is an expert in issues relating to women’s health, life issues, the new feminism, Catholicism, and culture. Her work has appeared in various publications including The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Washington Post, National Catholic Reporter, Our Sunday Visitor, and National Review Online.

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Heartbeat International - 2 millionth caller

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