Register Radio: The Why and How to Saving Marriage

08/31/2013 Comments (31)

This week on Register Radio, we talked about marriage—and why it’s worth saving and how it might be saved.

During the first half of the show I spoke with Robert Royal of The Catholic Thing about why Catholics should avoid a preemptive surrender of marriage to the same-sex lobby and instead must continue to stand for traditional marriage while at the same time evangelizing the culture.

I took up this issue this week, because of a controversy that erupted in Catholic media and the blogosphere. On Aug. 23, Joseph “Jody” Bottum, the former editor of the journal First Things, which is well-known for its reasoned defense of conservatism and orthodoxy, wrote a very long essay in Commonweal...READ MORE

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Register Radio: Ann Carey on LCWR / Fr. Mitch Pacwa on New Age

08/25/2013 Comments (7)

This week Ann Carey, author of Sisters in Crisis Revisited, was on the Register Radio show to talk about the recent annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.  She wrote the Register’s news analysis, “LCWR Assembly 2013: Little Evidence Yet of Any Reforms.”

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) met Aug. 13-16 in Orlando, Fla. for its annual assembly. Of the 1400 members of the organization, 850 gathered for the event.

This assembly was the second time the LCWR members gathered since the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith released a doctrinal assessment of the organization in 2012. The investigation of the organization that yielded the...READ MORE

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Register Radio:  Working on Vacation—Pope Francis, Joan Lewis and Joanna Bogle

08/19/2013 Comments (1)
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Thom Price, Joan Lewis, Jeanette De Melo in the EWTN radio studio

– Elena Rodriguez/ EWTN

I’m down in Birmingham, Ala.  Last weekend I attended EWTN’s Family Celebration. So on Friday I was in the EWTN radio studio for my Register Radio show. Although I am deeply grateful for technology and what it makes possible at long distances, it’s always a delight to see my co-host and guests face-to-face.

This week Thom Price and I were face-to-face with longtime EWTN Vatican journalist Joan Lewis, who blogs at Joan’s Rome.  August brings to Rome ghastly high temperatures and most Romans get out of the city. When in Rome, you do as the Romans do, so Joan is taking a much needed vacation and her first stop in the U.S. is Birmingham to visit the EWTN family, then she’s off to see her...READ MORE

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Register Radio: Treasuring WYD Blessings

08/10/2013 Comments (1)
Fr. Chas Canoy

Fr. Chas with Brazilian dancers who welcomed the missionaries into their village.

– Fr. Chas Canoy

Nearly two weeks after World Youth Day, I decided I needed to do my best to keep the spirit of those great days alive. So both of my guests on Register Radio this week were a part of my World Youth Day blessings.  For those of you who missed the Register’s coverage of WYD in Rio, you can find the blogs here

I spend 12 days in Rio. We were a band of 12 media apostles from the EWTN family travelling to bring to you the joys of Pope Francis’ meeting with pilgrims from around the world.

If one word could sum up a World Youth Day experience, encounter is that word (The Register’s editorial last week touched this theme). 

World Youth Day is an encounter of young people with millions of...READ MORE

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Register Radio: Floribeth's Story, Healed By JPII / Real Men & The Rosary

07/14/2013 Comments (4)

This week on Register Radio I heard the remarkable story of Floribeth Mora, the 50-year-old Costa Rican woman who was healed of a brain aneurism after praying for the intercession of Blessed John Paul II.

EWTN’s Spanish-language programming director Enrique Duprat recounted her story to Register Radio after his television crew interviewed her last weekend in Costa Rica.

In 2011, Floribeth learned of the life-threatening seriousness of her cerebral aneurism. Upon being told there was nothing doctors could do for her condition, she returned home and she and her husband began to pray for Blessed John Paul II’s help. 

On May 1, 2011 as she watched the beatification of John Paul II on...READ MORE

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Register Radio: Defense of Marriage / Catholic Witness Needed

07/01/2013 Comments (9)

A Defense of Marriage

Last Friday on Register Radio I talked with Ryan Anderson co-author of the book What is Marriage? Man and Women: A Defense about the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage.

The conversation began by discussing what the Court ruled and what it didn’t rule. We started with what the court didn’t rule.

According to Anderson, “The underreported fact is that the court didn’t give Ted Olson and David Boies, [the lawyers presenting the cases] what they wanted: the court refused to redefine marriage for the entire nation. The court refused to discover a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.”

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Register Radio: Saints and Witnesses for Fortnight for Freedom

06/24/2013 Comments (1)

Register Radio this week was all about the Fortnight for Freedom.

The first guest was Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of the diocese of Springfield, Ill. He described the significance of the timing of the 14 days of prayer, fasting and action set up by the U.S. Bishops and celebrated across the nation. Bishop Paprocki spoke to me from the Catholic Media Convention in Denver, where he sat on a panel discussion on Religious Liberty and gave the homily for the opening mass June 19.

The Fortnight for Freedom begins on the eve of the feast of the holy martyrs Sts. Thomas More and Cardinal John Fisher. He said in his homily, “As these two courageous saints were executed for refusing to obey an...READ MORE

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Register Radio: Two Women Authors, Two Very Different Stories of Friendship with the Saints

06/17/2013 Comment

This week on Register Radio I spoke with author, journalist, and TV host Colleen Carroll Campbell.

Our conversation centered on her latest book My Sisters the Saints, published in 2012 by Image Books, a division of Random House. Campbell received a Christopher Award in May.

Campbell is a journalist by training and her first book The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy, published in 2002 by Loyola Press, was a journalistic endeavor. The book reported on a growing movement of young people toward orthodox faith despite the countercultural demands that such faith required. I loved the book because I was one of those young people and felt a sense of...READ MORE

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About Jeanette DeMelo

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Jeanette De Melo is the editor in chief for the Register. She recently became co-host to Register Radio along with Thom Price and Dan Burke. Before joining the Register staff in 2012, she served as the Archdiocese of Denver’s communications director, spokeswoman and general manager of the Denver Catholic Register, El Pueblo Católico, and the archdiocesan website. Prior to this position, she was the associate communications director for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, where in addition to managing media relations, she co-produced a weekly archdiocesan television program.