Register Radio: Abortion Expansion/ 7 Secrets of Confession

10/20/2013 Comments (18)

This week on Register Radio, my guest was Register staff writer Peter Jesserer Smith. And because October is Respect Life Month, we discussed Smith’s recent coverage of news related to abortion. 

One of those stories was about Congress’ last legislative efforts to get conscience clauses into play in the Affordable Care Act (often called Obamacare) to alleviate employers, who object on religious/moral grounds, from having to provide contraception, sterilizations and abortion inducing drugs in their health benefits plans (often called the contraception or abortion mandate).  The efforts failed so now the courts seem to be the last resort for the employers (EWTN, the parent company to the...READ MORE

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Register Radio: Faith Comes By Hearing/ Vatican II Documentary

10/15/2013 Comments (1)

This week on Register Radio I spoke to EWTN’s General Manager of Radio Networks, Dave Vacheresse about the Annual Catholic Radio Conference in Irondale, Alabama. The conference has gone on for more than a decade and all the affiliates of EWTN Radio were invited to attend. EWTN radio personalities were present to encourage the affiliates in their important work of evangelizing through radio broadcasts.

EWTN has 230 affiliated stations in the US.  And the total number of Catholic radio stations in the country is approximately 270.

Vacheresse said that the number of EWTN radio affiliates has more than doubled over the last 10 years and he says that growth in Catholic radio is often...READ MORE

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Register Radio: Canonization of Popes John Paul II & John XXIII

10/07/2013 Comments (2)

Register Radio this week was dedicated to the upcoming canonization of two popes.  On Sept. 30, cardinals voted to set the date for the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, 2014 is the day. And Rome is sure to be swarming with pilgrims whose lives were touched by both saints.

During the first half of Register Radio, I talked with British author and journalist Joanna Bogle, who just returned from filming a series in Poland on the life of John Paul II (that will likely air on EWTN in Spring 2014). She explains the significance of Divine Mercy in the life of Pope John Paul II.

He instituted Divine Mercy Sunday in 2001, and canonized St....READ MORE

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Register Radio: USCCB on Immigration Reform/ Kresta on Dangers To Faith

09/16/2013 Comments (16)

Here’s a quick overview of what happened on the Register Radio show this weekend. It’s a quick write up because I’m taking a little vacation to spend time with family. So you’ll have to listen to the show to really enjoy the topics we discussed. 

In the first half of the show, I spoke with Kevin Appleby, director of Migration Policy and Public Affairs for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In the past few weeks, the U.S. bishops have been encouraging parishes throughout the country to take up the issue of immigration reform.  Many parishes participated by providing info to parishioners about the need for immigration reform and the principles the bishops insist are necessary for...READ MORE

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Register Radio: Edward Pentin and Joan Desmond on Syria and More

09/07/2013 Comment

On Register Radio this week, I talked to the two Register writers who have been covering the situation in Syria.  First, I talked Register’s Rome correspondent Edward Pentin and then, in the second half, to Joan Frawley Desmond.

With Pentin, we started the conversation talking about the busy first week of September at the Vatican. This week Pope Francis has appointed a Secretary of State to replace Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

“It has been very well received he is quite a popular diplomat he is very well suited in his background and experience for the role,” said Pentin.

“He has been chosen, I believe, because he is very much of the same mind as the Holy Father. … He very much wants...READ MORE

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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)
Elena Rodriguez/ EWTN

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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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.