Register Radio: Dolan USCCB Legacy/ Instruction on Medjugorje

11/11/2013 Comments (32)

This week on Register Radio I talked to Whispers in the Loggia blogger Rocco Palmo about Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s time as president of the United States bishops’ conference, which comes to an end Nov. 12. (Read Joan Desmond’s piece: Evaluating Cardinal Dolan’s Tenure)

In 2010, Dolan’s election to the presidency of the bishops’ conference came as quite a surprise. Rocco explained “since 1966 the foundation of the conference it was almost automatic that the vice president of the conference would be elected the next president.”

Yet, in the last election, the bishops changed course. Rather than electing the incumbent vice president Archbishop Gerald Kicanas, the bishops chose...READ MORE

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Register Radio: EWTN’s Lawsuit/ News of Women Religious

11/08/2013 Comments (17)

My guest last week on Register Radio was Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond. We spoke about the new lawsuit EWTN filed against the HHS mandate.

On October 28, EWTN filed a new legal challenge against the HHS mandate.

Joan covered the story for the Register, on radio she explained:“EWTN was one of the first religious nonprofits to file a legal challenge against the HHS mandate, and it really helped to break ground and get people looking at what the mandate presented to the Church, to religious nonprofits, as well as for-profit businesses that also oppose contraception, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization in their plans based on Catholic teaching.”

The federal district...READ MORE

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Register Radio: Pope Francis, Our Brother, Our Friend / Our Lady of Lourdes

11/07/2013 Comment

I am catching up on a backlog of Register Radio shows. Two weeks ago on Register Radio, my guest was journalist Alejandro Bermudez. We spoke about his new book, Pope Francis, Our Brother and Our Friend, recounting interviews with Argentine Jesuits, who are personally know Pope Francis as a spiritual brother.

Alejandro was the translator for On Heaven and Earth, (listen to an interview about this book). His latest book includes a series of interviews of 20 people: 10 Argentine Jesuits and 10 others, including laypeople and priests.

Alejandro explains how some of the Jesuits would not go on record easily because they don’t agree with Bergoglio on everything. Yet, all of the...READ MORE

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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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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.