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WNYC News

Shuttered Churches Could Serve as Affordable Housing

Monday, April 13, 2015

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The Archdiocese of New York's controversial move to close or merge one third of its churches may fit into the city's plan to build more housing for low and middle income residents.

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WNYC News

Cardinal Edward Egan Laid to Rest

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A funeral mass was held Tuesday for the former archbishop, who was then entombed at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

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WNYC News

Two Tracks to Assisted Suicide

Thursday, March 05, 2015

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A lawsuit seeks to redefine physician-assisted suicide in New York as supporters predict an uncertain path for legislation.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYC's Churches Reshuffle

Monday, November 03, 2014

After the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York's announcement yesterday, we take calls from church-goers about what it means to see your church merge with another.

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The Takeaway

Church May Shift Outlook on Gays, Divorce

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A report from a meeting of Catholic Bishops, convened to discuss the family and contemporary society, signals a potential shift on divorce and homosexuality.

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The Takeaway

Good News for 'Guilty' Catholics

Monday, October 06, 2014

After Pope Francis performed 20 weddings this year for couples considering themselves to be "living in sin," bishops are meeting this week to evaluate the Church's view on family life. 

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Selected Shorts

A Priest in the Family

Friday, August 22, 2014

Colm Toibin looks at the cost of disgrace in the family.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Things Are Not What They Seem

Friday, August 22, 2014

Shame, longing, and passion lie beneath the surface lives of the characters in three stories by Colm Toibin, James Salter, and J. Robert Lennon.

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The Takeaway

Report: Decades of Church Abuse in Twin Cities

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Earlier this month, Pope Francis begged victims of clerical sexual abuse for forgiveness and promised to hold bishops accountable for covering up the scandal. In recent weeks, a year-long investigation from Minnesota Public Radio revealed decades of abuse and cover-up in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Archdiocese. 

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The Takeaway

U.S. Survivor of Deadly Irish Orphanage Speaks Out

Monday, June 16, 2014

North Carolina resident Peter Ferris Cochran was born at St. Mary’s unwed mothers home in Ireland, a now-haunting place where the bodies of 800 babies, long-dead, were found in septic tank last week.

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WNYC News

Mass Mob Comes To New York City

Friday, June 06, 2014

Borrowing from a flash mob handbook, Catholics are gathering on a Sunday at a church of their choice to reinvigorate it. The Mass Mob movement began last year in Buffalo and has spread to other parts of the country, and now to New York City.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Pope's Theologian

Monday, May 05, 2014

Walter Kasper, German cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and author of Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life (Paulist Press, 2014), talks about his book (that got a good review by Pope Francis) and the shift in emphasis from judgment to mercy in the church today.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Things That Aren't Funny (And Something That Is)

Monday, May 05, 2014

The White House Correspondents Dinner was this weekend. Bob Garfield of On The Media and Mark Leibovich of The New York Times Magazine talk about the coziness between the government and press. And Pope Francis blurbed Cardinal Walter Kasper's book. We'll talk to the German cardinal about it. Plus: the search for the Nigerian school girls; and humorist Christopher Buckley.

The Takeaway

Will the Pope Change his Mind on Divorce?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

For 500 years, the Catholic Church denied communion to parishioners who divorce and remarry. But this week, Pope Francis may chart a new course, breaking ranks with his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who refused to allow for pastoral discretion on the issue. James Carroll is the author of "An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War that Came Between Us" and "Toward A New Catholic Church: The Promise of Reform." He examines the choices facing Pope Francis regarding marriage and the future of the Catholic Church. 

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The Takeaway

Pope Francis and Sexual Abuse Prevention

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Some argue that it is unfair to criticize the Pope for his response to sexual abuse in the church so far. But David Clohessy, Executive Director of SNAP, believes that Pope Francis can do more to prevent abuse and punish predators.

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The Takeaway

The Popularity of the Pope

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

You don't need Time Magazine to tell you that Pope Francis is undoubtedly one of the most influential people of 2013. Count Sister Simone Campbell as one of those fans. She’s the Executive Director of NETWORK a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby.

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Freakonomics Radio

Pontiff-icating on the Free-Market System

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Pope just gave it to the global economy with both barrels. Was he right to do so?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How Do You React to the Pope's New Tone?

Monday, September 23, 2013

An interview with Pope Francis published last week revealed that his belief that the church "sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small minded rules." Catholics, what did you hear in church about Pope Francis's remarks last week about sexual morality?

 

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WNYC News

Cardinal Dolan Praises Pope Francis' Change in Tone

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Catholics celebrating Mass Sunday at St. Patrick's Cathedral had a chance to reflect on comments made this week by Pope Francis that the church has become too focused on "small-minded rules" on hot-button issues like homosexuality, abortion and contraceptives.

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Gabfest Radio

The Ms. Mouse Runs a Small Architectural Shop Edition

Saturday, September 21, 2013

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss why the massacre at Washington's Navy Yard hasn't prompted serious discussion of gun control laws. They also wonder whether Pope Francis' comment that the Catholic Church spends too much energy opposing abortion and homosexuality signals a new direction for the Vatican.

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