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The Takeaway

Pope Francis: Church 'Obsessed' with Abortion, Gays & Birth Control

Friday, September 20, 2013

Pope Francis says that the Church has become "obsessed" with abortion, gay marriage, and contraception. Reverend James Bretzke, professor of Moral Theology at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, describes the historical context of the Pope's remarks. Dr. Victoria Flemming, a Catholic from Illinois, is happy with the Pope's comments and sees this as a new direction for the Church. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The New Pope's Style

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Rocco Palmo, writer and church analyst, talks about Pope Francis' recent trip to Brazil, his comments on gay priests and his more relaxed style.

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The Takeaway

New Report Shows Church Shielded Funds From Clergy Victims

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, has long been considered one of the "good guys" of the Catholic Church. But new documents released this week by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee paint a different picture of Dolan, who formerly served as archbishop there. Laurie Godstein broke this story yesterday. She is the national religion correspondent for our partner The New York Times and she joins The Takeaway to discuss these recent revelations.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Dead Man Walking: 20 Years Later

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Twenty years after the publication of her book that inspired a movie, an opera and a play, Sister Helen Prejean, Roman Catholic nun, advocate for abolishing the death penalty, and author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account Of The Death Penalty In The United States, talks about the decline in support for the death penalty and her work to end its use.

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The Takeaway

Is the Catholic Church Evolving on Homosexuality?

Friday, April 05, 2013

Charlie Sennott, executive editor of GlobalPost and longtime reporter on the Catholic Church, examines the election and actions of Pope Francis and discusses what they mean for the future of the Church.

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WNYC News

Dolan Says 'Defense of Marriage' Not Attack on Gays

Sunday, March 31, 2013

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan says the Catholic Church ought to be more welcoming to gays, even though he is unapologetic about the institution's opposition to same-sex marriage.


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WNYC News

The Jesuit Background of New Pope Francis

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio is the first Jesuit to ever be chosen Pope. The Argentine joined the Society of Jesus in 1958 and eventually became leader of all Jesuits in Argentina. 

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The Takeaway

First Latin American Pope Chosen

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A new pope has been chosen! Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been selected and has taken the name Pope Francis.

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WNYC News

Cardinal Egan Says This Is ‘The Latin American Moment’

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Catholic clergy and members of the community react to Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio taking leadership of the Catholic Church as Pope Francis.

Join the conversation: What does the selection of the new pope tell you about the future of the Catholic Church?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: The Next Pope

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

As the cardinals work to select the next pope, we ask: Does the next pope matter to your Catholic life?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Papal Election; City H.S. Admissions; Future of Payphones

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Today the papal conclave convenes in the Vatican to begin the process of electing the next pope. David Gibson of Religious News Service explains the politics behind the scenes. Plus: the city's Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot on reinventing NYC's payphones; WNYC's Beth Fertig on the impact of test prep on city high school admissions; the latest sequestration news; and the new novel from Mohsin Hamid.

WNYC News

Poll: Catholic Church Hierarchy is Out of Touch

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

American Catholics feel the church’s hierarchy is out of touch with their needs and concerns, according to a new poll by the New York Times and CBS News.

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Features

Catholic Conversations: Nuns on the Papal Transition

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

WNYC

As the Catholic Church begins the process of selecting its next leader, WNYC's Amy Eddings is hosting conversations with Catholics to find out what anxieties, concerns and hopes they have during this time of transition.  We're hearing this week from two nuns.

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The Takeaway

The Secret Process of Picking a Pope

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pope Benedict the sixteenth gives up the papacy today, leaving the world's 1.1 billion Catholics without a religious leader. How will the next one be chosen?

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The Takeaway

What Do You Call a Pope After He Resigns?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

This is one of the more straightforward elements in what's proving to be a complicated transition. And it has made has been complicated further by the resignation this week of the United Kingdom's most senior Catholic — Cardinal Keith O’Brien — for alleged inappropriate sexual behavior towards other priests.

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WNYC News

Cardinal Dolan Questioned in Wis. Abuse Case

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Cardinal Timothy Dolan was deposed Wednesday in an abuse case against Roman Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, which he led from 2002 until 2009.

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WNYC News

Cardinal Dolan Talks Pope, Mortality on Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Hundreds of Catholics packed the pews of Saint Patrick's Cathedral in midtown Manhattan for noon mass today on this Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Pope Benedict Resigns: Now What?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Andrew Davis, Rome Bureau Chief for Bloomberg, joins to discuss the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will voluntarily step down at the end of the month.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bailed Out, Covered Up

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Former Vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board and Wall St. Journal columnist Alan Blinder discusses the financial meltdown and what lies ahead for our economic future. Alex Gibney on his latest documentary, how the Catholic Church has covered up sexual abuse. Edward Ball tells the true story of an unusual collaboration between the inventor of moving pictures who was a cold-blooded killer and the railroad tycoon Leland Stanford.

WNYC News

First Sunday Mass After Sandy Hook Shootings Ends Abruptly

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Families in Newtown seeking solace and trying to find a sense of normalcy kept up with their usual Sunday morning tradition of attending mass in the wake of Friday's mass shooting.  But that peace was abruptly shattered as a bomb threat at a local church forced an evacuation.

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