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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bankrolling the Vatican

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The Catholic Church has a vast amount of wealth, and byzantine entanglements with financial markets across the world. At its heart are cardinals-turned-financiers.

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The Takeaway

The World's Most Powerful Person? The Pope & His Mass Appeal

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

From Cuba to the Middle East to Catholic family values, Pope Francis made waves in 2014. 

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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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On The Media

Pope Francis Says: Stop All That Downloadin'!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Ok, well he didn't exactly say that. Bazooka from GI Joe said that. Still Pope Francis, while calling the internet a "gift from God," said that us younguns waste too much time on it. Via the AP:

"Maybe many young people waste too many hours on futile things," the pope said in a short speech to the altar servers - young people who help the priest during religious services - who had come to Rome on a pilgrimage.

"Our life is made up of time, and time is a gift from God, so it is important that it be used in good and fruitful actions."

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[he] also cautioned that high-speed world of digital social media needed calm, reflection and tenderness if it was to be "a network not of wires but of people".

He has a point. If I could have all the time back I spent furnishing my house in Animal Crossing or building massive ships in Captain Forever, I might have been able to apply that time to good and fruitful actions. Still, as we attempt to prove again and again on TLDR, the internet's network of wires is frequently utilized to create or strengthen human connections. It's not the network itself, it's how you use it.

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WNYC News

The Francis Effect: 'There's a Tone'

Thursday, April 17, 2014

WNYC

A religious educator in an Upper East Side parish is hopeful for a Catholic Church that is once again sympathetic, merciful and compassionate.

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WNYC News

The Francis Effect: Bishops and Their Square Footage

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WNYC

Criticism over an archbishop's lavish retirement home is making waves in the Catholic community.

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WNYC News

The Francis Effect: A Bishop in Francis' Mold

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Long Island priest Andrzej Zglejszewski of the Diocese of Rockville Centre says he's trying to follow Pope Francis' benevolent leadership style.

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WNYC News

David Gibson: Francis Re-Orients the Catholic Church

Monday, April 14, 2014

One year into his papacy, some of Pope Francis' actions and statements have had liberals and conservatives alike wondering, because he's so shifted the Roman Church's emphasis and tone.

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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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On Being

Phil Donahue — Transformation, On-Screen and Off

Thursday, December 12, 2013

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On Being

Unedited Interview with Phil Donahue and Krista Tippett

Thursday, December 12, 2013

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The Takeaway

Is The Catholic Church Changing Its Stance on Homosexuals?

Monday, July 29, 2013

Could the Catholic Church be softening its stance on homosexuals? On the way back to Rome from his a seven-day visit to Brazil, Pope Francis singled that changes could be coming to Catholicism. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" the Pope told reporters last week.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Going to and Leaving the Catholic Church

Monday, March 18, 2013

Catholics, call in and tell us about yesterday's services. Was there a message yesterday about Pope Francis? Has the new Pope brought you closer to the Church, or pushed you away? Call in to 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692, or leave a comment below.

Plus: Emma Gilbey Keller, columnist for the Guardian, discusses why she decided that once Pope Benedict XVI abruptly resigned last month, it had come time leave Catholicism behind in favor of the Episcopal Church.

 

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WNYC News

Catholic Church’s Challenges Reflected in City’s Diverse Parishes

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The New York City area is home to about 4 million Catholics, and each church that serves this population has its own challenges and needs. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez and Brigid Bergin check in on a left-of-center church uptown, and one in Sunset Park offering services in four languages.

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WNYC News

Cardinal Timothy Dolan's Elevated Profile

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, is returning to New York with enhanced star power.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A New Pope

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Peter Steinfels, co-director of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture at Fordham University and author of A People Adrift : The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America, talks about the election of Pope Francis, and the significance of having a Jesuit pope. Plus: he takes your phone calls.

 

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The Takeaway

Conclave Convenes as One Billion Catholics Wonder What's Next

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The world's 1.2 billion Catholics have a number of different visions for the future of the Church. Julie Davis, a graphic designer from Dallas and the author of the Happy Catholic blog, Brian Frawley, manager of the gift shop at Boston's Holy Cross Cathedral and Father Matthew Gamber, a priest and senior counselor at Jesuit High School in Tampa Bay, Florida, discuss their hopes for the future of the Church.

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WNYC News

Catholic Conversations: The Young Faithful on the Papacy

Saturday, February 23, 2013

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Should the next pope spend his energies reaching new audiences?  Or should he turn inward and address the divisions within his own flock, divisions for American Catholics that include gender equity, contraceptives, assisted reproductive technology and same-sex marriage?

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