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Over the last month, the leftist regime of President Daniel Ortega has cracked down on the Catholic Church in Nicaragua with several acts of suppressing clergy, Catholic media outlets and public worship. Last week the Vatican expressed the Holy See’s concern for the situation. The Register’s senior editor Joan Desmond brings us the story. Then Register writer Lauretta Brown reports on another crackdown, this time one that can potentially be positive: Visa and P0rnhub are facing a lawsuit that could help curb the powerful porn industry’s role in child abuse and sex trafficking.
After the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision overturned Roe v. Wade’s false assertion that abortion is a federally protected “right, ” the question of regulating abortion in America has returned once again to the fifty states. Many legislators and citizens will be faced with decisions on this important topic in the coming months. This week on Register Radio, we are joined by Paul Linton, a Catholic attorney and author of Abortion Under State Constitutions to discuss upcoming state battles on abortion. And then, we talk with Alyssa Murphy the Register's Managing Editor of NCRegister.com with a round-up of the stories you won’t want to miss.
Pope Francis was in Canada this week on what he has called a “penitential pilgrimage.” His aim was to address the harms suffered by Indigenous individuals and communities in Canada. The papal trip had three main stops: first Edmonton in the west, then Quebec City in the east, for the Pope to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and, finally, a visit to the remote Baffin Island community of Iqaluit, in the far north. EWTN News was able to travel with the papal press corps during the trip. And the Register provided a special report from Edmonton by Colm Flynn just before the Holy Father touched down in North America. Colm Flynn joins us here with his story.
A month after the Supreme Court issued their decision in Dobbs effectively sending the legalization of abortion back to each state to legislate, we take a look at what’s happened in the national abortion policy debate and what states to watch. Lauretta Brown, the Register national correspondent will report. Then Senior Editor Joan Frawley Desmond discusses another intense topic: pregnant persons… that’s right not pregnant women but generic persons. How has the transgender movement and the pro-abortion movement conflicted over what it means to be a woman.
Every summer the Catholic Press Association gathers together Catholic media personnel for an annual convention and for award recognitions. This year the National Catholic Register took home 22 awards as well as the top accolade of Newspaper of the Year in the national division. Listen in to Register Radio for a rundown of EWTN News’ honors. We’ll also discuss with Register senior editor Jonathan Liedl the Pontifical Academy for Life’s latest document that seems to contradict established Church teaching on contraception and lastly we’ll hear from our newest intern Hannah Cote on her coverage of culture and arts – particularly discussing her reviews of Disney flicks you’ll want to pass on.
Matthew Bunson interviews Jeanette De Melo, the Register's editor in chief about what it takes to run the National Catholic Register. They discuss the history of this almost 90 plus year old paper and how Jeanette came to work work there.
Catherine Hadro and Lauretta Brown join Register Radio host Jeanette DeMelo to discuss the SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe vs Wade
June brings Summer sun and often vacation fun. For the Church it is packed full of important feasts, from Pentecost to Trinity Sunday to Corpus Christi and many in between. Register columnist John Grondelski helps us raise our hearts and minds to that which matters most union with God as we contemplate June’s holy days. Then Jeannette DeMelo and Matthew Bunson look at today’s headlines in an Editors Corner
The national response to tragic gun violence in recent weeks, including mass shootings at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have fallen along predictable party lines. The US bishops and many Catholic voices have responded in ways that addresses both policy issues related to gun access as well as other underlying cultural factors. Register senior editor Jonathan Leidl will report on what he calls the “both/and” Catholic response to this national crisis. But first we turn to a Church leader who more than 20 years ago was part of the first Catholics who responded to the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton Colorado. Jim Beckman who was a part of the youth ministry team at St. Francis Cabrini Church shares how a mass shooting in his town changed the way he did ministry forever
Happy Birthday Church. Pentecost Sunday is here. And given current events there is a need more than ever to celebrate the Holy Spirit’s constant presence in the Catholic Church. To help us prepare for Pentecost we’ve invite Scripture Scholar John Bergsma back to Register Radio. And then, we catch up with Edward Pentin with insights on the new cardinals.
A week ago Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone made the bold pastoral move to notify House Speaker Nancy Pelosi she would not be permitted to receive the Holy Eucharist in the San Francisco archdiocese until she publicly recants her support for abortion. How will this action reverberate beyond Pelosi? Register Senior Editor Jonathan Liedl brings us the story. Then, in light of this week’s Solemnity of the Ascension, we turn to another question: Were the disciples sad when Christ Ascended into Heaven? On this topic, Register blogger John Clark has some insights to share.
When Cardinal Joseph Zen, the 90 year old bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, was arrested and released on bail two weeks ago it sent a clear signal of just how far China will go in trespassing on religious freedom. What’s next for Cardinal Zen and for Catholic and other religious believers in Hong Kong? Register Rome correspondent Edward Pentin brings us that story and more, including how European prolifers are hailing the expected Dobbs decision.
Many in the U.S. are still reeling over the leaking of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion revealing the High Court is poised to overturn Roe verse Wade. Protests have erupted. Politicians have dug in entrenched on either side of the abortion policy debate as the Dobbs decision as well as mid-terms approach quickly. The Register’s National correspondent Lauretta Brown joins us today with reports from Washington. And then our Senior Editor Jonathan Liedl helps us wade through the question of boycotts. Should pro-lifers boycott those big companies pouring funds into expanding abortion access? We weigh the situation here.
The leaked draft of the Supreme Court’s majority opinion in the Dobbs case – a decision that could bring an end to the abortion regime of Roe v. Wade – has caused a political and media firestorm. What was behind the unprecedented leak, what is actually written in the opinion, and what might lie ahead for the highest court? EWTN legal analyst Andrea Picciotti Bayer gives her insights into this blockbuster news. And then, we discuss with Register staff writer Peter Jesserer Smith the challenges the Pro-life movement faces in a post-Roe landscape. And we honor the memory of Vicky Thorn, the founder of Project Rachel.
On this week's show, we welcome Register Editor Alyssa Murphy, who went to the premiere of Father Stu and interviewed various people involved in the production of the film.
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