Just a few weeks before Catholic Bishops from around the world meet in Rome at the Vatican for an unprecedented summit on clergy sex abuse, U.S. Bishops held a spiritual retreat in Chicago to prepare their representatives. How does the church go forward, and how should it properly take care of the thousands of victims? Zac Mabry, Contributing Editor for The Catholic Herald is here to discuss.
Lauren Green and Dr. Alex McFarland discuss the news stories of 2018 from the standpoint of faith. Including religious leaders protesting at the border wall, a Catholic senior housing facility under fire for telling residents they can't say Merry Christmas or put up Christmas decorations and how President Trump is doing in the eyes of Evangelicals who played a big role in putting him in office.
Dr. Brant Pitre discusses his new book, 'Jesus and The Jewish Roots of Mary,' which tries to understand who Mary was and find out her proper place in Christian doctrine. Dr. Pitre examines why Catholics revere Mary as the 'Queen of Heaven,' while Protestants acknowledge her importance as the Mother of Jesus, but forbid worshiping her.
The bishops had planned to vote on two crucial issues dealing with the clergy abuse crisis by enforcing a code of conduct for bishops and creating a civilian-led investigative body that would field complaints of abuse concerning bishops. Instead, at the last minute, the Holy See directed them to not take action on either of those issues.