The COVID-19 pandemic has re-emerged as a major health crisis in the United States and around the world. How is the Church responding, and what can be done to keep parishioners safe as they worship? We talk with Dr. Timothy Flanigan, a Catholic deacon and infectious disease specialist at Brown University. Also, we’ve had a lot of news this week on Catholic schools, including an important op-ed by several important Church leaders reminding us that Catholic schools are worth saving. We talk with Register contributor Andrea Picciotti-Bayer.
With the school year only weeks away and with COVID-19 still a concern everywhere, parents across the country are waiting anxiously to find out if their children will be going back to class in person or online. And many Catholic schools are struggling to open their doors at all. This week on Register Radio, we talk to Register contributor Judy Roberts about Catholic schools and the crisis of COVID.
And then, Turkey’s magnificent Hagia Sophia — once a cathedral and then. Mosque and then a museum — has been turned back into a mosque. What does this mean for Christian-Muslim dialogue, Christian persecution and the fate of what was once the grandest church in Christendom?
One of the keenest observers of the Church weighs in on the future of the papacy and the office of pope. This week on Register Radio, we talk to renowned author George Weigel about his new book, The Next Pope.
The U.S. Supreme Court ended one of the most memorable terms in recent years, with major decisions on religious liberty, presidential powers and pro-life issues. This week on Register Radio, we talk to Register contributor Andrea Picciotti-Bayer about the Supreme Court term.
The U.S. Supreme Court jolted the American legal landscape with its June 15 decision that equates sexual preference with sex discrimination. What’s that mean for employers and for our U.S. culture in general? Religious liberty advocate Montse Alvarado of Becket weighs in on the reasoning behind the decision and its implications for Catholics. Then we hear from EWTN News producer Colm Flynn, who has been focusing on uplifting stories during these challenging times.
As the country continues to deal with protests and marches, and with political leaders calling for political reform and a national dialogue on racism, who are the voices that need to be heard? This week, we speak with Dr. Alveda King, niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King and an eloquent voice in the prolife movement, and then we catch up with Register contributor Father Roger Landry on the importance of protesting “on both knees.”
Media images for the last two weeks have shown a mixture of protest, rage, violence and destruction that have captured cities across our country after the unjust death of George Floyd, after being pinned down to the point of losing consciousness at the hands of police. But one adjective to describe this moment that deserves more focus is grief. This week we are joined by Register columnist Msgr. Charles Pope and Register contributor Paul Kengor.
Even in a pandemic, the battle over abortion in the United States is fierce. Abortion businesses have pushed to be recognized as essential services, and Planned Parenthood has applied for federal relief funds — but the Trump administration is resisting. Register Reporter Lauretta Brown brings us the story. And as states all across America are re-opening, controversy continues to swirl around the question of why, in some places, churches are not considered essential. We talk with Montse Alvarado, executive director of Becket.
Churches are re-opening across the country, but some of them are in defiance of their own state governors, and the U.S. Justice Department Office of Civil Rights is weighing in. Meanwhile, in Europe, similar battles are under way over when and how the faithful can return safely to Mass and the sacraments. This week on Register Radio we catch up on all of the COVID-19 developments. Plus, we look at other news that may have been missed in the midst of the pandemic.
The power of music to comfort, to teach, and to help us lift our eyes and hearts to God is needed now more than ever. This week on Register Radio, we talk with two members of the Gloriæ Dei Cantores (Latin for “Singers to the Glory of God”), a 40-voice choir from the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans, Massachusetts. Also, the Thomistic Institute is helping churches to resume the public celebration of the sacraments safely and reverently. We are joined by Dr. Thomas McGovern, co-host of EWTN Radio’s weekly program, “Doctor, Doctor.”
In these difficult days, it is powerfully helpful for Catholics to remember the authentic Christian meaning of death and the resurrection of the body. Our Catholic faith can give us hope as we face our mortality, but too often we’ve lost sight of what our Church teaches about the Four Last Things. This week on Register Radio, we talk with Dr. Scott Hahn about his new book, Hope to Die: The Christian Meaning of Death and the Resurrection of the Body.
Even in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the culture wars in the country continue. The late, great Phyllis Schlafly is being portrayed as an enemy of women and social progess in a new series on Hulu. And even as parents are homeschooling their children, Harvard University is calling for and to all teaching at home. This week on Register Radio we look at the latest controversies with Register correspondent Lauretta Brown and Register editor Alyssa Murphy.
Across the United States, as governors are weighing how to safely lift shelter-in-place orders, Church leaders are exploring how to continue to care for their flock’s spiritual needs. We are joined by Register contributors Kate Scanlan, Peter Jesserer Smith and Alyssa Murphy, who have covered stories about priests on the front lines, Confession sheds, and how dioceses are weighing reopening public sacraments.
This week’s show features Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans, who on March 23 became the first bishop to announce that he tested positive for the new coronavirus. He spoke to Jeanette De Melo by phone on April 9 just hours before celebrating Holy Thursday Mass. But first Matthew Bunson and Jeanette catch up on the latest news — at least one U.S. diocese is resuming public Masses — and the pro-life community reaches out to serve women in crisis pregnancies.
An exclusive interview with the shepherd of New Orleans, who has been in self-quarantine with the coronavirus for the last two weeks.
As we enter into Holy Week, Catholics everywhere will mark the holiest days of the liturgical year at home, and unable to go to our churches and cathedrals. While the coronavirus pandemic has likely increased our prayer life, it has crippled many Catholics’ sacramental life. Father Raymond De Souza, Register columnist, joins us to talk about the impact that limiting the sacraments has on bishops, priests and the faithful. Then we turn to how to best celebrate a prayerful and solemn Holy Week and Easter from home. We talk to Christopher Carstens about his new book, Devotional Journey into the Easter Mystery.
An interview with Chris Carstens
In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, most people are at home — working, schooling and trying to stay busy and well. How can Catholic families who find themselves “homeschooling” during this time make the time truly productive? What are faithful Catholic colleges doing during the coronavirus pandemic? The Register has been covering this new education scene. This week we talk to Patrick Reilly of the Cardinal Newman Society. Plus, Matthew Bunson and Jeanette De Melo catch up on the latest Catholic angles on coronavirus news.
With the coronaviris pandemic now reaching every corner of the globe, how are Catholics able to respond? This week on Register Radio, we talk to Register correspondent Solene Tadie about the situation in Europe, especially Italy and France. And then, we talk to Dr. Jackie Leary-Warsaw, dean of the School of Music, Drama, and Art at The Catholic University of America, about the role of sacred music in this moment of crisis.
With the world now facing a Coronavirus pandemic, Catholic Churches, schools and organizations are taking action.
COVID-19 is spreading across the globe and impacting how Catholics live and worship. The Supreme Court hears arguments in a case that could bring us closer to ending the scourge of abortion. And we hear from Emily Stimpson Chapman on how our Lenten fasts are about so much more than losing weight.
Dan Burke came to the National Catholic Register in 2008. He’s seen the newspaper through hills and valleys. Now he’s heading to another pasture. This is his last week as head of EWTN News. And here on Register Radio, a show he started nine years ago, we are saying goodbye for now. Jeanette DeMelo is joined by the original Register Radio host Dan Burke in his home studio.
Raising a family is a blessed and important vocation. But it can also be messy. This week on Register Radio we talk with Mike and Alicia Hernon, founders of the Messy Family Project. And then Fr. John Paul Mary reminds us of the meaning of prayer, fasting and almsgiving during Lent.
Pope Francis released his post synodal letter on the Amazon this week. We look at what he actually wrote, and what it means for the Amazon and the Universal Church with Register Rome correspondent Edward Pentin and Register contributor Fr. Raymond de Souza.
In a week full of impeachment, the State of the Union address and the official start of the 2020 presidential campaign, there were other stories overshadowed by the news but worthy of attention. This week on Register Radio, we look at three stories that you should know about, including the closing of the Buffalo seminary, the impact of the coronavirus on China, and a controversial halftime show at the Super Bowl.
As Catholic students across the country celebrate Catholic Schools Week, many Catholics are watching a case that was heard before the Supreme Court heard oral arguments Jan. 22 that could change the landscape of school choice and bring an end to longstanding anti-Catholic laws. We talk to Register correspondent Wayne Laugesen about the case. And then, we ask the question, “What is he Future of Parochial Schools?” Register staff writer Peter Jesserer Smith gives us some answers.
On the 47th anniversary of the infamous Roe V. Wade decision, the pro-life movement gathers across the country to mourn the deaths of more than 60 million children since 1973 and to proclaim the sanctity of life from conception to natural death. This week on Register Radio we talk to Andrew Walther, vice president of the Knights of Columbus, about their latest poll with Marist on Americans’ attitudes on abortion ahead of the 2020 election, including opinions on abortion as it relates to voting and a future Supreme Court decision. And then, we are joined by Register staff writer Lauretta Brown for a look at a controversial new pro-abortion poll and her recent profile of pro-life Democrat Katrina Jackson.
As we push into 2020, many people are still wondering if they should make some New Year’s resolutions. This week on Register Radio, we talk to Patrick Reilly, head of the Cardinal Newman Society, about three resolutions you ought to make that will not only help you and your family but the whole Church too. And then, what were the best movies of 2019? We get a Catholic perspective from Register film critic Deacon Steven Greydanus, who recently published his review of 2019 films.
Catholics bid farewell to 2019 and many look to the New Year with a mixture of anticipation and high suspense. It was a tumultuous 12 months. What were the biggest stories of the last year? This week on Register Radio we talk to Register Managing Editor Tom Wehner. And then we found out what might lie ahead in 2020 for the pro-life movement with Lauretta Brown, Register staff writer.
As the new year fast approaches we take a look back at 2019, a year of more religious persecution — especially of Christians — across the globe. Thomas Farr, a leading authority on international religious freedom, explains the situation. We are also joined by Edward Pentin, the Register’s Rome correspondent, for a Vatican year-end review.