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May 27, 2014 – Father Habiger

Father Habiger is a Benedictine priest in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison Kansas. Since 2003 he has been a full-time member of NFP Outreach where his focus is primarily upon promoting God’s Plan for Marriage and Spousal Love, which includes counter acting the contraceptive and sterilization culture. He does this through parish missions, NFP parish weekends, Theology of the Body seminars, and consultations with priests and bishops during “clergy days”. Father Matthew has his PhD in Moral Theology from the Catholic University of America. He is very well qualified to address the challenging topic of “conscience”.

If you want to do some homework for today’s program, you can read about conscience in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) beginning with: http://www.usccb.org

1776 “Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment…. For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God…. His conscience is man’s most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths.”

For many people–and clergy are no exception, conscience poses a difficult subject. The CCC says that we must obey our conscience. BUT, we must have a “well-formed” conscience (CCC, 1783), or we will be led astray by the evil one as a consequence of Original Sin.

Conscience poses a very serious challenge for many Catholics in their discernment about sexual morality, particularly in addressing contraception, sterilization, artificial reproductive technologies, and Natural Family Planning.

April 25, 2014 – Book Release– A Catechism for Business, tough ethical questions & insights from Catholic teaching

Guest – Joseph E. Capizzi, Ph.D.

Joe and Joseph discussed his exciting new book, (coauthored with Andrew V. Abela, Ph.D.). The main contribution of this book was to organize in one volume Church teaching of relevance to business and economics by topic and specific question. The unbiased nature of letting the documents speak for themselves is powerful!

Joe and Joseph’s enthusiastic discussion hit several high points such as: integration of our faith with our work, developing our conscience, just wage, finding happiness in business, and church’s role in business and economic theory.

The book is an indispensable tool for business men and women who desire to reach the next level of business and personal satisfaction.

April 9, 2014 – Endow Groups for Women – Eileen Love

Christine Watkins interviews Eileen Love, a writer and speaker, teacher and facilitator trainer at Endow (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women), an educational program of prayer and study for Catholic women. Eileen travels around the country speaking to groups about the “new feminism” of John Paul II and training women to lead their own Endow study groups, which are sweeping the nation. www.EndowGroups.org

April 16, 2013 – Professor J Budziszewski

Professor J Budziszewski will be enlightening us on “natural law” and why he believes there is a reawakening of interest and respect for NL even among secular thinkers. He has taught Government (ethics, political philosophy, and various other subjects) at the University of Texas in Austin since receiving his PhD form Yale in 1981.

He is celebrating nine years of being Catholic. He is a prolific writer on tolerance, self-deception, virtue ethics, sex and marriage–all topics that impact our current culture. I’m confidant that you will find him a most interesting Guest on the Quest.

January 16, 2013 – Truth, Freedom, and Conscience (Gloria Purvis)

Our society has different understandings of what the conscience is and what it means to have a properly formed conscience. EWTN’s Authentically Free at Last host Gloria Purvis and Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers discuss the importance of the conscience, how we can form our consciences properly and how a properly formed conscience leads to authentic human freedom.

May 3, 2012 – The Natural Moral Law in Bioethics

The Natural Moral Law in Bioethics
Guest: Dr. Robert Fastiggi
Points to Make: How God has endowed all humans with universal reason to be employed as a source of His Will in how we live our moral lives.

September 27, 2011 – Dr. John Brehany

Steve Koob talks with Dr. John Brehany, Ph.D, Executive Director and ethicist for the Catholic Medical Association, about the state of Catholic hospitals today, and the Catholic Medical Association, its work, structure, and what it does for its members.  Dr. John Brehany also discusses the ethics of difficult pregnancies and what can be done about them within the realm of Catholic teaching.

August 25, 2011 – Brain Gail Trilogy: Fatherless, Motherless and Childless

Ken talks with author Brian Gail about his two best-selling Catholic novels:  Fatherless, Motherless, and the soon to be published Childless. (Emmaus Road Publishing) This trilogy follows the decades long journey of Father John Sweeny and his parishioners as they struggle with ethical and moral dilemmas common in American culture.  His books can be purchased at www.emmausroad.org

March 1, 2011 – Marie Hilliard

Steve Koob talks with Marie Hilliard, Director of Bioethics and Public Policy and ethicist for  the National Catholic Bioethics Center, and Sr. Renee Mirkes, Director for the Center of NaPro Ethics for the Pope Paul VI Institute, about the rights of conscience in American healthcare and ethics in reproductive medicine.

Early American Hymntunes – Program 006

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In this episode of Cantate, Lyn Bauman presents various examples of Early American Hymntunes including tunes by the Shakers as well as a few spirituals.

View the transcript here.