CCI Executive Director Robert Gilligan hosts the Catholic Conference Radio Hour on the third Monday of the month on Relevant Radio. Gilligan discusses current public policy issues affecting the Church with experts and newsmakers.
Daniel Blomberg of the D.C.-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty joins Bob to talk about the U.S. Supreme Court agreeing to hear in March the case by the Little Sisters of the Poor and other faith-based nonprofits regarding their objection to the HHS mandate. Mike Clark, a high school sports writer for the Chicago Tribune, then talks about how Chicago-area Catholic high schools have fared during the fall 2015 football season. Maria Fitzsimmons of the Archdiocese’s Office for Peace & Justice discusses the Catholic Campaign of Human Development (CCHD) and its upcoming collection on the weekend of Nov. 21-22. Grant Gallicho, new director of publications and media for the Archdiocese of Chicago, joins Bob to talk about the recent Synod on the Family in Rome. Gallicho just finished a long stint as associate editor of Commonweal, and covered the Synod, as well as Pope Francis’s visit to the United States.
October is Respect Life month, so Bob kicks off the show by talking about the current status of adoption in the United States with Elizabeth Kirk, a resident fellow in cultural and legal studies at the Stein Center for Social Research at Ave Maria University. As a lawyer and an adoptive parent with her husband, Kirk brings a unique perspective to this topic. Bob is then joined by Tony Paulauski, executive director of the Arc of Illinois, who talks about the concerns of the disabled community regarding physician-assisted suicide. Since California Gov. Jerry Brown two weeks ago signed legislation allowing doctors to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients, the issue is on everyone’s radar. Pat Winn, director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockford, joins Bob to talk about the five Syrian families who have recently arrived in the diocese as part of its Refugee Resettlement program. Then, Dawn Fitzpatrick of the Archdiocese of Chicago's Respect Life Office, joins Bob to plug the Chastity Education Initiative dinner on Nov. 5.
Pope Francis arrives this week in the United States, so Bob kicks off this month's radio show by talking to Michael O'Loughlin, national correspondent for Crux, the Boston Globe's website for "all things Catholic." O'Loughlin talks about his new book, "The Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 140 Characters." Then, Maria Goldstein joins the show to talk about how Office Depot refused to make copies of a flier that simply included facts about abortion, Planned Parenthood and a prayer for the organization’s conversion. Thomas Olp, the attorney with the Thomas More Society who wrote the company and received an apology for Maria, also talks about this case of religious discrimination. Finally, Richard Doerflinger of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops talks about the bishops' concerns regarding proposed rules allowing Medicare coverage of doctor-patient conversations about end-of-life care.
State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, joins Bob to talk about House Resolution 671, which urges state officials to investigate Planned Parenthood in light of the undercover videos showing the organization's executives discussing the harvesting of fetal body parts for apparent sale. Fr. John Belmonte, S.J., superintendent of schools for the diocese of Joliet, talks about his tuition transfer grant program, as well as his side gig with the Chicago Cubs. Sue Barrett of Aid for Women discusses the opening of Monica's House for mothers and their children, and the dedication of a chapel in the name of the late Cardinal George. Finally, Catholic New World Editor Joyce Duriga talks about Pope Francis's upcoming visit to the United States and the World Meeting on Families.