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.
Joe Scheidler, founder of the Pro-Life Action League, joins Bob to talk about his recently-released memoir, "Racketeer for Life," which tells how he evolved from a public relations account executive to one of the leaders of the pro-life movement. Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry of Chicago then talks about the latest step in the canonization process of Father Augustus Tolton, the first African-American priest in the United States. Bishop Perry in December traveled to Quincy as part of a team that dug up Tolton's grave to verify his bones before re-burying the skeleton. Michael New of Ave Maria University and the Charlotte Lozier Institute offers his insights into the impact the federal Hyde Amendment has had on the abortion rate. Finally, Sen. Tim Bivins, R-Dixon, talks about potential legislation to exempt religious retreat centers from the state Hotel Operators’ Occupation Tax.
Bill O'Keefe, vice president of government relations & advocacy for Catholic Relief Services, joins Bob to talk about the organization's efforts to help the residents of Aleppo, the war-ravaged city in Syria. State Rep. Tom Morrison, R-Palatine, shares the next segment with Illinois Citizens for Life lobbyist Ralph Rivera about the potential for culture wars returning to the Illinois legislature as a pushback response to any success at the federal level of restricting abortion. Mary McWilliams, an estate planning attorney for the Chicago firm of Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, talks about the need for advance directives and CCI's new publication on that topic, "Encouraging End-of-Life Conversations: A Catholic Perspective on Advance Directives." Finally, Dawn Fitzpatrick of the Archdiocese of Chicago's Office for Human Dignity and Solidarity and Kevin Grillot of Students for Life of Illinois join Bob to talk about the upcoming March for Life Chicago set for Jan. 15.
Joyce Duriga, editor of the Archdiocese of Chicago's Catholic New World, talks to Bob from Rome about Saturday's ceremony that elevated Archbishop Cupich to cardinal. Bob then talks about the outcomes of the recent state, federal and presidential elections. Switching up gears, Fr. Burke Masters, vocations director for the Joliet diocese, talks about his side job as the chaplain to the 2016 World Series Champions Chicago Cubs. Finally, Jennifer Nelson, head of the Life & Family Evangelization office at the Rockford diocese, talks about the brainstorm she had in producing a priestly take-off of James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke" with Bishop Malloy and Fr. Keith Romke of St. Bridget Catholic Church in Loves Park and Fr. Kyle Manno of St. Patrick Parish in St. Charles. Watch the video here.
Dr. Jonathan Reyes, executive director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, joins Bob to talk about Faithful Citizenship in light of this very challenging presidential election. Scott Kennedy, creator of the Illinois Election Data website, talks about the huge amount of money being spent in Illinois legislative and statewide races for the upcoming Nov. 8 election. State Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, talks about Senate Bill 3368, which streamlines the process of getting a state identification card for just-released inmates. Elizabeth White, director of the Archdiocese’s Office of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship, joins Bob to talk about the partnership between the Archdiocese and the Art Institute of Chicago to create a special Art Tour to celebrate the Year of Mercy.