Catholic Conference Radio Hour on Relevant Radio

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.

CCI Radio Hour: Aug. 19, 2019

CCI Radio Hour: Aug. 19, 2019

Executive Director Bob Gilligan discusses the importance of the first 72 hours after an inmate's release with Dr. MaryClare Birmingham of Kolbe House; the Catholic Day of Action for Immigrant Children with Sr. JoAnn Persch; and a new report on American opinions on abortion and contraception with Natalie Jackson of the Public Religion Research Institute.
CCI Radio Hour: July 15, 2019

CCI Radio Hour: July 15, 2019

Executive Director Bob Gilligan discusses the deleterious effects expected from gaming expansion with Les Bernal of Stop Predatory Gambling; Holy Cross Hospital's new crisis stabilization unit; and humanitarian aid for migrants with Sr. Donna Markham, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA.
CCI Radio Hour: June 17, 2019

CCI Radio Hour: June 17, 2019

Executive Director Bob Gilligan discusses the complete funding of the Tax Credit Scholarship program in the FY 2020 budget with Juan Rangel of Empower Illinois; human trafficking with Pat Winn, who heads up Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockford; and the final version of the "Reproductive Health Act" with Ralph Rivera of Illinois Right to Life.
CCI Radio Hour: May 20, 2019

CCI Radio Hour: May 20, 2019

Executive Director Bob Gilligan discusses conscience protections afforded by new federal HHS rules with Greg Schleppenbach of the USCCB; religious freedom concerns associated with the federal Equality Act with Stanley Carlson-Thies of the Religious Freedom Alliance; and marijuana legalization with Andy Duran of the substance abuse-prevention organization LEAD.
CCI Radio Hour: April 15, 2019

CCI Radio Hour: April 15, 2019

Executive Director Bob Gilligan talks about extreme abortion legislation passed in New York State with Kathleen Gallagher of the New York State Catholic Conference; physician-assisted suicide with Jennifer Briemann of the Maryland Catholic Conference; how marijuana legalization is progressing with Chicago Tribune reporter Robert McCoppin; and the federal First Step Act with Michael O'Rourke of the USCCB.
CCI Radio Hour: March 18, 2019

CCI Radio Hour: March 18, 2019

March 18, 2019 show Paul Linton, nationally-known attorney on abortion law, joins Bob to talk about abortion legislation pending before the Illinois legislature. Then, Melissa Hastings of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops discusses potential federal legislation...

CCI Radio Hour: Feb. 18, 2019

CCI Radio Hour: Feb. 18, 2019

Feb. 18, 2019 show Peter Steinfels, former editor of Commonweal magazine and a religion reporter for the New York Times, joins Bob to talk about the essay he wrote for the magazine a few weeks ago in which he extensively examined the Pennsylvania grand jury report....

CCI Radio Hour: Jan. 21, 2019

CCI Radio Hour: Jan. 21, 2019

Jan. 21, 2019 show Alex Berenson, author of the just-released book, “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence,” joins Bob to talk about the effects that marijuana has on psychosis, which can lead to an increase in...

CCI Radio Hour: Dec. 17, 2018

CCI Radio Hour: Dec. 17, 2018

Dec. 17, 2018 show Ryan Bomberger, co-founder of the Radiance Foundation, joins Bob to talk about the March for Life Chicago in January at which he will serve as the keynote speaker. Ryan's biological mother was raped but  followed through on her pregnancy, giving up...

CCI Radio Hour: Nov. 19, 2018

CCI Radio Hour: Nov. 19, 2018

Nov. 19, 2018 show This fall marks the first semester for new students attending Catholic or other private schools on the Tax Credit Scholarship program signed into law just over a year ago. We hear about the impact from Jon Priest, assistant principal of Our Lady of...