Catholic Conference Radio Hour on Chicagoland Catholic Radio
CCI Executive Director Robert Gilligan hosts the Catholic Conference Radio Hour on the third Monday of the month on WNDZ Chicago 750 AM. Gilligan discusses current public policy issues affecting the Church with experts and newsmakers.
Ashley Feasley of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops joins host Bob Gilligan to talk about a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled an effort to rescind the DACA program was "arbitrary and capricious." Chicago attorney Jim Geoly discusses a different U.S. Supreme Court decision that safeguards religious freedom in employment at Catholic schools. Finally, Dr. Jim Rigg, superintendent of the Archdiocese of Catholic Schools, talks about the safeguards put in place for the reopening of schools this fall amid the ongoing pandemic.
Danielle Brown of the USCCB talks about the 2018 pastoral letter against racism, "Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love," against the backdrop of national protests over the death of George Floyd. Then, University of Notre Dame professor Daniel Philpott discusses the president's recent executive order on advancing international religious freedom. Next, Auxiliary Bishop Ron Hicks, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Chicago, talks about reopening parishes for public Mass amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, Peter Newburn of the Diocese of Joliet offers highlights from Saturday's virtual rally for racial justice.
Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis "Lou" Tylka joins host Bob Gilligan to talk about his appointment last week to the Diocese of Peoria. Next, Kathy Stauber and Nancy Lou Cook discuss the Archdiocese of Chicago’s new, volunteer-driven initiative, “A Call to Prayer” phone service. Then, Glenn Van Cura, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet, talks about how his agency has adapted services to clients during the statewide stay-at-home order. Finally, film producer Geoff Rogers discusses "Blind Eyes Opened, his latest project that offers a look at human trafficking from the perspective of survivor-victims.
Executive Director Bob Gilligan talks with newly-appointed Bishop-elect Michael McGovern of the Diocese of Belleville; Lauren McCormack of USCCB's office of government relations on the CARES Act; Jennifer Junis of OSF HealthCare on its partnership with the state of Illinois in remote monitoring of COVID-19 patients via its Pandemic Health Worker Program (PHWP); and Steve Roach of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Springfield on the agency's new COPE Line.
CCI Executive Director Bob Gilligan shares a recorded message from Cardinal Cupich about the COVID-19 pandemic; talks with Bishop Richard Pates, who's serving as the apostolic administrator of the Joliet diocese while Bishop Conlon is on medical leave; discusses the need for privilege in restorative justice practices with Judge Tom Donnelly; and briefly outlines tomorrow's primary election.
Executive Director Bob Gilligan speaks with Bishop Malloy of Rockford; discusses the possible impact of a U.S. Supreme Court case on tax credit scholarships; and gets an update on Illinois' tax credit scholarship program.
Executive Director Bob Gilligan explores the USCCB's election-year initiative, "Civilize It"; limiting solitary confinement with state Rep. LaShawn Ford, D-Chicago; reforming the felony-murder charge with advocate Marshan Allen; and vaping with Shana Crews of the American Cancer Society.
Executive Director Bob Gilligan discusses the upcoming March for Life Chicago with speaker Claire Culwell; the Global Child Thrive Act with representatives of USCCB and CRS; a ministry for homeless men with Deacon Alfred Coleman; and the joy of adoption with Christopher Orlet of the Belleville Messenger.
Executive Director Bob Gilligan explores fallout from the Reproductive Health Act with a Flossmoor dentist; mental health services provided by the new Encompassing Center; the Joliet Diocese's new Laudato ministry with Kayla Jacobs; and the miracle attributed to Archbishop Sheen with Bonnie Engstrom.
Executive Director Bob Gilligan discusses a recent federal report on the impact of assisted suicide on the disabled; three current U.S. Supreme Court cases that could impact religious freedom; an effort to consolidate downstate and suburban pension pension funds for police and firefighters; and a preview of the veto session with a Capitol News Illinois journalist.