March 16, 2013
This week’s episode:
“Blessed are They”: St Mary Major
“Among Women” Guest: Angela Franks
We conclude this history-making week with a podcast that looks back on the election of our new pope, Francis, formerly known as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina. Plus in our first segment I discuss the significance of the Pope’s early morning visit on day one to pray before Our Blessed Mother at her basilica in Rome, St Mary Major. I also give some of the history of Mary and that basilica as I discuss some of its interior treasures in our first segment.
In our second segment, I’m happy to introduce Angela Franks, PhD, theology professor and moral theologian — whose twitter handle is “@theologianmom”. Together we talk about some of Angela’s professional interests regarding the eugenic legacy of Margaret Sanger and its harmful longterm impact on our culture, as well as our attitudes toward our bodies, sexuality, contraception, and good health.
We also explore the Catholic Church’s position on a new feminism that speaks of the beauty of the human person, and of women in particular. We cover why the Church continues to oppose contraception and upholds NFP (methods for natural family planning), and why our personal trust in God is key to fuller Christian life.
Links for this episode:
SQPN giving campaign — please donate!
Pope Francis’ message to the Cardinals
Pat Gohn’s blog post: “Pope Francis Day One – Among Women-style – The gifts of Mary, womanhood, and the new evangelization.”
St Mary Major’s website — many photos and other interactive information
Catholic Mom’s Lenten initiative for bring A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy by Sarah Reinhard to pregnancy care centers around the USA.
Theological Institute for the New Evangelization (TINE), Archdiocese of Boston
Margaret Sanger’s Eugenic Legacy: The Control of Feminine Fertility by Angela Franks
Women, Sex, and the Church by Erika Bachiochi
Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood by Pat Gohn — is now available!
Other shows of related interest:
AW 98: “Women, Sex, and the Church” with Erika Bachiochi