Religion

Harvey Rich: "In the Moment" (William Morrow)

December 13, 2002

The parties, presents and other excitements of this season come only once a year. Psychiatrist Harvey Rich talks about what he's learned about extending a spirit of celebration into everyday life.

Donald Spoto: "Reluctant Saint" (Viking Compass)

December 3, 2002

Donald Spoto discusses his new biography of St. Francis of Assisi, one of Christianity's most beloved figures. The book's title reflects Francis' conflicted and humble attitude toward his role in the church.

Garry Wills: "Why I Am a Catholic" (Houghton Mifflin)

July 29, 2002

Historian Garry Wills talks about both his very public criticisms of and his abiding commitment to the Roman Catholic Church.

John Allen: "Conclave" (Image/Doubleday)

June 12, 2002

National Catholic Reporter correspondent John Allen explains the process by which a new Pope is elected in the Roman Catholic Church, and talks about the current balance of power in the Vatican.

Philip Jenkins: "The Next Christendom"

May 22, 2002

Europe has been the center of Christianity's power and culture for 2,000 years, but the demographics and geography of this world religion are changing rapidly, according to Pennsylvania State University professor Philip Jenkins. His book...

Change in the Catholic Church

April 25, 2002

U.S. Roman Catholic leaders meeting at the Vatican announced a new policy for future sexual abuse cases involving priests. Meanwhile the Catholic faithful are looking for their own ways to reform the church. Diane and her guests talk about...

Cardinals at the Vatican

April 18, 2002

The Pope has called American Cardinals to the vatican for a meeting about the sex abuse scandal in this country. A panel talks about what is likely to happen at the meeting and the future of the Roman Catholic Church in America.

Thomas Moore: "The Soul's Religion" (Harper Collins)

April 16, 2002

Thomas Moore, a former monk and author of the best-selling "Care of the Soul," talks about the role spirituality plays in everyday life, and about the teachings of different faith traditions that have influenced his own spiritual...

American Catholics

March 27, 2002

A panel talks about revelations of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests and the failure of the hierarchy to address the problem properly, sparking a new round of conversations among American Catholics about the health of their...

Randy Cohen: "The Good, the Bad, and the Difference" (Doubleday)

March 25, 2002

Randy Cohen writes the "Ethicist" column for the New York Times Magazine, dispensing advice on life's knotty, everyday, ethical dilemmas. He's neither a philosopher nor a lawyer, but he'll answer questions and evaluate scenarios...

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