Catholicism

The Monastic Life

Dec 14, 2017
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How did a Trappist monastery flourish in the mountains of Utah for 70 years, and what led to its closing? Thursday, we’re talking about the history of monastic life and how it is expressed today.

Kelsie Moore | KUER

Bishop Oscar Solis has no idea why Pope Francis plucked him from sunny Los Angeles and sent him to lead the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City. Maybe God, he says, has the answer. The first Filipino to lead an American diocese, Solis entered the seminary at 11 years old, speaks four languages, loves golf, and brings abundant humor to his ministries. He joins us Thursday to talk about where his faith in God has led him in life, and to discuss the challenges facing the modern Catholic Church.

Pope Francis

Sep 21, 2015

This week, Pope Francis arrives for his first visit to the US, so Monday, we’re talking to religion writer and biographer Paul Vallely. He says conservative and liberal Catholics try to claim the Pope as their own. Francis opposes divorce, but has made the path to annulment easier. He advocates equal pay for women, but won’t allow them to be clergy. We’ll talk about the Pope’s complicated past and why Vallely says that behind the icon of simplicity stands a steely and sophisticated politician.