Monsignor David Toups, president of St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida, calls in to talk about the state of today's seminaries in the wake of the clergy sex abuse scandal. Although there is a lot of anger and disgust over the acts of some priests and the cover up by some bishops, Msgr. Toups says that there is a lot of hope in today's seminarians and reasons to be optimistic about the future of our Church.
And, in honor of today's Feast of St. Robert Bellarmine, Gus gives away copies of "A Minute in the Church" to listeners who call in and get on the air. The saint, who lived in the 16th and 17th centuries, was a Jesuit professor who authored a famous anti-Reformation three-volume scholarly work "Disputations About the Controversies of the Christian Faith" became an important treatise that's still studied today. Pope Clement VIII said of St. Robert Bellarmine that "he had not his equal for learning" and is the patron saint of apologists, canonists and catechists.