Thursday, December 7, 2023

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Gus shares the incredible story of St. Ambrose, the saint whose feast we celebrate today, and St. Augustine of Hippo. St. Augustine was an incredibly intelligent and popular orator who lived a very worldly life, much to his devoutly Catholic mother's consternation. In fact, he looked down on priests and bishops. Upon meeting and debating with St. Ambrose, he came away incredibly impressed and moved. It was the first tangible step towards his conversion, which would end up with him becoming a priest and a bishop and, later, a venerated saint and doctor of the Church. Afterwards, Gus asks listeners to call in if they've had a St. Ambrose in their lives, or if they were the St. Ambrose to another person, and to share their story.
Also, Dr. Matthew Bunson of EWTN News calls in. It's been a few weeks since he and Gus last spoke, so they recap some of the USCCB's November Meetings and talk a bit about the U.S. bishops' effort to have Pope Francis named St. John Henry Newman as a doctor of the Church. And, speaking of Pope Francis, they talk about his latest respiratory illness, which caused him to miss the UN Climate Summit, and how soon he's expected to recover. They also talk about the big news story out of the Vatican last week when we learned Pope Francis has evicted his outspoken critic, Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, from his Vatican apartment and terminated his salary.
Gus goes over a few more news stories that he couldn't get to with Dr. Bunson, including a pro-abortion group's attempt to make access to abortion a state constitutional right in Arkansas and the dismissal of hate speech charges against two Finlanders. The Helsinki Court of Appeals dismissed charges against Paivi Rasanen, a veteran member of Parliament. In 2019, she had Tweeted a post about marriage being between one man and one woman. The other accused, Lutheran Bishop Juhana Pohjola, was arrested and charged with hate speech for publishing Rasanen's 2004 pamphlet entitled "Male and Female He Created Them." And finally, FBI Director Christopher Wray again testified before the Senate yesterday and was asked several pointed questions by Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley over a new report on the FBI's targeting of "traditional Catholics."
And Bob Dunning calls in to talk a little bit about this year's Army v. Navy game on Saturday, which features two sub .500 teams, and the College Football Playoff Committee's decision to leave Florida State University out of the four-team playoffs because of the season-ending injury to their QB.


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