In today's First Reading from St. Paul's second letter to the Corinthians he coins the now-popular Christian phrase, "For God loves a cheerful giver." Gus talks about a recent caller to the show who said he wasn't Catholic but attended mass regularly with his wife who is. He mentioned how putting money in the collection basket in light of the recent clergy sex abuse scandal bothered him. Gus told him that tithing is not a requirement in the Catholic Church so, if putting money in that basket rankles him, don't do it. Gus brings that question to listeners. Has the recent scandals in the Catholic Church affected their giving? And, if so, have they chosen to give that money to a charity or worthy cause instead?
Gus talks about an issue that affects many U.S. Catholics at one time or another and that's when a priest with a heavy foreign accent comes into a parish and it's difficult for people to understand his homilies. He asks listeners if they've been affected by this and how they handled it.