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In Crown and Crozier, we invite leading thinkers to explore how the human experience is shaped by the interplay between Church and State, and what this means for tackling the great challenges of today. Join us as we examine what’s at stake for us as citizens and as a society in the dynamic engagement between civil and religious authority. The common good, basic freedoms, dignity of the person, administration of justice, self-government, the preservation of truth, goodness and beauty - all this and more hangs in the balance.
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I know for certain, dear listener, that there’s at least one thing you and I have in common - each of us is going to die.In this episode, we turn attention to that uncomfortable, sometimes distressing topic of death.Our guest is Dr. Randall Smith, author of From Here to Eternity: Reflections on Death, Immortality and the Resurrection of the Body.Dr. Smith reminds us that a proper understanding of death and the next world makes for a life that is more full of truth, goodness and beauty in this world.  We also talk about what it means for the Church and the State to “do death well” - which includes rejecting the allures peddled by the transhumanist school of thought.Dr. Smith is a Professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, the author of numerous books, and a regular contributor to The Catholic Thing, an online Catholic news and commentary forum.ReferencesDr. Randall Smith (University of St. Thomas webpage)Dr. Randall Smith’s columns at The Catholic ThingDr. Randall Smith, From Here to Eternity: Reflections on Death, Immortality and the Resurrection of the Body (2022)Support the note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.
Goodbye 2022, hello 2023!In this episode, we do a double take - not only glancing back at the biggest stories from 2022 in the world of Church, State and faithful citizenship, but also casting our gaze forward to what 2023 may have in store.We touch on the lifting of COVID restrictions; Pope Francis’ visit to Canada and the legacy of Indian residential schools; the recent passing of Pope Benedict XVI; the wave of attacks against Catholic churches across North America; Eucharistic revival in America; the Synodal Way in Germany; and more!Our guest is popular Catholic commentator, speaker and writer, Brian Holdsworth.  Through his YouTube channel, Brian provides regular reflections on major challenges in the life of the Church, as well as the beauty of Church tradition and history.  For more info on Brian and his online community of “Reinforcements”, be sure to check out his website: Holdsworth’s official website@briankeepsworth (Twitter)@BrianHoldsworth (YouTube) Support the note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.
In Fall 2021, it was revealed that Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, among the most senior and high profile leaders within the Anglican Church, had converted to Catholicism.In this episode, we sit down with (now) Monsignor Nazir-Ali as he reflects on his first year of membership in the Catholic Church. We explore moments from his life which served as major waypoints in his journey of faith, including his embrace of Christianity during his youth in Pakistan, his hasty departure from his homeland after crossing swords with militant Islamist authorities, and his ultimate conclusion that both the deposit of faith and its authentic ministry dwell most fully within Catholicism.We also discuss pivotal issues in the contemporary life of the Church, including the need for sacred tradition and magisterial authority to guide the transmission of the faith, especially in any exercise such as the Synod on Synodality.  To top it all off, we touch on St. John Henry Newman, the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and the legacy of the early Church as a persecuted minority which ended up changing the course of human history.Monsignor Nazir-Ali is a priest within the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, and serves as the Director of the Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue.ReferencesDr. Michael Nazir-Ali official website@michaelnaziraliDr. Michael Nazir-Ali, “There can be no moral renewal of public life without respect for God and Man”, The Catholic Herald (July 29, 2022)“Ex Anglican Bishop Michael Nazir Ali converts to Catholicism”, The Spectator (October 14, 2021)Support the note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.
U.S. President Thomas Jefferson famously wrote that the First Amendment to the Constitution was intended to erect “a wall of separation between church and state.”It’s commonly asserted that the intellectual architecture underpinning Church-State separation and the First Amendment’s codification of religious freedom rested on a foundation of Protestant liberalism, coloured by the rationalist philosophy of the Enlightenment period.But what if there’s more to the story?  If we hold the magnifying glass a little closer, is it possible to examine the arc of religious freedom in colonial America and discover Catholic fingerprints?In this episode, we aim to give a fair hearing to this idea.Our guest is Dr. Michael Breidenbach, Associate Professor and Chair of History at Ave Maria University, and Senior Affiliate for Legal Humanities at the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society at the University of Pennsylvania.  Author of Our Dear-Bought Liberty: Catholics and Religious Toleration in Early America, Dr. Breidenbach is an historian of politics, religion, law and culture in early America and the Atlantic World.Websites / resources referencedDr. Michael Breidenbach biographyMichael Breidenbach, Our Dear-Bought Liberty: Catholics and Religious Toleration in Early America (2021)“Conciliarism” (definition courtesy of Catholic Culture)George Calvert, 1st Baron BaltimoreInter Caetera (Pope Alexander VI, 1493)Constitution of the United States, First AmendmentSupport the note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.
Pope St. John Paul II once said: “As the family goes, so goes the nation, and so goes the whole world in which we live.”What’s the state of marriage and family these days?  Is public policy effectively safeguarding these fundamental human institutions?  When it comes to things like government action on childcare, is the work of the home even being properly valued?Our guest for this episode is Andrea Mrozek, Senior Fellow at Cardus Family.  Cardus Family is an initiative of the Christian think tank, Cardus, based in Canada and dedicated to strengthening the ways in which society’s institutions can work together for the common good.Andrea was previously Executive Director at the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada, and is widely recognized as a leading voice in Canada on marriage, child care and women’s issues.Documents/Websites ReferencedAndrea Mrozek biography (Cardus) Andrea Mrozek, “Child care solutions vital in post-Roe era” Catholic Register (July 2022)Andrea Mrozek, Peter Jon Mitchell, Brian Dijkema, “Look Before You Leap: The Real Costs and Complexities of National Daycare” (2021)Support the note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.
On April 15, 2019, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was engulfed in fire.  The conflagration was eventually extinguished - but it wasn’t long before flames were once again being fanned.Plans for re-building the church have ignited controversy, with some critics arguing that the proposals are tantamount to the “Disney-fication” of the 900-year-old monument to Our Lady.The debate is made all the more complex by the fact that the cathedral isn’t actually owned by the local Archdiocese.  Like tens of thousands of churches in Europe, it’s owned by the State.Our guest for this episode is one of the most well-known expatriate art historians in Europe.  Dr. Elizabeth Lev has lived and worked as a tour guide in Rome for over 20 years.  She teaches at Duquesne University’s Italian campus as well as the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.  Dr. Lev is the author of multiple books, the most recent of which traces the history of St. Joseph’s depiction in art.Documents/Websites ReferencedDr. Elizabeth Lev’s official websiteDr. Elizabeth Lev, “Sorry, Internet: Notre Dame is not being ‘wreckovated’”, The Washington Post (December 8, 2021)“France Approves Controversial Plan to Renovate Notre-Dame Cathedral”, Smithsonian Magazine (December 14, 2021)“What is Notre Dame Cathedral for?” The Pillar (November 30, 2021)“Notre Damned”, The Catholic Herald (January 27, 2022)History of Notre-Dame de Paris, Britannica.comSupport the note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.
Should pastors be political?Before we instinctively leap to the answer “NO!”...What if we examine that question in the light of what the Church teaches are a pastor’s three primary responsibilities - teaching, sanctifying and governing?  And what if by “political” we simply mean the many things relating to our life in common in the body politic, as opposed to the political vocation or mere partisanship?Joining us to help tackle these questions is Dr. Ben Dunson, author of “Should pastors be political?”, published by First Things in August 2022.  Dr. Dunson is editor-in-chief of American Reformer and visiting professor of New Testament at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Greenville, South Carolina.Documents/Websites ReferencedDr. Ben Dunson biographyBen Dunson, “Should Pastors Be Political?” First Things (August 26, 2022)Support the note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.
Long before Joe Biden, John Kerry and JFK threw their hats in the ring for President, Alfred E. Smith blazed the trail in 1928 as the first Catholic nominee for the White House.Smith’s story is the stuff of legend.  The son of a poor Irish immigrant, Smith grew up in Lower Manhattan, laboured in the local fish market, served in the New York assembly for over 10 years, and won four elections for Governor.   During the 1928 presidential election, he encountered an avalanche of anti-Catholic bigotry, much of it spearheaded by the Ku Klux Klan.Join us as we examine the life and legacy of a good man who lived and defended the faith in public office, and whose witness can help shape our vision of what to look for in any politician, let alone a Catholic one.  Our guest is Dr. Robert Slayton, Professor Emeritus of History at Chapman University and author of Empire Statesman: The Rise and Redemption of Al Smith.Documents/Websites ReferencedDr. Robert Slayton biographyRobert Slayton, “Empire Statesman: The Rise and Redemption of Al Smith”Alfred E. Smith, “Catholic and Patriot”, The Atlantic (May 1927)“How Al Smith and FDR countered the KKK and anti-Catholic prejudice in politics”“The Knights vs. The Klan”“Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire”Support the note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.
We take advantage of the Canadian House of Commons’ summer recess to sit down with Garnett Genuis, Member of Parliament for Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan in Alberta.We shoot the summer breeze getting to know Garnett better: how his political discernment was partly inspired by a Holocaust survivor in his family and a German bishop who resisted the Nazis; how he juggles his obligations as parliamentarian and father of five; and how the Christian faith is practiced, shared, interpreted and sometimes maligned on Parliament Hill.Our discussion also features a lively mix of current events: Pope Francis’ recent trip to Canada and the legacy of Indian residential schools; religious freedom at home and abroad; the state of the national pro-life movement; and the outlook for upstart political parties seeking to challenge the conservative establishment.Oh, and there’s that whole Conservative Party of Canada leadership race to talk about too.Garnett was first elected to federal office in 2015 and was likewise victorious in the 2019 and 2021 elections.  At 35 years of age, he’s spent nearly 20% of his life representing his constituents.  He’s the host of his own political podcast, Resuming Debate.  Garnett and his wife, Rebecca, live outside Edmonton, Alberta and have five children.Documents/Websites ReferencedGarnett Genuis biography (official website)“Resuming Debate” podcast hosted by Garnett Genuis “What the bishop who resisted the Nazis can teach us today,” Catholic News Agency (December 17, 2017)“Pope Francis in Canada” (official webpage for the July 2022 papal visit)“‘Terrible and tragic’: Century-old Catholic Church in Morinville, Alta., destroyed by fire,” CBC News (June 30, 2021)Garnett Genuis tweets #1 and #2 endorsements in 2022 Conservative Party of Canada leadership race“Canada election: Did the PPC split the Conservative vote? Maybe - but it’s not that simple,” Global News (September 22, 2021)“Alberta MP among those calling for re-opening of national Office of Religious Freedom,” Grandin Media (March 10, 2021) Support the note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.
From July 24-29, 2022, Pope Francis will be visiting Canada. During the trip, the Pope is set to deliver an apology on Canadian soil for the involvement of Catholic dioceses and religious orders in the operation of residential schools from the 1870s through the 1990s.Residential schools were established under a federal government program which was intended to assimilate Indigenous children into Euro-Canadian culture, and equip them with the education and skills deemed necessary to participate in Canada’s economic and social life.In anticipation of the Holy Father’s visit, this episode explores Indigenous reconciliation and ministry, major themes and challenges from Pope Francis’ pontificate, and whether Canada has a unique contribution to make to the Church’s mission in the 21st century.Along the way, we take some scenic detours, including reminiscing about the last time a pope visited Canada for the occasion of World Youth Day in 2002, and reminding ourselves of the importance of continuously building communities of faith.Our guest is John Paul Meenan, Assistant Professor of Theology at Seat of Wisdom College in Barry’s Bay, Ontario. John Paul was the co-founder of the small academic community which eventually became Seat of Wisdom College.  He's also the Editor in Chief of the online magazine Catholic Insight.Documents/Websites referenced John Paul Meenan biography (Seat of Wisdom College): “Pope Francis in Canada” (official webpage for the papal visit): https://www.papalvisit.caCanadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, “Brief History of Indian Residential Schools”: Conference of Catholic Bishops, “Statement of Apology by the Catholic Bishops of Canada to the Indigenous Peoples of This Land” (September 24, 2021): Conference of Catholic Bishops, “Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Visit 2002”: Francis, Apostolic Letter Traditionis Custodes (July 16, 2021): Insight magazine: the note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.
2022 marks the 40th anniversary of Canada’s bill of rights, or what is formally known as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Against that backdrop, in this episode we examine the present-day landscape in Canada for freedom of religion – the first fundamental freedom listed in the Charter. We talk about the implications of COVID restrictions; why recent federal legislation banning conversion therapy may be the greatest threat to religious freedom at this moment; and what the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on abortion may or may not mean for Canada.We also discuss a unique type of “trial” for members of today’s legal profession – namely, the ability to practice one’s faith while practicing law.Joining us is Albertos Polizogopoulos, one of the most prominent legal practitioners in Canada when it comes to cases and questions involving freedom of religion.  On behalf of his broad range of clients – churches, charities, dioceses, schools, universities, hospitals – Albertos has appeared numerous times in front of the Supreme Court of Canada.Albertos is a partner and founder at his Ottawa-based law firm, The Acacia Group.Documents/Websites referenced Albertos Polizogopoulos’ biography (The Acacia Group)Canadian Charter of Rights and FreedomsBill C-4, An act to amend the criminal code (conversion therapy)U.S. Supreme Court - Dobbs vs. JacksonSupreme Court of Canada - R. v. MorgentalerSupreme Court of Canada - Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper CanadaPaul Schratz, “Department of National Defence panel addresses racism with more racism”, Catholic Register (May 5, 2022)Legal Leaders for Diversity and InclusionSupport the note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.
From January 29 - February 20, 2022, the eyes of the world were upon Ottawa, Canada as hundreds of truck drivers and thousands of their supporters engaged in the self-styled “Freedom Convoy” protest against COVID-19 restrictions and vaccine mandates.In this episode of Crown and Crozier, we examine the Freedom Convoy through the lens of key tenets of the Catholic Church’s teaching – especially St. Thomas Aquinas’ formula for what constitutes just law and the principles that underlie when civil disobedience is permissible.In particular, we pose the following questions:According to the Catholic Church, what constitutes authentic human freedom?Was the Freedom Convoy justified in protesting against COVID restrictions which may not have fulfilled the criteria for just laws?  Could a Catholic participate in the Freedom Convoy in good conscience?Our guest is Dr. Mary Catherine Sommers, Professor Emerita of Philosophy and past director of the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.Documents/Websites referenced St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, 1st part of the 2nd part: Q90Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 2242 (refusing obedience to civil authorities)Pope Leo XIII, Sapientiae Christianae - Encyclical on Christians as Citizens (1890)Mark R. MacGuigan, “Civil Disobedience and Natural Law”, The Catholic Lawyer (1965) [quotation of St. Alphonsus Liguori - “when it is doubtful, the law is presumed to be just”]Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision granting injunction on use of air horns and train horns by Freedom Convoy participants (February 7, 2022)Quinton Amundson, “Ottawa basilica cancels Masses due to Freedom Convoy protest”, The Catholic Register (February 9, 2022)Rachel Parent, “‘We’re not lawyers’: Ottawa protest organizer says MOU not meant to endorse toppling the Canadian government”, Saltwire (February 10, 2022)“‘Blurred lines’ - Ottawa archdiocese says there’s no easy take on trucker protests”, The Pillar (February 11, 2022)Support the note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.
Chances are that you’ve heard about the political forces and players involved in the February 2022 invasion of Ukraine by Russia.  But what may be less familiar is the complex, centuries-long religious and historical backdrop against which the war is unfolding.Joining us to help unpackage these dimensions of the conflict is Dr. Anatolii Babynskyi.  Dr. Babynskyi is a research fellow at the Institute of Church History at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine.  He is also the Ukrainian correspondent for the American online Catholic news service, The Pillar.Our conversation touches on numerous topics: the rich tapestry of ecclesiological and liturgical traditions that underpin the Christian character of Ukraine; the historical relationships and tensions between those traditions and Russian Orthodoxy; whether Ukrainian national identity is actually a thing; the leadership of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky; and the outlook for Ukraine’s future amidst the fog of war.Documents/Websites referenced Dr. Anatolii Babynskyi (LinkedIn)@MrAnatoliusAnatolii Babynskyi, “‘Russkiy mir’ - The ‘Russian World’ meets Ukrainian politics and Vatican diplomacy”, The Pillar (March 3, 2022)Anatolii Babynskyi, “Split from Kirill is coming, say Ukrainian Orthodox priests”, The Pillar (March 9, 2022)Anatolii Babynskyi, “‘I have never seen such fear’ - Ukraine’s refugees, and the Catholics helping them survive”, The Pillar (March 24, 2022)Union of BrestEcumenical Council of FlorenceCaritas InternationalisSupport the note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.
In Canada, anticipation has been building in the lead-up to the visit of a delegation of Indigenous elders, youth, and residential school survivors to the Vatican in Spring 2022.The visit comes on the heels of the announcement in 2021 that the remains of 215 children in unmarked graves had been discovered on the site of a former residential school near Kamloops, British Columbia.In this episode of Crown and Crozier, we explore the issue of residential schools through the lens of a unique personal story.Father Cristino Bouvette’s grandmother was a member of the Cree First Nation.  Despite being forced away from home to attend a residential school in Alberta, his grandmother - or “kokum” - held onto her Christian faith until she died shortly before her 100th birthday.Our conversation with Father Bouvette examines the witness of his kokum, the blend of Christian identity and Indigenous heritage in his family, what authentic reconciliation looks like, and the incredible healing power of forgiveness.Father Bouvette serves as the Vicar of Vocations and Young Adults in the Diocese of Calgary, as well as the Chaplain for the Diocese’s youth ministry, the St. Francis Xavier Council.(Note - for background information on the Indian residential school system in Canada, see the link below to the website of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops).Documents/Websites referenced Father Cristino Bouvette (biography)@frcris Father Cristino Bouvette, “Reality in Truth and Reconciliation”, Convivium (June 16, 2021)Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, “Brief History of Indian Residential Schools”Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, “Canadian Bishops and Indigenous Delegates Depart on Historic Trip to the Holy See” (March 24, 2022)Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, “Statement of Apology by the Catholic Bishops of Canada to the Indigenous Peoples of This Land” (September 24, 2021)Raymond de Souza, "Historically inaccurate to suggest Catholic Church hasn’t apologized for residential schools", National Post (June 2021) Diocese of Prince George (British Columbia), Rose Prince PilgrimageIndian Residential Schools Settlement AgreementSupport the note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.
Can a ruler be both powerful and pious?  This combination may be rare in our political leaders today. But the life of Blessed Karl of Austria teaches us that the answer to this question can indeed be a resounding “yes.” With April 1, 2022 marking the 100-year anniversary of his death, in this episode we examine the legacy and witness of the last emperor of one of Europe’s most long-standing Catholic dynasties. Proving that a deep faith in God was not at odds with service in the highest imperial office, Blessed Karl strove for a peaceful resolution to the First World War and ultimately died in exile after only two short years on the throne. Karl’s life represents a compelling example of Church-State cooperation in an authentic pursuit of the spiritual and temporal welfare of the people - and serves as a contrast to the corrupt entanglement of altar and throne in modern-day Russia.Joining us to explore these themes is Father Raymond de Souza. One of North America's most well-known Catholic commentators, he is a regular columnist for the National Post and the National Catholic Register. Father de Souza is a Senior Fellow at Cardus, Canada's leading Christian think tank. He also serves as a parish priest in the Archdiocese of Kingston, Ontario.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting Crown and Crozier with a tax-deductible donation here:  DONATE  Documents/Websites referenced Father Raymond de Souza (biography)@fatherdesouzaBlessed Karl of Austria (Vatican biography)Blessed Karl of Austria - Cause for Canonization USA / Canada K.V. Turley, “Blessed are the peacemakers: Lessons from the life and legacy of Blessed Karl”, National Catholic Register (October 21, 2020)“Caesaropapism” (“Josephinism” ( Raymond de Souza, “The Kirill Question”, National Catholic Register (March 9, 2022)Father Raymond de Souza, “Putin is using a ‘spiritual’ lie to further his imperialist aims”, National Post (February 26, 2022)Support the note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.
To be convicted of a crime, a person must be proven guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.”Indeed, “reasonable doubt” is one of the hallmarks of our modern criminal justice system. It’s typically understood as a legal rule intended to help determine the facts of a specific case and protect the accused.But what if everything we think we know about “reasonable doubt” is wrong? What if its original purpose was actually to shield the souls of judges and juries from eternal damnation? What if it was conceived, not as a tool of the secular law, but as a moral concept steeped in a distinct theological tradition of the Middle Ages and Christendom? A tradition that was preoccupied not with facts, but with the spilling of blood?Our guest for this episode makes this exact argument. Dr. James Whitman has taught at Yale Law School since 1994 and currently serves as the Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including his award-winning work honoured by the American Bar Association, The Origins of Reasonable Doubt: Theological Roots of the Criminal Trial.00:00 - Introduction03:45 - Defining reasonable doubt (or not)07:50 - The theology of blood12:00 - What an "ordeal"!17:30 - Fourth Lateran Council bans blood-shedding by priests21:30 - Emergence of trial by jury23:20 - Got doubt? Better not act27:50 - Court testimony: the Middle Ages' risky business35:00 - "It is the law that condemns and not I"36:40 - Reasonable doubt: fact finding or moral comfort formula?40:00 - John Adams echoes Pope Innocent III42:30 - Things get fuzzy as public morality fades 46:20 - Presumption of innocence vs. presumption of mercy49:35 - ConclusionIf you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting Crown and Crozier with a tax-deductible donation here:  DONATE  Documents/Websites referenced Dr. James Whitman (biography)Dr. James Whitman, “The Origins of Reasonable Doubt: Theological Roots of the Criminal Trial” (2008)Catholic Encyclopedia, “Fourth Lateran Council”, “Why John Adams Defended British Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials”Magna Carta (English translation)Support the note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.
Through his new blog on Substack, Dr. Douglas Farrow has been tackling head on the deeper, more troubling significance of what’s been taking place over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic at a social, cultural, political, and spiritual level.In this episode, we chat with Dr. Farrow about how certain actions by the Church and the State during the pandemic have raised fundamental questions around what it means to be human. We also touch on what it’s like to live in a place where a prerequisite for getting through your local parish doors is flashing your vaccine passport. And with a convoy of trucks hunkered down in Canada’s capital city, we reflect on freedom, autonomy, and opportunities for evangelization.(N.B. the trucks rolled into Ottawa on January 29, 2022. We recorded this interview on February 4 and are posting it on February 16).Dr. Douglas Farrow has lectured and taught at universities for nearly 30 years, with most of that spent at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he serves as Professor of Theology and Ethics. Among the most well-known of his many publications are the books Nation of Bastards: Essays on the End of Marriage, Ascension Theology, and Desiring a Better Country.00:00 - Introduction03:10 - Vax pass for Mass? Time to say something06:35 - Two years of pandemic - just what the heck is going on? 13:30 - Discerning the motives of civil authorities17:45 - When citizens become biometric datapoints25:05 - The Church acting as a creature of the State34:00 - This far shall you come...and no further40:10 - A time to obey, a time to resist47:10 - The thirst for freedom as a road to conversion54:25 - ConclusionIf you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting Crown and Crozier with a tax-deductible donation here:  DONATE  Documents/Websites referenced Dr. Douglas Farrow (biography)“Desiring a Better Country” (Dr. Farrow’s Substack blog)Dr. Douglas Farrow, “Rendering to Caesar what is God’s”, Substack (December 28, 2021)Dr. Douglas Farrow, “Vaccine Passports for Mass?”, Crisis Magazine (November 3, 2021)Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum (May 15, 1891)Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 2242 (refusing obedience to civil authorities)Support the note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.
In this episode, Kimberly Hahn joins us to talk about her experience representing the taxpayers of Steubenville, Ohio as their Councilwoman-at-Large at city hall.We chat about her journey into politics, what it means to live out the Catholic social principle of subsidiarity, why small towns in the Rust Belt have shifted their political loyalties, whether Steubenville would ever defund its police force, and why we need more Catholics in public office. Along the way, Councilwoman Hahn shares stories about campaigning in the rougher parts of town, voting your conscience at the Council table, and occasionally reminding constituents that dying outside a state of grace is actually the worst thing that can happen to anyone.Kimberly was first elected to Steubenville City Council in November 2015 and is currently serving her second term as Councilwoman-at-Large, having been re-elected in 2019. She is the author of five books, including the story of her conversion, Rome Sweet Home, which she co-wrote with her husband, Scott. She is also a popular Catholic speaker and host of the podcast Beloved and Blessed.00:00 - Introduction02:50 - Inspiration to run for office06:00 - Knock, knock, knocking on 7,000 doors09:10 - Catholic faith: political asset or liability?11:25 - The shifting politics of the Ohio Valley17:05 - What subsidiarity and solidarity look like in practice21:05 - Shoestring local budgets vs. gargantuan federal spending24:55 - Federal issues on the ground - Part 1: defund the police27:15 - Federal issues on the ground - Part 2: critical race theory29:10 - Issues of conscience around the Council table 33:15 - A challenging vote on medical marijuana38:15 - Speaking-up in the public square42:20 - Words of wisdom for the prospective candidates out there44:00 - St. Thomas More, guardian angels and other intercessors45:30 - What's next for the term-limited Councilwoman?46:15 - ConclusionIf you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting Crown and Crozier with a tax-deductible donation here:  DONATE  Documents/Websites referenced Kimberly Hahn (City Council biography)Kimberly for Steubenville (campaign website)Beloved and Blessed podcast“Kimberly Hahn wins council at large seat”, The Herald Star (November 4, 2015)Subsidiarity - What You Need to KnowSupport the note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.
Victor Davis Hanson joins us to talk about his latest book, The Dying Citizen: How Progressive Elites, Tribalism, and Globalization are Destroying the Idea of America. The book argues that multiple forces are laying siege to the concept and practice of citizenship in our times: evisceration of the middle class; open borders; identity politics; the administrative state; progressive political evolutionaries; and globalists and globalization. While events of the past two years have demonstrated the fragility of citizenship, Dr. Hanson maintains that there is still time to rebuild what we’re in danger of losing - and that an essential ingredient in this effort is rediscovering the transcendent.Dr. Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University; a professor of Classics Emeritus at California State University, Fresno; and a nationally syndicated columnist.00:00 - Introduction01:45 - Why 2020/2021 was a wake-up call06:30 - Identity politics and religion9:10 - America: made by, and for, religious people13:30 - Faith as the mortar for our civic identity bricks16:20 - Ambivalence toward country, when country neglects faith 21:20 - Restoring transcendence, restoring citizenship26:05 - ConclusionIf you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting Crown and Crozier with a tax-deductible donation here:  DONATE  Documents/Websites referenced Dr. Victor Davis Hanson (biography)@VDHansonVictor Davis Hanson, The Dying Citizen (2021)John Adams, “Letter to Massachusetts Militia” (October 11, 1798) [source of quotation: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people”]Support the note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.
2021 is almost a wrap!  Join us as we sit down and review the biggest Church and State stories from the year that was.  We cast a glance back at the inauguration of America’s second Catholic president, the ensuing debates around “Eucharistic coherence”, Year 2 of the COVID pandemic, the mother of all Synods - and more!Our guest is Dr. Robert Royal, Founder and President of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C. and Editor-in-Chief of The Catholic Thing.  He is a regular guest on EWTN’s flagship news program, “The World Over”, and has written, edited, or translated 15 books.00:00 - Introduction02:30 - The hand of Providence in a pandemic that drags on (and on...)04:20 - Highs and lows of the response to COVID05:25 - Seeking clarity and consistency in the Church's take on vaccines07:30 - Moral imperatives vs. prudential judgments 11:00 - No pause button on the Church's mission in pandemic times14:55 - The "anti-Catholic" Catholic in the Oval Office19:05 - The Pope and the President22:50 - JFK and JRB - two sides of "the church doesn't speak for me"26:30 - Recent USCCB reflections on "The Mystery of the Eucharist"30:10 - The struggle to sanctify the public square35:00 - Receiving the Gift of the Eucharist38:35 - Goals and (tempered) expectations for the Synod on Synodality42:30 - Whither Tradition in synodality?47:30 - The Traditional Latin Mass - flourishing and suppression53:10 - Hopes for the new year54:25 - ConclusionIf you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting Crown and Crozier with a tax-deductible donation here:  DONATE  Documents/Websites referenced Dr. Robert Royal (biography)@RobertSRoyalArchive of Dr. Royal’s columns at The Catholic ThingCongregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “Note on the morality of using some anti-COVID-19 vaccines” (December 21, 2020)United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, “The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church” (November 2021)General Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops, Synod 2021-2023Pope Francis, Apostolic Letter Traditionis Custodes(July 16, 2021)Support the note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.
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