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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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Ordained by God and gifted to man, both the Church and the Empire help human beings attain peace in this life and beatitude in the next.  So argued Dante Alighieri, the great Italian poet and author of the epic The Divine Comedy.With 700 years having passed since his death in 1321, this year has been branded as l’anno di Dante – “the year of Dante.”  Joining us to mark the occasion is Dr. Anthony Esolen, renowned translator of The Divine Comedy and Professor and Writer-in-Residence at Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts in Warner, New Hampshire. Our conversation with Dr. Esolen focuses on Inferno, the first installment in Dante’s three-part masterpiece.  In our journey through the underworld, we examine several of the timeless themes explored by the Supreme Poet – rendering unto God and Caesar; the nature of authority and the consequences of its abuse; the virtue of neighbourliness; patriotism; and, above all, the boundless, beatific love of God, who grants us for all eternity that which we seek in this world.0:00 - Introduction3:45 - 2021: a year for reading Dante7:05 - Writing in the language of the people9:00 - Inferno as a meditation on love and beauty...oh, and it's about Hell, too13:00 - The complicated days of Dante: Emperors and Popes17:35 - Politics as family warfare in medieval Florence19:00 - Sweeping claims of papal authority in Boniface VIII's Unam Sanctam 22:25 - Excommunication and penance: the drama of Ambrose and Theodosius 25:00 - First stop in the underworld - hating thy neighbour in the (anti) city of Dis30:15 - The vision of Purgatory32:25 - Pursuing the Good without charity - a ticket to everlasting condemnation 37:40 - Punishment for the Pope who pimped out the Bride of Christ42:30 - Traitors to Church and Empire in the lowest circle: Judas, Brutus, Cassius 46:30 - The virtue of patriotism and its practice in exile49:30 - The Hundredfold: Songs for the Lord54:40 - ConclusionIf you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting Crown and Crozier with a tax-deductible donation here:  DONATE  Documents/Websites referenced Kevin J. Jones, “Why 2021 is the Year of Dante,” Catholic News Agency (January 21, 2021)Anthony Esolen (Wikipedia page) Dante Alighieri, Inferno (translated by Anthony Esolen)Pope Boniface VIII, Unam SanctamAnthony Esolen, The Hundredfold: Songs for the Lord  (2019)Please note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.Support the show (http://missionoftheredeemer.com/crownandcrozier/)
On June 15, 1215, in the meadows of Runnymede just west of London, English nobles and clergy gathered to witness – and to compel – King John to place his seal on a document that enshrined the rights of the Church and of free men, and declared the sovereign to be subject to the rule of law. The name of this document was Magna Carta, the Great Charter of liberty.In his passionate and entertaining style, Dr. John Robson tells the story of this seminal moment in the history of democracy, the protection of human freedom, and the independence of the Church.Dr. Robson is a historian, journalist, and documentary filmmaker. Chief among his documentary titles is “Magna Carta: Our Shared Legacy of Liberty”, which is accompanied by a companion book of the same name.0:00 - Introduction3:00 - Magna Carta - a launchpad for 800 years of liberty7:40 - Genesis of the Magna Carta10:40 - Missionaries, stories of a dead Jewish carpenter and the conversion of Britain12:45 - Resisting One-Man Rule16:00 - The drama: Bad King John, Pope Innocent III and Archbishop Stephen Langton19:35 - The shadow of St. Thomas Becket's assassination22:20 - How can a prince be under the law?25:20 - The commoners have their say28:15 - The miracle of Magna Carta30:15 - Freedom for the Church32:20 - Freedom for all38:40 - Magna Carta and the New World45:20 - Carrying forward the legacy of Magna Carta49:15 - ConclusionIf you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting Crown and Crozier with a tax-deductible donation here:  DONATE  Documents/Websites referenced Magna Carta (English translation)Dr. John Robson“Magna Carta: Our Shared Legacy of Liberty” (Dr. John Robson documentary)Archbishop Stephen LangtonThe (remarkably unusual) tomb of Archbishop Stephen LangtonMagna Carta Day Act (Ontario)Please note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.Support the show (http://missionoftheredeemer.com/crownandcrozier/)
Father Deacon Andrew Bennett served as Canada's first (and so far, only) Ambassador for Religious Freedom from 2013-2016.  He joins us to discuss his time as a diplomat championing religious liberty, the duty for governments to defend this essential human right, and how the future of religious freedom will ultimately depend on the faithful having the courage and the capacity to truly understand and publicly live out the truths of the Gospel.Fr. Dcn. Bennett currently serves as Senior Fellow at the Religious Freedom Institute in Washington, DC, and Director of the Religious Freedom Institute and Faith Community Engagement at Cardus in Ottawa, Canada. 0:00 - Introduction2:45 - The vision for an Office of Religious Freedom6:00 - Stationery, furniture, Prime Minister's support - getting the Office off the ground5:30 - Assessing the global state of religious freedom - where to begin? 8:05 - Government restrictions and social hostility - the religious freedom litmus test 13:10 - The delicate diplomatic dance of outreach to freedom's worst offenders16:00 - Friends in the fight for freedom - Canada, the United States and Europe19:50 - Why prioritize religious freedom?25:15 - Meanwhile, back at home - religious freedom and freedom of conscience in Canada29:30 - Getting your own house in order first29:50 - Fundamental freedoms - inherent within us or gift of the State?35:30 - Threats to religious freedom on the home front today41:30 - Religious freedom and the challenges of COVID47:10 - An opportunity for the laity48:25 - Hope for the future (and a powerful story of Christian witness amidst persecution)53:35 - ConclusionIf you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting Crown and Crozier with a tax-deductible donation by clicking here:  DONATEDocuments/Websites Referenced:Father Deacon Andrew BennettCardusReligious Freedom InstituteShahbaz BhattiOffice of International Religious Freedom (USA)United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (UCIRF)Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief (United Nations)Canadian Charter of Rights and FreedomsBerkley Centre for Religion, Peace and World Affairs (Georgetown University)A Closer Look at How Religious Restrictions Have Risen Around the World (Pew Research) Dignitatis Humanae - Declaration on Religious Freedom (Vatican II)Dr. Brian Bird, "The ban on in-person worship continues in BC." Vancouver Sun, 1 January 2021 This podcast has been edited for length and clarity.Support the show (http://missionoftheredeemer.com/crownandcrozier/)
Serving as chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen isn’t what you might expect. The story of Dr. Gavin Ashenden, one of Queen Elizabeth’s former honorary chaplains, is likewise something that many people weren’t expecting – perhaps most of all Dr. Ashenden himself, who ended-up converting to Catholicism after 35 years as an Anglican priest. The fascinating story of his road to Rome is the focus of Part 2 in our series with Dr. Ashenden. Find out how the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, Cultural Marxism, and a local Catholic bishop all played a part in Dr. Ashenden's journey to conversion. The Devil and the Holy Spirit also make an appearance. (Guess who wins?!)0:00 - Introduction2:09 - The winding path to Rome04:15 - Employment at a secular university05:48 - Carl Jung as the foil to Sigmund Freud on campus10:08 - Interrogation by the KGB; the taste of Marxism and totalitarianism12:38 - A troubling glimpse into the future of England’s demographics 16:17 - Threats of assassination; no blood on the Queen’s carpet, please18:42 - A call from the Royal Household: “Dr. Ashenden, please make your way to the exit”21:39 - Media storm24:18 - Reflecting on the influence of Cultural Marxism on the Church of England27:12 - Revolution vs. revelation in Great Britain’s State religion32:02 - Lessons for Catholics from the experience of the Church of England37:45 - A final word: prospects for Holy Orders?40:34 - ConclusionIf you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting Crown and Crozier with a tax-deductible donation by clicking here:  DONATEDocuments/Websites ReferencedGavin Ashenden@gavinashendenGavin Ashenden, “On Leaving the Church of England” (YouTube)K.V. Turley, “From Canterbury to Rome: Why the Queen’s Former Chaplain Became Catholic”, National Catholic Register (March 8, 2020)Gavin Ashenden, “Jordan Peterson and Jesus Christ - the Ongoing Discovery” (YouTube)Carl JungFrancis Fukuyama, The End of History and the Last Man (2006)Lord Chamberlain (senior officer of the Royal Household)Tod Worner, “When Father Joseph Ratzinger Predicted the Future of the Church”, Aleteia (June 13, 2016)Rod Dreher, Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents (2020)Please note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.Support the show (http://missionoftheredeemer.com/crownandcrozier/)
Serving as chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen isn’t what you might expect. The story of Dr. Gavin Ashenden, one of Queen Elizabeth’s former honorary chaplains, is likewise something that many people weren’t expecting – perhaps most of all Dr. Ashenden himself, who ended-up converting to Catholicism after 35 years as an Anglican priest. This episode is the first segment in our two-part series with Dr. Ashenden. In Part 1, we discuss the fusion of religious and temporal authority within the Church of England, what it means to minister to the Queen, and how a Christian monarchy whose subjects (and members) seem increasingly uninterested in Christianity cannot long endure. 0:00 - Introduction3:15 - Honorary Chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II - it’s not at all what you think11:55 - Getting to know the Royal Household (and cocktail waitresses)15:35 - Two roles and one personality: Head of State, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, and Elizabeth Windsor21:45 - Who cares for the soul of the Queen?24:25 - The next generations of the Royal Household30:10 - Anglican Church 101: A Church tamed by the StateIf you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting Crown and Crozier with a tax-deductible donation here:  DONATE  Documents/Websites referenced Dr. Gavin Ashenden@gavinashendenQueen Elizabeth IIChurch of EnglandHonorary Chaplain to the QueenRoyal Ecclesiastical HouseholdBattle of AgincourtHenry VIIIWars of the RosesPlease note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.Support the show (http://missionoftheredeemer.com/crownandcrozier/)
Dr. Mary Catherine Sommers joins us to discuss government restrictions on worship during COVID, as seen through a Thomistic lens.  Dr. Sommers is Professor Emerita for Philosophy and past director of the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.0:00 - Introduction2:56 - Aquinas’ understanding of the proper responsibilities of religious and civil authorities6:56  - Aquinas’ theory of law11:38 - Ensuring compatibility of human law with natural law13:48  - Who may enact laws?15:44 - COVID restrictions - do they actually fit within Aquinas’ formula?20:33 - Aquinas’ view on restriction of freedoms24:04 - What should faithful citizens do?  28:38 - How do we know when to obey or disobey a law?30:48 - The role of prudence - the "here and now" virtue 35:18 - Complying with COVID restrictions - what are the Doctor's orders?37:03 - Wrap upIf you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting Crown and Crozier with a tax-deductible donation here: https://missionoftheredeemer.com/crownandcrozier/Documents/Websites referenced Brian Tierney (medieval historian) - Wikipedia pageMartin Luther King Jr. - "Letter from Birmingham Jail" (1963) Pierre Manent - "The Church has the Form of a City", Public Discourse (July 26, 2020)Canadian Charter of Rights and FreedomsJohn Locke - "Letter Concerning Toleration" (1689) Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica, 1st part of the 2nd part: Q90Please note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.Support the show (http://missionoftheredeemer.com/crownandcrozier/)
Archbishop Terrence Prendergast joins us to discuss his time as Archbishop of Ottawa, the interaction between the bishops and the government during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the cultural challenges he sees before us.  Archbishop Prendergast is the Archbishop Emeritus of Ottawa-Cornwall and is currently the Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Hearst-Moosonee in Northern Ontario.0:00 - Introduction1:43 - The diocese of Hearst-Moosonee 3:44 - Serving as an Apostolic Administrator4:59 - Merging of Dioceses - permission from Parliament, please?6:52 - Serving as shepherd to the capital’s flock12:20 - Interaction with Catholic elected officials (including a Prime Minister along the way)17:22 - Collaboration with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops18:52 - Sharing the Gospel and engaging the world through the media 20:52 - Successful engagement with government - Canada Summer Jobs Grant case study23:11 - Pride of place for religious freedom in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms26:52 - The opportunities and challenges ahead with Catholic schools32:55 - The uncertain future of State funding for Catholic Schools34:50 - COVID restrictions on religious services and houses of worship - a report card for civil authorities 45:52 - The Eucharist, a life set apart, and closing thoughtsIf you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting Crown and Crozier with a tax-deductible donation here: https://missionoftheredeemer.com/crownandcrozier/Documents/Websites referencedArchdiocese of OttawaDiocese of Hearst-MoosoneeCanadian Charter of Rights and FreedomsDeborah Gyapong - “Dioceses tell Catholics not to sign Canada Summer Jobs attestation”, The Catholic Register (January 22, 2018)Archdiocese of Vancouver - “Archbishop asks health officials to reconsider B.C. public worship ban”, (February 24, 2021)Archdiocese of Toronto - “A Call to Action from Cardinal Collins: End COVID-19 Restriction Inequities”, (March 6, 2021)Please note: This podcast has been edited for length and clarity.Support the show (http://missionoftheredeemer.com/crownandcrozier/)
“The fulfillment of the Great Commission and the building of free and virtuous societies are integrally linked.”  These words are taken from George Weigel's Evangelical Catholicism, which argues that each member of the Church is called to live out Christ’s command to go and make disciples of all nations. Weigel is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center  and is the author of numerous books, including the authoritative biography of St. John Paul II, Witness to Hope.  0:00 - Introduction1:40 - Evangelical Catholicism7:02 - Evangelical Catholicism applied to the Church’s relationship with the State11:58 - The U.S. Church and the Biden presidency18:13 - The U.S. Bishops' letter on Inauguration Day24:42 - The missionary vocation in the lives of citizens30:11 - The first (Kennedy) and second (Biden) Catholic Presidencies35:26 - The Church’s public policy advocacy under the Trump administration38:29 - Seeking validation from political leaders43:48 - Not Forgotten46:52 - ConclusionIf you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting Crown and Crozier with a tax-deductible donation here: https://missionoftheredeemer.com/crownandcrozier/Documents/Websites referencedGeorge Weigel - Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church (2013)George Weigel - Not Forgotten: Elegies for, and Reminiscences of, a Diverse Cast of Characters, Most of Them Admirable (2020)H.R. 5 - Equality ActGeorge Weigel - “Woke ‘Rights,’ the Equality Act, and Speaker Pelosi”, The Catholic Difference (March 17, 2021)George Weigel - “The Challenge of Eucharistic Coherence”, The Catholic Difference (February 3, 2021)George Weigel - “President Biden and a Catholic Inflection Point”, The Catholic Difference (January 20, 2021)George Weigel - “Inaugural Reflections on American Renewal”, First Things (January 18, 2021)George Weigel - “Joe Biden, Pre-Conciliar Catholic?”, First Things (October 21, 2020)United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - “Statement on the Inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr., as 46th President of the United States of America” (January 20, 2021)Gregory A. Smith, Pew Research Center - “Just one-third of U.S. Catholics agree with their church that Eucharist is body, blood of Christ” (August 5, 2019)Please note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.Support the show (http://missionoftheredeemer.com/crownandcrozier/)
Welcome to Crown and Crozier!It's time to dig into the relationship between the Church and the State – and what it means for us as citizens and disciples, and for the flourishing of society.Come learn what our program is all about and join us as we kick-off our inaugural season by examining government restrictions on worship during COVID, a White House that's occupied by a self-professed Catholic, interactions between bishops and politicians in capital cities, and countless other issues at the intersection of Church and State.Subscribe now wherever you get your podcasts and be the first listen on May 1!Support the show (http://missionoftheredeemer.com/crownandcrozier/)
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