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Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J

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Chancellor, Ave Maria University.

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A CRISIS OF FAITH: The Crisis in the Catholic Church

with Rod Dreher, Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J, Garry Willsvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, June 27, 2002

The year will be remembered as a difficult one for the Catholic Church in America. Sex abuse scandals and criticism of the church's response to those scandals dominated the headlines for months. Sexual abuse is not the only subject creating controversy within Catholic circles. Other divisive matters include the role of women within the church, gay priests, and the relation of American bishops to the Vatican. Is the Catholic Church in danger of losing its constituency in America? Are substantial reforms in the structure and teachings of the Catholic Church necessary? Or are reforms what got the church in trouble in the first place?

POPE AND CIRCUMSTANCE: The Legacy of Pope John Paul II

with Rod Dreher, Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J, Garry Willsvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, June 27, 2002

In 1978, the Polish cardinal Karol Wojtyla was elected to the papacy of the Catholic Church, taking the name John Paul II. In the twenty-four years since, Pope John Paul II has traveled more widely and held audiences for more people than any other pope in history. But beyond his long service and high profile, how will John Paul II be remembered? Will he be remembered more for his political impact—many say that he played a crucial role in the fall of communism in Eastern Europe—or for his ecclesiastical work? Just how well has John Paul II prepared the Catholic Church for the twenty-first century?