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Join our panelists, Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Scott Hahn, and host Michael Hernon as they discuss Catholic life and thought today.

March Show: “Dying to Self” with Dr. Ian Murphy

Airdates:  Sunday, March 5, 10 p.m., Thursday, March 9, 5 a.m., Saturday, March 11, 4 p.m.

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Free Handout: “Dying to Self”

Andrew Doran: Christian Persecution in the Middle East: Genocide and Survival

By Lauren Abeyta - February 16th, 2017

Andrew Doran currently serves as vice president and senior advisor for In Defense of Christians which he helped to co-found in 2014. Mr. Doran previously served on the executive secretariat of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO at the U.S. Department of State. An armed forces veteran and attorney, living in the Washington D.C. area, Mr. Doran was honored with the 2016 Franciscan University Alumni Citizenship Award for his work to preserve and protect Middle Eastern Christianity.

In this talk Mr. Doran discusses the state of Christianity in the Middle East and some policy initiatives begun through In Defense of Christians aiming to promote greater awareness of and protection for these ancient and vital Christian communities.

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Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ: What is True Happiness?

By Lauren Abeyta - February 16th, 2017

Robert J. Spitzer, S.J. is a Jesuit priest, educator, author and speaker. Former President of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington from 1998-2009, Fr. Spitzer is currently the President of the Magis Center and Spitzer Center which focus on producing resources that educate and promote the debunking of four common secular myths. Fr. Spitzer also has a regular show on EWTN, “Father Spitzer’s Universe.”

In this insight, Fr. Robert Spitzer briefly describes the four levels of happiness which he has laid out in his book, “Finding True Happiness: Satisfying Our Restless Hearts”.

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Dr. Mark Roberts & Dr. Michael Sirilla: Philosophy for Theology: “Is There Contingency In God?”

By Lauren Abeyta - February 15th, 2017

Participating in the Disciplinary Intersection Series:

Dr. Mark Roberts, Professor of Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, argues that contingency and necessity are modes that can be applied to propositions and presents several arguments to show how contingency can be stated of God.

Dr. Michael Sirilla, Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, responds by elaborating on Dr. Robert’s argument with a quick survey of Catholic thought and highlighting a dilemma he sees in Dr. Robert’s argument based on St. Thomas’ definition of contingency.

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