Church Alive

EWTN's Brian Patrick joins Dr. Matthew Bunson of the National Catholic Register and Fr. Thomas Petri each weekend! They look back on the week just past and the week ahead, in the Church and the world.
Church Alive - 09/18/2020 - Dr. Tim Flanigan - The Safe Return to Mass
Dr. Tim Flanigan, an infectious disease specialist and a permanent deacon in the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, helped draft guidelines used by many dioceses across the nation for a safe return to Mass and the Sacraments. Fr. Petri teaches about the principle of “The Common Good,” one of the four pillars of Catholic Social Doctrine.
Church Alive - 09/12/2020 - TRUSTFUL SURRENDER and Catholic Social Doctrine
EWTN Radio Personalities Jerry Usher and Debbie Georgianni discuss their new book featuring stories from Catholic parents concerned about their children abandoning their faith. Fr. Petri begins a new series on Catholic Social Doctrine Principles, focusing on The Dignity of the Human Person. TRUSTFUL SURRENDER STORIES OF GRACE AMIDST CRISIS One of the most painful experiences of a Catholic parent is to watch your children grow lukewarm in the Faith or walk away from it entirely. It can lead to feelings of abandonment and despair and turn conversations that were once easygoing into painful occasions of testiness and discord. EWTN Radio Personalities Jerry Usher and Debbie Georgianni present deeply moving stories from listeners whose loved ones have left the Catholic Church. They are stories of heartache and sacrifice, but also hope and redemption.
Church Alive - 09/07/2020 - A Covid -19 Journey
Msgr. Charles Pope, Pastor of Washington, DC’s Holy Comforter St. Cyprian Parish and host of EWTN’s Morning Glory, recounts his personal, painful experience with Covid-19 and being falsely portrayed in the media. Fr. Petri teaches on the Christian way of confronting someone who has wronged us.
Church Alive - 08/29/2020 - Matt Hadro on Republican Convention
Next week’s feast of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta is highlighted along with teaching from Fr. Petri on the value of suffering in union with Jesus. The Catholic News Agency’s Matt Hadro analyzes the Republican National Convention and its emphasis on the life issue.
Church Alive - 08/22/2020 - Ashley McGuire on the Democratic Party
The Catholic Association’s Ashley McGuire explores the democratic party’s platform, exposing issues that could be problematic for Catholic voters. Fr. Petri explains how the virtue of prudence can help us navigate the many challenges of living in this uncertain time of pandemic.
Church Alive - 08/14/2020 - Stories of EWTN’s early days
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson recaps the Knights of Columbus 138th Supreme Convention and previews the celebration in October of the beatification of Knights’ founder Fr. Michael McGivney. Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe, who joined the fledgling Eternal Word Television Network in 1985 as an engineer, shares stories of EWTN’s early days and its miraculous growth into the largest religious media network in the world.
Church Alive - 08/08/2020 - Opening Catholic Schools During COVID19
Fr. Petri sees Our Lord’s transfiguration and passion as two sides of the same mystery. Dr. Grazie Christie, offers insight into opening Catholic Schools for in-person learning while keeping everyone healthy during an unprecedented #pandemic. #covid19
Church Alive - 08/01/2020 - Find Common Ground in Uncertain Times
Fr. Petri shows us how to find consolation in God’s almighty power during this time when everything seems so uncertain. Philosophy Professor Brad Lewis discusses the importance of finding some common ground in political debates over issues that divide us.
Church Alive - 07/25/2020 - Parish reform/ Msgr. William King
Msgr. William King, canon lawyer and pastor, breaks open the new guidance from The Holy See on parish reform and restructuring of dioceses, focusing outward on evangelization. Fr. Petri encourages us to pray, as King Solomon did, for things that are honorable and God will honor us with answered prayer.
Church Alive - 07/18/2020 - Brad Lewis - Anti-Catholic violence
Brad Lewis, Professor of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America discusses the troubling trend of political debate deteriorating into intolerant, personal attacks and even anti-Catholic violence. Fr. Petri says we should espouse to live fully and long enough to need the care of others, countering the culture’s push for assisted suicide and euthanasia.
Church Alive - 07/11/2020 - Best of The Church Alive - July 2020
On the “Best of The Church Alive,” two newly ordained Dominican priests describe the unusual beginning of their priestly ministry during the coronavirus pandemic. Historian Jim Graves retraces the steps of St. Junipero Serra in founding California’s chain of missions.
Church Alive - 07/03/2020 - Supreme Court rulings this week
Catholic legal analyst Andrea Picciotti-Bayer reviews major Supreme Court rulings from this past week that are of grave importance to the pro-life cause as well as parochial schools. Fr. Petri reminds us that the freedom we celebrate on Independence Day can be mistakenly used and that our true citizenship is in heaven.
Church Alive - 06/26/2020 - Junipero Serra legacy / Arroyo on Trump
EWTN’S Raymond Arroyo discusses his face-to-face conversation with President Donald Trump. Historian Jim Graves explores the legacy of St. Junipero Serra and the controversy surrounding the Spanish missionary who founded nine California missions. Fr. Petri teaches on Sunday as a day of rest.
Church Alive - 06/19/2020 - Sex discrimination law & religious work
Andrea Picciotti-Bayer, Legal Counsel for The Catholic Association Foundation, discusses the wide-ranging impact for religious employers from this week’s surprising Supreme Court decision. It extends sex discrimination protections under the Civil Rights Act to the gay and transgender population. Fr. Petri explores what it means to be made in the image and likeness of God.
Church Alive - 06/12/2020 - Religious Freedom Today -Montse Alvarado
Montse Alvarado, Executive Director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, addresses threats to religious freedom in these unique and tumultuous times in our nation’s history. Fr. Petri teaches about “transubstantiation” as we prepare to celebrate Corpus Christi Sunday.