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 - 08/16/2019 - ProLife Legal Challenges
Kate Scanlon, EWTN Pro Life Weekly Producer, discusses legal challenges that are keeping state-level prolife legislation on hold. Dominican Fr. Thomas Petri warns against adding anything to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that may detract from its primary purpose of preparing the faithful to receive Jesus in Holy Communion.
Church Alive - 08/09/2019 - Supreme Knight Carl Anderson
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson discusses The Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention theme of unity in these divisive times. Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori addresses political rhetoric and Catholic solutions to problems in his city. John Castillo reflects on the heroism of his late son Kendrick who gave his life to save the lives of fellow students.
Church Alive - 08/02/2019 - democratic debates-A Pro-life analysis
Pro-life analysis of this week’s democratic debates in Detroit is provided by Catherine Hadro, host of EWTN Pro-Life Weekly. The team discusses this week’s Feast of The Transfiguration and Dominican Fr. Thomas Petri teaches on the importance of getting right with family members whom we’ve done wrong.
Church Alive - 07/26/2019 - Help for refugee families
Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas discusses his border Diocese’s efforts to help refugee families in the midst of a fierce political battle over immigration and asylum reform. Christine Rouselle of the Catholic News Agency profiles the new bishop appointed to lead Catholics in West Virginia’s only diocese and Dominican Fr. Thomas Petri guides us toward persistence in prayer.
Church Alive - 07/19/2019 - Crystal Cathedral - Moon Landing
Fr. Christopher Smith, Rector of Christ Cathedral in the Diocese of Orange, talks about the dramatic transformation of the Southern California iconic Crystal Cathedral into a truly Catholic house of worship. Dominican Fr. Thomas Petri discusses the power of blessings and holy water and the team remembers the historic moon landing 50 years ago.
Church Alive - 07/13/2019 - Legislation as the Seal of Confession
Dominican Fr. Pius Pietrzyk Canon Lawyer, Civil Lawyer and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Studies at Saint Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, CA discusses proposed California legislation attempting to force priests to break the seal of Confession and why it’s been shelved. We also focus on the devotion to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, St. Simon Stock and Franciscan Bishop Saint Bonaventure.
Church Alive - 07/05/2019 - Who Are The Nones?
The Catholic News Agency’s Matt Hadro joins The Church Alive team to discuss evangelization efforts directed toward “Nones,” people who claim no religious affiliation. Fr. Thomas Petri explores the devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus during the month of July and we remember St. Benedict of Nursia, revered as the founder of western monasticism.
Church Alive - 06/28/2019 - Freedom of excellence - Peter & Paul
Dr. Matthew Bunson, author of “The Encyclopedia of Saints,” explains why the two great apostles, Peter and Paul are celebrated as one. Dominican Fr. Thomas Petri discusses freedom of excellence ahead of Independence Day and National Catholic Register Washington Correspondent Loretta Brown provides legislative updates from Capitol Hill.
Church Alive - 06/21/2019 - Synod on the Amazon
Rome correspondent for EWTN’s National Catholic Register, Edward Pentin, digs into some controversial topics likely to be discussed at this fall’s Synod on the Amazon. Fr. Thomas Petri offers historical background on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi and Dr. Matthew Bunson explains John the Baptist’s unique nativity celebration this coming week.
Church Alive - 06/14/2019 - US Catholic Bishops Spring 2019
J.D. Flynn, Editor-in-Chief of EWTN’s Catholic News Agency covers the US Catholic Bishops Spring Assembly in Baltimore. Fr. Thomas Petri discusses the relationship aspect of the Blessed Trinity and Matthew Bunson profiles the young Jesuit Saint Aloysius Gonzaga.
Church Alive - 06/07/2019 - US Catholic bishops and accusations
National Catholic Register Senior Editor Joan Desmond looks ahead to this week’s meeting of US Catholic bishops in light of accusations made against the USCCB president. Catholic blogger Gary Zimak assures us God always hears our prayers, and Fr. Thomas Petri offers a spiritual game-plan for ordinary time which resumes after this Sunday’s celebration of Pentecost.
Church Alive - 05/31/2019 - Man with terminal cancer being ordained
Kate Scanlon, EWTN Pro-Life Weekly Producer joins the team to explore significant developments from the US Supreme Court and various state legislatures on the life issue from this past week. Hear the remarkable story of a Polish man with terminal cancer being ordained a priest in his hospital bed, and we prepare to celebrate the Ascension of the Lord reflecting on the reality that we are bodies just as we are souls.
Church Alive - 05/24/2019 - Ascension of Our Lord
Monsignor Charles Pope, a pastor in the Archdiocese of Washington, joins the team to discuss this week’s installation of Archbishop Wilton Gregory. We learn why Jesus prays for us in Sunday’s gospel and discuss the Ascension of Our Lord along with this coming week’s feast of The Visitation of The Blessed Virgin Mary.
Church Alive - 05/17/2019 - States Challenge Roe v Wade
EWTN Pro-Life Weekly host Catherine Hadro discusses pivotal legislation in several states that could set the stage for a challenge to Roe V. Wade. Dominican Father Thomas Petri refers to the Book of Revelation as the “Star Wars” version of The Gospel. Dr. Matthew Bunson profiles Pope St. Celestine V, a hermit who was tapped for the papacy but quickly resigned to return to his hermitage.
Church Alive - 05/10/2019 - New Norms to Report Abuse
Dr. Matthew Bunson and Fr. Thomas Petri dissect the new canonical norms for reporting accusations of sexual abuse or coercion by Bishops, Cardinals and Religious Superiors. Dr. Grazie Christie, advisor to The Catholic Association, discusses conscience issues for physicians and other medical professionals, and The Church Alive team anticipates this coming week’s celebration of Our Lady of Fatima.