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Olga SeguraMarch 29, 2019
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Matias Benitez and Matt Chen are students at Regis High School in New York City, and in February of 2018, the teenagers started HeForShe, the school’s first feminist club. Every week, a dozen or so students gather after school to discuss the treatment of women and topical, sometimes difficult topics, like the Kavanaugh hearing. We talk to Matt and Matias about HeForShe, how they define feminism and what they hope fellow students learn from their club.

In Signs of the Times, following the massacre at Christchurch in New Zealand, Bishop Kevin Doran criticizes “faith-filled” Catholics who demonize Muslims. We discuss the upcoming book by our Vatican correspondent, Gerry O’Connell, on the election of Pope Francis. The founder of Women Church World, Lucetta Scaraffia, resigns as editor in chief of the all women’s magazine. And an archbishop in New Mexico reminds Catholics that “Santa Muerte” goes against church teaching.

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Links from the show:

Bishop criticizes 'faith-filled' Catholics who spread fear of Muslims

Exclusive: Inside the election of Pope Francis

Founder, board of Vatican women’s magazine quit

New Mexico archbishop again denounces ‘Santa Muerte’

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Just water. Lent.

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Joe Mcmahon
4 years 8 months ago

Thanks for the encouraging article about sensitive and aware boys at Regis High School. In my Long Island community, I sometimes see a family car with two window oval stickers, Regis and Hunter. I interpret it as a smart person in a wise family: a top-notch Catholic education for free, and a top-notch college education far less costly than most. Long ago, I attended Hunter to earn needed graduate credits. The problem, of course, is that somehow male-only is written into Regis's endowment, and Hunter, having fulfilled its historic purpose, long ago dropped the female-only restriction.

Caterina Smith
4 years 8 months ago

Bravo, Matias Benitez and Matt Chen! What thoughtful and caring young men. Excellent and hope-giving episode; very much needed.

Phillip Stone
4 years 8 months ago

We faithful Catholics do not demonize Muslims, we denounce Islam as a false religion and denounce Islam as a danger to all who do not hold to their faith as this has been the experience of Jews, Christians and pagans for more than 1000 years.

This is the same quality history that tells us about the human sacrifice of 20,000 people a year being practised by the Aztecs or the child sacrifice by fire of the Canaanite to their god Moloch. .

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