Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly – February 19, 2016

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Pope at the Border – Pope Francis’ visit to the US-Mexican border this week is highlighting a priority he has repeated many times: The Catholic Church’s concern for immigrants and refugees. Kim Lawton looks at Francis’ statements and Catholic social teaching on the issue. She also speaks with Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, who criticizes the recent rise of anti-immigrant sentiments in many parts of the US.

Death of Justice Antonin Scalia – A funeral Mass for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is scheduled for Saturday, February 20, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., the largest Catholic Church in the US. Host Bob Abernethy, Managing Editor Kim Lawton and Legal Correspondent Tim O’Brien discuss Scalia’s legacy and the impact his absence from the Court may have on key upcoming cases.

Secular SeminariansDan Lothian goes to Yale and Harvard Divinity Schools where, as in other divinity schools, a number of students are attending to study theology with no intention of becoming academics or ever being ordained as clergy.  He talks to students and faculty including Miroslav Volf, a prominent theologian and head of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture who says “We welcome atheists, we welcome theists, we welcome religious people who aren’t theist.”  We try to have a diverse group of people to think about the great questions of life.

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Donna Williams

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