Clerical Conversations, Episode 18: From Charles Martel to Charlie Hebdo

(L to R) Nicholas Wansbutter, His Lordship, Bishop Daniel Dolan, Father Anthony Cekada

(L to R) Nicholas Wansbutter, His Lordship Bishop Daniel Dolan, Father Anthony Cekada

On this month's episode of Clerical Conversations, we launch an in-depth discussion about the recent events of 7 January 2015 in Paris, France that resulted in the murder of twelve individuals at the headquarters of the scandalous French satirical magazine publication entitled Charlie Hebdo.

Modern Western society has had a near universal outcry about this event, galvanizing their outrage by uniting with their contemporaries and demonstrating in the streets of Paris and indeed worldwide while holding signs, running ads, and newspaper editorials about the sacrosanct notion of "freedom of speech" and "freedom of the press."

Looking at the many questionable aspects about the event itself, His Lordship and Father will (once again) instruct the listener on the false notion of the revolutionary principles that the French Revolution of 1789 gave to the world - namely that of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, liberty, equality, fraternity and a French society that has divorced itself from its once beautiful status as the 'eldest daughter of the Church' to one that is now a Godless revolutionary disgrace.

What is a Catholic to think about these events and what should our response be to those around us who tote their Je suis Charlie signs? Why do these events like that of early January 2015 continue to happen? Why are there deep and pointed recurring themes in each one of these events? Who benefits and what purpose do these events serve?

When one juxtaposes the time of Charles Martel to that of Charlie Hebdo, it is truly astonishing to see the utterly pitiful state of affairs that France and Western civilization as a whole finds itself in today.

Join host Nicholas Wansbutter as he discusses these topics with His Lordship, Bishop Daniel Dolan and Father Anthony Cekada of St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church in West Chester, Ohio on this month’s episode of Clerical Conversations.

Episode Notes

1. Bishop Dolan's sermon on Charlie Hebdo can be found here.

Original Air Date: February 8, 2015
Show Run Time: 54 minutes
Show Guest(s): Bishop Daniel Dolan, Father Anthony Cekada
Show Host(s): Nicholas Wansbutter
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