American Catholicism

In the wake of the Catholic Church sex scandals, many American Catholics are questioning some of the church's most time honored traditions: the role of laity and the importance of celibacy. On the eve of John Paul II's 25th anniversary as pope, join guest host John Ydstie for a discussion of the unique nature of American Catholicism and where it is heading.

Guests:

Peter Steinfels
* Author of forthcoming A People Adrift : The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America (Simon & Schuster, 2003)
* Writes bi-weekly "Beliefs" column on religion and ethics for The New York Times
* Former senior religion correspondent for The New York Times

Richard McBrien
* Professor of Theology at University of Notre Dame
* Author of Lives of the Popes and Lives of the Saints and Catholicism

Robert Louis Wilken
* Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Virginia
* Author, The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God (Yale Press)

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