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The podcast of the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholics Across the Aisle: Commentary on Public Policy and Civic Life, brings a non-partisan, moral voice to public dialogue on key policy issues of the day and assists listeners to become educated and active participants in civic life. FCCB staff and guests take a deep dive into social concerns, respect for life and dignity, health policy, and education. In-depth conversations are held with civic leaders, insiders, and experts in various fields who share their experience and knowledge in ways that will shed light and promote deeper commitment to the common good for all listeners. In addition, individuals whose lives have been impacted by some of our most debated state or federal policies share their stories. Listeners are also presented with opportunities to participate in political life.

Catholics Across the Aisle Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops

    • Religion & Spirituality
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The podcast of the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholics Across the Aisle: Commentary on Public Policy and Civic Life, brings a non-partisan, moral voice to public dialogue on key policy issues of the day and assists listeners to become educated and active participants in civic life. FCCB staff and guests take a deep dive into social concerns, respect for life and dignity, health policy, and education. In-depth conversations are held with civic leaders, insiders, and experts in various fields who share their experience and knowledge in ways that will shed light and promote deeper commitment to the common good for all listeners. In addition, individuals whose lives have been impacted by some of our most debated state or federal policies share their stories. Listeners are also presented with opportunities to participate in political life.

    How Florida Can Be More Pro-Life in 2023

    How Florida Can Be More Pro-Life in 2023

    In the wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned, how can the Church renew its commitment to supporting families and mothers in need? What is the state of legal protection for the unborn in Florida, and what further restrictions could we expect the legislature to consider in 2023? Michael Sheedy, FCCB's executive director, and Christie Arnold, associate for social concerns and respect life, answer these questions and more in this episode of Catholics Across the Aisle. 

    • 25 min
    Legal Battles Behind the Death Penalty - Interview with Maria DeLiberato

    Legal Battles Behind the Death Penalty - Interview with Maria DeLiberato

    Maria DeLiberato, Executive Director of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (FADP), joins Michael Sheedy to discuss ongoing efforts to end the death penalty and raise awareness of its injustice. 
    Maria was part of the legal team that worked to exonerate Clemente Aguirre, who was wrongly convicted and sentenced to death in 2006. Maria outlines the details and her involvement in the frustrating legal battle that took place before Aguirre’s conviction was finally overturned in 2018. Michael and Maria also discuss what policy efforts may be anticipated in the upcoming 2023 legislative session and the importance of protecting people with serious mental illness from receiving a death sentence. 

    Find more information about FADP at https://www.fadp.org/ 

    • 54 min
    Human Trafficking: What the Church Can Do

    Human Trafficking: What the Church Can Do

    Corporal Alan Wilkett, retired, Pasco County Sherriff’s Department, shares from his years of professional experience working to prevent human trafficking. Florida is the third highest state for reported human trafficking cases. The numbers are overwhelming, yet there are ways that we can better protect those we love. Learn how you and your faith community can work to end the scourge of human trafficking and support survivors.

     This episode of Catholics Across the Aisle was recorded live as a presentation at the 2022 Florida Culture of Life Conference, hosted by the Diocese of St. Petersburg. The audio has been edited and formatted for this podcast. Due to the sensitive nature of this topic, this podcast is suitable for mature audiences only.

    • 58 min
    A Commitment to Care At the End of Life

    A Commitment to Care At the End of Life

    Paul Malley, president of Aging with Dignity, shares how Catholics are called to love and care for those near the end of life, providing a tangible vision for building a Culture of Life. Paul draws from personal stories, and the life of St. Teresa of Calcutta, as examples of how to care for, and recognize the inherent human dignity of all.

    This episode of Catholics Across the Aisle was recorded live as a presentation at the 2022 Florida Culture of Life Conference, hosted by the Diocese of St. Petersburg. The audio has been edited and formatted for this podcast. 

    • 46 min
    Walking with Moms in Need

    Walking with Moms in Need

    Chelsy Gomez, Program Consultant, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, introduces the USCCB’s new pastoral initiative to increase support for pregnant and parenting mothers in need in our Catholic parishes. She shares how parishes can implement the Walking with Moms in Need process locally and renew the Church’s commitment to serve and accompany mothers in difficult circumstances. Chelsy also talks through common misconceptions, concerns, and questions about bringing Walking with Moms to a parish or diocese, and shares examples and stories from around the country.

    This episode of Catholics Across the Aisle was recorded live as a presentation at the 2022 Florida Culture of Life Conference, hosted by the Diocese of St. Petersburg. The audio has been edited and formatted for this podcast. 

    • 43 min
    Called to Something Greater: Renewing our Political Commitments

    Called to Something Greater: Renewing our Political Commitments

    Michael Sheedy, FCCB executive director, highlights the key commitments of the Church to address the needs that confront our society. Can Catholics transcend partisanship and polarization and heal our society? It’s not easy, but yes, they can.

    This episode of Catholics Across the Aisle was recorded live as a presentation at the 2022 Florida Culture of Life Conference, hosted by the Diocese of St. Petersburg. The audio has been edited and formatted for this podcast. 

    • 30 min

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