55 episodes

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
    • 4.8 • 12 Ratings

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.

    Meet Bishop Erik Pohlmeier of the Diocese of St. Augustine

    Meet Bishop Erik Pohlmeier of the Diocese of St. Augustine

    Bishop Erik T. Pohlmeier is Florida’s newest bishop, having just celebrated his first year as shepherd of the Diocese of St. Augustine. In this episode, get to know more about Bishop Pohlmeier, from his upbringing in rural Arkansas, to discerning his vocation, to his adventures in the past two decades of his priestly ministry. Michael Sheedy, FCCB executive director, also speaks with the bishop about the episcopal role and his vision for the future.

    • 35 min
    A Catholic Response to Immigration and Recent Florida Legislation

    A Catholic Response to Immigration and Recent Florida Legislation

    Michael Sheedy, FCCB's executive director, and Christie Arnold, associate for social concerns and respect life, discuss a response to immigration that is based in scripture, Catholic teaching, and respect for human dignity. Immigration policy has been a controversial topic, especially here in Florida where SB 1718 was recently signed into law. Michael and Christie unpack the potential consequences and legal challenges surrounding this new legislation.

    • 19 min
    Legislative Counter to the Harms of Gender Ideology

    Legislative Counter to the Harms of Gender Ideology

    The Florida legislature passed several bills aimed at countering the harms of gender ideology during the 2023 session. Michael Sheedy, FCCB executive director, and Michael Barrett, associate for education, explain these bills and the important role of public policy in protecting our schools and communities from the consequences of gender ideologies.

    • 40 min
    Recap of the 2023 Florida Legislative Session

    Recap of the 2023 Florida Legislative Session

    FCCB’s policy team debriefs on Florida’s 2023 legislative session. Listen to executive director Michael Sheedy, and policy associates Mike Barrett and Christie Arnold, recap some of the notable bills passed by lawmakers. Significant achievements include advancing protections for the unborn, historic school choice expansion and several bills aimed at shielding youth from the harms of gender ideology. Legislators also approved bills that were opposed by the FCCB, including bills expanding ...

    • 30 min
    2023 Florida Legislative Session - Mid-Session Update

    2023 Florida Legislative Session - Mid-Session Update

    FCCB executive director Michael Sheedy and policy experts Christie Arnold and Mike Barrett sit down to discuss some of the bills currently being considered by lawmakers at the Florida Capitol, from a pro-life initiative that will limit abortion to the first six weeks of pregnancy, bills protecting minors from the harms of gender ideology, to a sweeping school choice bill that was already passed and signed by the Governor. Grab a cup of coffee and listen to the update on these and ...

    • 28 min
    Catholics for Freedom of Religion: Interview with Barbara Samuells

    Catholics for Freedom of Religion: Interview with Barbara Samuells

    Barbara Samuells, president and co-founder of Catholics for Freedom of Religion joins Michael Sheedy to discuss the longstanding history and principle of religious freedom in America. Certain policies and ideas continue to threaten freedom of religion today, even in places such as schools and hospitals. Barbara and Michael discuss some of these threats and what the laity can do in their local parishes and communities to defend religious freedom.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

krysmartin89 ,

A bit disappointing

I was hoping this podcast was going to dive deep and really go into discussion on these bills and expose different viewpoints among Catholics. It would be great to hear a real honest conversation between the faithful.

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