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In Crown and Crozier, we invite leading thinkers to explore how the human experience is shaped by the interplay between Church and State, and what this means for tackling the great challenges of today. Join us as we examine what’s at stake for us as citizens and as a society in the dynamic engagement between civil and religious authority. The common good, basic freedoms, dignity of the person, administration of justice, self-government, the preservation of truth, goodness and beauty - all this and more hangs in the balance. 

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In Crown and Crozier, we invite leading thinkers to explore how the human experience is shaped by the interplay between Church and State, and what this means for tackling the great challenges of today. Join us as we examine what’s at stake for us as citizens and as a society in the dynamic engagement between civil and religious authority. The common good, basic freedoms, dignity of the person, administration of justice, self-government, the preservation of truth, goodness and beauty - all this and more hangs in the balance. 

    Wait, There's a Woman Representing the Holy See? ~ Mary Ann Glendon

    Wait, There's a Woman Representing the Holy See? ~ Mary Ann Glendon

    To work in the Vatican during one pontificate is a rare privilege for any member of the laity.  To work for three different pontificates, including as an official representative of the Holy See (and a female representative, no less) - well, that just puts you in the hall of fame.

    Mary Ann Glendon has cultivated a long and distinguished record of service to the Catholic Church: head of the Holy See’s delegation to the World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995; Member and President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences; US Ambassador to the Holy See; and appointee to the independent board which oversees the Vatican Bank.

    In this episode, we talk with Mary Ann about the reflections and insights in her hot-off-the-press book, “In the Courts of Three Popes: An American Lawyer and Diplomat in the Last Absolute Monarchy of the West.”

    One part memoir, one part commentary on the vital role of the laity in the Church, it’s a fascinating firsthand account of the inner workings of the Vatican under Pope St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.


    Resources

    Mary Ann Glendon (Harvard Law School biography)

    Mary Ann Glendon, In the Courts of Three Popes: An American Lawyer and Diplomat in the Last Absolute Monarchy of the West (2024)



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    Meet the Women Who Successfully Fought Trudeau’s Totalitarian Treatment of Truckers ~ Joanna Baron & Christine Van Geyn

    Meet the Women Who Successfully Fought Trudeau’s Totalitarian Treatment of Truckers ~ Joanna Baron & Christine Van Geyn

    Religion declared “non-essential.”  Skeptical voices censored.  The elderly dying alone.  Christmas in lockdown.

    These are just a few examples from the lengthy hit-list of government violations of Canadians’ civil liberties during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our guests for this episode are co-authors of Pandemic Panic: How Canadian Government Responses to COVID-19 Changed Civil Liberties Forever.  The book attempts to ensure that the implications of government overreach aren’t simply lost down the memory hole forever.

    We also discuss our guests making international headlines after a federal judge in Canada ruled in favour of their court challenge against the Federal government’s use of emergency authority in response to the Freedom Convoy protests in 2022.

    Joanna Baron and Christine Van Geyn are the Executive Director and Litigation Director for the Canadian Constitution Foundation.  The CCF is a national non-profit charity committed to defending the constitutionally-protected rights and freedoms of Canadians.

    Resources

    Joanna Baron and Christine Van Geyn (official CCF biographies)

    Canadian Constitution Foundation

    @CDNConstFound

    Joanna Baron and Christine Van Geyn, Pandemic Panic: How Canadian Government Responses to COVID-19 Changed Civil Liberties Forever (2023)

    “Ottawa's use of Emergencies Act against convoy protests was unreasonable, violated Charter, court rules”, CBC (January 2024)

    Joanna Baron and Christine Van Geyn, “The government violated Canadians’ rights during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now the courts are giving them a pass”, The Hub (November 2023)

    Emily Oster, “Let’s declare a pandemic amnesty”, The Atlantic (October 2022)



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    Defending the Morality of Capitalism ~ Yuval Levin

    Defending the Morality of Capitalism ~ Yuval Levin

    In this episode, Dr. Yuval Levin offers a spirited defense of capitalism on moral grounds, recognizing that the most serious criticisms against capitalism aren’t necessarily about prosperity and wealth, but about the perceived moral failings of the economic system.

    This approach is actually consistent with the original case for capitalism, articulated by Adam Smith himself, who was first and foremost a moral philosopher.

    Along the way, we talk about the essential virtues within Smith’s philosophy; who coined the term “capitalism”; the need for social institutions like families and churches to temper economic appetites; the breadth of common ground between Adam Smith and Catholic social teaching; buying and selling as moral actions; and the enduring truth that man does not live by bread alone.

    Dr. Levin is the Director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute - one of the leading conservative think tanks in Washington, DC.

    He is also the founder and editor of National Affairs, senior editor at The New Atlantis, a contributing editor at National Review, and an opinion writer at The New York Times.

    In addition, he served as a member of the White House domestic policy staff under President George W. Bush, and as the executive director of the President’s Council on Bioethics.

    Resources

    Yuval Levin (official AEI biography)

    American Enterprise Institute, The Morality of Markets

    Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations (Britannica.com summary)

    Pope John Paul II, Centesimus Annus (1991)



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    The Case for Christian Nationalism ~ Stephen Wolfe

    The Case for Christian Nationalism ~ Stephen Wolfe

    What is a nation?  What is a Christian nation?  Is nationalism virtuous?  What does it mean to practice "complacent" love, which is the natural expression of a greater affinity for those closest to us?  How can we expect to renew our society and civilization in the absence of committing ourselves as persons and as a nation to Christ?  And is a Capitol Hill rioter from January 6, 2021 the archetype or the caricature of a Christian nationalist?

    We explore these and other questions with our guest, Dr. Stephen Wolfe, author of The Case for Christian Nationalism.

    Dr. Wolfe has a PhD in political philosophy and is a country scholar based in North Carolina.  He’s the co-host of the Ars Politica podcast and is a contributor to numerous U.S.-based Christian publications.


    Resources

    @PerfInjust (X / Twitter)

    Stephen Wolfe, The Case for Christian Nationalism (2022)

    Stephen Wolfe, “No Christian Nation, No Christian Family”, American Reformer (November 27, 2023)

    Daniel Sillman, “Christian nationalism debates expose clashing views of power”, Christianity Today (October 31, 2022)

    Ars Politica (podcast)



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    2023 Year in Review: Synod, Cancelled Bishops, Apocalypse, Grace and Gratitude, Defending Tradition and Christmas ~ Kennedy Hall

    2023 Year in Review: Synod, Cancelled Bishops, Apocalypse, Grace and Gratitude, Defending Tradition and Christmas ~ Kennedy Hall

    Join us as we revisit the highs and lows of 2023!

    We glance back at major stories like the Synod on Synodality, demotions of high-profile prelates, discovery of the incorrupt remains of an African-American nun who loved the ancient liturgy, U.S. federal law enforcement targeting “radical traditionalists”, and Canada’s Parliament enjoying a moment of clarity in determining that Christmas is, in fact, not a discriminatory holiday.

    In true Crown and Crozier style, we don’t just dwell on current events. Along the way, we take some scenic detours into reflections on suffering, grace, gratitude, beauty and apocalyptic unveilings.

    Our guest is fellow Canadian and Catholic commentator, Kennedy Hall, host of The Kennedy Report (thekennedyreport.com) and author of SSPX: The Defence.

    (N.B. this podcast was recorded in early December, prior to the release of Fiducia Supplicans on December 18).

    Resources

    The Kennedy Report (website)

    The Kennedy Report (YouTube)

    @kennedyhall

    Kennedy Hall, Mere Tradition (Substack)

    Kennedy Hall, SSPX: The Defence (2023)

    Should I Join the SSPX? (YouTube interview between Brian Holdsworth and Kennedy Hall)

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    Debating Integralism, Part 2: Church and State Should Promote True Religion ~ Thomas Pink

    Debating Integralism, Part 2: Church and State Should Promote True Religion ~ Thomas Pink

    This episode is our second installment in a two-part series looking at “integralism”, which holds that the State should recognize Catholicism as true and ought to unite with the Church as body to her soul.

    In Part 1 of our attempt to give integralism a fair hearing, we were treated to a critique of the theory.  In this second half, we give the floor to one of the leading intellectual voices and proponents in the integralist movement, Dr. Thomas Pink.

    Dr. Pink argues that integralism is first and foremost what the Catholic Church has taught for centuries about the proper ordering of Church and State.  In addition, our guest makes the case that integralism delivers a more realistic view of how states actually function and the true nature of legal authority.

    Regardless of whether this two-part series leaves you feeling more or less inclined to accept integralism, we hope that you’ll find this exploration to be a rich and meaningful examination of this critically important tradition within Church teaching.

    Dr. Thomas Pink is Professor of Philosophy at King’s College in London, England. He’s written extensively on ethics, metaphysics, free well, political and legal philosophy, and on the history of these subjects.

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    Resources

    Dr. Thomas Pink (official bio)

    @thomaspink1

    Thomas Pink, Papal Authority and the Limits of Official Theology, The Lamp (December 2022)

    Reconciling integralism, the magisterium, and the modern world, The Pillar (September 2022)

    Thomas Pink, Integralism, Political Philosophy, and the State, Public Discourse (May 2020)

    Thomas Pink, In Defence of Catholic Integralism, Public Discourse (August 2018)

    Thomas Pink, Dignitatis Humanae: continuity after Leo XIII

    Pope Paul VI, Declaration on Religious Freedom: Dignitatis Humanae (December 7, 1965)



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