The Archbishop of Chicago weighs in Christianity, culture, and the new Pope Show Notes

Friday, March 29, 2013 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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An American Cardinal points out that we live in a time when the Christian message is counter-cultural. 

Cardinal George of Chicago told NBC's “Meet the Press” that the spirit of the age seems to say, “There is no God and Freud is his prophet.”

Cardinal George believes that Pope Francis has the integrity to preach the gospel in a way people can understand, even if they don't agree with it. But he said only the Holy Spirit can change people's hearts and minds and draw them to God. 

The Cardinal says Cardinal the church will attempt to make today's culture less hostile to the gospel of Jesus Christ, but he says the message isn't primarily political.  Instead, he says it's about “what is true and what is false.”

Speaking of the intersection of faith and culture, a liberal arts college in Florida has kicked Intervarsity Christian Fellowship off their campus.  Why? They say that Intervarsity can’t require its student leaders to be Christians.  The claim that policy is a violation of the school's anti-discrimination policy. 

And finally, some good news…a federal appeals court has ruled in favor of a Pennsylvania fifth grader who wanted to distribute invitations to a church Christmas party at her public school. 

The court upheld a lower court's decision that permitted the student to hand out the invitations. 

Interestingly, the ruling was based on an older Supreme Court decision involving a high school anti-war protest in the Vietnam era. 

The appeals court says the law is still evolving, but the invitations are allowed because they won't cause a "substantial disruption."

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.

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