“Catholic Citizenship” First Episode Airs Election Day 2019
Written by radioadmin on November 7, 2019
Empowering Catholics for the New Evangelization Through Faithful Civic Action
Radio Cor Mariae’s newest program first aired on Election Day, Tuesday November 5, 2019. The show focuses on equipping listeners to engage in the New Evangelization through civic involvement.
The first episode presents an overview of the program and includes an in-depth conversation about natural law, a “pillar” or principle of Catholic citizenship, as the show’s producers understand it. Also featured are excerpts from an interview with Attorney Tom Harvey, chairman of the Massachusetts Alliance to Stop Taxpayer Funded Abortion, who is leading the effort to get a pro-life constitutional amendment petition on the 2022 ballot.
Stealth Launch, Urgent Need
The “Catholic Citizenship” program was launched with little fanfare, but producer and co-host Fr. Alan B. Maria Wharton hopes that it will still have an impact.
When asked the reason for the low-profile launch, he explained that the compelling factor was the urgency of the pro-life constitutional amendment ballot initiative discussed in the first episode. The original air date was to be in September, but that target was pushed back by circumstances beyond the producer’s control. Due partly to the fact that the show’s production crew are all volunteers, many of whom are still learning the craft of radio production, and also to converging commitments such as the Rosary Coast to Coast even in October, it was impossible to get the first episode completed until just now.
“Though it would have been preferable to launch the show with some pre-broadcast promotion,” Fr. Alan said, “it was urgent to get this episode out it as soon as it was available, due to the relevance of the constitutional amendment petition drive underway since September.” He hopes there’s still time to move listeners to sign the petition before the drive ends.
“Not only that, but we’re hoping the broadcast may motivate some extra volunteers to get out and collect signatures for this important pro-life initiative.” This is particularly urgent, as the fast-approaching deadline for signatures to be gathered and turned into the town clerks’ offices is November 20.
Co-host Jonathan Hill has a strong interest in the natural law and constitutional government and sees a need for citizens to gain an understanding in these areas in order to be effective in restoring a Christian social order. “If people understand these things, they will tend to support and volunteer for important initiatives such as the petition drive. An initial experience of Christian activism will likely encourage them to be more active in a broader range of issues, when they realize they can actually make a difference.”
If you would like to learn how you can sign the petition and even collect signatures for this important initiative, go to Stop Taxpayer-Funded Abortion or call your regional representative for this effort:
Joshua Tavares (Bristol and Barnstable Counties): Josh@RenewMACoalition.org 508-212-1778
Robert Aufiero (Essex, part of Middlesex, Suffolk Counties):
Steve Fruzzetti (Part of Boston, Norfolk, Plymouth Counties):
Kathy Lynch (Middlesex, Worcester Counties, Western MA):