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Tue., April 19
Catholics Come Home

The PEW Forum on Religious and Public Life had some bad news for the Catholic Church: Catholicism has lost the most members to other religious affiliations. While nearly one in three Americans were raised in the Catholic faith, today fewer than one in four describe themselves as Catholic. One organization is trying to do something about this: Catholics Come Home. Founded in the late 90’s, it made its Boston debut this year-- coupling an ad campaign with outreach from local parishes.

But how many will tread the big welcome mat the Archdiocese has rolled out? With the clergy sex abuse crisis and with parishes being closed down, is there a place to come home to? And who exactly is being invited home? This hour, we’ll look at the state of Catholicism. We’ll be joined by Nancy Ammerman, Professor of the Sociology of Religion at Boston University School of Theology, Maryellen and John Rogers, spokespeople for St. Frances X. Cabrini parish in Scituate, And Tom Peterson, founder and President of Catholics Come Home.
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

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