Catholic Literary Giants (Pre-Recorded)

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Monday, Sep 5, 2011 - 6pm ET

The Honorable Scott J. Bloch was a Senate Confirmed Appointee who headed a nonpartisan federal enforcement agency for five years in national government.  He now practices law in Washington DC in complex litigation, government fraud, and employment law, and founded that city’s Hilaire Belloc Society, and is a co-founder of the first known Hilaire Belloc Society in 1984 in Kansas as well as part of the founding of the International Hilaire Belloc Society in 1996 in Sussex, England.  He is a co-founder of Wyoming Catholic College.  He recently appeared in Polish media where he spoke on Catholics in Public Service and on Belloc on Radio Maryja radio and television, and also appeared on EWTN concerning The Essential Belloc on “Bookmark” with Doug Keck.  He has appeared in the national media including The Wall Street Journal, National Catholic Register, the Washington Times, the New York Times, Newsweek, NPR, CNN, and NBC and has written in magazines and books, including book reviews on Belloc in Crisis Magazine as well as Caelum et Terra and has recent editorials in the Washington Times on matters of national interest. 

Bradley J. Birzer holds the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in History at Hillsdale College and is Chairman of the Board of Academic Advisors for the Center for the American Idea.  He is the author of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Sanctifying Myth (2003), Sanctifying the World: The Augustinian Life and Mind of Christopher Dawson (2007), and most recently American Cicero: The Life and Times of Charles Carroll.  

Michael is the host of The Arena, a nightly television show on Sun News. For more than twelve years he was host/producer of The Michael Coren Show on Crossroads Television, presenting more than 3000 episodes and winning numerous awards. The Arena stresses international coverage — particularly the Middle East, the U.S. and Europe — but also takes on social, moral, and religious issues and Canadian life and politics. Michael Coren is irreverent, thoughtful and hard-hitting.

Michael is a weekly columnist with the Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg Sun newspapers, and in more than a dozen other daily and weekly newspapers across Canada. He is also a columnist for The Catholic Register, Catholic Insight, Catholic World Report, The Landowner, and The Interim. He also appears each Wednesday on Newstalk 1010 radio, and is a regular guest on networks as diverse as Russia Today and TVOntario.

He is the best-selling author of fourteen books, including biographies of G.K. Chesterton, H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. He has contributed to the Dictionary of National Biography and several other anthologies. He is published in many countries and in more than a dozen languages. His last two books were on the best-seller list for more than ten weeks.
He has received several honorary doctorates and awards for his writing and broadcasting. In 2005 he won The Ed Murrow Award for Radio Broadcasting, in 2006 The RTNDA Radio Broadcasting Award, in 2007 the Communicator Award in Hollywood and in 2008 the Omni Award for his television show. In 2012 The Catholic Civil Rights League gave Coren the Archbishop Adam Exner Award for Catholic Excellence in Public Life, and in the same year he was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for services to media.

 

The author of almost twenty books, Joseph Pearce is the foremost Catholic biographer of the past two decades. He has chronicled the life and works of G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien, among others. Pearce is co-editor of the St. Austin Review and host of the EWTN program, The Quest for Shakespeare. He is currently Writer-in-Residence and Visiting Fellow at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. An accomplished teacher and speaker, Pearce has lectured at many major colleges and universities throughout the world. 

Why Catholics Are Right
For some Catholicism is the only permanent, absolute body of truth, while for others it is the last permanent, absolute body that has to be opposed and stopped. Why Catholics Are Right opens with a discussion of the abuse scandal and the reality of what happened. Coren then traces Catholic history, with a discussion of the Crusades, Inquisition, Holocaust, and Galileo. He looks at Catholics and theology, explaining what and why Catholics believe what they do — Papal infallibility, immaculate conception, the Church rather than Bible alone. Finally, Coren outlines the pro-life position and why it is so important to Catholicism.