Join us at The Open Door, a program called to building a culture of life and a just social order! Our panel discusses solidarity, subsidiarity, and economic democracy in light of Catholic Social Teaching. We also explore non-violence, distributism, and communitarianism. The next question? How do we move from discussion to political and personal activism? It's a question that often leads us to report on the short term projects and long term promise of the American Solidarity Party.  Click here for the show descriptions.
February 15, 2019

Friends! Same time and same station: WCAT’S “The Open Door,” Friday, Feb. 15 at 8 am (PT) and 11 am (ET).
This week our special guests are Fr. David Poecking (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish) and Muntadher Aljabery, Imam of Alfatimiah of Pittsburgh.

We will explore the document Human Fraternity issued by His Holiness Pope Francis and The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad Al-Tayyeb. (The quotations below are from this document.)

The questions we will consider include the following.

  1. How might we act on the conviction that “whoever kills a person is like one who kills the whole of humanity, and that whoever saves a person is like one who saves the whole of humanity”?
  2. Are there now signs of a “third world war being fought piecemeal”? If so, what are they?
  3. “To attack the institution of the family, to regard it with contempt or to doubt its important role, is one of the most threatening evils of our era.” What forces that threaten this evil?
  4. How can we contribute to efforts “to free women from historical and social conditioning that runs contrary to the principles of their faith and dignity”?
  5. How can we elucidate the claim that God wills “the pluralism and diversity” of religions?


James Hanink

James Hanink

Host of "The Open Door"

Dr. James Hanink
Dr. James Hanink, a philosophy professor who taught at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA, is the lead anchor for The Open Door.

Matthew Bartko
Matthew Bartko was born and raised in Pennsylvania, grew up as a member of the Baptist Church and remains active in it. In college, he studied secondary education before switching to sociology. Since then, he has married and worked in sales and customer service. Several years ago, he became frustrated with the seeming lack of caring from Republicans and the sense of amorality from the Democrats. Finding himself politically “homeless,” he researched his options and came to the American Solidarity Party. He now dedicates his time to growing the movement of pro-life for the whole life politicians who reject entrenched politics on the left and right.


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