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Smart Talk: Meet Bishop Ronald Gainer

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 23, 2014 2:20 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, April 24, 2014:

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There are almost 250,000 Catholics living in the 15 counties of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg.

Last month, they got a new leader when Bishop Ronald Gainer was installed as the 11th Bishop of the Diocese.

With Catholics representing more than one-tenth of the region's total population and considering the social fabric of the Church, Bishop Gainer will be a familiar face in Central Pennsylvania.

On Thursday's Smart Talk, we'll meet the Pottsville native, who most recently was the Bishop of a large diocese in Kentucky.

We'll ask Bishop Gainer to discuss his background, his vision for the Harrisburg Diocese, education, the future of the Church, and Pope Francis and what he means to Catholics around the world.

Bishop Gainer also speaks passionately about aiding the poor and those left behind, including those in prison.

Catholics and non-Catholics are always interested in what positions the Church takes on contemporary social issues like same-sex marriage, contraception, women's role in the Church, and clergy who have been accused of sexual abuse.

If you have a question or comment for Bishop Gainer, please comment below or call us at 1-800-729-7532 between 9 and 10 a.m.

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Comments: 8

  • Michael Skiendzielewski img 2014-04-24 07:29

    If the Commonwealth's children are fortunate, maybe Rep. Ronald Marsico, Dauphin County, Chairman of the PA House Judiciary Committee, will let the PA families know why he refuses to hold public hearings on important legislative proposals offered by Rep. Rozzi and others that would provide better protection and legal access for childhood victims of sexual abuse, regardless of where the alleged abuse took place. As a father and grandfather, is Mr. Marsico concerned that the current laws are inadequate for the young victims of sexual abuse to pursue their cases in the legal system, both civilly and criminally, in the Commonwealth of PA?

    As a Catholic and an elected representative, Mr. Marsico, when will you stand up for the children of the Commonwealth as well as the victims of sexual abuse and their families?

    Michael Skiendzielewski
    Captain (retired)
    Philadelphia Police Dept.

  • Bob Nunn img 2014-04-24 08:11

    Of all the sins listed in the Bible, and many being committed by the followers of Christianity, why does Christianity focus so much energy on the homosexual "sin"?

    Throughout the Bible there a things listed as sins, abominations, shameful, etc. that Christianity seems to be pretty much ignoring. Shouldn't all of those be given equal attention?

    • Michael Skiendzielewski img 2014-04-24 08:31

      Mr. Nunn:

      What do you mean by the focus on the homosexual "sin"?

    • Michael Skiendzielewski img 2014-04-24 08:32

      Mr. Nunn:

      What do you mean by the focus on the homosexual "sin"?

      • Bob Nunn img 2014-04-25 08:37

        First, I don't see the leave of energy being exerted to make other things listed as a sin illegal.
        Second, I don't believe that homosexuality is a sin.
        As a Christian I relize that the people that wrote the scripture were not the most open minded, inteliegent people. Because if they were, there is a lot of scripture that more than likely would have been written different.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-04-24 08:41

    Kathleen emails:

    Good Morning,
    I have heard you speak of your opposition to the death penalty. What is it that causes the disconnect between the pulpit and the pew resulting in Catholics not working to abolish the death penalty? How do you plan to make the changes in Harrisburg necessary to end capital punishment in Pennsylvania?
    Thank you very much.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-04-24 08:43

    Thomas from Manheim Township emails:

    I would like to ask the bishop a question.

    I formerly belonged to a catholic church in manheim township lancaster county, i attended mass there on Easter,

    I was saddened at the lack of reverence towards the blessed sacrament the persons that brought the gifts to the alter were wearing t-shirts.
    I have questioned this in the past and nothing is done, t seems that the individuals just give lip service and are very shallow in their reverence for the mass.

    am I right that this is wrong, and what can you do about it.

    thank you

  • Judy Block-Jones img 2014-04-24 10:26

    Will Bishop Ronald Gainer publish all the names of accused child predator clergy within the Harrisburg diocese?. And will he turn over all secret archive documents, about these accused predators, to law enforcement? This would be an good example that Bishop Gainer wishes to get this abuse stopped so that kids are safe today.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511
    Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

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