In the Arena is an original weekly series exploring the latest news, current events, political topics, and social opinions that define a generation. Covering this territory from a Catholic cultural perspective is Rev. Msgr. Kieran Harrington, the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Vicar for Communications.
- Vocations - Watch Now
Aired on Mar. 2, 2014 - Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio joins host, Monsignor Kieran Harrington in a conversation on immigration and the Diocese of Brooklyn's surprising increase in vocations to the priesthood. Also featuring Rev. Kevin Abels, Vocation Director for the Diocese of Brooklyn. In this special episode, Bishop DiMarzio and Father Abels join Msgr. Harrington in answering viewers' questions in the "Mail Bag" segment.
- Faith & Finance - Watch Now
Aired on Feb. 23, 2014 - Stephen F. Auth, Equities CIO and EVP of Federated Investors, and Brenner LeCompte, CRPC, New York financial advisor and "Three to Get Married" speaker join host, Monsignor Kieran Harrington to discuss morality at the intersection of faith and finance.
- Catholic Education - Watch Now
Aired on Feb. 16, 2014 - Monica Ashour, educator and President of the Theology of the Body Evangelization Team, joins host Monsignor Kieran Harrington in a conversation on the future of Catholic schools. Featuring call-in guest Derry Connolly, Ph.D., President and Founder of John Paul the Great Catholic University. Msgr. Harrington also answers viewers' questions in his "Mail Bag" segment.
- Hook-Up Culture or Real Love? - Watch Now
Aired on Feb. 09, 2014 - As Valentine's Day approaches, Kara Eschbach, Publisher and Editor in Chief of Verily Magazine joins host, Monsignor Kieran Harrington to dish on love, relationships, and why a hook-up culture just won't suffice. Featuring call-in guest, Katie Hartfiel, author of "Woman in Love: Redefine Your Journey Toward Your Husband-To-Be" and "The Mother's Companion to Woman In Love: 12 Conversations Every Mother Should Have with Her Daughter." Msgr. Harrington also answers viewers' questions in his "Mail Bag" segment.
- Coping with Violence - Watch Now
Aired on Jan. 26, 2014 - Dr. Greg Bottaro, Psy.D., Executive Director of the Catholic Psych Institute, and Msgr. Bob Romano, Deputy Chief Chaplain of the New York City Police Department join guest host, Fr. Rob Keighron of the Diocese of Brooklyn to discuss the effects of violence in today's society, and how to find hope and healing. Fr. Rob also answers viewers' questions in a new "Mail Bag" segment.
- A Pro-Life Generation - Watch Now
Aired on Jan. 22, 2014 - Dr. Anne Nolte, M.D. of The National Gianna Center for Women's Health & Fertility in New York, and Brendan O'Morchoe, National Director of Field Operations for Students for Life of America join guest host, Fr. Rob Keighron of the Diocese of Brooklyn to talk about new advances in women's healthcare that honor the dignity of the human person, the pro-life college generation, and this year's March for Life. Also featuring call-in guest, Lila Rose, President and Founder of the new media organization LiveAction.org.
- Movements and the Baptismal Call - Watch Now
Aired on Jan. 12, 2014 - Brian Finnerty, Communications Director for Opus Dei USA; Nancy Arkin, of the Catholic Charismatic Movement; Rev. Jose Medina, National Leader of Communion and Liberation USA; and Brenner LeCompte, of Regnum Christi USA join guest host, Fr. Rob Keighron of the Diocese of Brooklyn to discuss unique ways in which Christians can answer the Baptismal call through spiritual charisms, movements, and lay organizations.
- Marriage - Watch Now
Aired on Jan. 05, 2014 - Peter McFadden, Pre-Cana instructor and founder of Creative Marriages, Inc. joins Msgr. Kieran Harrington to discuss the Sacrament of Marriage, the challenges new couples encounter, and what Natural Family Planning can bring to married life. Featuring call-in guests, Simcha Fisher, author of "The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning," Dr. Brian Burke, MD, from the Couple-to-Couple League, and John and Linda Pisano of Retrouvaille New York.
- The Year In Review - Watch Now
Aired on Dec. 29, 2013 - As 2014 approaches, Ed Wilkinson, Editor-in-Chief of the Brooklyn Diocesan newspaper The Tablet, and John Woods, Editor-in-Chief of the New York Archdiocesan newspaper Catholic New York join Msgr. Kieran Harrington in remembering the major social, political, and entertainment events of 2013 -- including a list of Pope Francis' most memorable moments. Featuring special guest, actor and singer, Robert Davi, discussing his new single “New York City Christmas,” as we approach the New Year and Epiphany.
- Christmas & Religion: Good for Goodness' Sake? - Watch Now
Aired on Dec. 22, 2013 - Leah Libresco, Patheos blogger at "Unequally Yoked", contributor to the Huffington Post, and convert to the Catholic faith joins Msgr. Kieran Harrington to discuss how to approach the often-secularized Christmas holiday through a renewed lens of faith. Featuring call-in guests, Michael De Dora, Director of the Center for Inquiry's Office of Public Policy; and Jimmy Akin, Author and Senior Apologist at Catholic.com.
- The Church in the Digital Age - Watch Now
Aired on Dec. 15, 2013 - Grant Gallicho, journalist and Associate Editor of Commonweal Magazine joins Msgr. Kieran Harrington in a discussion on the internet, Catholics, and the questions facing the Church in the digital age. Also featuring call-in guest, author/blogger Brandon Vogt, founder of StrangeNotions.com, and Content Director for Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.
- The Cinematic Conscience: Discerning Stories in Movies - Watch Now
Aired on Dec. 8, 2013 - Film critics and "Reel Faith" hosts, Steven Greydanus and David DiCerto join Msgr. Kieran Harrington in a discussion on media's moral compass and this season's most surprising films. Also featuring call-in guests, Rev. Robert E. Lauder, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at St. John's University and host of "Movies With A Message"; and Tony Rossi, Director of Communications for The Christophers, and host of "Christopher Closeup."
- Labor of Love: Sacrificial Stories of Thanks - Watch Now
Aired on Dec. 1, 2013 - Natalia Fassano, Assistant Director of Recruitment at Heart’s Home USA, and Anthony Butler, Executive Director of St. John’s Bread and Life discuss thanksgiving and their real-life experiences working with those in need. Also featuring call-in guest Tom Cornell, Associate Editor for the Catholic Worker Movement.
- The Year of Faith - Watch Now
Aired on Nov. 24, 2013 - Rev. Jonathan Morris, Program Director of The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM Radio, and Rev. Michael Duffy, Patheos blogger at “Father, Where Art Thou?” discuss the Year of Faith as it draws to a close. Also featuring call-in guests Rev. Robert Barron, Rector of Mundelein Seminary, and Founder of Word On Fire Catholic Ministries; Rev. John Cush, Censor Librorum for the Diocese of Brooklyn, and contributor to Currents; and Sr. Mary Christa Nutt, R.S.M., Year of Faith Mass collaborator and Coordinator of the Bishops’ Office for U.S. Visitors to the Vatican.
- Catholics, Evangelicals & Ecumenism - Watch Now
Aired on Nov. 17, 2013 - Matthew Schmitz, Deputy Editor of First Things Magazine joins host Msgr. Harrington in a discussion on ecumenism and the relationship between Catholics and Evangelicals. Also featuring call-in guests Rev. Dwight Longenecker, author and blogger at “Standing On My Head” and Terry Barber, founder of St. Joseph Communications and author of “How to Share Your Faith with Anyone.”
- Catholic Musicians & the Industry - Watch Now
Aired on Nov. 10, 2013 - Singer-songwriter Tori Harris, along with musicians Nick Hennessey and Mike McDuffee of the band With One Heart engage in a candid and honest discussion about the future of both indie and mainstream Christian music. Also featuring call-in guest Audrey Assad, musician and songwriter.
- NYC Politics, Faith & Elections - Watch Now
Aired on Nov. 3, 2013 - Brooklyn D.A. Charles “Joe” Hynes and New York Congressman Peter King discuss politics, faith, ethics, and the upcoming New York City elections. Also featuring call-in guests Kevin Carroll, attorney and Jerry Kassar, Chairman of the Brooklyn Conservative Party.
- Apparitions, Miracles, Exorcisms & Catholic Phenomena - Watch Now
Aired on Oct. 27, 2013 - Sean Bloomfield, filmmaker and director of the documentary “The Triumph” discusses often misunderstood Catholic phenomena, and his film about the alleged appearances of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Medjugorje. Also featuring call-in guests Matt Baglio, author of the New York Times bestseller “The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist”; and Father Anthony DiGuglielmo, JCD candidate in Canon Law at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum) in Rome.
- Healthcare & the Church - Watch Now
Aired on Oct. 20, 2013 - Adrian Kerrigan, SVP for Advancement for the Catholic Medical Mission Board discusses healthcare and the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Also featuring call-in guests Christine Harbin Hanson, Federal Affairs Manager at Americans for Prosperity; Dr. David McKalip, M.D., Neurosurgeon, Doctors for Patient Freedom; Diana M. L. Newman, Ed.D., R.N., President Elect of the National Association of Catholic Nurses USA; and Dr. Robin Pierucci, M.D., Neonatologist and Bioethicist with the Catholic Medical Association.
- A Theology of Women - Watch Now
Aired on Oct. 13, 2013 - Kathryn Jean Lopez, journalist and Editor-at-Large of National Review Online, and Sr. Mary Hughes, OP, former President of the LCWR and former Prioress of The Dominican Sisters of Amityville, join Msgr. Kieran Harrington to discuss what Pope Francis has described as a need for a greater “theology of women.” Also featuring call-in guests Phyllis Zagano, Ph. D., Research Associate-in-Residence at Hofstra University, Ashley McGuire, Senior Fellow at the Catholic Association, and Sr. Mary Prudence Allen, RSM, Ph.D., Philosophy Professor at St. John Vianney Seminary.
- Pope Francis: The First 6 Months - Watch Now
Aired on Oct. 6, 2013 - Tim Reidy, Executive Editor of America Magazine, and Mary DeTurris Poust, Author and Blogger at Not Strictly Spiritual, join Msgr. Kieran Harrington to discuss the milestones of the first six months of Pope Francis’ highly publicized pontificate. Also featuring call-in guests, Msgr. Paul Tighe, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and John Thavis, Journalist and Author of The Vatican Diaries.
- Immigration Reform - Watch Now
Aired on Sept. 29, 2013 - Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director & CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, and Robert McCreanor, Attorney & Director of Legal Services for the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Catholic Migration Services discuss the Church’s take on comprehensive immigration reform. Also featuring call-in guests, Kevin Appleby, Director of the USCCB’s Office for Migration & Refugee Services, and Michael Long, Chairman of the New York State Conservative Party.
- The Church in the Middle East - Watch Now
Aired on Sept. 22, 2013 - Msgr. John Kozar, President of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, and George Marlin, Chairman of Aid to the Church In Need, USA discuss the Church in the Middle East and the situation in Syria. Also featuring call-in guest Bishop Richard Pates of the USCCB’s Committee on International Justice & Peace.