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A Closer Look™ with Sheila Liaugminas features notable experts, newsmakers, elected officials, scholars and clergy on a variety of current event topics including social and moral issues, politics, and medical bioethics. Sheila and her guests put the news of the day into sharp focus from a uniquely Catholic perspective.

A Closer Look™ with Sheila Liaugminas features notable experts, newsmakers, elected officials, scholars and clergy on a variety of current event topics including social and moral issues, politics, and medical bioethics. Sheila and her guests put the news of the day into sharp focus from a uniquely Catholic perspective.


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A Closer Look™ with Sheila Liaugminas features notable experts, newsmakers, elected officials, scholars and clergy on a variety of current event topics including social and moral issues, politics, and medical bioethics. Sheila and her guests put the news of the day into sharp focus from a uniquely Catholic perspective.






Pro-Life Movement Mission, Message, Power & Influence 7.17.20

Jason Jones: ‘The Race to Save Our Century’, principles to promote peace, freedom and a culture of life; ways the pro-life movement can and must advance the mission to protect and defend vulnerable human life, all life with no exceptions and no geographical border extinctions; the power of ‘story’ to reach people’s hearts & minds.


Happiness, Suffering and Transcendence 07.16.20

Fr. Robert Spitzer: Clues to our transcendent destiny from the Revelation of Jesus, and our transcendent nature from experience and reason; ‘The Light Shines on in the Darkness’, transforming suffering through faith; satisfying our restless hearts and finding true happiness and transcendent fulfillment. Eucharistic miracles: Sokolka, Poland October 12, 2008


Time for Change, Trusting in God’s Plan, Courage to be Catholic in the Public Square 7.15.20

Congressman Dan Lipinski: Congressman’s Catholic high school commencement address reminded graduates their “first priority” was heaven; his challenge: “If you really want to change the world, you must choose to be Catholic and carry Jesus into the public square”; Catholic education taught him that “Jesus’ parable of the talents meant I had to use my […]


Truth in Media; Truth Always & Everywhere 7.14.20

Dan Gainor: New twist on ‘Truth in News’ issues with former New York Times staff editor writing public resignation letter calling out the ‘Paper of record’ for pushing ideological “orthodoxy,” kowtowing to Twitter mobs, and the internal “new McCarthyism.”; she also reveals being scolded for not holding to the liberal orthodoxy the NYT expects of […]


COVID, Protests, Redefining & Understanding Life, Liberty, Happiness 7.13.20

Fran Maier: Lumping real persons into abstractions of class, or race, or religion we disincarnate them, abstract them as impersonal data; abstract problems invite abstract solutions; parables and stories are incarnational, they teach truths, help us see why we’re alive, how we should live, and what the world means; knowing the truth is being freed by it. Kathryn […]


Need to Understand the Constitution, Nationalism, Christian Charity in Social Communications 7.10.20

Ed Morrissey, guest host – HotAir.com Dr. Randall Smith: Greater respect for the Constitutional order & a willingness to sacrifice our “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor” in its preservation are the only things standing between us and tyranny; students should learn a required understanding of the text of the Constitution; important debate about the virtues […]


Marriage & Divorce in Time of COVID May Surprise; Religious Liberty in Supreme Court Ruling Favors Catholic Families 7.9.20

Dr. Anne Hendershott: ‘Covidivorces’; Predicted higher rate of divorces during and due to COVID never materialized; there has been a 45 percent decline in the typical monthly average of divorces in NYC alone, and this trend extends to other cities as well; the time in lockdown has made us reassess what is most important to […]


Supreme Court Upholds Religious Liberty Rights; Catholic School Network Grows 7.8.20

Ed Morrissey, hosts Andrew McCarthy, National Review: A victory for Little Sisters of the Poor, but the case will drag on. Pause for progressives. Ed & Andrew discuss: Our Lady of Guadalupe vs Morrissey-Berru. Dale Ahlquist Chesterton Schools Network to open 12 new schools in 2020, spreading the Catholic intellectual tradition. Is there such a thing […]


The Next Pope, Renewed Evangelical Witness, Increased Missionary Fervor, Christ Centered Reform 7.7.20

George Weigel: New book out today The Next Pope: The Office of Peter and a Church in Mission focuses on the importance and centrality of Vatican II, specifically two key documents from that Council, for the Church now and in the future; what the next pope must do to remain faithful to the Holy Spirit’s […]


Troops at Church, SCOTUS, Free Speech & Cancel Culture 7.6.20

Guest Host, Ed Morrissey of HotAir.com Mike Berry: First Liberty attorney on defense of USAF Major from being court-martialed for going to church; ‘absolutely outrageous that our troops can’t go to church, but they can attend a protest, use mass transit or host house parties’. Ed Morrissey covers Supreme Court decision that states can punish […]


Building a Culture of Life through Law, Arts, Christian Witness; Wisdom Literature in a Time of Plague 7.2.20

Sen. Katrina Jackson: Author of Louisiana pro-life law says it wasn’t about the underlying legality of abortion, it was about women’s health; Supreme Court ruling in favor of abortion doctors denied women common sense protection. Jason Jones: Roundtable discussion of pro-life efforts across the country to help women, educate the public, tell the human story […]


Abortion Targets, Race Matters, All Lives Have Dignity 7.1.20

Peter Breen: Supreme Court on LA abortion law, other abortion cases in courts across the country, forecast for legal challenges to Roe in the months/years ahead; what the pro-life movement should focus on and how strongly their efforts must proceed, undaunted by challenges and seeming setbacks; Religious Freedom Restoration Act & discrimination these days. Walter […]


Racism, Identity Groups, Right & Wrong: Divided Nation, Divided Courts 6.30.20

Stephen White: EPPC scholar asks ‘Are These Not My People?’, racial, cultural, class differences in America and how we heal the divide; the deeper task of Christians in the current cultural crisis is to remind people of who they are, to show the world that ‘there’s a more excellent way’. Carrie Severino: Judicial Crisis Network […]


Supreme Court Ruling Favors Abortion Clinics; How Progressive Activism Keeps Gaining Ground 6.29.20

John Bursch: ADF response on Supreme Court decision to strike down Louisiana’s law requiring abortionists to hold admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, just as doctors at ambulatory surgical centers are required to have for the good of their patients; abortion providers went to great lengths to overturn bi-partisan LA state law. Prof. Paul Kengor: Dupes: […]


Not Socially Distant from God; Scripture Helps in Challenging Times; Religious Liberty Wins in Court 6.26.20

Jon Stotts: Dynamic young Catholic passionate about scripture encourages Catholics to immerse themselves in the Bible; suggests Scripture that offers hope & consolation in these challenging times, especially for families, small groups, who pray through the Bible together. Chris Ferrara: Federal Court rules New York Governor Cuomo is wrong to limit worship services; Thomas More […]


Milestone 200th Federal Judge Confirmed; Future of Judiciary; Democrats & Abortion; Election & Consequences 6.24.20

Carrie Severino: Just reached the historic milestone of 200 confirmed judges appointed by current president; includes circuit court, Supreme Court, judges with lifetime appointments who can alter the federal judiciary; Judicial Crisis Network calls them constitutionalist judges, ‘saving us from hundreds of policy-driven liberal judges’; elections have consequences. and Michael New: Pew Research Poll shows […]


Why Be Catholic; Power of Faith & Sacraments; Social-Political Implications of Christ’s Teaching on Love 6.24.20

Fr. Robert Spitzer: ‘Why Be Catholic’: Jesus’ Acceptance and Love of Sinners; The Social-Political Implications of Jesus’ Teaching on Love; The Christian Impact on Social Equality and Roman Slavery; Christian Impact on Social Welfare; The Need for Faith; Where Do we Go from Here? Life in Christ through the Catholic Church; Natural Law and Social […]


How & to Whom Do We Give Honor?; Justice, Equality & Followers of Christ; This Time of Crises is Our Catholic Moment 6.23.20

Abp. Salvatore Cordileone: San Francisco Archbishop criticizes destruction of St. Junipero Serra statue in Golden State Park, asking ‘What is happening to our society?’; ‘renewed national movement to heal memories, correct injustices of racism & police brutality in our country has been hijacked by some into a movement of violence, looting and vandalism’ Jason Jones: […]


Cultural Upheaval, Political & Social Choices, Revolutions & Actions; Power of Christian Friendship 6.22.20

Fran Maier: Life Lessons; How should we use our limited time in this world? Different paths lie before us, some right & some wrong; our choices have meaning, they also have consequences; we choose either to love or refuse to love, to act or refuse to act; the faith and friendship of Christians transformed the […]


Venerable Augustus Tolton, Racism, Juneteenth; Priestly Sanctity & the Sacred Heart; Importance of Truth 6.19.20

Bishop Joseph Perry: Postulator for Cause of Ven. Augustus Tolton looks at the life of this former slave, first African American priest, his witness to faith & charity; good intercessor for our times of social unrest, racial tension; Juneteenth, and World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests celebrated annually on the Solemnity of […]