This week on Interfaith Voices:
The Vatican’s Attitude Gap
Can you be a good Catholic while not following basic Church teachings on life issues like birth control, abortion and divorce? Most Catholics seem to think so. According to a new global poll of more than 12,000 Catholics in 12 countries, the people in the pews often disagree with the Vatican on major social questions while still identifying with the faith. The opinion gap is nothing new, but the Pope’s active interest in it is.
How Faith is Passed Down Through Generations
Why do some children follow the religious footsteps of their parents, and others go their own way? A new book explores how faith is passed down through families, from great-grandparents, to grandparents, to parents, to children. Among the findings: mothers aren’t always the religious gatekeepers–fathers matter too; warm parents trump pious ones, and the religious values of grandparents can endure for a lifetime.
Touching the Divine with ‘Hands on Faith’
For Christians, the Kingdom of God is like tiny a mustard seed. For Nichiren Buddhists, clearing the mind of delusion is like polishing a mirror. Physical, tangible objects can make metaphysical concepts more concrete–and that’s the idea behind a school program called “Hands on Faith.” Montessori teacher Catherine Maresca joins us in the studio to talk about her cirriculum, which gives students the chance to explore physical objects from religions that aren’t their own.
Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute
Vern Bengston, author of Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down across Generations
Meredith Jacobs, author of The Modern Jewish Mom’s Guide to Shabbat
Catherine Maresca, Founder and Director of the Center for Children and Theology