Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

Season 20, Episode 22 of 52

Religious Reaction to Trump Executive Orders - During his first week in office, President Donald Trump has been signing a series of executive orders on issues of particular interest to the faith community, among them immigration, oil pipelines, and abortion, as well as possible new restrictions on refugees from Muslim countries. Host Bob Abernethy, Managing Editor Kim Lawton, and Rabbi Jack Moline, president of the Interfaith Alliance, talk about how many people of faith are responding. New Camaldoli Hermitage - While the number of monks and nuns has declined dramatically in recent years, there has been a large increase in the number of lay people who want to associate with religious communities. Correspondent Kate Olson visited New Camaldoli Hermitage, a Benedictine community in Big Sur, California, where today there are 24 monks, and 700 oblates, people who live in the world and affiliate with a monastic community, following a rule for living that guides monastic life. Martin Scorsese's "Silence" - Director Martin Scorsese's epic new film "Silence" tells the story of two Jesuit priests in the 17th Century who are sent to Japan to investigate reports that their missionary mentor has renounced his faith. Rev. James Martin, S.J. of America magazine served as a consultant to help ensure that the film authentically represented Jesuit beliefs. Kim Lawton talks with Martin about the many religious themes in "Silence," and how the movie reflects Scorsese's Catholic faith.

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