Saturday, 18 July 2009

Radio Interviews

Greetings Bishop: I recently heard a podcast of an interview you did for an internet radio program called World Of The Unexplained. It was both a fantastic and an informative interview. Are there more interviews planned in the near future? Are there any previous ones on podcast that you done that you can recommend? These are great souces of information that must be heard by both believers and non-believers. Thank you once again for your time. Peace in Christ, Rodrigo.

Finding time to accommodate requests to talk on radio is proving increasingly difficult with my schedule. I receive dozens of invitations to talk on radio stations as far afield as Hawaii (for a traditionalist Roman Catholic organisation) and as close as London (for a music station with a dedicated paranormal slot). I am mostly unable to accept these invitations due to work taking precedence. That is not to say I shall not try to fit in some talks on radio in the future where possible, but it remains low on my list of priorities.

Similar and oftentimes the same questions are raised during these interviews to which the same answers are inevitably provided as I gave four decades ago when I first began speaking on radio and television. I naturally prefer live programmes which enable me to discuss topics spontaneously with the listening audience.

My talks with Art Bell and George Noory on Coast to Coast might still be available on podcast.

My warnings and concerns evinced during the Art Bell interview were echoed by the Roman Catholic Primate of England and Wales, as recorded in The Times, 6 September 2001:
"Chistianity has almost been vanquished in Britain, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor told a gathering of priests yesterday. Christ was being replaced by music, New Age beliefs, the environmental movement, the occult and the free-market economy, the Archbishop of Westminster said. In a candid and unscripted passage of his speech, the Cardinal also spoke of the damage and shame brought to his church by the scandal of paedophile priests. His analysis of Britain’s spiritual decline echoed the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, who last year said: 'A tacit atheism prevails. Death is assumed to be the end of life. Our concentration on the here-and-now renders a thought of eternity irrelevant.' But the Cardinal, leader of 4.1 million Roman Catholics in England and Wales, went much further. The extent to which Christianity informed modern culture and intellectual life in Britain today had been hugely diminished, he told the National Conference of Priests in Leeds. 'It does seem in our countries in Britain today, especially in England and Wales, that Christianity, as a sort of backdrop to people’s lives and moral decisions — and to the Government, the social life of the country — has now almost been vanquished.' Increasing numbers of people now gained their 'glimpses of the transcendant' from involvement in music, New Age movements and green issues. 'I could go on about this and talk also about the rise in New Age and occult practices and the search being made by young people for something in which, or someone in whom, they can place their complete trust.' People were seeking transient happiness in alcohol, drugs, pornography and recreational sex, the Cardinal said. 'There is indifference to Christian values and to the Church among many young people and, indeed, not only the young. You see quite a demoralised society, one where the only good is what I want, the only rights are my own, and the only life with any meaning or value is the life I want for myself.' In an apparent condemnation of both Thatcherism and 'new' Labour, the Cardinal gave warning of the excesses of the free-market economy and consumerism. 'When we live in a culture which says What I have got is what I am, we are in big trouble. Whilst I understand that — to some degree — we are all consumers, this is something we all enjoy a bit, it’s quite clear that a sole reliance on the market place does in the end actually prevent people from taking their destiny into their own hands. There are many today who think that to believe in God is to limit one’s freedom'.”

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