|Interim readers, as well as the public at large, can now enjoy a more in-depth, broadcast examination of some of the issues raised in this publication through a bi-weekly, one-hour radio program.
Family Matters, as the program is being called for the time being, was launched in October and co-operates with The Interim, as well as the monthly magazine Catholic Insight, in providing content and guests, in discussing and examining important issues such as same-sex “marriage.”
The program can be heard the second and fourth Thursday of every month, from 6:05 – 7:05 p.m. Eastern time, on faith-based station Radio Maria, which broadcasts on what is known as a sub-carrier frequency. This requires listeners who wish to tune in to the station over the airwaves to have a special radio that is equipped with a device to pick up the frequency.
However, thanks to the magic of the internet, Family Matters and Radio Maria can also be heard via live streaming by anyone anywhere in Canada or throughout the world, who has a computer and an internet connection. Just go to the website www.hmwn.net and click on the icon “Listen Live” in the upper right-hand corner of the mainpage. If you are in the Greater Toronto Area and would like to purchase a radio instead, call (416) 245-7117.
Archives are currently in development that will allow listeners to hear specific programs on demand on the website. The station also has an application before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to broadcast on cable.
Several notable guests and speakers have already appeared on the Family Matters program. Leading author and intellectual William Gairdner was recorded at the annual meeting of the Catholic Civil Rights League, speaking about the marriage issue.
Tristan Emmanuel, head of the Equipping Christians for the Public Square organization, has been interviewed about his newly released book Warned, which sends a signal to Americans and others throughout the world about the dangers posed by the legalization of same-sex “marriage” in Canada.
Coverage has also been provided of the National Marriage Caucus that was held in Ottawa prior to the December vote in Parliament on whether to revisit the marriage issue. At that event, speakers including Emmanuel, Joseph Ben-Ami of the Institute for Canadian Values and Brian Rushfeldt of the Canada Family Action Coalition were heard, pledging that the battle to preserve or restore the traditional definition of marriage will continue unabated.
Speakers at a clergy luncheon sponsored by Campaign Life Coalition have been broadcast. They included Jim Hughes, president of CLC, Rev. Alphonse de Valk, editor of Catholic Insight, and John-Henry Westen of LifeSite News. Listen for a talk given at the luncheon by Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec City on the 2008 Eucharistic Congress in Quebec, in an upcoming broadcast.
Director Deiren Masterson appeared on a program to talk about the video McLuhan Way: In Search of Truth, which profiles the faith of famed Canadian media guru Marshall McLuhan. Another broadcast focused on Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, with a talk by Rev. Joseph Singh.
Upcoming broadcasts of Family Matters are scheduled to feature legendary singer Pat Boone and former Alliance MP Larry Spencer, author of the book Sacrificed? Truth or Politics.