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Anna Quindlen is one of America’s best-loved authors. Her six novels, published over the past two decades, have all won spots on the New York Times best-seller list. Her latest “Still Life with Bread Crumbs” has now been released in paperback. No sooner had it been released than it hit the number 9 position on the New York Times paperback best seller list. As Bill Nigut reports, Quindlen probably holds the record for the most resignations from her various positions at the New York Times. She’s quit three jobs there, despite the fact she was enormously successful in each of them. In 1992, Quindlen won the Pulitzer Prize for a piece she wrote for her column “Public and Private.” But she prefers to spend her time writing books. And readers are the luckier for it. Bill talks with her about her career and about the latest novel.
Dr. Phil Thompson is the executive director of the Thomas Aquinas Center at Emory University. He visits with Bill Nigut to discuss the controversy that has arisen since Pope Francis met with Church leaders last month and suggested they begin a re-evaluation of some core principles of Church doctrine. The Pope asked if there may be a way to reverse the ban that prevents divorced Catholics from taking Holy Communion. He also asked his leadership to consider a path that would make the Church more welcoming to gay and lesbian Catholics. Some bishops were puzzled by this invitation to wander from key Church tenants. Others were angered by it. The conversation withDr. Phil Thompson illuminates the issues and helps both Catholics and non-Catholics understand what’s next in this ongoing debate.