Welcome to the first in a new series of Catholic Herald Podcast Debates.


Today, to coincide with the release of On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family and the Church in the 21st Century, I discuss the new book with Fr Alexander-Lucie Smith and Rabbi Sybil Sheridan. The book is a dialogue between Pope Francis while he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires and Rabbi Skorka.

Click on the link below to listen to three short discussions between Rabbi Sheridan and Fr Lucie-Smith, beginning with a discussion of the problems this new book poses, the Devil and Pope Francis on feminism.

In the second part of our discussion we examine the Israeli-Palestinian Question and Pope Francis’s potential for diplomacy, the purpose of inter-religious dialogue, euthanasia, the abandonment of the elderly and the Liverpool Care Pathway.

Finally we consider the Pope’s views on charity, our attitudes to the poor, voting in political elections, Pope Pius XII, Catholic prayers for the conversion of Jews, marriage, Rabbi Skorka’s portrayal of Judaism and Pope Francis’s portrayal of Catholicism.

Thank you for listening and we hope you enjoy it.