Catholic Church en Louisville Archdiocese Doesn't Blink as Catholic Scholars Denounce Common Core School Standards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville's Catholic schools will continue implementing elements of the Common Core education standards despite pushback from a group of Catholic scholars.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="/term/common-core">Common Core standards </a>change what students learn in English and math and have been adopted by 45 states—Kentucky <a href="">being the first. </a></span></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 20:02:02 +0000 Devin Katayama 7448 at Louisville Archdiocese Doesn't Blink as Catholic Scholars Denounce Common Core School Standards Strange Fruit: Kentucky's 'Religious Freedom' Bill; Dr. Brittney Cooper on Black Girlhood <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src=";color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky's </span>LGBTQ<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> activists are all watching Governor Steve </span>Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> this week, as he decides whether or not to veto </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">House Bill 279</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the so-called 'religious freedom' bill. The bill would allow people to ignore civil rights laws that go against their religious beliefs, and while many of those protections have federal law to back them up, protections for </span>LGBTQ<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> status do not. So hard-won Fairness laws where they exist today—Louisville, Lexington, Covington, and </span>Vicco<span style="line-height: 1.5;">—would no longer be enforceable.<br><br>Since this is the issue on so many minds, we asked Fairness Campaign director and friend to the show Chris Hartman top stop by this week and give us the latest. He said Fairness has been busily encouraging supporters to call and write the governor urging a veto, but no one knows what Beshear will do.<br><br>Chris also stuck around for the rest of our Juicy Fruit segment, which we happened to be recording just a few minutes after the Catholic Church</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced the new pope</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span>Jaison<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Chris both grew up Catholic and tried to figure out one of the church's most pervasive mysteries: why do priests get to wear the </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">most festive</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> vestments, even though they are some of the </span><a href=";Date=20130314&amp;Category=NEWS06&amp;ArtNo=303140055&amp;Ref=V4&amp;MaxW=300&amp;Border=0&amp;First-pope-from-Americas-carries-complex-legacy" style="line-height: 1.5;">least festive</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> people?<br><br>In our feature interview this week, we spoke with </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr. Brittney Cooper</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, professor of Women's Studies and </span>Africana<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Studies at Rutgers University, and co-founder of </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Crunk Feminist Collective</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, about the perils of black girlhood. Dr. Cooper was with Dr. Story at </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">the Pleasure Principle panel</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> when The Onion &nbsp;called Academy Award Nominee </span>Quvenzhané<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Wallis the c-word on twitter, and we used that incident as our jumping off point for the conversation.<br><br>"We live in a moment in which black women are routinely verbally assaulted within social media and within the popular press," Dr. Cooper explained. "I think that her being a black girl does play a significant role in the really tepid responses from white feminists. The reality is that black girls are largely invisible."<br><br>This week's closing thoughts lead us to talk about how our sexual desires and performance change as we age and have fewer sexual hang-ups.<br><br><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Note: We use the full version of the c-word and cover some mature subjects in this week's show.</strong> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 14:39:29 +0000 Laura Ellis 4519 at Strange Fruit: Kentucky's 'Religious Freedom' Bill; Dr. Brittney Cooper on Black Girlhood Mitch McConnell Congratulates Pope Francis <p>Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is praising the <a href="">selection of Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio</a> to head the Catholic Church as the new pope.</p><p>From McConnell's office:</p><blockquote><p>"Catholics across Kentucky and the entire U.S. celebrate the election of Pope Francis I, and I join Americans of all faiths to congratulate him on becoming the spiritual leader of the world’s more than one billion Catholics.</p><p></p><p>As a voice of clarity and force on the great moral challenges of our time, the Pope plays a uniquely constructive role in world affairs, and as a herald of the Christian message of charity and reconciliation he calls all of us to a greater recognition of the inherent dignity of all men and women. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 23:34:55 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4477 at Archbishop Joseph Kurtz: Pope Benedict's Resignation Sign of 'Deep Humility' <p></p><p>The head of the Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville says he’s grateful for Pope Benedict’s spiritual leadership over the past eight years.</p><p>Archbishop Joseph Kurtz was appointed to his post by Benedict nearly six years ago.</p><p>Kurtz says like most everyone, he was taken aback by the pope’s announcement that<a href="/post/pope-benedict-xvi-resigning"> he will resign at the end of month.</a></p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:13:44 +0000 Rick Howlett 3923 at Archbishop Joseph Kurtz: Pope Benedict's Resignation Sign of 'Deep Humility' New PAC Hopes to Give Catholics a Stronger Political Voice <p>A new political action committee is hoping to strengthen the political power of Catholics in Kentucky.</p><p>The Kentucky Catholic PAC was founded by Louisville attorney Vince Heuser after the May primary elections.</p><p>Heuser says the idea for the state-based PAC stems from two issues that are contentious in the Catholic community. One is a mandate from the federal government that health insurance plans must cover contraceptives. The second is a tussle with state House Democrats over bill that would require women seeking abortions to view an ultrasound of their fetus.</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 14:59:59 +0000 Kenny Colston 910 at State Representative Tom Burch Speaks Out About Sexual Abuse He Suffered as a Child <p><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: small; line-height: normal; ">One of Kentucky&#39;s leading voices against child abuse is speaking out about abuse he suffered as a child.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Times; line-height: normal; font-size: small; ">State Rep. Tom Burch, D-Louisville, is the chairman of the House Health and Welfare committee. Burch <a href="">wrote </a>a letter to the Lexington Herald-Leader that mentioned that he was sexually abused by a priest as a middle schooler and was also physically abused by his father.</span> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 00:30:40 +0000 Kenny Colston 577 at State Representative Tom Burch Speaks Out About Sexual Abuse He Suffered as a Child