On this episode, Chris hosts Dr. Michael Naughton professor of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas and author of Getting Work Right: Labor and Leisure in a Fragmented World. They discuss ‘leisure’….and no, they’re not talking about polyester wide-lapeled suits from the 70’s. Drawing from the definition articulated by the 20th century German Thomist Josef Pieper, leisure is “an attitude of the mind and a condition of the soul that fosters a capacity to perceive the reality of the world” as it truly is. Mischaracterized as “wasting time,” it is fundamentally about being, not doing, in a way that our hearts and minds become more open to the good. At the core of leisure is Sunday, the Lord’s Day. In order to get Monday right, Dr. Naughton argues, we must first get Sunday right. The conversation draws on Pieper’s famous 1947 book, Leisure, the Basis of Culture.
Michael Pauley is joined by Jon Hansen for a discussion of a proposed amendment that would create a right to abortion in the South Dakota state constitution. Hansen is the Speaker Pro Tempore of the South Dakota House of Representatives and also serves as Vice President of South Dakota Right to Life. Hansen and Pauley discuss the implications of the proposed constitutional amendment, which would be placed on the ballot for the November 5, 2024 election, if sponsors are able to gather the legally required number of signatures. Supporters of the amendment describe it as an initiative to put Roe v. Wade into the state constitution, but Hansen explains the amendment would impose a legal regime of unrestricted abortion-on-demand that is far more radical than the policy under Roe.