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Coming up on Connections: Monday, June 22nd


First hour: Pope Francis' climate change encyclical

Second hour: Boating safety 

In our first hour, we examine the meaning of Pope Francis' new encyclical on climate change. What does it mean for the Catholic Church? More broadly, what does it mean when an organized religion wades into climate issues? Our panel discusses that and more:

Nancy Rourke, director of the Catholic Studies Program at Canisius College
Sister Janet Korn, Sisters of Mercy
Robert Muhlnickel, professor of Philosophy and Ethics at Monroe Community College
Dr. Gerry Gacioch, "climate change ambassador" trained by the US Bishops
Mohammed Shafiq, head of the department of Religious Affairs at Nazareth College

Then, it's summer boating season, which brings with it a strange set of rules on the lakes. In fact, there are far fewer rules than many people would prefer. For example: no one can walk into a car dealership and drive out with a new car if they don't have a driver's license. But if you want to buy a boat, it doesn't take much to end up cruising down Lake Ontario, or a Finger Lake, even if you don't really know what you're doing. We've seen a number of tragic accidents in recent years. So what are the laws? And how should the laws change? In studio:

Sergeant Ben Melos, Monroe County Sheriff's Department
Bern Oseroff, retired member of the U.S. Coast Guard
Chief Petty Officer Patrick Bouchard, officer-in-charge of the Rochester Coast Guard Station
Deputy John Whitehair, Monroe County Sheriff's Department Marine Unit