The Dr J Show

Welcome to our newest project! Check out episodes of the Dr J Show, a weekly news broadcast with an interview segment. Dr J knows a lot of interesting and knowledgeable people at the top of their games, and we'd like to share some of them with you. New episodes come out every Friday; catch them here or over at our YouTube channel.


Florida is Sued Over Reparative Therapy? Robert Vazzo on Dr. J

Dr J interviews Robert L. Vazzo, M.M.F.T. Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor (CA).
The audio-only version of this podcast is available here: Listen

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How We Can Save the Church From Within: Kevin Wells on the Dr J Show

Kevin Wells is a former sports reporter with the Tampa Tribune, where he covered Major League Baseball. His challenging book, The Priests We Need to Save the Church has been one of the country’s most-widely read Catholic books since its release in August. Kevin is also the author of Burst, A Story of God’s Grace When Life Falls Apart. He is a freelance writer, Catholic evangelist, and is President of the Monsignor Thomas Wells Society for Vocations, which financially and prayerfully commits itself to the promotion of strong priests, seminarians, and practicing the fullness of the Catholic Faith. The Society honors his late uncle, who was murdered in his rectory in 2000. Kevin’s work with youth earned him the James Cardinal Hickey National Figure Award from the Archdiocese of Washington. He lives in Millersville, Maryland with his wife and three children. He loves baseball, reading, and his backyard fire pit with many men gathered around.

The audio-only version of this podcast is available here: Listen


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#SaveJames

#SaveJames

(October 25, 2019) This Friday, we have some urgent action items for you with regards to a breaking case in Texas. James Younger, a 7-year-old boy, appears to be being forced to live as a girl by his non-biological mother. He is in danger of being chemically and possibly surgically transitioned in addition to being forced to wear dresses, a train of craziness that began when he watched "Frozen" and liked the character Elsa. We're making available hotlines to Governor Abbott, petitions, and generally raising awareness, which may have an effect on Judge Kim Cooks' handling of this case. More details in this special breaking news episode of The Dr J Show.

Governor Abbott's opinion hotline is (512) 463-1782 or gov.texas.gov/contact, to reach Texas governor Greg Abbott. The Judge handling this case is Democrat Kim Cooks of the 255th Family District Court. The hashtag for this issue is #SaveJames. Keep the heat on!

LifePetitions also has a SaveJames petition, currently with over 76,000 signatures: Support Dad and Texas Governor's bid to save 7-year-old boy from being turned into girl

The audio-only version of this podcast is available here: Listen


Trauma and the Best Ways to Help the Victims: Dr. Deborah Rodriguez interview

Welcome to the 5th Episode of the Dr. J Show, where we bring the world's experts to talk about the issues that face families and the faithful.

Dr. Rodriguez is a general pediatrician in Tacoma, WA, who sees patients from birth to college. She has a special focus on working with children, families, and adults who have experienced trauma in their lives. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. She is a member of the Catholic Medical Society and the Christian Medical and Dental Associations. She works in ministry to adult survivors of abuse including survivors of human trafficking. She uses a model of long-term healing and restoration. She has given presentations to community and medical groups on the science of trauma and toxic stress and on human trafficking awareness and prevention. She also facilitates peer support groups for survivors of abuse through the Maria Goretti Network in the Seattle area. She is married, mother to three children, and serves her church as lector, catechist and mentor. She contributed two chapters to the book Abuse of Trust by Allen Hebert.


Resources:

  • Hopeful Hearts Ministry, hopefulheartsministry.org (any survivor of any abuse)
  • Maria Goretti Network, mgoretti.org (peer support group with chapters in the US)
  • Adorned in Grace, adornedingracetacoma.com (ministry to prevention and restoration of human trafficking survivors and any survivor of trauma/abuse)
  • Mending the Soul, mendingthesoul.org (books, support groups, lots of educational material from a Christian perspective)
  • John Paul II Healing Center, jpiihealingcenter.org (resources, retreats, Catholic)

Reading Recommendations

Action Item: Buy the book Abuse of Trust. Read it! Give it to your pastor, school principal or anyone else involved in ministry. Give it a positive review on Amazon!

Follow the guidelines of trauma-informed ministry:

  • Realize that trauma/abuse exist and is very common
  • Recognize the signs of trauma
  • Respond in a trauma-informed way (using the VEEL approach)
  • Avoid re-traumatization
  • Consider setting up a trauma-informed church/school/family to create a safe place for survivors to begin to heal

What are we doing to children? Dr. Cretella talks about gender dysphoria. -Dr. J Show Episode 4

Dr. Cretella is Executive Director of the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds). Her article Gender Dysphoria in Children and Suppression of Debate was published in the 2016 summer issue of Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. Following this, she became one of the world's most outspoken critics of gender ideology in pediatrics. She is regularly consulted by many media news outlets.


Dr. Cretella received her medical degree in 1994 from the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine. She completed training at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Cretella serves on the Advisory Board of the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and is Chair of the Gender Identity Subcommittee for the Catholic Medical Association. She is a peer reviewer for the journals, “Issues in Law and Medicine,” and the “Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.”

After 15 years of group practice in rural Connecticut and Rhode Island she left clinical practice to devote more time to family and the ACPeds. Dr. Cretella and her husband are the proud parents of four children.

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A Survivor's Tale of Priestly Abuse


Check out the latest episode of The Dr. J Show!

This interview is with Allen Hebert, author of Abuse of Trust, which tells his story of being molested by his parish priest, as well as the stories of other victims of abuse. The book demonstrates how Allen and others have found hope and healing. Abuse of Trust includes wisdom from experts to help survivors of abuse.

If you or someone you know is a victim of abuse, you must share this video with them!

Abuse of Trust is available in the Ruth store.

Watch the third episode of The Dr. J Show and share it with your friends.

Prefer just to listen? The audio-only version is here.


Dr. J and Rebecca Oas: Can a Christian support the global family planning movement?

Listen to what the experts have to say about the family planning issue (video linked above; audio-only podcast here).

Dr. Rebecca Oas is the Associate Director of Research for the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) a research and policy organization based in New York and Washington, D.C. Her research areas include international maternal health and family planning metrics, and she has had articles published in The Hill, The New Atlantis and Christian Journal of Global Health.

Rebecca earned her doctorate in Genetics and Molecular Biology at Emory University. She has written for Human Life International as a Fellow of HLI America. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and lives in Arlington, Virginia.


Readings suggested by Rebecca:

  • "Communities of Faith and the Global Family Planning Movement: Friends or Foes?" at CHBD.org
  • "Is There an 'Unmet Need' for Family Planning?" at TheNewAtlantis.com
  • "What Does a Right to Family Planning Mean?" at C-Fam.org

Action items for viewers:

  1. Subscribe to the Friday Fax at C-Fam.org where you can follow Rebecca’s work
  2. Follow and like the Ruth Institute on Facebook

Brandon Showalter Interview


Brandon's Bio

Since June 2016 Brandon has been a journalist with the Christian Post. He enjoys exploring the intersection of faith and politics and has reported on a wide range of subjects. Earlier this year he became the host of the CP podcast. He was first inspired to break into a career in writing/journalism while mopping floors and scrubbing toilets as a church custodian in April 2015.

In 2007 he earned a B.A. from Bridgewater College of Virginia, is a fellow of the John Jay Institute for Faith, Society, & Law, and is a graduate of a three-year program at Bethel School of Ministry in Redding, California. He serves on the board of the Brushfires Foundation, a ministry that equips Christian leaders to foster sexual integrity, healing, and wholeness in their churches and communities.

His most favorite thing to do in life is to sing, and in 2014 he released an EP called Song of Psalms.


Readings suggested by Brandon:

Doctors speak out: Lupron and the 'diabolical' push to sterilize, gender-transition confused kids
By Brandon Showalter, December 29, 2018

Who Are the Rich, White Men Institutionalizing Transgender Ideology?
By Jennifer Bilek, February 28, 2018

Resources from the Ruth Institute:

Ruth Institute Statement on the Department of Justice 2016 “Guidelines to Ensure the Civil Rights of Transgender Students,” July 2016

Jennifer Roback Morse podcast lecture on the “The Sexual State and the Gender Ideology,” Acton University, June 2017

Action Items for Viewers:

  1. Follow Brandon Showalter’s writing on the Christian Post
  2. Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonMShow
  3. Follow and Like the Ruth Institute on Facebook
  4. Review the Kelsey Coalition documents protesting the unethical NIH study taking place at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Follow their action plan.

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