Ideas Sunday - February 17, 2019

A lengthy summit about the abuse issue that's shaking the foundations of the Roman Catholic Church convenes this week. We'll preview what could come from this with a local religion scholar.

You've likely heard the names of several of the candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. The list of possible candidates is large and diverse -- and includes a number of long shots, like South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. How does this "millennial mayor" -- a man with no Washington experience from the most Republican-leaning state in the upper Midwest, hope to become the Democratic nominee next year?

And, if you visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., look on panel 32W, line 35. There you'll see the name James Patrick Witt. The oldest of six kids, Jim graduated in 1965 from Saint Edward High School in Lakewood. Less than four years later, on February 14, 1969, Lieutenant Witt lost his life while serving with the Marine Corps in Vietnam. Fifty years after his death, his family, former classmates, fellow marines and the girlfriend he wrote to religiously gathered to honor Jim Witt and his ultimate sacrifice.

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