Radio Times

Two men and a boat/Update on Pope Francis

July 31, 2013

Guests: Jonah Eaton, Bob Eaton, Father Jim Martin

For the past eight years, JONAH EATON, his dad BOB EATON and their family have devoted themselves to building a 42 foot wooden boat by hand.  The Eaton family has been building boats as a hobby since the late 1980s, starting out with a 12 foot dingy.  But their latest project – an 18 ton Malabar II schooner – is on a much grander scale, and has turned into an all-consuming labor of love.  When the Eatons started out, they never imagined that building a boat from scratch would take quite so long or involve so much back-breaking work.  But along the way the project has become a community effort, with family and countless friends pitching in to help with jobs like sanding and painting.  With just two months until they launch their vessel – the Aramingo – into the Delaware River, JONAH and BOB EATON join us in the studio to talk about their extraordinary boat-building endeavor. Then we’ll check in with America magazine‘s FATHER JIM MARTIN about Pope Francis’ comments this week about his views on gay priests. During an unscripted press conference on a plane returning from his papal visit to Brazil for World Youth Day, he said, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Pope Francis also discussed a new theology for women and treating divorced and re-married Catholics with mercy.

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