Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on December 5, 2019
Guest Hosts Bruce & Kris McGregor
4:00 – The Seed who was Afraid to be Planted
From best-loved children’s storyteller Anthony DeStefano comes The Seed Who Was Afraid to Be Planted, which introduces children to a tiny seed who is content to remain in his safe, cozy drawer with the other seeds. But one day the gardener who lives in the mansion comes and takes the seed outside and plants him in the ground. Faced with his biggest fear, the seed experiences a miraculous adventure that changes his life forever. Anthony joins us.
4:20 – Fulton Sheen Beatification Delayed: What We Know
Catholics who love the work of Fulton Sheen were overjoyed when his beatification date was announced a few weeks ago. But much to our shock, the beatification was suddenly postponed on Tuesday afternoon, reportedly at the request of Rochester Bishop Salvatore Matano. What do we know about the situation? We take a look at the story and Sheen’s work with Dr. Matthew Bunson.
4:40 – New Buffalo apostolic administrator pledges ‘openness’ with victims
Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger has been appointed to serve as Apostolic Administrator to the Diocese of Buffalo following the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone. In an introductory conference today he said he is not sure how he will divide his time between the dioceses but trusts the Pope’s decision, adding “I’m not here as a knight in shining armor. I’m not here as the fix-it man. I’m just here as a spiritual father.” Bishop Malone has faced heavy criticism for his handling of clerical sexual abuse in the diocese and Pope Francis accepted his resignation this morning after he requested an early retirement during last month’s ad limina visit in Rome. Peter Jesserer Smith has more.
5:00 – Remember Pearl Harbor: The Sacrifice of Fr. Al Schmitt
It was early morning on December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and Fr. Aloysius Schmitt had just finished celebrating Mass aboard the USS Oklahoma. We all know what happened next on this “Day that would live in Infamy.” But not many know what happened to the priest affectionately known as “Father Al.” Steve Weidenkopf has the story.
5:20 – New Data Show the U.S. Abortion Rate Continues to Decline
The Centers for Disease Control has released abortion data for 2016, indicating that the U.S. abortion rate has continued to decline, a trend that began in 1980. Between 2015 and 2016, both the number of abortions and the abortion rate decreased by about 2 percent. The decline was fairly consistent, as 33 of the 46 states that reported abortion data saw their numbers decline. This is good news for pro-lifers, and for anyone who wants to see the incidence of abortion decrease. Michael New breaks down the numbers.
5:40 – Quebec considers expanding eligibility for euthanasia
Quebec’s health minister has announced that the province will open a consultation on allowing euthanasia for people who can no longer give informed consent or who will die of an illness in the more distant future. Presently, Quebec permits euthanasia for terminally ill adult residents with an incurable disease who are undergoing great suffering, face imminent death, and give informed consent. The Quebec law was passed in 2014, and took effect in December 2015. We’ll talk about it with Charles Lewis.