Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on December 6, 2017

 4:00 – Why did Trump Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital?

Early this afternoon President Trump announced he will officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and vowed to begin plans to move the US Embassy there from Tel Aviv. It’s a move that was originally suggested by President Clinton in 1995 but has been continuously delayed since then. Many European leaders, as well as Pope Francis, have spoken against the decision, citing peace concerns. We’ll take a look at the history of Jerusalem in the Arab/Israeli conflicts and the implications of this decision with Francis Rooney.

4:20 – The Priests who Helped Build Civilization 

On December 4, 1674 Fr Jaques Marquette and fellow explorer Louis Joliet established the first European dwelling at the mouth of the Chicago River. The settlement would eventually become the city of Chicago. Fr. Martin also founded settlements in Sault Ste Marie and St. Ignance, Michigan, and he and Joliet were the first Europeans to explore and map the northern portion of the Mississippi River. He’s just one of the many priests who helped build Western Civilization. Fr. William Slattery joins us with more.

 5:00 – A Catholic with Same-Sex Attraction Reflects on “Conversion Therapy”

Earlier this year the Toledo, Ohio City Council voted unanimously to ban so-called “conversion therapy” for persons experiencing same-sex attraction. It is the first city in the US to enact a ban that applies to all ages, not just minors. This is an issue that has become highly politicized, much to the detriment of all concerned. We’ll look at the concept of conversion therapy from a Catholic perspective with Dan Mattson.

 5:24 – We’re on the verge of the biggest Tax change in decades – what’s in it?

 The Senate and House have passed their respective tax bills and are now in talks to reconcile the differences between the two. Both sides of the aisle have responded with the usual talking points: Republicans promise it will boost the economy, while Democrats accuse the bills of favoring the wealthy. What’s actually in the bills, and how will the proposed changes affect families? We’ll talk with Brian Milligan.