Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on February 9, 2018

 4:00 – Two Recent Victories for Religious Liberty 

A superior court judge ruled this week against the State of California, which took legal action against a local baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The court ruled that baking a cake is considered an act of artistic expression and was thus protected by the First Amendment. In another story, the State of North Carolina has reinstated a magistrate who was forced out because she would not perform civil marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples. Rob Muise joins us with a review of the cases.

4:20 – Red Rose Rescuers to Stand Trial

 Last September four pro-lifers, including Monica Miller, participated in a Red Rose Rescue at an abortion center in Sterling Heights, Michigan. They entered the abortion mill, where they talked to the mothers and offered them alternative options. They were arrested and charged with trespassing, and several of them will stand trial in the coming weeks. Monica joins us with more.

 4:40 – Parents of Terminally Ill Son Request Transfer to Vatican Hospital 

Alfie Evans is a 20-month-old boy living in the UK who suffers from an unknown neurological condition and is on life support at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. His parents are fighting a legal battle for ongoing treatment, which the hospital calls futile. Alfie’s parents have requested to move their son to the Bambino Gesu Hospital, the same hospital that offered care for Charlie Gard last year. We’ll get more on the story from Fr. Tad Pacholczyk.

5:00 – Does China Really Adhere to Catholic Social Doctrine?

 Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, recently claimed that “those who are best implementing the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese.” However, this claim doesn’t line up with the realities of life in China, especially for Christians. Reggie Littlejohn has more.

5:20 – African-American Sainthood Causes: Everyday Holiness

In honor of Black History month, we’ll look at the lives of several African Americans who are in line for canonization. Brian O’Neel joins us.

5:40 – 15:17 to Paris – An Extraordinary Story of Everyday Heroes

On August 21, 2015 a would-be terrorist attempted to open fire on a passenger train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris. He was stopped by several passengers including three American friends:  Anthony Sadler, Alek Skariatos and Spencer Stone, who portray themselves in the new film The 15:17 to Paris.  Our own Steve Clarke speaks with them about the story and upcoming film.