Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on January 6, 2020
4:00 – The Real Start of Maximum Pressure against Iran?
It’s hard to downplay the significance of the US’s killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. Iran has vowed revenge and Shiite members of the Iraqi Parliament have voted to expel US troops from its own country. What does Soleimani’s death mean for the region? We talk with Ilan Berman.
4:20 – 2019’s Biggest Social Science Stories
This year we continued to see studies showing that living according to the moral teachings of the Church does lead to happier, healthier lives and greater human flourishing. Greg Popcak shares some of his favorite examples.
4:40 – 2019’s Top Media Stories
It’s been almost a year since the kids from Covington Catholic High School made headlines – one of the worst examples of journalism in recent history. Teresa Tomeo joins us with a look at this and other examples of media misreporting from 2019.
5:00 – 2019’s Top Bioethics Stories
Two of the biggest trends in Bioethics are closely linked – the rise of assisted suicide laws, and the debate over the limits of conscience protections. Both stories dominated 2019 and will continue to be of chief concern for Catholics. Wes Smith joins us.
5:20 – 2019’s Biggest Pro-Life Stories
It was another year of big stories in the pro-life movement, including the horrific discovery of aborted babies in the home of Ulrich Klopfer and the firing of Planned Parenthood’s president Leana Wen, who prioritized health care over abortion advocacy. Michael New joins us with a look back.
5:40 – 2019 in Christian Persecution
2019 was another tough year for Christians around the world, particularly in India, the Middle East and China. Nina Shea joins us with a recap and where there was some good news.