Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on July 11, 2018
4:00 – How the Church Built the West
The facts are undeniable: the Catholic Church was instrumental in building Western Civilization, a society embodied with the Christian vision of God, man, time and eternity. It is a saga that stretches more than 1700 years and is full of examples of priests who became the pioneers and builders of this new culture. Fr William Slattery joins us with their stories of heroism and genius.
5:00 – Kresta Comments: The Rule of St Benedict
5:20 – Buck v. Bell: The Supreme Court’s War on “Imbeciles”
It’s one of America’s great miscarriages of justice: a Supreme Court ruling so disturbing, ignorant and cruel it bogles the mind. Buck v. Bell allowed the sterilization of a “feebleminded” young woman and championed the mass eugenic sterilization of so-called “undesirables.” It was signed by the revered Chief Justice and former president Taft and written by legendary Justice Oliver Wendell Homes, who infamously declared that “three generations of imbeciles are enough.” How did a ruling like this ever come to be? We talk with Adam Cohen.