Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on June 16, 2020
Guest Host Matthew Bunson
4:00 – Scranton diocese: ‘No credible evidence’ against Msgr. Walter Rossi
The Diocese of Scranton has released a report that, after an exhaustive investigation, no credible evidence has been found to support allegations of misconduct against Msgr Walter Rossi, rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. We’ll talk about the story with JD Flynn, who also looks at allegations against David Haas and comments from the new president of the German Bishops’ conference.
4:20 – Protesting on Both Knees
Since the killing of George Floyd we have seen striking images of protestors and police “taking a knee” together to protest police brutality and racial injustice. But, in the words of Fr. Roger Landry, we should really be “taking both knees,” to cry out to God for the evils of sin and hate. He joins us.
4:40 – Assisted Suicide by Zoom
Those who advocate the legalization of physician-assisted suicide always claim that doctor-prescribed death will involve a meticulous process of intimate conversations and hands-on examinations by qualified physicians. They promise that patients who request assisted suicide as a solution to illness or disability will receive a physical to determine the extent of the disease. If declared terminally ill, the patient must next be referred for a second opinion. Only then can the doctor dispense the lethal prescriptions. Unfortunately, this is not the reality we have seen. Wes Smith is our guest.
5:00 – Supreme Court: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Covered Under Discrimination Law
The Supreme Court ruled yesterday in a 6-3 decision that Title VII bars employers from firing workers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The dissenting justices wrote that the Court was legislating from the bench and that the responsibility to amend Title VII lies with Congress, not the Court. Andrea Picciotti Bayer joins us.
5:20 – New Poll Shows Small Gains in Pro-Life Sentiment
This week, CBS News released a poll that surveyed more than 1,300 Americans from late May to early June and included some questions about abortion policy. The results contains good news for pro-lifers, indicating that 55 percent of respondents think that abortion should either “not be permitted” or be “available, but under limits.” This represents a one-point gain on this question compared with last year’s CBS News poll. This survey is particularly noteworthy because it is the first nationwide survey on public opinion about abortion to be conducted since the coronavirus pandemic. Michael New has more.
5:40 – Meet Our Blessed Mother Through Her Wardrobe
We all love hearing the stories of Marian apparitions and how she was revealed herself to the faithful. In each apparition, our Blessed Mother is adorned in different garb. We’ll talk with Anthony Destefano about each one.