Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on June 26, 2019
Guest Host Matthew Bunson
4:00 – Two Schools, Two Teachers, Two Responses
The Archdiocese of Indianapolis made headlines last week when it announced that a local Jesuit high school will no longer be recognized as a Catholic school, due to a disagreement about the employment of a teacher who attempted to contract a same-sex marriage. A few days later, another Catholic high school in the diocese said it would comply with the archbishop’s instructions and recognized the Archbishop’s “responsibility to oversee faith and morals as related to Catholic identity within the Archdiocese.” We look at the situation with Fr. Thomas Petri.
4:20 – Drone Strikes and Proportionality: What Constitutes Just War?
On Thursday night, President Donald Trump confirmed that he had ordered a military strike against Iran, and then called it off, after a U.S. military drone was shot down by Iran earlier in the week. Trump said he cancelled the military strike because the expected 150 Iranian casualties were not “proportional” to the destruction of a U.S. drone. Ed Condon joins us with a look at Just War Theory’s application to modern warfare and also brings us the latest Church news.
5:00 – Doctors Promised Disabled Woman a “New Doll” after Forced Abortion
You may have heard the story of a UK judge who ordered a forced abortion for a pregnant disabled woman, despite the fact that the woman’s mother had offered to care for the child and the woman herself said she didn’t want the abortion. The ruling has been overturned by an appeals court. In a sick twist, reports on Monday indicated that doctors had promised the woman a “new doll” after the abortion was performed. We look at this story, as well as Planned Parenthood’s fight in Missouri, with Michael New.
5:20 – “Peace Cross” allowed to stay
In a recent decision the US Supreme Court ruled that a WWI Memorial Cross that stands on public land is allowed to remain. We look at the ruling, as well as the latest developments against Jack Philips, with John Bursch
5:40 – “Transjacking” Sports
In just over a year, thousands of athletes from all over the world will gather in Tokyo for the Summer Olympics. As usual, they will face screenings to ensure they are free from performance-enhancing drugs to help ensure the competitions are reserved for healthy, natural athletes. But what about athletes who declared themselves transgender? The IOC has said it will allow athletes to compete against members of a different biological sex as long as they meet certain hormone thresholds. We’ll talk about it with Brad Miner.