Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on March 8, 2019
4:00 – French Cardinal Resigns for Failing to Report Abuse
French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin has been found guilty of failing to report abuse accusations against Fr Bernard Preynat. He has announced he will resign his diocesan position, but also plans to appeal the verdict. We take a look with Matthew Bunson, who also updates us on how people are reacting to Cardinal Cupich’s plan for combating abuse.
4:20 – Born-Alive Survivors Act Fails to Pass
Last week the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act failed to pass the U.S. Senate. This bill, which would have mandated medical care for infants who survive abortions, received only 53 votes — seven votes short of the 60 necessary to invoke cloture and end debate. This was in stark contrast to the 2002 Born Alive Infants Protection Act, which received unanimous support in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate and was signed into law by President George W. Bush. What happened between then and now? We talk with Michael New.
4:40 – Are War Memorial Crosses Unconstitutional?
The Supreme Court is considering a case regarding a WWI Memorial Cross in Maryland, which is set on public land. Some have argued it is a violation of the Establishment Cause or that it does not adequately represent non-Christians. Where is the argument trending? We talk with Stephen Mikochik.
5:00 – Kresta Comments: What do Perpetua and Felicity Tell us about Happiness?
5:20 – Thinking Like Aquinas
Yesterday was the anniversary of the death of St. Thomas Aquinas. We normally would recognize the date as his feast, but the 1969 revision of the liturgical calendar outlined in Paul VI’s Mysterii Pascahlis moved the feast to January 28, out of Lent. Aquinas is one of the greatest thinkers in Christianity, but his works can be daunting to the average reader. How can we think like Aquinas if we can’t even make it through a few pages of his writing? Kevin Vost joins us with advice from the saint himself.