Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on May 16, 2019
4:00 – State-Level Abortion Battles Heat Up Nationwide
In the last week several states have considered, and even passed, significant abortion legislation. On Friday legislators in Vermont passed measures to enshrine unrestricted abortion access in to law at any time for any reason during a pregnancy, and also advanced a measure that would make abortion a constitutional right. Most attention has been given to Georgia’s heartbeat bill and a law in Alabama that makes performing an abortion a felony offense. And in Michigan, the state House and Senate passed a bill outlawing dismemberment abortions. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has promised to veto it and Right to Life of Michigan is preparing for a petition drive; if they obtain 400,000 signatures the veto will be overturned. We’ll talk with Monica Miller, who will also be appearing tonight on Fox 2 Detroit’s Let it Rip.
4:20 – The Future Church: Where Have We Been? Where are we Headed?
Ten years ago Vatican journalist John Allen published his book The Future Church. At the time, it had been a few years since the Boston Globe revelations of ’02 and the McCarrick scandals were still years off. Benedict was pope and most people could still relate the Church to the work and teachings of JPII and Mother Teresa. What has changed? Which of his predictions have come true, which have fizzled out, which are yet to come? We talk with Fr Dwight Longenecker.
4:40 – Cardinal Newman: Father of a Catholic Revival
Pope Francis has approved the second miracle attributed to the intercession of Cardinal John Henry Newman, paving the way for his canonization. Many American Catholics aren’t aware of the extraordinary role he played in the revival of Catholicism, both in England and in the United States. We’ll talk more about him with Joseph Pearce.
5:00 – How the Civil War Changed Catholics in America
A series of events in April and May 1865 marked the end of the American Civil War. Most famous is the surrender of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, and others include Andrew Johnson’s May 9 Declaration and the capture of President Jefferson Davis on May 10. At the time, Catholics were not as prevalent in American society as they are today – but the War still affected them in profound and unique ways. What did the Civil War mean for American Catholics? We talk with William Kurtz, Director of the Nau Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia.