Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on May 8, 2018
4:00 – A View from London
The big news from London recently was, of course, the tragic death of Alfie Evans. But another important story was the local elections in London which, though they don’t have a major direct effect on the US, give us a look at the way the country is trending. While the results were not the Labour Party landslide many predicted, there are still many signs that are concerning for London’s Catholics. For example, a Local Authority has implemented “Buffer zones” around abortion clinics. We’ll talk more with K. V. Turley.
4:20 – Africans stand for life in UN battles over reproductive health
Obianuju Ekeocha is the founder and president of Culture of Life Africa, an initiative dedicated to the promotion and defense of the sanctity of life, marriage, motherhood and families. A lifelong Catholic, she was born and raised in Nigeria. She has engaged head-on with UN officials and policies which attempt to promote so-called “reproductive health,” primarily contraception and abortion, which she calls the new neo-colonialism. She joins us today.
5:00 – Pain Doctors Face Greater Scrutiny than Death Doctors
The case of Alfie Evans showed just how topsy-turvy the world has become on end-of-life issues. Another example is the ridiculously low standards to which assisted suicide doctors are held. The laws merely require that they act in “good faith,” a standards that’s almost impossible to violate. Wes Smith joins us with more.
5:20 – Sistine Chapel Choir makes Surprise Appearance at Met Gala
The annual Met Gala, one of the fashion industry’s biggest events, took place last night in New York. The theme was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” and is the kickoff of an exhibit of the same name which features several church-owned pieces that are on display outside the Vatican for the first time ever. The costumes inspired by this theme varied from the benign to the outright bizarre. But the real story of the night was the surprise appearance by the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel Choir, which will also be touring the US this summer. John Hale was at the event and has helped coordinate the tour. He joins us and Al has some more thoughts on how Catholic images were used.