Talking about the Things That Matter Most on November 16, 2020
4:00 – Kresta Comments
4:20 – McCarrick Report: What We Know a Week Later
It’s been almost a week since the release of the massive McCarrick report. Now that we’ve had some more time to read and digest it, what can we say about its contents? Phil Lawler offers his impressions.
4:40 – Covid Cases are Rising – What Ethical Questions Must be Answered?
Covid rates in several states are the highest they have been since the start of the pandemic and several states are imposing new restrictions, including limiting the number of people who can gather for holiday celebrations. But there is some good news: Moderna has announced a vaccine that is more than 94% effective, even better than the Pfizer vaccine announced last week. There are many ethical questions that must be examined at this time, and we talk once again with Dr. Steve Doran.
5:00 – US Bishops Meet for First Time Since McCarrick Report
The annual USCCB Fall Assembly kicks off today. In normal times, they would be meeting for several days in Baltimore, but the pandemic has forced them to switch to an abbreviated online schedule. This is the first meeting of the bishops since the release of the McCarrick report. Matthew Bunson gives us a look at what’s on the agenda.
5:20 – Rediscovering Christian Marriage
We saw the beauty of the Christian view of marriage in this Sunday’s first reading from Proverbs, when a wife is said to bring her husband value beyond pearls. Yet this viewpoint is being increasingly left behind, and even Christian communities find themselves doing more burying than marrying. How can we value marriage in a world that increasingly yawns at it? Mark Regnerus joins us.