Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on September 26, 2019
4:00 – How Sweden’s Leading Protestant Pastor Discovered his Catholic Home
Ulf Ekman is no stranger to controversy. As a Lutheran priest in Sweden, he was a leader of a student revival that resulted in his very public separation from the Church of Sweden. He founded Word of Life, a large Pentecostal church that became the first “mega-church” in the country, and he became Sweden’s most prominent Christian leader. But now he and his wife Birgitta have come into full communion with the Catholic Church. They tell us how.
5:00 – Transgender Man Allowed to Sue Catholic Hospital
A transgender man in California will be allowed to sue a Catholic hospital that has refused to perform a hysterectomy. Evan Minton, a biological woman who identifies as a man, says the procedure was canceled when she said she is transgender. This is another example of the claim that doctors cannot allow personal religious beliefs to affect their work – a trend Wes Smith has been following for more than 20 years. He joins us.
5:20 – The Healing Imperative: The Early Church and the Invention of Medicine
In the tenth chapter of Luke’s Gospel, Christ commands his apostles to “heal the sick and say to them, ‘the kingdom of God has come near to you.’” They were supposed to heal the sick even before they preached the Gospel. On this feast of Cosmas and Damien, Mike Aquilina takes a look at this healing imperative and how it ushered in the world of modern medicine.