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September 27, 2018

September 27, 2018

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most on September 27, 2018

Guest Host Matthew Bunson

4:00 – More Bishops Announce Policy Review and Investigations

Three of Ohio’s six dioceses – Columbus, Steubenville and Youngstown – have announced in the last several weeks that they will release lists of priests who were removed from parishes because of credible accusations of abuse and misconduct. Meanwhile, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore has begun an investigation into the alleged misconduct of Bishop Michael Bransfield, who until recently led the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. Ed Condon joins us with the latest.

4:20 – Stanford University Renames Fr. Serra Sites

Stanford University recently announced plans to remove Fr. Junipero Serra’s name from a dormitory and academic building, as well as the prominent Serra Mall – one of the most recognizable features on campus. The school isn’t scrubbing his name from the campus entirely, but says the decision to change the names is due to his status as “founder of a system that did harm to Native Americans.” What is Fr. Serra’s legacy? We talk with Fr Charles Connor.

4:40 – Live Update from Kavanaugh Hearing

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were in high school, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee this afternoon. Judge Kavanaugh followed with his testimony. Jason Calvi  gives us an update.

5:00 – The Next Stem-Cell Frontier  

Artificial human reproduction appears to be on the horizon with Japanese scientists’ claim to have created immature human eggs from stem cells. What are the ethical dangers of such an act? We talk with Fr. Tad Pacholczyk.

5:20 – Confusion and Mixed Messages: A View from China   

While some in China’s sanctioned community view the provisional agreement between the Chinese government and the Vatican as potentially helpful, the majority of China’s Catholics express confusion and even a sense of betrayal. Anthony Clark joins us.

5:40 – G.K. Chesterton Was Right: The Church Will Rise Anew

It is undoubtedly a difficult time for the Church, but we know that the Church will be strengthened by it. GK Chesterton writes in The Everlasting Man that Christendom has experienced a series of revolutions and in each one Christianity has died—died many times, in fact, and then risen again, for it had a God who knew the way out of the grave. Kevin Turley joins us with more.