Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on December 18, 2014
4:00 – #35 – Creating the Optimal Embryo: It’s Not a Thing of the Future (original air 2/26)
A near and present danger looms for the Catholic Church. This danger manifests itself in a new form of biotechnology entitled Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening and Selection (PIGSS). Members of the National Catholic Bioethics Center regard this among the greatest dangers to the Church’s moral teaching, legal independence of its institutions (hospitals, school, and churches, clergy) and economic viability. (PIGSS) is the screening and pre-selection of embryos before implantation in the uterus through in vitro fertilization technology, so that the optimal embryo might be selected or genetically enhanced. It is anticipated that it will be combined with Eugenics. It’s real and it’s here. We talk to Dr. Vincent Fortanasce who is leading the charge to educate people on this danger.
4:40 – #34 – Kresta Comments: The New Divorce Phrase “Conscious Uncoupling” Dangerous, Ignorant and Untrue (original air 4/4)
Last week, celebrity couple Gwtneth Paltro and Chris Martin announced their separation. In that statement they introduced the world to a new phrase: “Conscious Uncoupling.” It didn’t take long for the news of a celebrity divorce to be quickly eclipsed by that substitute term for the D word, one virtually no one had ever heard before. The person who coined the phrase, Katherine Woodward Thomas, a New Age 56-year-old psychotherapist, had this to say: “It’s a kinder term for divorce. It is essentially a no-drama approach to separation, one that protects the children and encourages both sides to avoid pointing fingers.” Al discusses this term and its dangers.
5:00 – #33 – Hope for the Inner City (original air 6/20)
As Founder of the Freedom & Virtue Institute, Ismael Hernandez has been working to raise those in inner-city poverty out of their trap. Ismael is here to examine strategies to improve the socio-economic conditions of inner cities in North America. Fragile urban infrastructures are often vulnerable to patterns that impede human flourishing. He presents an alternate vision for personal and communal uplift based on local entrepreneurial initiative.