Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on November 17, 2014
4:00 – Obama’s Immigration Order: How Should Catholics React?
President Obama has threatened for months to issue an Executive Order on immigration if Congress was unable to reach a satisfactory decision. Recent reports have indicated the Order will be announced on Friday, leading to intention speculation as to what the Order may contain. We ask Kevin Appleby, director of the USCCB’s Migration and Refugee Services office, about the potential details of Obama’s Order and what they mean for Catholics.
4:20 – Another Beheading and yet another Sign that ISIS thinks it is a Nation State
Americans awoke yesterday to news that has become tragically familiar: another innocent man has been brutally executed by ISIS. The victim this time is Abdul-Rahman Kassig, formerly known as Peter. Kassig’s death is unique because he claims to have converted to Islam more than a year before his death. ISIS announced his death in a video that also featured the murders of a dozen Syrian soldiers. The terrorist group has also announced it will begin minting its own currency, which it calls the Islamic Dinar. This is yet another sign that the leaders of ISIS consider the so-called Islamic State to be a legitimate independent nation. Robert Spencer joins us to discuss the latest developments in the war against ISIS.
4:40 – Kresta Comments: Talking about Church Politics is not Spreading the Gospel
5:00 – How Important was Harry Blackmun’s Abortion Ruling?
Last week marked the anniversary of the birth of former Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. To phrase that under Blackmun’s own logic, it was the day on which a clump of parasitic cells survived its mother’s rights to privacy and to choose what to do with her body, and became its own “person” with the rights bound to those lucky enough to be born. Blackmun is best known for authoring the Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, and his execrable and intellectually dishonest decision doomed millions of his fellow human beings to death. Clarke Forsythe joins us with his thoughts on this deeply flawed decision that changed America so drastically.
5:20 – Scientists Land Probe on Comet: What’s the Significance?
A team of European scientists has successfully completed the first landing of a space probe on a comet. The Rosetta spacecraft continues to conduct experiments and analysis on the comet, which is located between Mars and Jupiter. Fr Robert Spitzer of the Magis Center for Reason and Faith tells us about the significance of this achievement.