First Topic – Federal Judge Blocks Federal Funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research
A federal judge temporarily blocked the Obama administration Monday from using federal dollars to fund expanded human embryonic stem cell research, saying the research involves the destruction of embryos. The ruling comes after the National Institutes of Health last year issued new guidelines permitting federal funding for research on certain stem cell lines that had already been created. The District Court for the District of Columbia granted a preliminary injunction on the research, saying the plaintiffs would suffer "irreparable injury" from the policy and that the new guidelines violated federal law that prohibits federally funded research involving the destruction of human embryos. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that despite attempts to separate the derivation of human embryonic stem cells from the research process, "the two cannot be separated" because culling those stem cells destroys an embryo. Attorney Brian Scarnecchia is here to analyze.
Second Topic – Pope To Visit UK / Beatify Cardinal Newman
The Vatican has published the official schedule for Pope Benedict’s trip to the United Kingdom in September. The Pope will arrive on Thursday, September 16 in Scotland, and begin with an official visit to Queen Elizabeth at her palace in Edinburgh. The highlight of the Pope’s visit will be the beatification of Cardinal Newman. The Pope arranged the visit in order to participate in that ceremony. The trip is not without its controversy however. Ave Maria Correspondent Gareth Peoples has prepared a report on the Pope’s upcoming visit to the UK.
Third Topic – Our Jewish Roots: A Catholic Woman’s Guide to Fulfillment Today by Connecting With Her Past
Discover the secrets of true feminine genius through the lives of Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Leah, Mary Magdalene, the Virgin Mary and others. Experience how the lessons from their lives can transform yours! Journey back through time and see how God’s faithful women have come to know, love and serve Him most fully and in that fullness, find true happiness, fulfillment and joy. Come to know how God calls each woman uniquely--and with purpose--and allow your own life’s journey to be enriched by connecting with your past. Understand how the teachings, truths and traditions of the Catholic faith rest so fully in the rich heritage of our Jewish roots. Cheryl Dickow is our guide.