First Topic – “Dignitas Personae” (The Dignity of a Person)
A new Vatican document released today warns that certain recent developments in stem-cell research, gene therapy and embryonic experimentation violate moral principles and reflect an attempt by man to “take the place of his Creator.” The latest advances raise serious questions of moral complicity for researchers and other biotech professionals, who have a duty to refuse to use biological material obtained by unethical means, the document said. The 32-page instruction, titled “Dignitas Personae” (The Dignity of a Person), was issued this morning by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Pope Benedict XVI personally approved the text and ordered its publication. It represents an updating of the congregation's 1987 instruction, “Donum Vitae” (The Gift of Life), which rejected in vitro fertilization, human cloning, surrogate motherhood and nontherapeutic experiments with human embryos. Dr. John Brehany, Executive Director and Ethicist at the Catholic Medical Association is here to look at it.
Second Topic – Auto bailout bill dies in Senate
Senate Democrats and the White House failed to find 60 votes to end debate on a $14 billion auto bailout bill and bring it to a vote last night, killing the measure for the year. The vote followed the collapse of negotiations between Senate Democrats and Republicans seeking a compromise. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the sticking point was the United Auto Workers' refusal to set a “date certain" to put employees at U.S. auto manufacturers at "parity pay" with U.S. employees at foreign automakers in the United States. Now, this morning, President Bush has abandoned his longstanding objection to using using the Wall Street bailout fund to help save G.M. and Chrysler. U.S. Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), a supporter of the bridge loan, joins us.
Third Topic – Kresta Comments – Our Lady of Guadalupe
We celebrated the feast of Blessed Juan Diego on December 9. With just a few days in between, today we celebrate the event of Mary's appearances on Tepyac Hill in Mexico – the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The heavenly visitor came to her people on December 12, 1531. Al takes a few minutes to share this incredible story, take a look at what the Church has to say about apparitions, and discuss why Our Lady of Guadalupe holds such a central place in the Kresta home.