First Topic – Pelosi: Economic Stimulus Package Needs Contraception – Less Kids / Less Strain on Government
In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi defended huge sums of money for "family planning services" tucked into President Obama's proposed economic stimulus package, claiming contraception will reduce government costs. In other words, kids are a drain on the economy. It appears today that House Democrats are likely to jettison the contraception windfall from the stimulus package following outrage over Pelosi’s statements. We hear the interview and talk with Steven Mosher of the Population Research Institute.
Second Topic – Excommunication Lifted for Society of St. Pius X Bishops
Pope Benedict XVI has lifted the excommunications of the bishops who lead the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX). In a decree dated January 21, and released to the public on Saturday, the excommunications imposed on July 1, 1988--after the four bishops were ordained by the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in defiance of Vatican orders--are no longer in effect. The Vatican decree indicates that Pope Benedict XVI lifted the excommunication in response to a plea from the SSPX bishops, and in an effort “to promote unity in the charity of the universal Church and to try to vanquish the scandal of division.” The decree acknowledges that further steps will be required to complete the reconciliation of the SSPX. “It is hoped that this step be followed by the prompt accomplishment of full communion with the Church of the entire Fraternity of Saint Pius X,” the document says. Karl Keating is here to discuss this story.
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