First Topic – The Catholic Church and British Succession to the Throne
The right of succession to the throne of Queen Elizabeth's grandson, Peter Philips, has been secured following his fiancé's renunciation of her Catholic faith. Peter Philips' right to the throne was in jeopardy because the law states that if he marries a Catholic it would force him to give up his right to succession. Buckingham Palace announced that Autumn Kelly joined the Church of England. The event means that Peter Philip will remain 11th in line to the throne. We look at the 1701 Act of Settlement, which bars monarchs and their heirs from becoming or marrying Catholics and the possibilities of its repeal.
Second Topic – A Civilization of Love
Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, has surveyed the exciting and history-changing ideas of Pope John Paul II. By popularizing not only John Paul's vision but also that of his successor, Benedict XVI, Anderson hopes to inspire Christians to work toward creating a civilization of love. In such a civilization every person is a child of God. We are all intrinsically valuable. The battle today is between the culture of death (where people are judged by their social or economic value) and the culture of life. By embracing the culture of life and standing with those most marginalized and deemed "useless" or a "burden" on modern society, Christians can change the tone and direction of our culture. Carl joins us.