Talking about the “things that matter most” on Mar. 19
4:00 – Kresta Comments
4:20 – Creating the Optimal Embryo: It’s Not a Thing of the Future
A near and present danger looms for the Catholic Church. This danger manifests itself in a new form of biotechnology entitled Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening and Selection (PIGSS). Members of the National Catholic Bioethics Center regard this among the greatest dangers to the Church’s moral teaching, legal independence of its institutions (hospitals, school, and churches, clergy) and economic viability. (PIGSS) is the screening and pre-selection of embryos before implantation in the uterus through in vitro fertilization technology, so that the optimal embryo might be selected or genetically enhanced. It is anticipated that it will be combined with Eugenics. It’s real and it’s here. We talk to Dr. Vincent Fortanasce who is leading the charge to educate people on this danger.
5:00 – What’s a Person to Do?: Everyday Decisions That Matter
From Internet access to lottery tickets, pet ownership to R-rated entertainment, we’re faced with more ethical decisions than we might realize, every single day. What s a person to do — especially when there is no definitive Catholic teaching on a subject? Do we just brush off these pesky moral dilemmas? Do we happily live in the gray areas of life and simply go along with conventional wisdom? Or do we make an honest attempt to face these moral questions head on? Mark Latkovic is here to give us an ethical toolbox, providing us with a process for making confident choices, asking yourself challenging questions, developing moral virtue, and discovering deeper happiness.