Talking About the Things That Matter Most on Oct. 31
4:00 – Kresta Comments
4:20 – Judges in OK and TX Strike Down Pro-Life Laws
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday reaffirmed its earlier ruling that the state’s 2011 Pro-life law is unconstitutional. The ruling comes one day after a federal judge found parts of Texas’ abortion legislation unconstitutional. The Oklahoma law, which limits how medication can be used to induce abortions, was struck down in 2012 by an Oklahoma district court and later upheld by the State Supreme Court. Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt then sought to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, prompting the federal high court to pose several questions regarding the Oklahoma court’s finding. We talk to pro-life attorney Clarke Forsythe about these cases and his recent book, Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade.
5:00 – The Charismatic Renewal, Pope Francis and the Catholic Church
When the newly elected Pope Francis appeared at the window before the cheering crowd in St Peter’s Square, and promptly bowed down asking the people to pray for him, most of the public at large was charmed, but puzzled. Pope Benedict too had asked the people to pray for him from the outset, but without the bowed head. To some spectators, however—including the members of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and their counterparts in the Protestant and Orthodox worlds—the gesture came as something surprisingly familiar. In the “charismatic” galaxy, prayer is offered and asked for in this way by people of all levels—specifically, prayer for a renewed outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We talk to Dr. Mary Healy, head of the Doctrinal Commission of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services