Quest for a Culture of Life in America with Steve Koob

Steve Koob, founder and executive director of One More Soul, hosts a weekly program in which he interviews some of the people making a significant contribution to the Culture of Life. The hope and prayer is that Radio Maria listeners will be inspired by these guests, and will find ways that they too can foster a Culture of Life in their community, Church, and family.

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September 27 2016 – Pediatrics support for LARC (Long Acting Reversible Contraception)–A Catholic Legal and Pastoral Response

Our Guest last week was Dr/Sr Hanna Klaus, MD, who developed the Teen STAR curriculum for Adolescent and Young Adult Sexuality. The Teen STAR Program is widely used with great success throughout the world, though not so much in the USA. Today’s program brings another great Guest to address the problem of pediatrician support for sterilizing adolescent girls with LARCs–IUD, implants and shots.

John Fitzgerald is a retired medical malpractice attorney who started the Saint Augustine Foundation in Yonkers NY to promote the teachings of the Catholic Church. The Spring 2016 National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly includes his article, “Long Acting Contraceptives for Adolescents” in which he analyzes and challenges the American Academy of Pediatrics 2014 policy supporting LARCs for children.

On today’s “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” John will review the AAP policy, the problems it presents for parents, physicians and society, and propose a response that involves the several Catholic entities under the auspices of the dioceses.

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September 20 2016 – Sr/Dr Hanna Klaus–Contrasting Approaches to Adolescent Sexuality

Dr Hanna Klaus, MD, is director of the Natural Family Planning Center of Washington DC; co-founder and director of the Teen STAR Program, USA; and a Medical Mission Sister who practiced as an Ob/Gyn for many years in Pakistan. Today she brings her adolescent sexuality research and Teen STAR teaching experience to “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” offering a clear alternative to the secular medical culture that eschews morality, chastity, and abstinence in favor of birth control for young people.

The results are disastrous for their current and future lives–psychologically, socially, physically and spiritually! Dr Hanna will describe the superior alternative to this culture of death fostered hedonism–the way, the truth and the life offered by Jesus through His Bride–our Church.

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September 13 2016 – The Ethics of Starting & Ending Life

We were all made in the image and likeness of God. How awesome is that? Does that mean that we may take on God’s authority and responsibility for LIFE’s start and end? I don’t think so! The Bride of Christ doesn’t think so! The National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) President Dr John Haas, PhD, STL, doesn’t think so. WHY?

Tune in to “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” at Noon ET today, Tuesday the 13th, to learn what ethical principles are the foundation for the Churches objections to many practices common to our culture of death in America. Dr Haas has lectured in venues of every variety all over the world. He will cite some of the hundreds of ethical quandaries that the NCBC tackles every day as ethical consultants to bishops, physicians, hospitals, priests and families. This is fascinating and cutting-edge hard work that is critical to our Church, country, families and human dignity, especially for those who are vulnerable and at the ends of life’s spectrum.

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September 6 2016 – Physician Assisted Suicide–Legalized Murder

As a nation we continue to accept ways to kill people for a whole plethora of reasons. If someone is inconvenient, prevents another from achieving some perceived good, or is judged to have (or expected to have) a low “quality of life”, or whose body parts may be beneficial for someones’s life extension, or research, or baby factory, we just change the law to “legalize” the killing. Simple solution–RIGHT? NOT!!!

We have become the 21st Century version of Nazis Germany. Like the frog in the slowly heating pan of water we are being cooked in the ever expanding Culture of Death. Who will stand against MY WILL BE DONE and for THY WILL BE DONE, on Earth as it is in Heaven?

Today’s Guest on the Quest is Brad Mattes, President of Life Issues Institute(LII) . He stood on the shoulders of Doctor Jack and Barbara Willke for decades and took over LII when Jack and Barbara returned to the Father. There he continues the fight for life on a multitude of fronts with cutting edge research, and great educational resources that are effective in changing minds and hearts toward God’s gift of life–go to

The the fight over the life and death of Terri Schiavo ( culminated in her death by starvation on March 31, 2005. It remains an important bench mark in the Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) battle that has garnered legalization in 6 US states. The well-worn path to a US Supreme Court decision in favor of legalized murder can be predicted.

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August 30 2016 – Two year old Israel is DEAD! They killed him! WHY? Radio Maria at Noon today.

Israel Stinson was an embarrassment to the medical community. They had declared that he was dead. The Death Certificate said that he was “brain dead”. But his heart was still pumping blood to all his organs and tissues. Most of his body was working as long as he had a ventilator to help him breath. He could not communicate by voice with his parents or doctors to tell them he wanted to live. He was clearly alive but in California he was legally dead so the hospital staff refused to treat him and removed the treatment (ventilator) he was receiving when his parents brought him to the hospital for the care necessary to bring him home for what might have been a long recovery.

Israel was in a sense back in his mother’s womb. He was on life support not unlike a pre-born baby. He was responding to his mother and she loved him deeply. But, in America a mother can have her pre-born child killed because he has a cleft pallet or Down’s Syndrome or for whatever excuse or inconvenience. So why not kill a two year-old (or 90 year-old) if they are expensive to treat and their “quality of life” fails our standard.

God did not take Israel’s soul; a corrupt medical establishment (profession?) took his soul. His parents and those who worked so hard to save his life grieve deeply.

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August 16 2016 – Can Prayer Change Our Culture? Let us try it! Join the Novena for Our Nation

Some of us sometimes have this attitude: “When all else fails, PRAY!” I believe we have come to that point in America and the world. Satan reigns! The culture is saturated with killing-in our homes, on our streets and at OUR abortuaries in America. ALL else is failing; let’s try praying! Let’s try the 54 day Novena for Our Nation!


The time is now to call upon God, through the powerful intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary, to heal our country and return it to holiness.

This is a nationwide prayer campaign called the “Novena for Our Nation.” Everyone from around the nation is encouraged to join ranks as, united, we pray the very powerful 54 Day Rosary Novena from the Feast of the Assumption on August 15 to the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7.

We are living in extraordinary times. Presidential executive actions, US congressional and state legislation as well as court rulings at all levels up to the Supreme Court are in conflict with God’s laws; especially the disregard for the rights of the unborn, elderly and weak in our society and the attacks on marriage and family values. At the same time society and government are becoming more intolerant towards biblical based religious belief and practice. In conflict with First Amendment constitutional rights, persecution of traditional religious expression has reached unprecedented levels. We are in a Spiritual Battle.

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary action. In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, and as we enter the centennial year of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, we are called upon to help turn our country back towards God. We will accomplish that through prayer; prayer that can change hearts, change families, change our communities and change our country. There is no stronger weapon in this Spiritual Battle than the Rosary.


Pope St. Pius V formed the original Holy League in response to the dire situation in which Christian Europe found itself in 1571. Small bands of Catholic men and remnant armies from various nations came together under the spiritual leadership of the saintly pontiff and the military leadership of Don John of Austria.

By prayer and fasting, they implored the help of God’s grace, through the intercession of the Mother of God, and, by the grace of Almighty God, on October 7, 1571, at the Battle of Lepanto; the Christian fleet won a crushing victory over the Ottoman Turks, saving Christendom and western civilization.

The new Holy League, under the spiritual guidance of Cardinal Raymond Burke is, .essentially, calling men to combat the forces of evil in today’s society. The Holy League strives to call men back to the state of grace and to transforming the culture through prayer (primarily Adoration and Confession) and training in holiness. You can read about this Catholic men’s movement ( —>continue reading at

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August 09 2016 – Mary’s Assumption Part II with Fr Edward Looney

“The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” has been airing since 2010. Six years of weekly programs are archived and easily searched at, including Virginia Kimball’s beautiful teaching on Mary’s Assumption last Tuesday. If you were not able to listen, I believe that you would be blessed by listening now.

Our Guest this week is Father Edward Looney, a young priest ordained one year ago for the Diocese of Green Bay.

Have you heard of the “Packers” and the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help?

Father is already a noteworthy Marian scholar and author of several works on Mary, the Rosary and the Shrine. He is a member of the Mariological Society of America and you can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Soundcloud.

August 15th is the traditional date for celebrating Mary’s bodily ascension into Heaven-titled the Assumption to distinguish from Jesus’ Ascension. Fr Looney would like to continue our teaching on Mary and her Assumption with:

  • The Life of the Virgin: Maximus the Confessor, translated by Stephen J. Shoemaker; what does it say?
  • Full of Grace film.
  • Artistic expressions of the Assumption.
  • Praying with the Assumption- The Rosary Litany
  • The Liturgies the Assumption and Mary’s Queenship, August 22nd.

For a concise and authoritative History of the Assumption Doctrine, see “All About Mary” at the International Marian Research Institute:

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August 2 2016 – It is the Month of Mary’s Assumption; what does her Assumption mean for us and our culture?

We have now begun the Month of August during which we celebrate the bodily Assumption of Mary into Heaven. It is therefore fitting to invite Mariologist Professor Virginia Kimball, STD, to be our Guest on Radio Maria today at Noon ET. Her special interest is in Marian spirituality and devotion in other Christian denominations and other religions, including Islam.

Virginia is President of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary –USA which will be holding its annual conference on “Mary in Scripture”, 4-6 August, Mount Saint Mary College, in Newburgh NY. “Its aim is to show that in Mary, Christians of many traditions may find a focus in their search for unity.” All are welcome!

Interestingly, Mary is referred to more times in the Koran than in Sacred Scripture, which may explain why Muslims have a special reverence for Mary. I have read of large recent conversions of Muslims to Christianity, though not so much to Catholicism. I hope Virginia can tell us if this is a “Mary effect”!

Virginia received both the STL (Licentiate in Sacred Theology, 2000) and STD (Doctorate in Sacred Theology, 2003) from IMRI (International Marian Research Institute) at the University of Dayton and is a frequent contributor to IMRI’s website–The Mary Page. She teaches for Assumption College, Worcester MA.

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