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.

October 21, 2014 – Fr Daniel McCaffrey

The Extraordinary Synod on the Family is now closed. For the past two weeks we have seen a minor media frenzy over the Catholic Church’s Third Synod in modern times. Actually, this one is called “Extraordinary” because it is really preparation for the “Ordinary” Synod to take place in October 2015.

The Working Document to prepare for the Synod just completed had identified three main areas of concern:
How to better preach the Gospel of the Family;
How to pastorally address various situations caused by couples in irregular relationships; and,
How to encourage married couples to be more open to life.

I have not seen commentary on anything but the middle of these three areas of concern, and there has been an abundance of that, with the secular media concluding that cohabitation, same-sex “marriage” and receiving communion by the divorced and remarried were now going to be approved by the Church, or if not approved at least seen as adding something positive to the Catholic community.

In a recent Life Site News interview*, Fr Daniel McCaffrey asked if the Synod Fathers would be dealing with the the virtually universal absence of teaching and preaching on Humanae Vitae–God’s plan for marriage and procreation. For most of his over 50 year priesthood, Father has been preaching and teaching this great encyclical of now Beatified Pope Paul VI. Father McCaffrey has found the laity wonderfully receptive to this teaching, and they often ask, “Why have we not heard this before?”

The Extraordinary Synod is now formally complete, but the dust is anything but settled. What does Father McCaffrey think will be different because of this two week gathering in the Holy City?

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October 14, 2014 – Deacon Jim Russell

I hold sincere admiration for those men who have answered God’s call to ordination as a Catholic Deacon.  The process of discernment, training and education is challenging on many fronts.  Even if you have the service of a deacon in your parish and know about what he does, I’m confident that our Guest on “The Quest for a culture of life in America” will expand your horizons and possibly pique your interest in the Catholic Diaconate.

Deacon (Reverend Mister or Rev Mr) Jim Russell has been a deacon for the Archdiocese of St Louis for 12 years.  He is a lifelong St. Louis resident, “cradle” Catholic, husband, father of eleven, and grandfather of two. He serves the Archdiocese as Family Life Coordinator for the Office of Laity and Family Life. Prior to his current assignment, Deacon Jim worked in full-time parish ministry for  fourteen years. He is an active supporter of Catholic radio and the Catholic blogosphere; his own posts can be found at the “St. Louis Areopagus,” the official blog of the Archdiocese of St. Louis (http://blog.stlouisreview.com/). Deacon Russell’s theological interests include the sanctity of marriage and the work of Blessed Pope John Paul II, particularly his “Catecheses on Human Love” (Theology of the Body). Follow Deacon Russell on Twitter:  @MarriageSTL.

Here are some of the questions I have for Deacon Jim:
  • How do 21st Century deacons compare to the first Deacons?
  • How did you perceive or receive your call to the vocation of Deacon?
  • What is involved in becoming a Deacon?
  • I imagine that many pastors consider a Deacon to be the better person to lead marriage preparation? In the AD of St Louis, do the pastor and deacon share marriage preparation responsibility?  If so, how?
  • What does the ideal marriage prep program include?
  • Has marriage been “redefined” by the common acceptance of contraception?
  • If you had been invited to present at the Synod on the Family, what would your message be?

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September 30, 2014 – Dr. William (Bill) Brennan

Dr William (Bill) Brennan spoke last week at the Catholic Medical Assn Education Conference in Orlando.  He recently retired as a a distinguished professor of Sociology at St. Louis University.  In his presentation he exposed how advocates of abortion, euthanasia and same-sex marriage manipulate words to make their causes appear benign, even noble. His book, Dehumanizing the Vulnerable: When Word Games Take Lives, details how word games that Hitler used to stir up hatred toward Jews are used today to devalue key Catholic morals and values.
Dr Brennan has been studying this word manipulation tactic for 30 years and has presented his research at numerous pro-life and pro-family events.  As Culture of Life advocates we need to be able to recognize the common use of language to manipulate and alter our views and understanding of moral issues.
LANGUAGE MATTERS!
Dr. Brennan also shares ways to more effectively articulate the culture of life message.

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September 23, 2014 – Steve Ray

I’ll confess to not having heard of Steve Ray until last week when he popped up on my radar screen. He is a fascinating person who converted to Catholicism from Evangelical Protestantism–primarily Baptist–twenty years ago–along with his wife Janet and their four children.  He wrote a book to explain to his disappointed dad why he became Catholic.  The book–Crossing the Tiber–was so convincing that Mom and Dad became Catholic,  along with many other family members, as well as total strangers who have read this still popular book.

Crossing . . .  been followed by 6 other books, working on 4 more, annually leading 100 pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Ireland, Marian Shrines and other Catholic sites, and being a frequent guest and commentator on both Catholic and secular radio and TV networks.

You will be amazed by Steve’s dad’s decisions and advice that led to Steve starting and running a multi-million dollar clearing services company that he eventually sold to become a full-time Catholic evangelist.

For most Catholics, evangelization is a new thing.  What are we supposed to do to participate in the “new Evangelization”?  Steve has the answers.

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September 9, 2014 – Catholicism’s Rise, Fall, and Future – Russell Shaw

Russell Shaw is working on book number 22. His writing spans 50 years of focusing on the Catholic Church, primarily in the United States. American Church:The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America is his mini-history of the immediate past Century of Catholicism.

He hypothesizes about the benefits that accrued to Catholics as they were gradually melded into the predominantly Protestant American scenery. Did Catholics retain their identity or absorb a Protestant one? What was the “Elephant in the Living Room” that tipped the scales away from Catholics being a “sign of contradiction” to being a common secular American.

“Russell Shaw has lived his own life of Christian witness with uncommon integrity, humility, and keen intelligence. His skill animates every page of American Church. He has captured the story of the Church in the United States with honesty and love, and it’s a privilege to call him my friend.” + Charles J. Chaput, O. F. M. Cap. Archbishop of Philadelphia.

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September 02, 2014 – “I tried to kill myself!” Debbie Tells Her Story

“Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams apparently took his own life, law enforcement officials said.”

The world of entertainment was shocked by this posting three weeks ago. Interest in suicide quickly became super high. It seemed that every news program and talk show was talking about Robin Williams, his acting career, his personal life, and how/why he committed suicide.

Debbie is a personal friend, but I did not know of this part of her life. I know her as a wife, mother, and grandmother who is totally committed to life–living her own to the max, deeply in love with her family, and completely dedicated to ending abortion and creating a Culture of Life, especially in southwestern Ohio.

So, I was taken aback when she called and offered to tell her story on Radio Maria’s “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”. I had to ask myself if this was a good topic for this program. I believe it is, if for no other reason than on average over 100 people kill themselves every day in the USA. There are Suicide Prevention Resources like the Hotline—> 800-273-8255 and web sites with stories and educational resources.

Another reason this topic is timely is the steady push for “assisted suicide” legislation and the sanctioning of medical insurance coverage for “end-of-life counseling”.

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August 26, 2014 – National Day of Rememberance for Aborted Babies – Monica Miller, Eric Scheidler & Gary Anderson

Millions of our American children have been legally murdered in their mother’s wombs to satisfy a disordered craving for immoral sexual activity. Most of their bodies were flushed into urban sewage systems; their remains known but to God. But a precious few–their bodies rescued from dumpsters and garbage bags–have been dignified by burial in hallowed ground at sites scattered around our country.

Today, we call attention to these unwanted children who never nestled in their father’s arms or suckled at their mother’s breasts. Instead, they have been sacrificed on the alter of convenience, accommodated by the professions of medicine, law, and religion.

Our Guests today are Monica Miller (Citizens for a Pro-Life Society), Eric Scheidler ( Executive Director of Prolife Action League) and Gary Anderson (Culture of Life Director for Ohio Knights of Columbus).
Monica has rummaged through hundreds of dumpsters and buried the human remains of thousands of aborted children. She is the author of Abandoned, The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars.
Eric is a second generation activist leader of abortion mill presence, sidewalk-counseling, and a multitude of activities aimed at protecting women and children from the abortion scourge.
Gary represents the Knights of Columbus, an organization that has steadfastly supported pro-life for decades by providing free ultrasound machines to pregnancy support centers, and establishing a network of shrines that honor our aborted children.

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August 19, 2014 – Jason Adams

Jason and Linda parent 5 children; Jason has a BA in Secondary Education from Purdue, and an MA in Theology from Franciscan University (Steubenville); he is Headmaster for Lumen Christi Catholic School in Indianapolis; and author of Called to Give Life, A Primer on the Blessings of Children and the Harm of Contraception.

Called to Give Life is of particular interest now because Pope Francis is hosting a Synod of bishops on Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization–actually two Synods–October 2014 and October 2015. These Synods are a response to the Survey Questions (and answers they generated) sent all over the Catholic world in the latter months of 2013. Answers were compiled to determine what challenges families were facing in this time. After collating thousands of responses, the Synod organizers published a “Working Document” that summarized the world-wide responses and determined the questions the Synods sought to address:
How to preach the Gospel of the Family;
How to deal with pastoral issues arising at this time; and
How to promote openness to children in Catholic marriages.

Why is Jason’s book so important now? Because Called to Give Life answers these questions simply, pastorally and logically in a little over 200 pages. It lays out the Foundations for the Church’s teaching that contraception is always intrinsically evil, and thus can never be permitted, and it explains why the Church considers children to be the Supreme Gift of/to marriage.

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August 12, 2014 – JD Author of Drafted To Serve

I was in Chicago for the Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show. By coincidence, directly across the aisle from my One More Soul display was author “JD” giving away free copies of his new book Drafted To Serve. Drafted . . . is a book about miracles–not the typical physical healing miracles that drive the canonization process. No, these”miracles” COULD be degraded to mere “coincidences” were they not so astonishing and so common. They are a result of JD being financially strapped and desperate to capitalize on Pope John Paul II’s World Youth Day VIII visit to Denver 21 years ago. JD was quite regularly in hopeless situations, praying for JP II for help–and getting it.

I was at WYD VIII with my friend Jim Vititow and 7 young people. It was an incredible “pilgrimage” that Drafted To Serve gave me an opportunity to relive . John Paul II coined the phrases “Culture of Life” and “Culture of Death” and popularized their use (as in this program’s title “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”). Who would deny JPII’s impact in leading us to a Culture of Life–a still elusive fact, but a victory guaranteed by a faithful God. I’m thinking especially of his Gospel of Life and Theology of the Body.

JD is a Colorado native, married with two sons, a service disabled Vietnam War veteran, having served five tours on swift boats. He graduated from the University of Denver with a dual degree in finance and real estate and currently owns a nationwide business in Denver. Drafted To Serve is his first book, written during three years of nearly full-time effort, which he felt compelled to complete in order to tell the world what happened when Pope John Paul II came to Denver in 1993.

JD and his buddy TP originally agreed to tell no one but the Catholic Church of the events that had taken place. They felt that due to the incredible nature of the story neither wished to step into the spotlight and have their lives turned upside down by the attention the story was certain to generate.

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August 5, 2014 – Dr Dennis Doody

If you have minor children or grandchildren, you should be very interested in knowing the difference between authentically Catholic Pediatrics and what the rest of the profession is willing and eager to do to your children. We are very blessed to have Dr Dennis Doody describe best Catholic pediatrics versus what else is available. Unfortunately, the most common Pediatrics may not be the best for your children and their relationship with their parents.

What about vaccines produced from aborted children cell lines? Is Autism related to aborted baby derived vaccines? What about Gardasil? Why is it being pushed for boys and girls?

Can parents refuse to have their children vaccinated and still have them enrolled in school? Are home-schooled children exempt?

Is it possible for a Catholic Physician or PA to practice medicine and be true to their Catholic Faith? Private or public practice?

Dr Doody strives to do just that, but he pays a price-a price others may find unacceptable. Where is the support for authentically Catholic health care? How can you help?

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July 29, 2014 – Robert Reilly

Not very long ago, virtually all people and religions considered same-sex attraction as “disordered” and same-gender sexual activity as disgusting, unlawful, and intrinsically evil. But today, numerous polls indicate that most Americans, including many Catholics, now support same-sex “marriage”.

Where has the “gay rights” movement come from, and how has it so easily (and successfully) conquered America? Robert Reilly believes the answers are in the dynamics of rationalizing sexual misbehavior. He makes his case in Making Gay Okay, How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior is Changing Everything.

Rationalization or justification, or making to appear normal, is not new to our culture. Consider the rationalization of birth control, abortion, divorce, and co-habitation, to name but a few behaviors now considered normal, but not long ago were shameful.

American institutions–courts, armed forces, schools, Boy Scouts, foreign policy–have fallen in line to accept homosexuality as normal and the behavior as acceptable. What more can we expect? What can be done to stop this assault on decency and common sense. I pray that Robert has some answers for us.

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July 22, 2014 – Charles Rice

Charles Rice is the author of numerous books on constitutional and jurisprudence issues and best known for his over 40 years on the faculty of Notre Dame Law School where he continues to teach “Morality and the Law”. Rice is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He serves on boards for Franciscan University of Steubenville, EWTN, the Center for Law and Justice International in New Hope, Kentucky, and the Thomas More Law Center in Ann Arbor. He and his wife, Mary, have 10 children and over 40 grandchildren.

Professor Rice has written a new book–Contraception & Persecution. This title at first struck me as odd–what does contraception have to do with persecution? Are the Catholic Church and loyal Catholics being persecuted for believing that contraception is intrinsically evil–never to be condoned or practiced? Are we obliged to disobey unjust laws that conflict with the teachings of the Holy Roman Catholic Church?

In a little over 100 packed pages, Professor Rice efficiently describes contraception’s pervasive impact on women, society, and the Church. He also makes the claim that contraception is less about sex and more about God and His First Great Commandment. It takes only a little reflection to recognize the persecution caused by the federal government’s HHS mandate, its promotion of contraception, abortion, and sterilization world wide, and executive branch support for the same-sex-attraction agenda including same-sex “marriage”.

Rice extensively quotes a 2012 Wall Street Journal interview of then Archbishop Timothy Dolan, where he admits that the American bishops have had laryngitis regarding contraception. I will be very interested in Professor Rice’s predictions regarding the clergy’s cure for laryngitis.

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July 15, 2014 – “Have A Heart For The Next Generation”

We have multiple Guests to share their part in “Have A Heart For The Next Generation” — local adults and young people who have a heart for preborn children and want to learn how to stop the killing of their younger brothers and sisters in the Lord. From Dayton, we are expecting Paul Coudron from Dayton Right to Life, Ryan Mahle and Katie Pfeifer, Archbishop Altar HS, and hopefully Bob and Vivian Skovgard

We will also have those from outside the Dayton community who are here to lead the event–Wendy Wright and the Scott and Kathy Heldreth family of 8 children who have traveled all the way from Texas to help educate and train the Dayton “young” and “young at heart”. Wendy is a veteran pro-life leader who “went from Bible College to jail to invitations to the White House”. She is VP of C-FAM (they monitor the often anti-life/family activities at the UN) and a former president of Concerned Women for America.

I am very eager to learn more about “Have A Heart . . .” and these totally committed people who are making a commitment to the culture of life in Dayton.

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July 8, 2014 – Professor Michael Carter

Last week, in the midst of the Fortnight For Freedom events, University of Dayton History Professor Michael Carter made an excellent presentation at St Charles Borromeo Church in Kettering Ohio. I asked him to share his “History of Religious Freedom and Catholicism” lecture with the Radio Maria listeners on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” Tuesday the 8th at Noon ET. He graciously accepted. As we continue our quest for government’s acknowledgement of our right to religious freedom, including the right to act and behave in public according to our beliefs, it is good to take a look back into our history to see if our religious liberty has ever been under such severe attack. I asked Professor Mike what was the situation in the 13 colonies regarding religious freedom? What role did Catholics play in the founding of our country? Compare with the present day attacks on religious freedom by or own government.

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July 1, 2014 – Professor Ray Noble

I have asked Prof Ray Noble to help us understand the Hobby Lobby decision and its ramifications for lower court cases that have been looking to this case for guidance. Did the Court strike a significant blow to the Affordable Care Act, or is the decision too narrow to be of great significance?

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June 24, 2014 – Anne Cherney

Anne and her husband gave it back to God! They gave back to the Creator the decision, power and authority that He gives by way of Natural Family Planning (NFP). AND, God generously reciprocated by giving them 10 beautiful children and 34 born grandchildren–17 of each gender, with an unspecified tie-breaker en-route! Praise the Lord from whom all Supreme Blessings flow.

AND, 90% of this large family gets together a couple times per month because they are all within a 30 mile diameter circle. I can only imagine the fun and vitality that all these cousins enjoy together?

Anne gives Fr John Hardon credit for coining Supernatural Family Planning, as well as the encouragement she needed to pursue her Masters Degree at the John Paul II Institute.

Anne does not condemn NFP. She suggests that SnFP is really a more accurate version of natural child spacing. Why? maybe because God created Nature. God and Nature are synonymous. NFP makes Man synonymous with Nature which suggests that Man is God.

That’s my version of how it all works. I’m eager to hear what Anne thinks about that–and much more.

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June 17, 2014 – Fr Matthew Habiger

Conscience is such an important topic and Fr Habiger such an authority that we felt it would be good to continue our conversation from May 27th when Father was our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”. During that program Father taught from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC)–Article 1777 and following. This week’s program will explore some additional ways at approaching this critical topic, particularly the teachings of recent popes.

Why is “conscience” such an important topic, you may ask? It is important because one’s conscience is the means by which God communicates to each person. As such we are required to follow our conscience, AND we are required to form our conscience correctly. It is this second part that is not well understood and accepted. Correct formation requires thorough study of the teachings of the Catholic Church as contained in the CCC and in papal encyclicals, like Humanae Vitae, Evangelium Vitae and Familiaris Consortio.

Father Matthew will be referring to an article he wrote, “The Role of Conscience”, which can be found at http://godsplanforlife.org. If you have time, you may want to read at least part of this work before the program.

We will be broadcasting at Noon ET on Tuesday June 17th. You can listen at your computer on radiomaria.us . Conscience Part I is archived at radiomaria.us/questforlife.

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June 10, 2014 – Robert Muckle

Robert Muckle is one of those long-time Pro-Life warriors that will be in the battle until we win or he goes to heaven. He has served CT Right to Life Corp for almost 40 years, holding offices and organizing the annual Waterbury bus to the March for Life all of that time.

Connecticut has played an important role in the effort to keep contraception illegal and thus slowing the march toward legalized abortion. Eventually it was the legal tangles in CT over their Comstock Laws that paved the way for Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton. It seems ironic that efforts to prevent contraceptive access would eventually provide the “privacy” legal arguments that would lead to the legalization of abortion on demand throughout the US.

On June 21st Waterbury Catholics (and hopefully others) will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of closing the Waterbury Birth Control Clinic on June 19th, 1939. How will they celebrate? What does this celebration portend for the future of the Catholic Church in America? Has America’s culture of death reached its zenith?

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June 03, 2014 – Dan McConchie

Americans United for Life (AUL) develops and particularizes pro-life state legislation that protects women and their children as much as possible. AUL attorneys are very creative and finding new arguments that reduce the abortion industry in America, and to some degree around the world.

As AUL’s Vice President of Government Affairs, Dan McConchie leads these efforts with great passion and conviction. He was quoted in a recent interview, “Rubio Is Right: Life Does Begin At Conception,” and “It is an undisputed fact that a new human life begins when a sperm fertilizes an egg. Every single embryology textbook says the same thing, and has done so for over 100 years. Despite the left’s wishes to the contrary, this isn’t going to change any time soon, precisely because the science is settled.”

Dan’s compassion is contagious to the point that state legislatures compete for AUL ranking as the most pro-life state. If a state losses a notch in the AUL rankings, the legislators are on Dan’s door-step asking what they need to do to reestablish (or surpass) their prior ranking. Ohio just makes the top third at number 17.

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May 27, 2014 – Father Habiger

Father Habiger is a Benedictine priest in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison Kansas. Since 2003 he has been a full-time member of NFP Outreach where his focus is primarily upon promoting God’s Plan for Marriage and Spousal Love, which includes counter acting the contraceptive and sterilization culture. He does this through parish missions, NFP parish weekends, Theology of the Body seminars, and consultations with priests and bishops during “clergy days”. Father Matthew has his PhD in Moral Theology from the Catholic University of America. He is very well qualified to address the challenging topic of “conscience”.

If you want to do some homework for today’s program, you can read about conscience in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) beginning with: http://www.usccb.org

1776 “Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment…. For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God…. His conscience is man’s most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths.”

For many people–and clergy are no exception, conscience poses a difficult subject. The CCC says that we must obey our conscience. BUT, we must have a “well-formed” conscience (CCC, 1783), or we will be led astray by the evil one as a consequence of Original Sin.

Conscience poses a very serious challenge for many Catholics in their discernment about sexual morality, particularly in addressing contraception, sterilization, artificial reproductive technologies, and Natural Family Planning.

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May 20, 2014 – Bishop Morlino

I am very excited to be having Bishop Morlino as our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” this week. Bishop Morlino is only the 4th bishop of Madison, it being a fairly young (68 years) diocese comprising 11 counties in SW Wisconsin.

Bishop Morlino has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Philosophy, and a doctorate in Moral Theology with specialization in fundamental moral theology and bioethics. His education and training have been steeped in the Jesuit tradition which often means a life-time in academia. Since 2005, Bishop Morlino has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) which conducts research, consultation, publishing and education to promote human dignity in health care and the life sciences.

As a Jesuit Bishop Morlino has a special kinship with Pope Francis. As you may already know, Pope Francis has called an Extra Ordinary Synod on the family for October 2014 to address the many challenges families face today, and how the Church can better respond to those challenges. The Diocese of Madison has taken the Pope’s questions from the Synod Preparatory Document very seriously by seeking answers to these questions from a great variety of Catholics.

Bishop Morlino is very grateful to God for having 32 seminarians, which is outstanding for a diocese of 277,000 Catholics and 139 parishes.

I really enjoy interviewing bishops. I am always in awe of their position as Vicar of Christ for their dioceses and all the responsibilities that a bishop carries.

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May 13, 2014 – Damon Owens

The recent canonization of Saint John Paul II has drawn new attention to his “Theology of the Body” and its impact on the Culture of Life. His biographer, George Weigel has said that TotB will impact every teaching of the Creed and it will take decades to fully comprehend its influence on the faith and the faithful.

Damon Owens left an impressive career in the business arena to devote his life to full-time work in marriage and family ministry. He has served as Natural Family Planning and Marriage Preparation Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Newark, founded two non-profit organizations (New Jersey Natural Family Planning Association and Joy-Filled Marriage New Jersey), and led initiatives for various pro-life and pro-family organizations such as the New Jersey Catholic Bishops Conference, The Children First Foundation, and Life Education and Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N.), the largest African-American, pro-life ministry in the country. Damon is a certified speaker and has been lecturing for the Theology of the Body Institute since 2005. In December of 2011, Damon was named the Executive Director of the Theology of the Body Institute. He and his wife, Melanie, have been married for 18 years and have eight children.

Many of our listeners are familiar with the Theology of the Body because of Christopher West’s presentations that have popularized TotB throughout the USA and in dozens of other countries in the short span of 10 years.

Owen will give us a brief summary of the Theology of the Body, the work of the Theology of the Body Institute founded by Christopher West, and this summer’s International Theology of the Body Congress in Philadelphia.

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May 06, 2014 – Teacher Dorothy Duganzic, & Fr Peter Pomposello

I’m not an authority on chastity and “abstinence” education programs, but I’m pretty sure that for many (most?), FEAR is the prime motivator–fear of pregnancy, disease, and emotional trauma. Teen STAR is unique in emphasizing the beauty and blessing and purpose of human sexuality. Teen STAR treats young men and women with the dignity and reverence appropriate to their age by teaching them about their bodies and how God intends for their bodies to be treated and cared for.

As Fertility Educator Emily Sederstrand says, “When you teach a woman [anyone, really] how her body works, you are teaching her about her creator”. I say, “Learning about your Creator is THE most important purpose/value of Teen STAR”.

Teen STAR was developed by internationally renowned Dr Hanna Klaus, Ob/Gyn, NFP teacher and advocate for the Billings Ovulation Method. Dr Klaus spent 7 very busy years as a Medical Mission Sister in Pakistan. In 1980, she developed the Teen STAR Program that is now popular in over 30 countries primarily in Europe, Africa and South America.

Joining us will be Teen STAR Teacher Dorothy Duganzic, and Fr Peter Pomposello-pastor of Holy Cross Parish in the Bronx where Dorothy has been teaching Teen STAR to JHS students for 5 years. We can also expect Mr Ernie Zalamae, Principal, Holy Cross School, and some of the students to be with us to share their experience with the Teen STAR Program.

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April 29, 2014 – Dr Rocco Leonard Martino, PhD

Quintus, a Roman Tribune and Legate of Emperor Tiberius, is ordered to investigate the recent events in Judea. The Emperor has received confusing, conflicting, and disturbing reports from this most Eastern outpost of the Roman Empire. A supposed criminal–a carpenter from Nazareth–has been executed by order of Pro Counsel Pontius Pilate. This carpenter Jesus had a large following that believes he is god and that after his crucifixion, his body was sealed in a tomb, he rose from the dead. The claim is that he has been seen by hundreds.

Quintus is given all the resources and support he could possibly need to conduct his investigation, including the authority to root out Christ-followers and execute all of them if they pose a threat to Pax Romano. Quintus is ordered to determine who is this Jesus, did he really die, was he buried, did he rise from the dead, was his body stolen, by whom, and where is it??????? To get answers to these serious and perplexing questions, Quintus will interview the Roman authorities, Jewish leaders, the apostles, and two Marys–the criminal’s mother and another who may have been his lover.

Dr Rocco Leonard Martino, PhD, is a rocket scientist, inventor and entrepreneur turned novelist.

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April 22, 2014 – Father John Acrea

Is Jesus the ultimate example of masculinity–a leader, father, warrior, lover, and miracle worker? Fr John will make that case for us on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”, Tuesday at NOON, ET. We need masculine men to establish a Cuture of Life in the home, parish community and country. Are you man enough to make difference?

Father John Acrea is a retired priest of the Diocese of Des Moines Iowa. During his “active duty” he was the Vocations Director for the Des Moines Diocese and a Spiritual Director for seminarians at St John Vianney College Seminary at the University of St Thomas in St Paul Minnesota.

He is in demand as a speaker at men’s conferences–like the recent “Man-UP” event in Des Moines.

The typical male probably does not think of Jesus as his image of manliness, or masculinity. Men are more likely to think of a great athlete, a combat veteran, a hero or someone who has overcome great diversity and challenges to be a success in business. And it is true that these men are exhibiting some of the characteristics of masculinity, but Fr John would say that each and every one of us can be (and many already are) men of exceptional masculinity.

Are priests and bishops and popes “masculine”? Is going to the seminary similar to joining the Marines?

Ladies, don’t go away. Fr John says women have these same characteristics, but manifest them in different ways.

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April 08, 2014 – Peter LaBarbera

Peter will be our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” Tuesday NOON ET. He is President of Americans For Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH), a non-partisan, non-profit group dedicated to exposing the homosexual-bisexual-transgender activist agendas. AFTAH is a counter to over a dozen national American “gay” groups with annual budgets ranging from just under $1 million to over $30 million working to advance an agenda which threatens to criminalize Christian opposition to behavior that most Americans believe is wrong.
LaBarbera has debated the top homosexual advocates while appearing on hundreds of TV and radio news programs, including FOX’s Hannity and Colmes, CNN’s “The Larry King Show” and CNN’s “Crossfire,” C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” and Bill O’Reilly’s and Alan Colmes’ nationally syndicated radio programs. He has been quoted on homosexuality-related issues in newspapers across the nation, including The New York Times,Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, as well as by Associated Press and Reuters.
Peter will address Health Issues associated with homosexual behaviors and the question of whether same-sex-attraction (SSA) is a condition/disorder that people are born with or acquired. He will also examine the motives behind efforts to normalize SSA in our schools and culture. Are these often extreme tactics creating a back lash that will eventually bring these efforts down?

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April 1, 2014 – Katherine Ginkel

Katherine Ginkel has a unique job as educator of St Jude Hospice staff personnel on the Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs) for Catholic Health Care Workers. These Directives were developed by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to set a standard of care that is to be expected by all Catholic health care institutions and their employees and associates. These ERDs are periodically updated to reflect the ever changing threats to the dignified treatment and care of those who are in need of care in clinics, hospitals and in all critical and end-of-life care situations. For example, the ERDs absolutely forbid abortion and euthanasia.

The hospice industry is not always respectful of the dignity of human persons and their right to a natural death. Hospice care can be on opportunity for euthanasia as we reported in one of last year’s “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” programs. The vocabulary now includes the phrase “stealth euthanasia” to describe the over dosing of pain medications to cause death.

St Jude Hospice was started by Tom Moreland as an authentically Catholic (loyal to Church teaching as reflected in the ERDs) alternative to secular hospice. In 2008, Tom started Saint Jude Healthcare, which eventually became the parent to Saint Jude Hospice and Spirit Homecare. Tom managed or owned hospices from Ohio to Mississippi, and Minnesota to California. There are now 13 St Jude Hospice locations in Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. Tom has requests from several bishops to open new locations in their dioceses.

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March 25, 2014 – Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy will be our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” on Tuesday the 25th. Kevin was our Guest on January 7th speaking about Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin. That talk is archived at radiomaria.us. The Federal Court trial he spoke of back then is finished with a very favorable outcome that still awaits some final statements by Judge William Lawrence.

Kevin is a secular lawyer and canon lawyer with a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Angelicum in Rome. He will be speaking with us on Tuesday at Noon ET about the Annunciation and Incarnation of Jesus–the most awesome event in human history. The Annunciation event is not given much attention in the USA, but is a Holyday of Obligation in some countries.

Whenever we say the Hail Mary, and as part of the Angelus, we repeat the words of the Angel Gabriel’s Announcement to Mary that she would bear the Savior in her womb. Did she realize then that she would nurse Him as an infant/toddler, and then nurture and accompany Him through the 33 years of His earthly life? She was Jesus’ most faithful disciple, even with Him at his cruel death on a cross, and burial. She surely understood that her
Son would rise from the dead on the third day. I wonder if she was waiting at the tomb with new garments and some food. Scripture does not say.

Please join us in celebrating the Annunciation and Incarnation of Jesus, at your local parish and on Radio Maria’s “The Quest for a culture of Life in America”. If you are near Dayton, meet us at St Anthony Church or Emmanuel Church–see the accompanying flier.

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March 18, 2014 – Dan Lynch

Our study of Marian apparitions continues with this week’s Guest, Dan Lynch, founder of Dan Lynch Apostolates, promoting devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of America, Jesus King of All Nations, and Blessed John Paul II. Dan travels throughout the states presenting missions, promoting and conducting Image Visitations of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of America. He and Sue live in Vermont; they have nine children and 20 grandchildren.

Today, we want primarily to learn more about Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin. Dan’s book, Our Lady of America, Hope for the States is an excellent summary of information about Our Lady of America, the seer Sister Mary Ephrem (later Mildred Neuzil), Our Lady’s statue, medal, requests, and promises–including that more graces will be bestowed on the United States than all the graces from Lourdes and Fatima IF her wishes are granted!

Major ownership issues have slowed promotion of Our Lady of America. These legal issues have to do with copyright and trademarking of Our Lady of America devotional materials that resulted in an Indianapolis Federal Court trial from January 21st until the jury decision last week. The Final Judgment by Judge William T. Lawrence is expected any day. Kevin McCarthy is one of the plaintiffs (with Al Langsenkamp) in that case. Kevin was our Guest on January 7th (http://radiomaria.us/questforlife).

Please join us Tuesday the 18th at NOON ET to learn more about Our Lady of America–one of only two approved Marian apparitions in the United States: Our Lady of America in Ohio, and Our Lady of Good Help near Green Bay Wisconsin. You can listen on air or on line at radiomaria.us .

Blessings to you and your families as we are only one week away from the Solemnity of the Annunciation and Incarnation of Jesus on March 25th. Please plan special celebrations of this most awesome event in all human history–God becoming Man. Take the family to Mass and dinner. Take a day off from your usual activities to pray, do Eucharistic Adoration, participate in 40 Days for Life, and meditate on the significance of the divination of humanity and the humanizing of divinity.

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March 11, 2014 – Fr Andrew Apostoli, CFR Part 2

Please join us again this week with Fr Apostoli as we continue last week’s very interesting program about Our Lady of Fatima’s warnings and promises, specifically that Russia would be converted and there would be a period of peace in the world.
After Pope Blessed John Paul II completed the consecration in 1984, as Mary had requested in her appearance to Lucia in 1929, it did seem that great changes were taking place in Russia, including the complete abandonment of Communism, and a renewed receptivity to religion. And more recently, President Putin has been reducing access to abortion, eliminating promotion of homosexuality, and encouraging women to have children. Are Russian designs on the Ukraine a step backward? Did Mary change her mind?
This week we will focus on the Fatima story, the lives of the three children Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta. What were they like? Was their life idyllic or difficult? What kind of sufferings did they experience and what was their attitude toward suffering? What of Mary’s messages is still applicable to us in 21st Century America?
The children were shown a vision of Hell which affected them deeply. Should we take heed or trust in the mercy of God?
Also, this week a miracle has been accepted as due to the intercession of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, which will advance the cause for his canonization. Father Apostoli is vice-postulator for Archbishop Sheen so Father must be very pleased that his work is bearing fruit. I’ll ask him about that.

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