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.

November 10, 2015 – Fr Edward Looney’s visit to Saint Maria Goretti

Fr Edward Looney was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, this past June. A life-long love for his Heavenly Mother and his study and writing skills had already identified him as a Marian scholar, particularly for his writings about the apparitions of Mary to Adele Brise near Green Bay in 1859. He also loves “devotional Catholicism”–visiting shines and tombs of saints.
Still he was somewhat hesitant about traveling to venerate Saint Maria Goretti’s relics in Madison on October 16th.  But he did and came away from that experience with a deep love for–and devotion to–Saint Maria, the Patroness of Purity. He was not alone.  This “tour” of her relics encased in a human looking sarcophagus within a glass coffin has drawn huge crowds throughout the Midwest and South.  Why this interest in the Church’s youngest canonized saint?  Is it because the sexualized American Culture of Death is so adverse to purity that a purity-hungry counter Culture of Life is developing?  There does seem to be a trend toward more modest clothing on female performers, and teen pregnancy rates have dropped significantly in recent years.
Fr Looney will be telling us about Our Lady of Good Help and her appearances to Adele encouraging her to teach children about the Catholic Faith.  He’ll also tell us about Saint Maria and her defense of her purity that so enraged her attacker Alessandro that he stabbed her 14 times, causing her death the following day. 
Saint Maria is also special for the soon-to-begin Year of Mercy because on her death-bed she forgave Alessandro and expressed the desire that he someday be in Heaven.

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November 03, 2015 – China relaxes one-child policy–what impact?

Reggie Littlejohn had a law degree from Yale and was excitedly climbing the corporate law ladder when God disabled her for 5 years.  Then in 2010 He sent her in a new direction–challenging the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) one-child policy, enforced by coercion, forced abortion and sterilization.
Reggie formed a non-profit corporation, “Women’s Rights Without Frontiers” to publicize the Chinese version of a world-wide “War on Women”.  In 5 years she has spoken hundreds of times at the UN, the US Congress, the Vatican, and in dozens of countries.  Getting the truth onto the world stage is embarrassing to the CCP, and thus puts pressure on the government to abandon this policy which causes great upheaval in families and communities in ways you would not imagine.
Questions for Reggie:

  • Why has the CCP recently changed the one-child policy to a two-child policy?
  • Why are you not happy about this change?
  • The preference for male children to support the aging parents puts pre-born girls at high risk for abortion. What are the effects on the culture of a shortage of females?
  • Tell us about your program for saving girl babies from abortion!
  • How does the forced abortion and sterilization program create a big financial benefit for the “womb-police”–the enforcers of the one (or two) child policy?
  • What can we do?
  • and many more

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October 20, 2015 – Want to renew your Parish–start with the Liturgy

Joe Pronechen’s two articles on the Liturgy (National Catholic Register) as the starting point for parish renewal intrigued me.  We share the conviction that the better we the Body of Christ worship our God the more Life we will have.  Joe’s articles reinforce that idea by the stunning examples of parish renewals that began with changes to the Liturgy.  These changes were in architecture, art, and in the Liturgy itself, both in variety and presentation.

If Liturgy can “renew” parishes (ie, make them more full of life) then it follows that Liturgy can renew (or resuscitate) the culture. Joe’s own parish is experiencing a “renewal” that includes the Latin High Mass for special occasions.

Joe’s articles also piqued my interest in the more general topic of “Catholic Media” and the impact that Catholic Media makes  on a Culture of Life. It seems to me that the Catholic media—radio, TV, print and various internet options—has grown  significantly in the last few decades and may be encouraging a Culture of Life. The secular media is often sympathetic to the  Culture of Death and typically misses reporting on events that demonstrate an affirmation of life—like The Annual March for Life and “40 Days for Life” Campaigns. The Catholic media thus has an opportunity to fill that vacuum.

Joseph Pronechen has been a staff writer with the National Catholic Register since 2005 and for 10 years before that he was a regular correspondent for NCR. His articles have regularly appeared in many Catholic publications.  It is natural that reporters develop deep interests in a variety of subjects.  He’ll talk about some of his:  traditional devotions like novenas and the Rosary (October is the month of the Holy Rosary), Fatima, Maria Goretti and Divine Mercy.


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October 06, 2015 – Planned Parenthood Protests are tipping America toward a Culture of Life!

On August 22, 2015,  the pro-life movement made history when 78,000 pro-lifers turned out at over 300 Planned Parenthood locations to protest PP killing of unborn children and the barbaric practice of harvesting and selling the body parts of aborted babies-the largest nationwide pro-life protest in history.

On Saturday, October 10th, pro-life people of every description are hitting the streets again with another national day of protest at Planned Parenthood centers throughout the country.

Monica Miller (Citizens for A Pro-Life Society), Eric Scheidler (Pro-Life Action League) and Mark Harrington (Created Equal) are organizing PP protests for this coming Saturday-the 10th. They will be our Guests on Tuesday the 6th.

YOU can help reach the goal of a large presence at every PP facility in the US. Will you be a participant? An organizer?
We are all very blessed to be part of this historic moment (and movement) that may be shifting our Nation toward a Culture of Life!

Questions for Monica, Eric and Mark:
  • Which states have defunded PP?
  • What effect on PP membership and donations can be discerned?
  • Is there a new strategy for defunding PP at the federal level?
  • How does John Boehner’s pending retirement effect PP defunding?  And support for all pro-life/family/religious-freedom legislation?
  • Which presidential candidates strongly support defunding PP?
  • Are there recent pollings that show a growth in pro-life voters?

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September 29, 2015 – Eleven Cardinals Speak on Marriage and the Family with Msgr Barreiro

The Catholic Church has the unique ability, capacity, responsibility, wisdom and mission to create a Culture of Life in America and the entire world. Last week’s World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and Pope Francis’ visits to Cuba and the USA manifest that unique responsibility. The love for Pope Francis cuts across denominational, national and ethnic boundaries-breaking them down with regularity.  We are thus blessed and challenged by our membership in the Catholic Church.

The next main event for Catholics is the Ordinary Synod on the Family beginning next Sunday and lasting for three weeks in the Vatican.  For more information, visit  .

The controversy over how the Church should minister to couples in “irregular” relationships was clearly evident in last October’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family and continues into the Ordinary Synod. Books have been written; speeches made; blogs proliferate. The debate is intense and is taking place at the highest levels of the Church.

Monsignor Ignatio Barreiro will review Eleven Cardinals Speak on Marriage and the Family (Ignatius Press, 2015) on today’s “Quest for a Culture of Life in America”. 

For 15 years, Msgr. Barreiro was the Executive Director of the Rome office of Human Life International.  He has published hundreds of articles on theological and life issues, and historical subjects in popular and scholarly publications. He currently resides at HLI’s Headquarters in Front Royal VA.

May God bless the Synod Fathers during their historic deliberations.


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