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 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   http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/2014-2015-synods-of-bishops-on-the-family.cfm#ordinary  .

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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September 1, 2015 – Bai Macfarlane – Support for Abandoned No-Fault Divorcees

Human Life International and the Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation are co-sponsoring The Two Shall Become One symposium on marriage in Rome on September 26th. Bai Macfarlane will be speaking asking the Church to apply its own Canon Law to those whose marriage is on the brink of separation or divorce. To leave marriage for a reason that is not morally legitimate is abandonment. According to Canon Law, Catholics are not supposed to file for divorce without Church intervention first.

Bai Macfarlane is founder and president of Mary’s Advocates, an apostolate that supports those who remain faithful to marriage after separation and divorce. She will be sharing with us what the Church says in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Canon Law about separated and divorced Catholics but does not necessarily follow in practice. All the papers presented at the Symposium will be sent by HLI Rome to the delegates to the October Bishops’ Ordinary Synod on the Family.

The long-term effects of no-fault divorce on families, and especially children, are well documented. Bai raises serious questions about the very high rate of annulments granted in the United States and whether the Church and society are being well served by this practice. The Synods propose to streamline and make easier the application and granting of annulments. Maybe they should be doing the opposite!?

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August 25, 2015 – Fr Joseph Fessio on Robert Cardinal Sarah

You may know Fr Joseph Fessio as President of Ignatius Press and a past Guest on the Quest talking about the Sacred Liturgy, but do you know who Cardinal Robert Sarah is?

In November 2014, Pope Francis named Cardinal Sarah to be Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the second African to have the Vatican’s top liturgical post. When Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Sarah to be the Church’s chief liturgist, Sarah asked: ‘Your Holiness, how do you want me to exercise this ministry? What do you want me to do as Prefect of this Congregation?’ The Holy Father’s reply was clear. ‘I want you to continue to implement the liturgical reform of the Second Vatican Council,’ he said, ‘and I want you to continue the good work in the liturgy begun by Pope Benedict XVI.’ Because the Liturgy is the Source and Summit of our Faith, the Liturgy is of great importance and Cardinal Sarah needs to be recognized as very important to the future of the Church.

Both Pope Benedict and Cardinal Sarah have indicated strong support for the priest facing Liturgical East during parts of the Mass. So what will Cardinal Sarah do? We can get some ideas about this from God or Nothing, a recent book about Cardinal Sarah published by Ignatius Press. That explains why Fr Fessio will be our Guest on Tuesday August 25th at Noon ET.

God or Nothing is essentially the autobiography of a a poor African (Guinea) boy who wanted to be a priest and lead his people away from the Government’s Marxist ideology to the Catholic Church with its love for the poor. His life demonstrates a great love for God and the Church of Jesus Christ as well as great courage and faith in God. He is being suggested as a possible future pope, so we should all get to know him.

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August 11, 2015 – Do you believe in the “Real Presence” of Jesus in the Eucharist?

Dr. Brant Pitre

Supposedly, a very significant percentage of Catholics do NOT believe in the Real Presence. Study results depend greatly on how the question is asked and who is asked–what is the definition of a Catholic? Our purpose with this “Quest for a Culture of Life in America” program is not to determine how many Catholics believe in the Real Presence, but rather to help everyone believe as a matter of Faith–Faith based on the words of Jesus quoted in Sacred Scripture –the inspired Word of God.

Dr, Professor, Brant Pitre teaches Sacred Scripture at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. He will be our Guest and tasked with strengthening our Faith in the Real Presence by tracing its origin/roots to the Jewish practices of sacrifice and worship as described in the Jewish Bible (Old Testament) and other sources. Jesus was a very devout Jew. Jewish history and traditions defined Jesus and therefore defined His Church and our worship of God.

Dr Pitre earned his PhD in Theology from the University of Notre Dame where he specialized in New Testament and ancient Judaism. He has authored several books, CDs and Videos. Two of his most recent works are Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist, published by Doubleday in 2011 and a new video series Lectio Eucharist published by Ignatius Press. He lives with his wife Elizabeth and their 5 young children in Gray Louisiana.

Today’s “Liturgy” is much expanded from the first Eucharist at the Last Supper, yet the essence remains. Here are a few questions I’ll be asking Professor Pitre:

  • Why does the “Mass” have so many names—Liturgy, Eucharist, meal, memorial, sacrifice—to name a few?
  • In your Introduction to Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist, you state that to really know Jesus, one must study His Jewish roots. Which of those “roots” would be most foreign to a modern American Christian?
  • In Scott Hahn’s Foreword to Jesus and the Jewish Roots . . . he echoes St Paul’s description of the Passion by this statement, “Love transforms suffering into sacrifice” and “That is love: the total gift of self.” These words are often used to describe enduring marriage, but could also apply to parenthood, martyrdom, service to country and many other examples of deep loyalty. Any additional thoughts?
  • In the Gospel of John, chapter 6, Jesus makes a startling, even scandalous, statement about his own flesh and blood and salvation itself. What did it mean to the listeners of His time – and to us now as we approach the Eucharist?
  • What are the more important Jewish roots to the Eucharist for helping explain the Real Presence and strengthening our Faith in it?
  • What are some of the ways the Eucharist is pre-figured in the Old Testament?
  • What Jewish roots have been lost over the past two millennia? Where can one find a history/chronology of changes made to the Mass? Can these losses and changes explain the lack of Real Presence Faith?
  • Why does the Church consider the Eucharist the “source and summit of the Christian life”?
  • How did the early Church understand Jesus’ words, “Do this in memory of me”?
  • Sometimes the Church says that the bread becomes the Body of Jesus and the wine becomes His blood. But the Church also says that Jesus is really (wholly?) present “body and blood, soul and divinity” in either species and any quantity. Please explain!
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August 04, 2015 – Planned Parenthood Fights Damning Videos

The story of Planned Parenthood Abortion business expansion into the baby parts sales business has captured our attention like no other in the history of the pro-life movement.  Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation and has had great success closing abortion facilities in recent years under the leadership of  Cheryl Sullinger and Troy Newman.

Cheryl will be making her second appearance today as our Guest on the “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”.  At the time of the Kermit Gosnell trial, her daily presence and reports from that trial were the only way for the outside world to know of the gruesome nature of Gosnell’s operation that landed him in jail charged and convicted of infanticide and a number of other felonies.

Here are some questions for Cheryl:

  • What is the current status of surgical abortion businesses in the usa? How many of the surgical abortion mills are PP owned?
  • Can you give us an approximate breakdown of PP income sources: birth control, routine health care, abortion, sale of fetal baby parts, breast exams, etc?
  • How much money does PP typically get from the Federal government per year?  How much from state and local governments?
  • Did S1881 pass last night?  Is there a companion bill in the House of Representatives?
  • The undercover videos that are being released at intervals—we have now seen 4 of them—appear to be a continuation of Lila Rose’s undercover video efforts.  Was she the inspiration for this new wave of videos? Are there more to come?
  • Is the administration-media-PP consortium cracking? What are you seeing?
  • The sale of “high quality” baby parts would naturally encourage abortion by means that don’t damage those parts.  Saline abortion and injection into the heart would make possible the  delivery of an intact baby. Do the videos provide evidence of this happening? What about a baby that delivers quickly before the abortionist can kill her or him? Such children are supposedly protected by the law, but does that happen?
  • What does Stem Express do with these aborted baby parts?  Why do these parts have value?  What are they being used for? “Stem” hints at stem cell research and application.  Is that where the value lies?
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