My Writings. My Thoughts.
Fr Daniel McCaffrey has been my very good friend for almost 20 years and I am very pleased that he will be our Guest today. Father is a retired Army Chaplain, a theologian, and long time supporter of Natural Family Planning and the entire Church teaching on sexual morality. As the founder of NFP Outreach, he travels the world preaching and teaching God’s plan for procreation. He and Fr Matthew Habiger–last week’s Guest–have done many diocesan clergy convocations, giving priests and bishops the tools they need to preach and teach about contraception and the blessings of children, most recently in the dioceses of Wichita, Peoria and Brownsville. Fr McCaffrey also does parish missions–weekend or longer–where the parishioners demonstrate their appreciation for hearing the truth with standing ovations and a generous second collection.
Fr Matthew Habiger is a Benedictine priest stationed at Benedictine College in Atchison KS. He is also associated with NFP-Outreach where he and Fr Daniel McCaffrey travel all over the US preaching and teaching God’s plan for love, marriage sex and children, including the benefits of Natural Family Planning. Fr Matt just returned from 10 days (about 30 talks or homilies) in the Diocese of Toledo.
Ray Noble is one of the contributors to One More Soul’s enlightening newspaper “Obey Mandate or Scripture” and a great source for clarification regarding the HHS mandate, the Constitution and the recent election. We will hit all these topics and more. I’m really looking forward to hearing Ray’s analysis and insights on religious freedom and the bishop’s current strategy for confronting the government regarding the health insurance mandates.
On this day, I am humbled and very pleased to have Fr Frank Pavone as our Guest on Radio Maria’s “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”. Fr Frank is the National Director of Priests for Life, which he (and God) BUILT to be arguably the largest and most effective pro-life organization in the US, and therefore the world. Priests for Life has strongly supported our bishops in the on-going battle for religious freedom that will continue after this election, no matter the outcome.
Karen was a great Guest in July of 2011, and I have asked her back for the waning days of October, which is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and “Respect Life Month”. I am eager to get Karen’s perspective on the HHS mandate and how it will impact the breast cancer epidemic. That mandate has caused a huge stir in the media about Planned Parenthood, the so-called “War on Women”, and hearkens back to the Komen Foundation and it’s involvement with Planned Parenthood. Historically, many (most?) of the organizations–governmental and other–have denied a link between abortion and breast cancer, in spite of evidence to the contrary. I’ll be asking Karen about this evidence and whether the denials are continuing.
This week Steve Koob talks with Peter Breen, the Executive Director of the Thomas More Society defending life, marriage and religious freedom. Peter is involved in all three of these areas and can enlighten us on the federal court cases involving Catholic institutions suing Health and Human Services over government denial of our religious freedom.
From a local prayer vigil at a Planned Parenthood abortuary in College Station Texas, Shawn Carney and David Bereit have built 40 Days for Life Campaigns into a massive baby-saving, abortion-worker-rescuing, abortuary-closing production line that has documented close to 6000 saved babies, 69 abortion-workers leaving, and several closed abortion mills. These campaigns have energized the pro-life movement with thousands of new volunteer prayers and workers. Please listen to learn more about how this movement began and developed to include 40 Days for Life campaigns in over 300 cities, 49 states, on four continents and 7 countries.
Two days after many of us participated in one of the 1300+ Life Chains all across America, and in some other countries, I am very pleased to interview Royce Dunn, the founder of Life Chain, that began in California 25 years ago. I am very eager to hear what inspired Royce and what fruits have been borne from 25 years of Life Chains. I am also very interested in learning what he sees for the future of the pro-life movement in America. Are we ever going to abolish abortion, and how will that come to pass?
Mary Hasson and Michele Hill have prepared a Preliminary Report on their study, “What Catholic Women Think About Faith, Conscience and Contraception”. We are very blessed to have Michele as our Guest on the Quest this week to share the sometimes surprising results of their study. Michele will lay out the study results, and the opportunities that the study identifies for increasing acceptance of Church teaching.
Our Guest on the Quest today is Christopher (Chris) Bell the founder of 6 Good Counsel Maternity Homes in New York and New Jersey. I have asked Chris to reflect on his own 9/11 experience of that day as well as sharing with us his experience working with Father Benedict Groeschel to serve homeless pregnant women. Chris is married to Joan Andrews Bell, who can rightly be described as the archangel or patron saint (still alive, so not yet canonized) of the “rescue” movement based on numerous rescues and years of imprisonment. How they met and developed a love relationship is a most interesting part of today’s program.