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April 07, 2020 – Fr. Regis Scanlon, O.F.M.Cap.

Fr. Regis Scanlon, O.F.M.Cap., is the spiritual director and chaplain for Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s Missionaries of Charity in Denver. He was director of a prison ministry for the Archdiocese of Denver, from 1999 to 2010; a chaplain for Missionaries of Charity at their now-closed AIDS hospice, Seton House, and at Gift of Mary homeless shelter for women in Denver from 1989 to 2008. He is now the founder and president of The Julia Greeley Home, Inc., located in Denver. His articles have been published in Homiletic & Pastoral Review, Crisis, The Catholic Faith, Soul Magazine, Pastoral Life, and The Priest. He has also made three series for Mother Angelica’s EWTN: “Crucial Questions,” “Catholic Answers,” and “What Did Vatican II Really Teach?”

It was about a year ago that Father Scanlon published an article about Our Lady of America that referred to her warnings of “punishments as yet unknown” if Americans do not reform their lives. He referred to these warnings from over 60 years ago as her “FINAL PLEA.” Do you think that we have reformed our lives during these past 60 years? Would we have had the drastic changes in our culture and laws during this time if we had reformed our lives? 60 years ago, we did not have SCOTUS sanctioned abortion and same sex “marriage,” common knowledge about clergy sex abuse and Episcopal cover-up, IVF, Embryonic Stem Cell Research, physician assisted suicide, LGBTQ ideology, drag queens reading to children in schools and libraries, and the list grows. What will you do to stop the moral pandemic? How will you encourage our clergy to lead us back to Jesus, the WAY, the TRUTH and the Life?

Here are some questions I propose asking Father Regis:
1. Please sketch for our listeners your article, “Our Lady Chooses the U. S. For A Final Plea”, http://frregisscanlon.com, Feb 10, 2019.
2. Our Mother Mary has been sent to Earth many times to encourage us to be better, pray the rosary and repent of our sins. Sometimes, as Our Lady of Fatima, and Our Lady of America, She has warned us of punishments that may come to the world if we do not listen and act according to God’s will. What is new about Our Lady of America’s mission and warnings?
3. Throughout Man’s history, there have been events/happenings that could be considered “chastisements”; blamed on Man’s failures to obey God’s commands. How should these be interpreted? Here are some ideas:
a. They are punishment from God for our sins.
b. They are a natural consequence of sin, caused by the sin itself.
c. Satan causes these punishments and God allows them because He gave the fallen angels free will, like he gave us.
d. Other?
4. Is the Coronavirus worldwide pandemic a “chastisement”?; Could it be the “punishment” OLoA was warning us about?
5. OLoA came to Sister Mildred (and through her to Father/Archbishop Paul Leibold) during the middle of the 20th Century to encourage purity—a time when the impurities of contraception, abortion, pornography, and sodomy were already common. And these impurities have been growing in acceptance and diversity within the culture—pretty much unchallenged by moral authorities. Is this failure to challenge these impurities of laity and clergy alike what is precipitating the “punishment”? Are even more extreme perversions to be expected—as additional “punishments?”
6. What needs to happen to stop the punishments already being in place and even more that could be coming?

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June 11, 2019 – Brian Clowes, PhD

Brian Clowes, PhD, is the director of education and research at Human Life International. He is a graduate of West Point, a former A-Team leader for the Army Special Forces (“Green Berets”), and holds a PhD in Civil Engineering and Systems Science. Since 1995, he has been HLI’s director of research and education, and is one of the most accomplished and respected intellectuals in the international pro-life movement. Best known as author of the most exhaustive pro-life informational resource volume The Facts of Life, and for his Pro-Life Basic Training Course, Brian is the author of nine books, over 500 scholarly and popular articles, and has traveled to 70 countries on six continents as a pro-life speaker, educator and trainer. Brian and his wife of 45 years, Kathleen, have seven children and combined have over 70 years of pro-life experience, ranging from rescues, sidewalk counseling to counseling pregnant women and assisting in litigation against abortionists.

Here are some of the questions I want to ask Brian:

How did you go from Green Beret to researcher, speaker and trainer for Human Life International?
What does HLI do? Please give us some examples of what you and your President Father Shenan Boquet do to build a Catholic pro-life culture in 100 countries, most below the Equator in South America and Africa?
You have visited many seminaries? How are they a sign of hope?
How is the Church in Africa different from the American Church and why do you believe that Africa is the future of Catholicism-an example for us and the rest of the world?
The early Christian Church and its Jewish foundations were very pro-life, welcoming children and against contraception. Where and when did the Population Control movement originate? What was its driving force or ideology?
Why/how does it persist?
Aside from its use of immoral contraception and abortion, what else is wrong with population control efforts?
Why has our government (and others) fostered programs to reduce births in Africa since the Nixon Presidency and continuous to the present day?
What can our listeners do to fight the Culture of Death in America and around the world?

June 4, 2019 – Dr Paul Byrne

The International Brain Death Conference in Rome is now history! And Dr Paul Byrne is back to tell us how the May 20-21 Rome conference went. One of the highlights of the conference was Dr Paul’s interview of former “brain dead” patient Zack Dunlap of Oklahoma. Even though a Cesium brain scan indicated no blood flow to Zack’s brain, his RN cousin did not think that Zack was really dead. She prayed to God for a sign that he was still alive and God delivered. Zack is now married, a father, and employed. There are many other case histories of “brain dead” patients surviving to lead normal or near-normal lives.

Dr Byrne will trace the evolution of brain death definitions and their current redefinition of “consent” to an “assumption” of consent for a variety of situations that increase the donor pool by weakening the already illicit definition of “brain death.” One discussed source of vital organs gaining momentum is encouraged by Physician-Assisted Suicide laws that support the theft of the victim’s organs before (or as part of) their suicide. Please pray that this conference will be instrumental in halting vital organ theft.

It is all about money. The organ donation business/industry is very sophisticated and entrenched in the medical and legal communities with well-paid lobbyists seeking the favor of legislators.

May 28, 2019

May 21, 2019 – Msgr Alfred Calkins, STD

Last week I participated in the Mariological Society of Americas’ 70th Annual Meeting, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of LaSalette in Attleboro, Massachusetts. I have come to appreciate these annual “retreats” as an opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the world’s most recognized Mariologists, most of who hold STL or STD degrees in Mariology. They are true “academics” so I am quite out of place as an engineer and minor theologian.

This year’s theme, “The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Call to Holiness,” is taken from the “universal call to holiness” in Vatican Council II’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium. There are many definitions of “holiness” and I encourage you to ask Google. One definition: “To be holy is to be unique, to be set apart from what is common, imperfect, or wicked.”

All the papers and presenters were excellent, but I thought Msgr Calkins’ was particularly important because “Priestly Holiness” determines to a high degree the holiness of the laity. Monsignor received his STL through the International Marian Research Institute here in Dayton in 1986 and his STD in 1990 from the Seraphicum Pontificia Facultas Theologica S. Bonaventuræ Ordinis Fratrum Minorum Conventualium in Urbe. He has been a priest for 49 years primarily engaged in the study and teaching about Mary.

These are some questions I want to ask Monsignor Calkins:

· What does the Church mean by “holiness”?
· What was the driving force behind “The universal call to holiness” that is often quoted from VCII’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium?
· Is this the Church’s first “call to holiness”? Why then-1965?
· For the non-intellectual, isn’t “holiness” seeking, finding and following God’s will-all the time?
· The title for our MSA Meeting was “The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Call to Holiness.” This seems vague. What would define the papers that could be offered for a conference with that title?
· What presentations did you consider to be most important?
· The title of your presentation was “Mary and the Call to Priestly Holiness in the Magisterium of Twentieth Century Popes with Particular Reference to Pope John Paul II”. So you are not focused on “universal” holiness. Did you choose “priestly” holiness because you are a priest or are there other reasons?
· What is Mary’s function in the “call to universal holiness” and why is she particularly important for “priestly” holiness?
· It is disheartening to read of priests leaving the priesthood for the married state. Why does this happen? I suppose there are many reasons. Is a priest considered already married-to “the Church”-the Bride of Christ-he (a priest) being the “persona Christi”? What is Mary’s role in reducing these departures?
· Over half of your presentation is committed to Pope Saint John Paul II’s ministry to priests. In addition to his long (27 years) papacy, what distinguished his love and care for priests?

We all need to be HOLY!

May 14, 2019 – Prof Mary Shivanandan

Over a 25 year span, Mary Shivanandan earned her STL and STD degrees and taught at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington DC. Consequent to her studies and teaching she has authored several books, papers and presentations on the Theology of the Body, Natural Sex, Breastfeeding, Humanae Vitae, and Natural Family Planning.

Her most recent work, The Holy Family, Model not Exception, is of special interest to us today as modern families struggle to find role models that seek a Culture of Life amongst a culture that sanctions death and tends to ignore God the Creator and His will for their lives.

There is no holier family than the family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus, none of whom ever committed a sin. As such, they are naturally a great model-ideal-for each of us and our families. But in their IDEALness and UNIQUEnesses of ever-virginity, and an only child, with both human and divine natures, is it possible to see them as a model for the 21st Century family? The task seems daunting; I’m eager to see how Mary pulls it off.

May 7, 2019 – Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

Matthew Cullinan Hoffman is the translator and author of The Book of Gomorrah and St. Peter Damian’s Struggle Against Ecclesiastical Corruption(2015) and he was our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” in January and March.

In those programs he made a connection between the sodomy of the laity (acceptance of contraception-heterosexual sodomy) and the homosexual sodomy of the clergy which he had written about on his Life Site News blog: https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/perverse-pact-between-homosexual-priests-and-contracepting-laity-lies-at-he

Today, I want Matthew to talk about heresy, Pope Benedict, Pope Francis, and the levels of authority in the Church.

April 30, 2018 – Dr Paul Byrne

Dr Paul Byrne, the pioneering neonatologist and founder of the Life Guardian Foundation, has often been our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” educating us to the falsity of “brain death.” He is back again to tell us about the May 20-21 Rome conference sponsored by the John Paul II Academy for Human Life and the Family (JAHLF). For a complete list of presentations go to https://events.jahlf.org/brain-death-rome.

JAHLF organized this conference to bring non-medical laypersons to the truth about “brain death.” “Brain death” is connected to [really, essential to] organ transplantation. Transplantation requires that organs be fresh and viable. But such organs can only be obtained from a person who is still alive (even if deeply comatose). This need for organs led to the invention of “brain death.” “Brain death” is not true natural death, but rather a medicolegal construct for the main purpose of removing organs from deeply comatose but still living patients.

This conference is open to all who wish to defend the dignity of the human person and the sacredness of human life from conception to natural death.

You can attend this Rome Conference in your home for $50—> https://lifesite.kartra.com/page/AcademyForLife

Invite your friends to a showing!?

Dr Paul will give us the “abstract” version of the conference, with special attention to his own presentations: a) on “brain dead” patients he has cared for and b) the dangers of being a “donor” and the absence of true “consent.” The laws governing donor consent basically are written to encourage donor consent, but you are NOT given the facts of what that means. How do you make your decision to NOT be a donor known and respected? That is very important if you want to live.

It is all about money. The organ donation business/industry is very sophisticated and entrenched in the medical and legislative communities with well-paid lobbyists seeking the favor of legislators.

April 23, 2019 – Nancy Valko

Nurse Nancy is one of my favorite Guests on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” because she is extremely knowledgeable about most healthcare issues, and has had over 40 years of bedside experience with patients in critical care near the end of life. Her experience and constant search of medical and secular articles means her information is exceptionally current and multi-sourced. In her recent blog [https://nancyvalko.com/2019/04/18/ assisted-suicide-and-failure-of-unconsciousness/], Nancy brings together the latest information from the Association of Anesthetists, Capital Punishment Law and experience, current US Physician-Assisted Suicide laws, Assisted Suicide experience in Belgium and the quest for the perfect technology to legally kill someone.

IF you and your loved ones knew this stuff, I doubt they would choose to kill themselves, with or without medical support.

Assisted suicide has many similarities with abortion:
* Both deny the existence of life, or at least “meaningful” life.
* Both are promoted as a right to choose.
* Neither typically employ a certified anesthetist to prevent pain.
* Both are promoted with clever and deceptive language, often appealing to family members for decision support.
* Both have had US Supreme Court support based on faulty or ignored evidence.
* Others, I’m sure.

For some assisted suicide patients/victims, death can take a long time, and the victim may not be unconscious. Similar problems with state capital punishment regimens have caused some states to abolish capital punishment because the prisoner “might be awake but paralyzed at the point of death, making the method a ‘cruel or inhumane punishment’ which violated the US Constitution’s Eighth Amendment.”

Interestingly, Belgium, with more death hastening experience than any other country, has looked to US penal institutions for better killing technology.

Nancy concludes her article as follows:

CONCLUSION

The assisted suicide legalization movement led by Compassion and Choices portrays assisted suicide as an easy and dignified death, even one that can be a cause of celebration.

Polls about assisted suicide like the latest Gallup poll find 65% say “yes” when asked “When a person has a disease that cannot be cured and is living in severe pain, do you think doctors should or should not be allowed by law to assist the patient to commit suicide if the patient requests it?” even though assisted suicide laws don’t mention pain and state that the person must be terminally ill and expected to die within 6 months.

But how many people, especially legislators, would still say “yes” to legalizing assisted suicide after learning the truth in this article about the so-called “peaceful” assisted suicide?

And how many people would still pursue assisted suicide if they knew they might be conscious and in more distress during the process?

Unfortunately and right now, no assisted suicide law requires that kind of “informed consent.”

April 9, 2019 – Mark Harrington

Mark Harrington was introduced to the abortion issue by his wife’s experience answering a pregnancy care hotline in Columbus, Ohio. That and seeing aborted baby pictures convinced him that his OSU Marketing Degree and experience recruiting, training and managing people for the fast food industry could be better used confronting the child-killing industry. After 20 years of full-time pro-life work, he started “Created Equal” to recruit, train and lead high school and college students to raise abortion awareness in Ohio, neighboring states, and beyond. [www.createdequal.org]

Mark modeled the 1960s’ Freedom Rides where black and white, men and women, boarded buses together to expose racism throughout the South. The Created Equal Justice Rides transform students from across the nation into a family of preborn defenders. Similar to the Freedom Riders, they focus America’s attention on the injustice that permits the killing of baby humans at all stages of gestation-and even after birth.

Mark will describe the exciting accomplishments of Created Equal and update us on Ohio’s “Heartbeat Law” that is on the fast-track for Governor DeWine’s signature in the next two weeks.

CAMPUS OUTREACH

Student comment: I want to thank you for coming out to the University at Buffalo on April 27th. I’ll have you know I was on the fence about this topic, believing it should be a choice, but you made me think about what that really meant. I am now Pro-Life and stand 100% with you. Abortion is a horrible thing. Thanks for doing what you do!

Justice Ride at University of Florida

Mark will be the keynote speaker for Sunday’s “40 Days for Life” CLOSING Rally, at the Kettering Ohio killing center that has been operated for 40 years by Martin Haskel. He has lost a final appeal for waiver of a Transfer Agreement Requirement so this may be the ultimate CLOSING RALLY.

Rally begins at 2:00pm; 1401 E Stroop Rd. Come join the party.

April 2, 2019 – Stephen Peale

Stephen Beale is a freelance writer based in Providence, Rhode Island. Raised as an evangelical Protestant, he is a convert to Catholicism. He has appeared on Fox News, C-SPAN and the Today Show and his writing has been published in the Washington Times, Providence Journal, the National Catholic Register and on MSNBC.com and ABCNews.com. He graduated from Brown University in 2004 with a degree in classics and history. His areas of interest include Eastern Christianity, Marian and Eucharistic theology, medieval history, and the saints. He welcomes tips, suggestions, and any other feedback at bealenews@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/StephenBeale1

Bible scholars have long seen premonitions of the NT in the OT.
That is certainly true of the very beginning of the NT with the Angel Gabriel’s appearance to Mary with the startling Announcement that God had chosen her to be the Mother of His God-Son–THE greatest event in human history that we celebrated 8 days ago. Behind the Annunciation stand several familiar Old Testament figures like Eve, Sarah, and Hannah. But there is another set of hidden figures who foreshadow Mary’s encounter with the angel. They include a warrior judge, an assassin widow, and a runaway slave.

Stephen will expound on these “hidden” stories today on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America.” https://catholicexchange.com/the-old-testament-figures-hidden-behind-the-annunciation

He can only be with us for 25 minutes, so we have a Baseball Season Opener Double Header with one of our favorite Guests–Nurse Nancy Valko. Nancy recently engaged the the Maryland State Legislature’s effort to pass legislation that would hasten death to our vulnerable brothers and sisters. Nice words like “compassionate choice” are used to camouflage first degree murder. She is like Gabriel–an Angel of life and light in our modern world.

What might our Bishops learn from Mary’s Fiat that could assist them in steering the Barque of Peter in the right direction?

March 26, 2019 – Matthew Hoffman

There has been considerable demand from the laity for excommunication of priests and bishops (including cardinals) who have sexually abused minors and young adult men. Excommunication and/or denial of Holy Communion has also been sought for Catholic public officials and legislators who support abortion. Some bishops have used denial of Holy Communion as a sanction against some Catholic legislators. Other Church officials claim these sanctions are counterproductive.

In several recent Radio Maria programs, Matthew Cullinan Hoffman has expressed his views on important topics that deal with the chaos and crisis in the Church and culture. His translations of Peter Damian’s 11th Century Book of Gomorrah and the 1917 Code of Canon Law from Latin to English has given Matthew some perspective on how Canon Law, first codified in 1917 and revised in 1985, could be used to sanction Catholics whose public behavior is blatantly inconsistent with Catholic teachings.

Some questions for Matthew:
1917 seems rather late in Church history to be having a first “Code of Canon Law.” What did the Church use to govern itself during the first 1900 years?
Would you consider Peter Damian’s Book of Gomorrah a preliminary Canon Law?
Does your translation of the 1917 Code differ notably from other translations?
Does the current Code differ importantly from the original, and why?
Why are the bishops hesitant to confront with every tool at their disposal the torture and murder of innocent children (and others) in our medical/legal/cultural milieu?
Archbishop Romero consistently spoke against the regime of torture and murder of the poor in El Salvador knowing that he was sealing his fate; knowing that protecting his flock was his job/vocation/calling.

Did any German Catholic bishops confront the Nazis extermination regime? Will the US bishops find their voice and pen to consistently and forcefully challenge a government, culture and a major political party that proudly supports child dismemberment?

When will the Church of Jesus Christ use every available tool to confront the ever-growing evils that define our history as a nation?

Please, Lord Jesus, come! Give us the courage and Graces to right the ship and humanize and divinize America.

I believe that Matthew Hoffman can sharpen our tools today.

March 5, 2019 – Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

Matthew Cullinan Hoffman is an essayist, journalist, and author whose articles have appeared in numerous publications worldwide, both secular and Catholic, including the Wall Street Journal, London
Sunday Times, Detroit News, New York Daily News, LifeSiteNews, Catholic World Report, Crisis Magazine, and the National Catholic Register. He is the translator and author of The Book of Gomorrah
and St. Peter Damian’s Struggle Against Ecclesiastical Corruption(2015). He holds an M.A. in Philosophy from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, where he is certified for academic competency in five foreign languages. He currently resides in Mexico, and does specialized coverage of Latin America for LifeSiteNews and other publications.

Matthew was our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” for two Tuesdays in January. In those programs he made a connection between the sodomy of the laity (acceptance of contraception-heterosexual sodomy) and the homosexual sodomy of the clergy which he had written about as a Life Site News blog: https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/perverse-pact-between-homosexual-priests-andcontracepting-laity-lies-at-he .

In those programs we focused on the Catholic Churches implicit support for contraception and homosexual sodomy, evidenced by failure of the clergy to preach and teach the intrinsic evil of
heterosexual and homosexual sodomy AND the “sense of the faithful” that these sodomies are not immoral based on PEW surveys over several years.

Joining this sodomitic “pact” between the laity and the clergy was a concurrent radical change in the Liturgy from the Traditional Latin Mass (that had developed slowly and minimally for 500 years) to the great variety of New Masses labeled together as the “Novus Ordo Rite.” These New Masses were force fed to Catholics world-wide with rare explanation as to why the changes were necessary. They certainly were not consistent with the intentions of the VCII documents. These changes in the Liturgy occurred shortly after VCII and the Birth Control Pill’s inauguration of the 1960s sexual revolution.

Thus the sodomy of the laity of the clergy, with the erosion of the Liturgy, formed a triple tsunami that continues to rip the Church and culture to pieces.

Today we want Matthew to share his insights on recent events including:

* AB Vigano’s (3) public testimonies;
* Cardinal Brandmueller’s Manifesto;
* Pope Francis’ Synod of Bishop’s Conference Presidents and its failure to identify the homosexual underpinnings of clerical abuse;
* Francis’ closing remarks insisting the sex scandals are due to clericalism, pedophilia, and misuse of power; and side-tracking to unrelated issues;
* Dubia Cardinals response to the Synod;
* Soviet efforts to infiltrate the Church with Communist seminarians to be ordained to destroy the Church from within, with the assistance of Ted McCarrick and others;
* Knowledge of Ted’s US Government involvement while AB of WDC, traveling worldwide as a member of multiple commissions, etc.
* Translation of Annibale Bugnini: Reformer of the
Liturgy

February 26, 2019 – Nancy Valco

Nancy Valko is and has been a sterling example of a truly professional health care provider serving in virtually every “critical care” area for 45 years. She has been our Guest on this “Quest for a Culture of Life in America” many times.

On this week’s program she will address three very important topics that have to do with health care near the End of Life”-a condition we will likely face:

1. The Sales Pitch Every communication medium depends on advertising to support their operation. This is also true if one is pitching a health care option, even near the end of life: hospital, home care, nursing home, hospice, palliative care, etc. Nancy will discuss the terminology used by those who would like to have you die for various reasons, money being the most controlling factor. If you have good insurance coverage, you may be a candidate for many tests and/or surgeries that may not extend your life, or improve your quality of life. If you are unable to pay for necessary treatments your life may be shortened by a variety of medical techniques. Nancy reviews Katy Butler’s Knocking on Heaven’s Door which was recently featured in the wall Street Journal article “Preparing for a Good End of Life.” [https://www.wsj.com/articles/preparing-for-a-good-end-of-life-11549643346?mo]

Nancy cautions against “Living Wills” which may not anticipate your particular EOL situation in favor of a trusted “Power of Attorney for Health Care.”

2. Roe v. Wade’s Disastrous Impact on Medical Ethics How could the 1973 RvW decision be affecting health care 46 years later? The simple answer is that RvW diminished the right to life for all of us, small or big, healthy or impaired, rich or poor. It was the top of a slippery slope that is still slipping. [National Right to Life News January 2019 issue “The Consequences of Roe v Wade on page 8.]

3. This doctor makes house calls to the terminal ill Dr Gene Dorio practices geriatric medicine by visiting his patients wherever they may be, whether that be a hospital, nursing home, hospice or their home. He often finds his patients in the wrong environment for their health care needs and has them moved to the appropriate facility. He writes what he calls “Doctor’s Diary: Snippets from the frontline.” [https://scvphysicianreport.com/2019/02/21/doctors-diary-february-21-2019-they-prey-on-medicalignorance/ ]

[https://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-lopez-doctor-dorio-hospice-palliative-care-20190223- story.html#nws=mcnewsletter]

He has written about hospitals “shuffling elder seniors into hospice at a rapid rate because it is profitable,” both for the hospice agencies and for hospitals that want to get rid of patients who have hit Medicare reimbursement caps. Dorio said he has seen a huge explosion in the number of hospice agencies in the last several years, and he’s a big supporter of this option for those with terminal illnesses who choose not to be subjected to invasive life-extending procedures and don’t want to die in a hospital. But he thinks too many patients are directed into hospice too soon and stay there too long.

February 19, 2019 – Prof Stephen Baskerville

Stephen Baskerville is Professor of Government at Patrick Henry College and Research Fellow at the Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society, the Independent Institute, and the Inter-American Institute. He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and attends an Evangelical parish in Virginia. His most recent book The New Politics of Sex: The Sexual revolution, Civil Liberties and the Growth of Governmental Power is published by Angelico Press—https://angelicopress.org/product/the-new-politics-of-sex/.

Dr Baskerville’s research and the resulting New Politics of Sex makes a strong case for the out-of-control growth of government having been caused by the Sexual Revolution that more-or-less began 60 years ago. Think of all the growth that has come from no-fault divorce laws-lawyers who specialize in divorce, child support, foster care, protection orders, visitation rights and schedules, mediation and property distribution. The list goes on-and-on.

Today that Revolution is centered on the ideologies of gender, homosexuality, extreme feminism, and LGBTism all receiving full support from the media, academia, and complicated legislation that attempts to satisfy the demands for proper pronoun usage, acceptance of transgender bathroom use, and health insurance to cover gender change “meds” and surgeries.

How did we get here and how do we return to sanity? How do we confront new sex education programs being forced on children often without public knowledge?

How has sex been criminalized by broader definitions of rape, sexual harassment, domestic violence, child abuse, and even bullying?

How has “the Church”-all denominations-responded to these challenges to the nuclear family?

Professor Baskerville sees the need for a renewal of teaching and preaching on the Judeo-Christian morals that were the foundation of our country’s culture and laws. He also sees the need for organizations that recognize common problems that the government tries to solve with more laws, institutions, money, and personnel.

February 12, 2019 – Avery Cardinal Dulles

That God is Truly, Really and Substantially with us in body, blood, soul, and divinity is amazing, wonderful and mysterious! That is the doctrine of the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist: that is what we believe as Catholics because that is what Jesus said.

Cardinal Dulles died at age 90 in 2008. He was named Cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 2001 by virtue of a long and distinguished service as an academic theologian at a variety of institutions.

I have asked Jeremy Priest to sift through Cardinal Dulles’ lecture from April 15, 2005, “Christ’s Presence in the Eucharist: True, Real and Substantial” and offer further explanation for what can never be completely understood. Jeremy is Director of the Worship Office for the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan. He has broad academic and parish pastoral experience and I am very pleased to have his help in bringing the reality of the Eucharist to our minds. The key idea/reality is that the consecrated species of bread and wine do not seem different according to our senses, but they have really and truly been changed in their substance. They are no longer bread and wine but body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus.

For homework, please read the lecture at https://adoremus.org/2005/04/15/Christs-Presence-in-the-Eucharist/

In recent times, appreciation for the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist has dramatically increased the number of parishes that offer Eucharistic Adoration for some hours during the week. These opportunities to be present with Jesus for prayer and meditation are proving to be especially attractive to young adults and their families.

February 5, 2019 – Dr. Paul Byrne

Dear Radio Maria and One More Soul Friends,

Dr Paul Byrne is a retired Toledo Neonatologist and expert on “brain death” who has been our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” many times describing his efforts to save children and adults from California to Canada to England. We have a great deal to learn from Dr Paul about how to deal with a possible similar situation that may occur with a family member.

Today, the good doctor will share his current efforts to save three patients:

* A 91 y-o lady in St Louis;
* A 31 y-o man who overdosed on New Year’s Eve and is being denied food and water in Tucson AZ; and
* A beautiful 4 month-old Canadian girl, 8th child, breech delivery, ruptured uterus, on and off the ventilator.

January 29, 2019 – Joe Pronechen & Kevin McCarthy

Joe is a prolific and long-time National Catholic Register staff writer with whom I feel a kinship. He writes, and I interview him on subjects that intrigue both of us and hopefully interest our readers and listeners. On October 5, 2015, we talked about three articles he did on parishes that were booming in part because their Liturgies were reverent, beautiful, and included the TLM or retained important TLM elements in their Novus Ordo Masses.

On July 8th of last year, we talked about the Holy League and the Coast to Coast Rosary international movement that started in Poland (I think) and was copied here in the good old USA.

PART I Please join Joe and me on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” to learn about Mary’s 1980 apparitions to Bernardo Martinez, a simple church sacristan in Cuapa Nicaragua. These apparitions were approved by Nicaraguan bishops in part because of their semblance to Mary’s Fatima apparitions. I want to ask Joe:
* How are these apparitions similar to Fatima? Was there a great miracle?
* Who is Bernardo Martinez? Is he alive? What does he do?
* What did Mary request at Cuapa that repeat her Fatima pleadings? Anything about consecrating Russia?
* Did she teach or request anything new?

PART II Kevin McCarthy is an attorney (J.D.) and theologian (S.T.L.) in Indianapolis with a 15-year history of promoting devotion to Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin, who appeared to Precious Blood Sister Mary Mildred Ephrem in northern Indiana and Ohio. Kevin has been working with various US bishops to have Our Lady of America’s statue processed by the bishops into the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in WDC as she requested in 1959, 60 years ago. Mary promised that when that happens, more graces would come to the USA than have come from Lourdes and Fatima, not in the form of physical healings, but healings of the soul. Since she came specifically to promote purity, we should expect a resurgence in modest dress, chaste behavior, drastically reduced access to, and interest in, pornography and obscenity. I want to ask Kevin:
* What stirred your interest in OLoA?
* Are these apparitions “approved?”
* How are the OLoA apparitions and requests similar to Her Fatima messages?
* Any mention of Russia?
* Will the current sexual deviancy in the clergy and in the laity stir the bishops to act NOW?

January 22, 2019 – Joe Pronechen

Joe is a prolific and long-time National Catholic Reporter staff writer with whom I feel a kinship. He writes, and I interview him, on subjects that intrigue both of us and hopefully interest our readers and listeners. On October 5, 2015, we talked about three articles he did on parishes that were booming in part because their Liturgies were reverent, beautiful, and included the TLM or retained important TLM elements in their Novus Ordo Masses.

On July 8th of last year, we talked about the Holy League and the
Coast to Coast Rosary international movement that started in Poland (I think) and was copied here in the good old USA.

PART I Please join Joe and me on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” to learn about Mary’s 1980 apparitions to Bernardo Martinez, a simple church sacristan in Cuapa Nicaragua. These apparitions were approved by Nicaraguan bishops in part because of their semblance to Mary’s Fatima apparitions. I want to ask Joe:
* How are these apparitions similar to Fatima? Was there a great miracle?
* Who is Bernardo Martinez? Is he alive? What does he do?
* What did Mary request at Cuapa that repeat her Fatima pleadings?
* Did she teach or request anything new?

PART II Semi-retired critical care nurse Nancy Valko, RN, has been a regular Guest on the Quest. Today she joins us following a week of Marches for Life and a multitude of pro-life events nation-wide to reflect on the infamous Roe vs Wade decision’s impact on Medical Ethics. Her personal life experiences saw the immediate splitting of the medical profession into two fundamentally different factions-those who want to protect and heal vs those who want to hasten death for the handicapped and vulnerable. This split in the medical profession has been personally evident in Nancy’s family with these life issues:
* Abortion and Infanticide
* Discrimination against people with disabilities
* The “right to die”
* The obligation to die
* Physician-assisted suicide
* Suicide contagion
* Euthanasia

January 15, 2019 – Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

Matthew Cullinan Hoffman is an essayist, journalist, and author whose articles have appeared in numerous publications worldwide, both secular and Catholic, including the Wall Street Journal, London Sunday Times, Detroit News, New York Daily News, LifeSiteNews, Catholic World Report, Crisis Magazine, and the National Catholic Register. He is the translator and author of The Book of Gomorrah and St. Peter Damian’s Struggle Against Ecclesiastical Corruption (2015). He holds an M.A. in Philosophy from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, where he is certified for academic competency in five foreign languages. He currently resides in Mexico, and does specialized coverage of Latin America for LifeSite and other publications.

Today’s “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” continues last week’s conversation with Matthew Hoffman based on his Life Site News blog https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/perverse-pact-between-homosexual-priests-and-contracepting-laity-lies-at-he where we focused on the Catholic Churches implicit support for contraception and homosexual sodomy. That support is evidenced by failure of the clergy to preach and teach the intrinsic evil of heterosexual and homosexual sodomy AND the “sense of the faithful” that these sodomies are not immoral based on PEW surveys over several years.

The Mass changed radically from the universal Traditional Latin Mass to a great variety of New Masses labeled together as the “Novus Ordo Rite.” These changes in the Liturgy occurred shortly after VCII and the Birth Control Pill’s inauguration of the sexual revolution of the 1960s.

Today we want Matthew to explain how:
* These Liturgical changes were a “decline in the liturgy?”
* Why they dovetail with the sexual revolution?
* What did Cardinal Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI, say about these changes?
* What did he do to try to correct the situation?
* How are “the trite and breezy hymns, the reception of communion in the hand by the laity, the worldly architecture, all are alien to the traditions of the Church, and all tend to undermine the sense of reverence in the liturgy.”
* What effect did the combination of Sexual Revolution and Liturgical Revolution have on the Catholic Church?
* How can the Church reverse the sexual and liturgical chaos that strains and confuses laity and clergy?

I am very much looking forward to Matthew deepening our understanding of the deep roots of the clerical homosexual behavior and the acceptance of homosexual behavior, including same-sex “marriage,” by large percentages of Catholics.

We will also talk about his 2015 translation of Peter Damian’s Book of Gommorah including Matthew’s accounting of the long list of popes, most of them evil, who reigned during Damian’s life covering most of the 11th Century., and the common existence of both hetero- and homo-sexual clerical behavior during that time.

January 8, 2019 – Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

Matthew Cullinan Hoffman is an essayist, journalist, and author whose articles have appeared in numerous publications worldwide, both secular and Catholic, including the Wall Street Journal, London Sunday Times, Detroit News, New York Daily News, LifeSiteNews, Catholic World Report, Crisis Magazine, and the National Catholic Register. He is the translator and author of The Book of Gomorrah and St. Peter Damian’s Struggle Against Ecclesiastical Corruption (2015). He holds an M.A. in Philosophy from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, where he is certified for academic competency in five foreign languages. He currently resides in Mexico, and does specialized coverage of Latin America for LifeSite and other publications.

In his 19 December 2018 blog, Matthew makes a startling statement: “virtually all of the sexually-active members of the [typical] parish are themselves involved in the sin of sodomy.” The evidence for this statement is that in the history of the Church, the definition of “sodomy” has included contraception. He sees the common use of contraception as supportive of homosexual sodomy and leading to the survey results that “less than a third of Catholics told the Pew Research Center that homosexual behavior is ‘morally wrong,’ and even among those who attend Mass every Sunday, only 50% held that view.”

He also believes that the acceptance of contraception is the foundation of the entire sexual revolution, including cohabitation, abortion and homosexual sodomy.

Matthew further asserts that the prevalent contraceptive mentality not only increases acceptance of homosexual behaviors in the clergy but also supports the decline of the liturgy that occurred at the same time as explosion of contraceptive practice among Catholics. He asserts that the massive liturgical changes that came about in 1969-1970-soon after Humanae Vitae was published-were consequential to the massive contraception acceptance that followed FDA approval of the birth control pill.

You can read Matthew’s entire blog at: https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/perverse-pact-between-homosexual-priests-and-contracepting-laity-lies-at-he

I am very much looking forward to Matthew deepening our understanding of the deep roots of the clerical homosexual behavior and the acceptance of homosexual behavior, including same-sex “marriage,” by large percentages of Catholics.

We will also talk about his 2015 translation of Peter Damian’s Book of Gomorrah including Matthew’s accounting of the long list of popes, most of them evil, who reigned during Damian’s life covering most of the 11th Century., and the common existence of both hetero- and homo-sexual clerical behavior during that time.

July 24, 2018

Today is the vigil of the 50th Anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s publishing of Humanae Vitae, arguably the most controversial encyclical in Church history. Why is it controversial when it merely reconfirms the 20-Century Church teaching that contraception (against the beginning of human life) is intrinsically evil and never to be used for any reason.

It is controversial because it goes against the most recent half-century cultural understanding that having sex without fear of a baby is the norm, married or not, teenager or premenopausal, and everyone in between. That is why dozens of contraption methods are readily available and abortion is legally and medically approved for any reason at almost any gestational age.

Another controversy rarely mentioned is Humanae Vitae’s contradictory endorsement of “Catholic birth control” (“natural” family planning–NFP) with a simultaneous (though weak) praise for Supernatural Family Planning–God’s infinitely superior plan. How can the Church condemn all forms of contraception but give a pass to NFP?

Anne Cherney and Richard, her husband-to-be, decided to accept all the children God chose to send them. They ended up with 10, plus 10 sons- and daughters-in-law and 40 grandchildren and raucous family gatherings. What a deal!!

While raising their family, Anne had the idea of writing a book with the title suggested by her mentor, venerable Fr John Hardon, SJ, “The only Catholic birth control is supernatural family planning.”

Today, Anne will be reviewing Chapter IV, “NFP?” from Supernatural Family Planning, the Original Method on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America.”

July 17, 2018

Christopher Carstens is Director of the Office for Sacred Worship in the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin, a visiting faculty member at Mundelein Seminary and the Liturgical Institute at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois, and editor of the Adoremus Bulletin. Along with Father Douglas Martis, Christopher is the co-author of Mystical Body, Mystical Voice: Encountering Christ in the Words of the Mass (Liturgy Training Publications). He lives in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, with his wife and eight children.

It seems to me that there is a strong relationship between culture and liturgy based on the rapid changes that occurred in both during the 20th century, especially during the concurrent so-called sexual revolution and VCII and following. I’m hoping Chris Carstens will give us a better understanding of how this might be true.

Questions:
Adoremus-Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy was established in June 1995 to promote authentic reform of the Liturgy of the Roman Rite in accordance with the Second Vatican Council’s decree on the Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium. What is Adoremus? What do you and your members do?
Liturgy of the Roman Rite? NO and EF? Others?

I remember my priest uncles attending liturgy conferences in the 1940s and 50s. Father Ed the eldest was especially interested in promoting congregation singing. What sort of liturgical reform was being pushed before VCII? Is there a history of liturgical changes that were taking place?

Was there a significant movement that sought change-even radical change? What did the reformers want?

What did the Second Vatican Council’s decree on the Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Conciliumseek to change?

From SC: 10. Nevertheless, the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time, it is the font from which all her power flows. For the aim and object of apostolic works is that all who are made sons of God by faith and baptism should come together to praise God in the midst of His Church, to take part in the sacrifice, and to eat the Lord’s supper.

This is often expressed as: The Mass/liturgy is the source and summit of the Christian faith. What does that mean?

The Mass changed radically and rapidly? Why? When? The Church changed similarly in terms of the numbers of sisters, priests, schools, seminarians, etc. What was cause and what was effect??

The great sexual revolution happened about the same time, or did it preface/cause the changes in Church and Liturgy?

Did the Church and Culture change roles in terms of which was influencing the other? Did the Church surrender her role of being a “sign of contradiction?”

It is now 55 years since SC/VCII and 50 years since Humanae Vitae. The sexual revolution has not abated it seems. Instead, it may have accelerated with a continuing trend to make legal any immoral activities which cannot be controlled. We kill innocent people legally with healthcare support in several ways. The Church is mostly silent. Has the “source” dried up? Has the “summit” blown off like a volcano?

The Latin Mass was THE Mass one would experience wherever they went in the world, supposedly. Was that really true? Is that a worthy goal?
Is the barque of Peter capsizing?

Who are all the actors/players in the complex depiction of the Mass at the Adoremus website.
What direction should liturgy be taking/going? Who is leading? Is the American Church listening to Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect for Divine Worship and discipline of the Sacraments? Who? Adoremus? Bishops?

July 10, 2018

Joe is the prolific and long-time National Catholic Reporter writer with whom I feel a kinship. He writes and I interview on subjects that intrigue us and hopefully interest our readers and listeners. On October 5, 2015, we talked about three articles he did on parishes that were booming in part because their Liturgies were reverent and beautiful.

Today we will talk about the Holy League and the Coast to Coast Rosary international movement that started in Poland (I think) and is catching fire here in the good old USA. Why the Rosary? Why “Coast to Coast”? Why NOW? What is the history? What will you and I do? Lots of questions; here are more:
What is the history of the Holy League (1571)?
What is the modern version of the Holy League (HL)?
The HL of 1571 was sort of a “league of nations” engaged in (or prepared for) huge naval battles with hundreds of ships on each side and thousands of infantrymen so they must have fought on land as well as the sea. Is the modern HL advocating a sea and land battle?
Who are the combatants? What is the War Plan?
The “clarion call” to battle is spoken of as a “homily.” By whom? When? Where?
Why now? Why a 54 day Rosary?
Apparently it was a “Coast to Coast Rosary” in Poland that sparked similar events in other countries that is now being ignited the in the USA. What was going on in Poland in 2017 that started this international movement?
I’m familiar with the Russian Communist’s take over of Poland during the cold war (1980s) and how Father Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko ‘s Masses for the Homeland homilies stirred a unified national effort that led to his martyrdom and dethroned the communist puppet government without a shot being fired. How are the Holy League and Coast to Coast Rosary Rallies in the USA similar? Culture gone off the rails? Church leaders confused about Church teaching?
This movement seems to be catching on. What is driving it? Continued depopulation of the country by abortion and contraception moving the Total Fertility rate for the average American woman to 1.76 children? No longer trusting in God?

July 3, 2018

E Christian Brugger, PhD, is a Senior Research Fellow of Ethics at the Culture of Life Foundation in Washington, D.C. He was the Dean of the School of Philosophy and Theology at the University of Notre Dame Australia, and before that the J. Francis Cardinal Stafford Professor of Moral Theology at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver. He has a Master’s degrees in moral theology and moral philosophy from Seton Hall, Harvard and Oxford Universities, and a Ph.D. in Christian ethics from Oxford. He publishes in bioethics, sexual ethics, natural law theory, and Catholic Social Teaching.

His May 15 article in the National Catholic register, “The ‘Miracle Boy’ and Problems With the Brain-Death Diagnosis” centers on 13 year-old Trenton McKinley’s brain death diagnosis and his now almost complete recovery which began just before his organs were about to be “harvested.” Trenton’s experience is not unique and once again raises serious questions about the legitimacy of “brain death” (BD). I’ve asked Dr Brugger to help us understand the BD issues by answering questions like the following:
What happened to Trenton?
Jahi McMath has been BD since 2013 in CA but just truly died about a week ago after being alive in NJ for 5 years. Please briefly tell us her story of dying twice.
What is BD? How does it occur? How diagnosed?
Please describe the differences: sleep, coma, vegetative state, brain death, near death experience, true death.
How do we know (can we?) when the soul has left the body? Does the soul leave partially as cells die off? Do the cells of functioning vital organs have to die–lose their souls–for the body to be truly dead? Can the soul (life giving principle) leave and return as in “near-death” experiences?
You state:
“Death is the definitive separation of the spiritual soul from the material body, not just a temporary separation, as seems to be the case in so-called “near-death” experiences. This causes the body to lose irretrievably the integrative functioning proper to a living organism.” What is this “integrative function” that is considered to be necessary for life? Is it the soul?
It seems that the BD supporters have assigned this “integrative function” (or soul) exclusively to the brain. A special part of the brain?
What about the brain’s “plasticity” enabling transfer of functions within the brain? Or even outside the brain to other nerve cells in the spinal cord, or vital organs?
Has a beheaded chicken hopping around and squirting blood lost its soul? Its “integrating function?”
Trenton was declared BD but by his recovery (like many others) demonstrated that he was not in fact DEAD! How often does this need to happen before the medical/ethical/theological/legal professions put a halt or moratorium on BD diagnosis?
What does the Catholic Church say about BD?
What should the faithful Catholic family do when faced with a Trenton or Jahi, or similar family member, situation that may include an Organ Procurement Organizations’ representatives hovering over them like vultures with a supporting cast of EMTs, hospital chaplains, and medical professionals?
In your final paragraph you state:”The conversation about whether brain death rightly diagnosed constitutes human death needs to make its way from the heady journals of medicine and bioethics to the pews.” HOW?
How is organ donation/procurement/harvesting related to and dependent on BD?

June 26, 2018

I keep asking why our country continues to legally kill innocent human beings in their mother’s wombs. And why do we as a nation, a government and a Church continue to respect unjust laws? I usually ask lawyers and legislators. This week I am asking Professor Nicholas Higgins, PhD, Assistant Professor of Politics at Regent University, where he has taught courses on Constitutional Law, Congress, the Presidency and the Judiciary.

These are questions I would like Professor Higgins to address:
* What is “Political Theory”?
* How should religion influence politics?
* The average American woman is birthing 1.75 children in her lifetime. That compares with 7 in 1800, when children were considered blessings, and there was no reliable birth control. The culture seems to have adapted to the small family norm. Is this a good development?
* Killing innocent people with or without legal protection is unjust. Why do lawyers respect unjust laws?
* The Constitution purports to include checks and balances on the three branches of government. How is the SCOTUS checked?
* Joshua Craddock’s article “Protecting Prenatal Persons: Does the Fourteenth Amendment Prohibit Abortion?” in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol 40, Issue 2, proves that all legal, medical and popular dictionaries in use at the time of the 14th Amendment’s passage defined “person” as a human being from conception. This critical information was overlooked by the 1973 SCOTUS. How can it now be used to annul the RvW and DvB decisions?
* Similarly, the medical community is unanimous in recognizing that human life begins at conception with the single cell zygote being the very first stage of human development. How can this information now be used to invalidate legalized abortion?
* You have shown that the POTUS has the power to pardon himself. Does he have the power to padlock every abortion business in America, with a little help from the national guard or some other enforcement agency? Many presidents took bold steps to protect life, liberty and property:
o Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation leading to the Civil War and freeing of slaves
o Truman authorizing nuclear bombs to end WWII
o Kennedy’s challenge to Russian missiles in Cuba
o Johnson’s use of federal troops to protect civil rights marchers and AA children’s entry to white schools.

Dr. Nicholas Higgins is married to Anita, is the father of five children, and holds a PhD from the University of North Texas and an MA from University of Dallas. He refers to himself as a “small c” Catholic-Presbyterian!

June 19, 2018

Father Richard (Rick) Hielman is a very energetic priest for the Diocese of Madison WI. He has been our Guest on the “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” several times, though not recently. I appreciate the opportunity to catch up with him this week when he will expound on:

* Why Catholic women who attend Mass more than once per week are suicide-proof, and what are the implications for all of us
* How President Ronald Reagan’s cold-war motto-Peace Through Strength-translates into the life of a priest-a reflection on Fr Rick’s 30-year priesthood
* Spiritual Warfare-What is it?-Why needed now?

Sunday afternoon I celebrated Fathers Day by spending 2 ½ hours at the National Museum of the USAF on Wright-Patterson AFB near the birthplace of aviation-Dayton, OH. With my wife, children, grandchildren and s-i-l’s parents we were fascinated by the power, complexity, achievement and cost of the weapons that have kept us free for a century, without warfare on our own country, except for Pearl Harbor.

Father Rick’s blog (Roman Catholic Man.com) is a rich source of inspiration and information directed primarily at helping men be real men-prepared to “Go In” wherever danger lurks for comrades, families and others-danger to their bodies and-more importantly-their souls. Father Rick challenges all of us, including fellow priests and bishops, to be armed, ready and brave in speaking the Truth in season and out of season.

June 12, 2018

Nurse Nancy is no stranger to “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” Radio Maria listeners and I am very happy to welcome her back today to talk about one of the thorniest bioethics issues being faced today in medicine, philosophy and theology. The legitimacy of “brain death” being true death is being seriously questioned by world renowned authorities with many specialties. These questions are succinctly described by Dr E Christian Bruggger, PhD, in “The ‘Miracle Boy’ and Problems with the Brain-Death Diagnosis” in the National Catholic Register, 5/15/2018.

The basic problem (REALLY BASIC) is that there are many cases of persons who have been declared legally dead by a “brain dead” diagnosis coming back to life-many still alive today after varying lengths of time being “brain dead.” It really seems to me to be a “no-brainer”-“brain death” is NOT TRUE DEATH!!

What does Nurse Nancy have to say based on 40+ years working with patients who had serious life-threatening injuries, or were otherwise on the brink of death. My questions for Nancy are:

* Please share your experiences caring for “brain dead” patients:
o Ones who really died;
o Those who recovered to varying degrees, and times;
o Any who were sacrificed for their organs; and
o Others.

* What do our listeners need to know about the medical, legal, ethical, theological slants on “brain death” so they can morally guide the care of their loved ones?

* What do you foresee as the future of “brain death” diagnosis and resultant organ/tissue donation?

June 5, 2018

Stephen Beale is a freelance writer and convert to Catholicism. He has appeared on Fox News, C-SPAN and the Today Show and his writing has been published in the Washington Times, Providence Journal, the National Catholic Register and on MSNBC.com and ABCNews.com.

I was particularly intrigued by Stephen’s article on Catholic Exchange, The Hidden Reason We Adore the Sacred Heart for a few reasons: a) I had never paid much attention to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, or Mary, and I wondered if and why I should; b) this coming Friday and Saturday, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary; and c) I wondered what if anything such devotion or adoration could contribute to the Culture of Life.

Here are some questions I hope Stephen can answer for us:

* So what are the common reasons that people adore the Sacred Heart of Jesus (SHoJ)?
* What reason/s have been “hidden” and how/where did you find them?
* There is a beautiful picture of Jesus with His heart artistically displayed with your article. Please describe the art and the symbolism. What is the artist communicating about the SHoJ?
* Beneath the picture is the sentence, “The devotion that Catholics have cultivated to the SHoJ is fitting for several reasons.” How are “devotion” and “adore” different? “Devotion” suggests some liturgical communal event to me, whereas “adore” suggests a more private event/behavior. Are there “devotions” to the SHoJ? What are they?
* How does one “adore” the SHoJ?
* Do other religious traditions encourage devotion to the SHoJ? If yes, what? If no, why not?
* The Church will celebrate the Solemnity of the SHoJ this coming Friday, and on the next day, the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It makes sense that these two liturgies would be close together since their two hearts have been together since the Incarnation/Conception of Jesus-His taking a human nature. Since then, they have been inseparable. Well, maybe except for the time between the Ascension and the Assumption. The liturgists must know what they are doing. Any comment?
* The heart is obviously very important to life and to our bodies. Why does it also have primacy in our devotional/religious life? Why not the brain, or lungs, or the senses, or our procreation organs? Does the heart have special significance in Jewish tradition?
* Dare I ask if the soul is in the heart? Or the brain, or scattered throughout the body to every living cell?
* The medical condition of “brain death” can be determined even though the heart is still beating and the lungs still breathing. How can that be? The Bible refers to “heart” and “hearts” a total of 861 times. The only Eucharistic miracles I know of have human blood or human heart muscle. God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit must consider the Heart to be of great importance. Comment?
* Why is fire associated with the heart? How is fire representative of God?
* In thinking of this God-fire connection I thought of the magic and mystery and fascination of camp fires. They never grow old; there is always a tendency to add another log, reflect, communicate with family, friends-God. Maybe the smoke, sparks and flames rising to the Heavens are a little like candles and incense in Church. Are you a campfire addict?
* From your article: “In both the psalm and Jeremiah the speakers attempt to repress the fire. Both fail to do so. Here, the analogy of fire serves to explain why: just as fire cannot be contained but spreads and rises upwards, so also the desire for God overtakes both men.” The lava shooting up and flowing out of the ground from the Hawaii volcano is beautiful but also terrifying because of its destructive power and man’s inability to control it. Forest fires are similar, but ultimately controllable. Are they symbolic of God’s uncontrollable and unlimitable love for us?
* German Cardinal Woelki recently spoke against the practice of some other German prelates offering the Eucharist to non-Catholics. He spoke of the universal Church being the Mystical Body of Christ with a common “Deposit of Faith.” He also encouraged those present to “deepen your faith in the Holy Eucharist” which is “the beating heart of the Church.” How would you explain the Holy Eucharist being “the beating heart of the Church?”

May 29 2018

Last week, we explored the issues dealing with the law and the killing of innocent Americans with Professor Brian Scarneccia, Ave Maria Law School. We continue that discussion today with Bob Sullivan, a Hastings Nebraska husband, father, attorney and writer.
I was introduced to Bob by his article in Crisis Magazine “Contraception and the Manipulation of Language.” It is excellent! You can read it: here https://www.crisismagazine.com/2018/manipulation-of-language or on www.onemoresoul.com

It is again a great privilege for me to be able to pick the brain of a solid Catholic attorney on questions we addressed last week. This “Quest for a Culture of Life in America” is looking for an innovative way for ending child killing expeditiously, ie, not waiting for the stupid, un-elected SCOTUS decisions to be overturned and shift the abortion issue to the states, for an interminably long series of state by state decisions.

I want to ask Bob:

* Why lawyers respect unjust “laws”?
* How does the Constitution check and balance the Judicial branch?
* Who could President Trump stop the killing by sending the National Guard or Federal Marshals to close every public child killing institution?–in the manner of Lincoln and other presidents, who for a variety of reasons, took courageous (really, rational and necessary) steps to protect human lives and property, secure rights to education, and civil rights, end WWII, etc.?
* Why is our episcopate by silence complicit in the killing of Americans by abortion (surgical, chemical, early induction, birth control), IVF, ESCR, PAS & E, and brain “death” for vital organ theft, deep sedation with denial of O2, water and food, refusal to treat preemies and others judged to be “futile”?
* Why are these murders going unchallenged by the “pro-life” Movement AND the Church of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary????
* Where are the American versions of Polish Father Jerzy Popieluszko(?) ?

May 22 2018

Professor Scarnecchia’s resume is long and distinguished as a law professor at Ave Maria and at Franciscan U of Steubenville, where he also chaired the Department of Humanities & Catholic Thought.
He is an expert in International Law, Jurisprudence and Bioethics, serves on the Boards of the Population Research Institute, the Society of Catholic Social Scientists and others. He is the author of Bioethics, Law and Human Life Issues: A Catholic Perspective on Marriage, Family, Contraception, Abortion, Reproductive Technology and Death and Dying (Lanham, MD, Scarecrow Press, 2010).

It is a great privilege for me to be able to ask lingering questions of a solid Catholic law school professor. I want to pick his brain on these topics:
The Constitution’s checks and balances for the judiciary–SCOTUS and other federal and state judges;
Alternatives to the long, tedious Roe vs Wade, return to the states, approach for stopping the killing of America’s children;
Expansion of the “Pro-Life Movement” to include concern for other legal ways we kill innocent Americans–IVF, ESCR, PAS & E, brain death for vital organ theft, sedation with denial of O2, water and food, etc;
Collusion among health care, law, political, and religious professions supporting the killing of innocents.

May 15 2018

Dr. Jennifer–“Dr J”–has accepted a very ambitious mission–reversing the “sexual revolution” that cripples all of us in a variety of ways. I just realized that the root word in “revolution” is “evolve,” a verb made famous by a former Oval Office Occupier to describe his transition from understanding marriage to be exclusive to one man and one woman to something revolutionarily different.

Same Gender Marriage and Gender Confusion are the most recent fallout from the Sexual Revolution that Jennifer aims to reverse via “The Ruth Institute”. A quick visit to http://www.ruthinstitute.org will acquaint you with information and programs that will turn the Sexual Revolution 180 degrees.

Questions for Dr J:
Why did you start the Ruth Institute, and why “Ruth”?
Did the Sexual Revolution begin with the Pill in 1960, or Charles Goodyear’s “rubbers” made possible by the vulcanization of rubber in 1839?
What is the Ruth Institute Book Club? How can we join?
How will you create “a mass social movement to end family breakdown, by energizing the Survivors of the Sexual Revolution?”
What support does TRI offer for individuals and families harmed by divorce, the hook-up culture and other forms of family breakdown?
What are the Ruth Refuge and Tell Ruth the Truth blogs for?
Are you aware of the 10 year study of 1000+ couples seriously considering divorce?
Why do you say that “Every child has a right to a relationship with their natural mother and father except for an unavoidable tragedy.”
What is the Healing Family Breakdown Workshop in Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 19? Who SHOULD participate?

May 08 2018

Q. How does a two year-old capture the intense attention of the legal, medical and religious professions world wide?
A. By being murdered in a government hospital for his supposed own good and against the desperate pleas of his parents, his pope and his world-wide army of supporters.

According to God’s plan, that was Alfie’s mission in his short life. It could not have been God’s original plan, but rather the back-up for a culture that had been frustrating His plan since the Garden of Eden.

I am drawn to compare the Alfie murder to the murder of children in the womb, and in particular the visual images of these children that may be necessary to convince us of the horror of abortion. The horror of abortion and the horror of infanticide are not the only horrors that our “system of death” has made normal and acceptable to our Culture of Death which we for some reason cannot grasp the pervasiveness of.

Please expand your vision of the Culture of Death to include murder by IVF, ESCR, PAS and Euthanasia, vital organ transplant by brain death, sedation with denial of oxygen, water and food. Have I missed anything? Is this not the System of Death that the health care profession has sunk to? Where are our leaders of the respected “professions”–lawyers, doctors, clergy , ethicists, judges, legislators presidents? For Alfie, many raised their heads and spoke/pleaded/acted in vain. BUT they ACTED!! We salute them and thank them, especially Pope Francis who stepped up to the plate and hit several home runs–but we still lost the game–this game–the game of Alfie’s life.

Dr Paul Byrne has been trying to save the lives of people like Alfie, Charlie Gard, Israel Stinson, and many others–for decades. Sometimes he succeeds; often not! But he is a warrior and servant for God.

May 1, 2018

Aaron Brake received his MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. He is a speaker and apologist for Life Training Institute, a pro-life organization that prepares presenters for pro-life ministries. He recently published an article titled, “Applying Lincoln’s Logic to the Abortion Debate” which may suggest that President Trump issue an Emancipation Proclamation freeing the pre-born from murder in the womb.

Here are some questions I have for Aaron:

  • What is Life Training Institute? Mission? Who uses your services?
  • Who taught you to convey the pro-life message?
  • Please share some of your techniques/points/messages!
  • Contraception is against the beginning of life; abortion is against the continuation of a life already begun. Does being for-life include being for conception, ie, against contraception–contra- contra-conception?
  • Is contraception included in your presentations?
  • What about other culture approved murder–Embryonic Stem Cell Research, In-vitro Fertilization, Physician Assisted Suicide, etc?
  • Do you recommend using pictures of abortion victims?
  • What do a lot of pro-life presenters not do well?
  • You recently published “Applying Lincoln’s Logic to the Abortion Debate.” What inspired you to compare Lincoln and Slavery to Trump and Abortion?
  • What is the analogy between the issues?
  • Have you considered proposing a Pre-Born Child Emancipation Proclamation for President Trump to consider?
  • How do you see the abortion issue changing in the near future?
  • How will we ever end the child killing?

April 24, 2018

Representative Nino Vitali is a fearless Catholic from Urbana Ohio who is tired of the feckless “incrementalism” that has characterized legislative efforts to end abortion for 45 years. He insists that we must bring the legalized child killing to a screeching halt.

The incremental approach has been the legislative hallmark of the large anti-abortion organizations like National Right to Life and its affiliates, including Ohio RTL. However, in recent years local affiliates like Cleveland RTL and Dayton RTL have abandoned (or been disenfranchised) by National RTL and formed alternative state-wide organizations that support sweeping change by “Life begins at Conception” acts that would recognize human life as persons under the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution.

The National Prolife Alliance has been working for a “Life Begins at Conception Act” in the US House and Senate for years. Here are excerpts from their website .

Life at Conception Act Follows the High Court’s Instructions by Defining When Life Begins (S. 231/H.R. 681 and H.R 586)

Now the time to grovel before the Supreme Court is over. Working from what the Supreme Court ruled in Roe, pro-life lawmakers can pass a Life at Conception Act and end abortion by using the Constitution instead of amending it. A simple majority vote in both houses of Congress is all that is needed to pass a Life at Conception Act as opposed to the two-thirds required to add a Constitutional amendment. When the Supreme Court handed down its now-infamous Roe v. Wade decision, it did so based on a new, previously undefined “right of privacy” which it “discovered” in so-called “emanations” of “penumbrae” of the Constitution. Of course, as constitutional law it was a disaster. But never once did the Supreme Court declare abortion itself to be a Constitutional right. Instead the Supreme Court said:

“We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins… the judiciary at this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer.”

Then the High Court made a key admission:

“If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case [i.e. “Roe” who sought the abortion], of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment.”

That’s exactly what a Life at Conception Act would do. AND it is this Ohio effort by Representative Vitali, along with similar efforts in other states, that will add strength to the national effort.

April 17, 2018

Dr Robert Walley was a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist in the United Kingdom (UK) when the government health network decided that he must perform abortions, change his specialty, stop practicing medicine, or leave the country. Since he loved his profession more than his country, he moved his family to Newfoundland, Canada, where he became a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, at Memorial University of Newfoundland Medical School (1973 – 2003). In 1987 he was appointed a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care (Vatican Ministry) by Pope John Paul II and served on the Council until 2002.

Dr Walley’s particular concern for the unacceptable levels of maternal and perinatal mortality, and of obstetric and gynecological fistulae [a hole in the birth canal as a result of childbirth] prompted him to initiate the formation of MaterCare International(MCI). MCI is dedicated to supporting Catholic colleagues in improving maternal health care worldwide through service, training, research and advocacy based on the ethic that all mothers and babies matter.

Go to the World Health Organization to see the huge disparity in Maternal Morbidity Ratio (deaths/100,000 live births) between the Americas (52) and Africa (542). This data from 2015 shows a reduction for Africa of almost 50% since MCI began in 1981–still 10 times the Americas.

MCI must work with local medical resources–human and equipment–in an environment where government support may be lacking and the pressure from outside countries to promote contraception, sterilization and abortion is intense. Fortunately the Catholic bishops have established hospitals in some countries. See http://www.matercare.org/

April 10, 2018

Helen Ratner Dietz had “pro-life” in her DNA by virtue of Dr Herbert Ratner, “Apostle of the Culture of Life”, being her Dad. He is famous for his dedication to breast feeding and having been a physician advisor to La Leche League for 40 years.

Helen received her doctoral degree in English language and literature in 1970 from the University of Michigan and taught English Literature at Wayne State University in Detroit and Art History at Shimer College in Mount Carroll, Illinois. She currently lives in the Chicago area where she is working on a book on fifteenth century Flemish liturgical art.

BUT, for 40 years she has been a student of the history and meaning of the Annunciation & Conception of Jesus the eternally most significant event we celebrated yesterday as the “Solemnity.” I have many questions for Helen:

  • What is the significance of God leaving the glories of Heaven to spend 33 years and 9 months on planet Earth?
  • How was the date of Jesus’ conception determined? How the date for His birth?
  • When did our redemption take place? At His Conception or Death on the Cross or Resurrection?
  • How did March 25th become the first day of the year? and when replaced bu January 1? and why?
  • Should we go back to that Calendar? How?
  • Why/when was the Annunciation and Incarnation dropped as a Holyday of Obligation in the USA?

April 3, 2018

It is officially Spring so it’s OK to use “baseballspeak” to announce that this week’s Quest for a Culture of Life in America is a “double-header.”

Father Joseph Fessio, SJ, founder of Ignatius Press, will “lead off” with a discussion of Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko, Truth versus Totalitarianism. As a young Polish priest, Father Jerzy became the leader for the Solidarity Labor Union and unified the Polish people to peacefully confront the Russian puppet government that sought to replace the Catholic Church with Communism. Father’s Masses for the Heartland drew increasing numbers and government concern even though his homilies were solidly based on Sacred Scripture and encouraged peaceful resistance and human dignity. By his brutal murder and many miracles since his death, he has already been “canonized” by popular vote.

Since Father Richard Heilman introduced me to his “I’m Going In” concept, I have been much more aware of those who “Have Gone In” like the French Police Lt/Col who recently “went in” to a jihad hostage situation to replace a hostage. He went in and made the supreme sacrifice of his young life as a result.

Holy Week reminded us of Jesus’ “Going In” to our fallen world. He did what the Father asked of Him, leaving the majesty of Heaven to live as a human, suffering and dying so we might be with Him for eternity.

Next Monday, April 9th, the Church celebrates His Annunciation and Incarnation, “His Going In” as the Divine Conceptus. And also Mary’s “Going In” by her “yes” to the Father’s request that she be the Mother of God and bear the pain of Her Son’ suffering and death.

Here in Dayton Father Greg Konerman will be celebrating the Solemnity Mass at 7:00 pm in Holy Angeles Church. Following Mass we will continue to celebrate with refreshments, camaraderie and Anne Cherney’s presentation on Supernatural Family Planning, the title of her new book. She and her husband “went in” to marriage planning to let God determine their family size–10 children, 9 in-laws, and 39 grandchildren–so far!

Anne will be batting cleanup with me when Fr Fessio needs to leave the program for another commitment.

March 20 2018

March 13 2018

When Prof Monica Miller isn’t teaching Theology at Madonna University in Livonia Michigan, she is probably planning or doing some pro-life activity geared toward direct action to save abortion vulnerable babies. That’s her history and her passion as Director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society.

In a recent interview, Prof Miller said:

“Those involved in the Red Rose Rescue talk to women scheduled for abortions, extending to them words of encouragement and offering material help. In addition to reaching out to the mothers, the rescuers choose to remain in the clinic as an act of solidarity with the unborn children scheduled to be killed by abortionists, while a support team is assembled outside-sidewalk counselors and those in prayer support.”

These Rescuers are acting out Father Richard Heilman’s “I’m Going In” theme from last week’s program that encourages men (especially) and women to “go in” where children need protection–like schools, school board meetings and abortion mills.

Here are some questions for Monica:
Please briefly describe your pro-life involvement and the history of rescue.
RRR Movement: What’s different? Why now? Catching on?
Father Jerzy Popieluszko and JPII rallied Polish people of all classes to peacefully undermine the communist takeover of Poland in the1980s. Could that happen in USA to end abortion?
You have led two RRRs in MI. Please describe the first one: Planning; event; effect; aftermath, trial, results.
How did that first Rescue affect future plans?
What pro-life groups object to RRRs and why?

March 06 2018

I hope you have appreciated Father Heilman’s appearances on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”:
4 weeks ago he shared his experience as the pastor of St Mary Pine Bluff , WI, celebrating the Novus Ordo Mass Ad Orientem. He attributes the tremendous growth of his parish to a gradual introduction of Ad Orientem and the Traditional Latin Mass. He encouraged other priests to “Try it; You Might Like It”.
Two weeks ago, Father gave us an amazing history lesson that connected the last Chapter of the Bible with a multitude of relatively recent historic events and dates that demonstrate God’s power, trust in us, mercy and covenants with the human race. He postulated that the Fatima Miracle of the Sun (that was witnessed by 70,000) signaled the beginning of Satan’s 100 year reign over the earth (for which God gave him extraordinary powers)–powers that may have ended on October 13th, 2017.

This week, Father Rick will tell us how the Ash Wednesday Florida school shooting inspired him to start a new program to encourage men to seek opportunities to protect their families, community and the Bride of Christ by taking charge and “Going In” to the fray. His “I’m Going In” slogan encourages us get out from behind our proverbial squad cars and protect pre-born children, challenge places that want grown men to be able to use little girl’s restrooms, and schools that use Planned Parenthood sex education materials.

Now that I think about it, I’m seeing lots of news and movies about men and women who are “Going In”:
Students and parents going in to schools and school board meetings
demanding safe environments
demanding authentically gendered restrooms
challenging PP presentation
getting involved
True Christian conservatives running for office
The “#MeToos” emerging from the Harvey Weinstien incident
The re-emerging abortion rescue movement called “Red Rose Rescues”
Movies about real men who have “Gone In”
“12 Strong”
“Only The Brave’ — Granite Mountain Hotshots”

February 27 2018

Nancy just sent me this message:

I just submitted my testimony for Hawaii yesterday and will submit the NZ one by next Monday. The most frightening changes are Hawaii’s allowing advanced practice RNs (APRNs) to be “attending providers” and allowing lethal injections if the person is not able to self-ingest. I had a long talk with an APRN about this and the lack of support for refusal from Hawaii’s nursing organization for them.

New Zealand’s bill’s most significant changes are allowing lethal injections as on option the patient may choose and requiring the doctor to be present at the termination from beginning to end. Watch for self-ingestion to go the way of Canada’s current situation and the use of non-MDs ala Hawaii.

In addition to her professional experience, she had an adult daughter commit suicide by following the directions in the book Final Exit.

February 20 2018

Two weeks ago, Father Heilman shared with us his experience as the pastor of St Mary Pine Bluff , WI, celebrating the Novus Ordo Mass Ad Orientem. He attributes the tremendous growth of his parish to a gradual introduction of Ad Orientem and the Traditional Latin Mass. He encouraged other priests to “Try it; You Might Like It”.

This week, Father will give us an amazing history lesson that connects the last Chapter of the Bible with a multitude of relatively recent historic events and dates that demonstrate God’s power, trust in us, mercy and covenants with the human race. Interestingly, in Sunday’s first reading, from Genesis, God tells Noah after the Great Flood that He would never again destroy all living things by a flood and that His covenant was signed by the bow [rainbow] in the sky.

Father postulates that the Fatima Miracle of the Sun (that was witnessed by 70,000) signaled the beginning of Satan’s 100 year reign over the earth (for which God gave him extraordinary powers). That 100 years is now history so we can measure Satan’s success. His goal was to destroy the Church–the Bride of Christ! We can conclude that he failed to destroy, but he inflicted deep wounds that will require many Graces, great sacrifice, and time to heal.

What was Pope Leo XIII’s vision on Oct 13, 1884 (exactly 33 years before the Fatima Miracle of the Sun)? What signs point to a rebirth of the Church that may confirm God’s 100 year covenant? What are our responsibilities in actualizing this rebirth?

I believe you will be fascinated by Father’s accounting of the interplay among God, Satan and God’s people.

February 13 2018

I have been fascinated by Jessica and Manny’s story of being so committed to the relationship they had with the Eastern Catholic monks and their monastery that when the monks moved to Wisconsin the Archuletas followed them from warm and sunny southern California to cold and blustery Wisconsin
Questions for Jessica:
What drew you to Eastern Catholicism?
What kept you involved with the Holy Resurrection Monastery to the extent that you uprooted your family to follow them?
Why does Father Abbot Nicholas say “every man is called to be a monk and every woman a nun”? And “Every home a monastery”?
Jessica also feels that large families get a lot of flack for having so many children. What remarks do people make about their family?

She would like to have large families appreciated and offered assistance to make life easier. What kind of help is needed? Who are logical sources for help? How can needs be made known? Is it reasonable to expect every family to be “responsible” for raising their children without outside help?

February 06 2018

Father Richard Heilman is the Pastor of St Mary’s Parish of Pine Bluff, in the Madison Wisconsin Diocese. He credits celebrating the Novis Ordo Mass ad orientem for the past 5 years, and adding a Traditional Latin Mass two years ago, with transforming St Mary’s Parish in many ways including:
Tremendous growth;
Dramatic increase in offering;
Drastic drop in average parishioner age from 65 to 35;
Increased reverence, reception of sacraments, praying before and after Masses;
and more!!
The St Mary Parish success story needs to be told over and over because I believe that a more reverent and more God-centered liturgy is more pleasing to God and essential to a Culture of Life in America. I say this because my friend Dr Lorna Cvetkovich, MD, NFP-Only O/G, said this in 1999: “Steve, we’ll never have a culture of life if we don’t get the Liturgy right.” That was 1999; it took me 15 years to get it!

My version: More Grace (from the Mass) —> More Guts (courage to address the immorality in our culture) —> More Glory (to God from following His will). Father Richard has a busy blog at https://www.romancatholicman.com/ that regularly addresses culture problems without apology.

Is it the Grace from these more reverent Masses that inspire him?
Other questions for Father:

Did you grow up with the Latin Mass? If so, do you think that memory was a factor in your embracing ad orientem for the Novis Ordo Mass and your eventual offering Mass in both forms?
Was there any thing in your seminary training that may have affected your movements in these directions?
Are there other priests in the Madison Diocese that have done (or are doing) what you have done?
What role has Bishop Morlino played in this movement? Robert Cardinal Sarah? Anyone else?
Not too long ago, Bishop Morlino asked all parishes to have the Tabernacle behind the Altar within two years. How is that going? Why is that important?
Has your 6 year experience been (or is being) replicated elsewhere in the USA?
Is there a national directory of regularly scheduled Traditional Latin Masses? Same for NO Masses offered ad orientem?
The phenomenon of young adults attraction to the TLM is a great mystery to many bishops. How do you explain this surprising development?
Do you care to speculate about the possibility of some hybrid Mass that marries features of both forms to become THE Mass that will be universally accepted world-wide–like the TLM was before the rupture?
What do you notice interiorly different as celebrant (persona Christi) between NO Masses celebrated ad populum and ad orientem? How different is the NO Mass from the TL Mass? What do the parishioners say about these different Mass forms?
At the end of your blog “SATAN’S ACHILLES’ HEEL: WOMAN”, December 3, 2017, you said,
“Satan grew in power because we decreased in power. In other words, we denied the only power to resist the devil … the supernatural power of grace.”

“Sum up everything we have been doing at St. Mary of Pine Bluff all these years now – reverent and obedient Masses, Confession offered 24/7, frequent Adoration times, promoting devotions and sacramentals, etc. – and it is all about this … We. Must. Move. Under. God’s. Power. Of. GRACE!!!”

January 30 2018

May I suggest that abortion and euthanasia are fruits of the same tree in that both strive to take away the lives of innocent human beings, just at opposite ends of the life spectrum. Like the child in the womb who is inconvenient and unwanted for some reason, the elderly, critically ill and disabled are being eliminated by physician assisted suicide and other means not requiring physician involvement.

Alex Schadenberg is an authority on the the international travesty of legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide. Here are some of my questions for him:
Alex, please give us a survey of the situation in countries where these practices are approved. Where in the USA?
In the USA, Physician Assisted Suicide bills were introduced in about 25 states in 2017. What happened to them? Were they all minor variations on Oregon’s law?
Of current interest is the effort in Delaware with HB 160. What are its features that alarm you?
What are the deceptions/lies in the PAS laws and practices?
Is “deep sedation” moral or immoral?
What is your (EPC) strategy for stopping and reversing the movement to legalize PAS?
Is it necessary for anti-abortion/pro-life organizations to embrace the PAS Prevention issue? What about other medical profession sanctioned killing: IVF, stem cell research, vital organ transplantation, etc?

January 23 2017

On Friday January 19th, pro-lifers marched to the Supreme Court in our nation’s capitol for the 45th time. They come from near and far, the veterans and the first-timers, the old and young, famous and never-heard-of. The March and the ancillary events are always amazing, energizing and inspiring. For me, nothing beats the vigil Mass in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception preceded and closed by a seemingly endless procession of seminarians, priests, bishops and cardinals.

The speakers before the March, and at its terminus, are always well know within the movement, topped this year by Vice President Spence and President Trump. What amazed me this year is the proliferation of “local” marches–over 70.

In a way these smaller events are symbolic of the hundreds of thousands, probably in the millions, of pro-lifers all around the country who are engaged in one (or many) of the collage that makes up the breadth and depth of this movement of God, seeking to right the injustice of child killing in a supposedly civilized society.

Today we celebrate and interview Sharon Cecil as just one of these non-famous “pro-lifers” who love, live and breath the pro-life mission. For Sharon, prayer is the focus and the Rosary is THE instrument that energizes her work for life. Sharon is driven; she is aflame with love for God and ever seeks His will in her life. In many ways she is like many others, yet like the other others, she is unique, and her apostolate is unique.

Whether you too are a veteran of the pro-life trenches, or still looking and listening for God’s call to do something, I believe you will be inspired by Sharon’s testimony.

January 16 2018

Dr Pat Fagan has experience as a grade school teacher, Counselor, Therapist and Sociologist. As President of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute at Catholic University of America, he is a researcher, compiler and creator of studies related to Marriage, Family, Religion and Society. Abortion is a much studied topic especially in recent years as the long-lasting effects of abortion are evident in American families over generations.

Today, Pat will be bringing us good news that abortion numbers and rates are significantly decreasing over all demographics and ages. Why is this?
More effective birth control?
Greater appreciation for the gift of life?
Abortion mill closings?

More pregnancy support centers and them offering more services?

Greater access to chemical abortion pills via the internet?
More pro-life presence (40 Days for Life) at killing centers?
More prayers?
More legislative efforts at federal and state levels?
Less sexual activity?

We’ll hopefully have time for some other MARRI research studies on the importance of marriage and religious worship for a healthy society.

January 09 2018

On June 14, 1967, California Governor Ronald Reagan signed the Therapeutic Abortion Act legalizing abortion. From a total of 518 legal abortions in California in 1967, the number of abortions soared to an annual average of 100,000 in the remaining years of Reagan’s two terms.

But in 1984, as President he published the beautiful pro-life Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation and in 1988 he signed a Personhood Proclamation stating,

” I . . . do hereby proclaim and declare the unalienable personhood of every American, from the moment of conception until natural death, and I do proclaim, ordain, and declare that I will take care that the Constitution and laws of the United States are faithfully executed for the protection of America’s unborn children.”

Obviously, Reagan’s Proclamation did not protect America’s children. Now, 30 years later, we have in Donald Trump another pro-life convert as President. President Trump has clearly demonstrated his commitment to the pro-life agenda. Will he be able to build on President Reagan’s initiatives to truly protect America’s unborn children?

Larry Cignirano has been circulating Ronald Reagan’s Personhood Proclamation and encouraging president Trump to take action to effectualize the Reagan Proclamation. I have asked Larry to fill us in on the Reagan effort and current initiatives to accomplish what Reagan could not. Here are a few questions to lead us in that direction:

What did President Reagan expect/hope to accomplish with his proclamation?
Has the 1988 Proclamation had any effect on the abortion culture in these 30 years? Is it ever quoted or cited?
President Trump has demonstrated an unprecedented commitment to ending legalized child killing in the US by his actions on several fronts. Can he do more, perhaps by raw executive power, based on:
SCOTUS’ own statements in 1973 about the beginning of human life and proof that if life begins at conception, the 1973 decisions would be nullified [not their words];
Today the medical science is unequivocal about the beginning of life; and
Josh Craddock’s HJLPP article proving that in 1868 the definition of “person” included all human beings from conception such that the 14th amendment protected the right to life of pre-born humans?
What would happen if the President simultaneously:
Sent the Marines, or National Guard to close and secure every American killing center,
announced his actions and their justification on national TV,
followed by a TED type course on embryology that clearly explains human development from conception?
Judges would surely object. Who has the most power, judges or president?
Is there a quicker path to this stupid killing than waiting for the overturn of SC decisions and ratification by 34 states?
Have you seen Cardinal Edward Egan’s “Just Look” brochure?
What is your recommended approach for stopping the child killing?
How is the new tax bill pro-life?
What pro-life actions are being implemented at HHS?

January 02 2017

Fr. Dwight P. Campbell earned a Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) in 1982 from Loyola University School of Law, Chicago, and after practicing law for four years entered the seminary and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Peoria in 1991. In 2009 he earned a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) in Mariology from the International Marian Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio. He and Fr. Ben Reese, S.T.D. (Cand.) founded a society for diocesan priests, The Apostles of Jesus Christ, Priest and Victim. He is serving at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Therese of Lisieux Parishes in Kenosha WI and teaches at St. Joseph Catholic Academy.

It might seem unlikely that the unique Holy Family of Nazareth could be a model for 21st Century families in the USA. But I am confident that One More Soul advisor and friend Father Campbell is up the challenge. These past two weeks of daily readings have been very rich with Angel Gabriel, Joseph and Mary, Elizabeth and Zechariah, John the Baptist, the shepherds and wise men, Simeon and Anna, Herod and the Holy Innocents, Abraham and Sarah–did I omit anyone? They are all part of the story of the second person of the Trinity–the Word–taking a human nature along with His divine nature. Do each of these characters in the greatest drama of all time have a message for modern families?

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