Quest for a Culture of Life in America with Steve Koob

Steve Koob, founder and executive director of One More Soul, hosts a weekly program in which he interviews some of the people making a significant contribution to the Culture of Life. The hope and prayer is that Radio Maria listeners will be inspired by these guests, and will find ways that they too can foster a Culture of Life in their community, Church, and family.

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February 14 2017 – The Pastoral Response of the Canadian Catholic Church to legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia

When the state/government legalizes murder the Church must not only object in the public square, but also respond ministerially and pastorally in the parish. The Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories have prepared Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons & Families Considering or Opting for Death by Assisted Suicide or Euthanasia, A Vademecum for Priests and Parishes – www.archgm.ca.

Father Stefano (Stephen) Penna is a Sacramental Theologian and Dean of Theology at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta. He was an advisor to the bishops in preparation of this Vademecum (manual, handbook, guide). We are very honored to have Father Stephen as our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” this Tuesday the 14th of February. He will walk us through the guiding principles that govern the Sacraments of Penance and Anointing of the Sick for those contemplating assisted suicide or euthanasia. It can be very tricky balancing sacramental requirements and pastoral concerns, especially when many people are expressing conflicting views of what is best. The other issue is the funeral. Who is and is not given a Christian funeral?

The desire for complete control of our lives, including the time and manner of our death, drives this increasingly accepted assault on the Culture of Life. Why? Do we need more health profession sanctioned and legalized killing? Are not abortifacient “contraception”, abortion, embryonic stem cell research, artificial reproductive technologies and the transplant industry enough?

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February 07 2017 – Let’s stop killing American Children just because they are in their mother’s womb.

Clarke Forsythe wrote the book on reversing Roe vs Wade, Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe vs Wade, Encounter Books, 2013. He is an attorney, Acting President and Senior Counsel at Americans United for Life (AUL). I am very happy to have Clarke be our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”. I say that because he has spent the majority of his professional life leading the legislative battle against legalized child killing. The fruit of his (and millions of others) is becoming increasingly expectant with every appointee by President Trump and the leap in pro-life activity in state legislatures with over 50 new bills introduced already this year.

There are many strategies in play for stopping the child killing through changes in the law at national and state level. Some are trying to restrict abortion to a certain gestational age–20 weeks, heartbeat, conception, or killing method. Others seek to make abortion safer for the mother by forcing killing centers to obey health department requirements. These and other approaches are expected to wind their way to the Supreme Court (SC) and there trigger review of R v W and the decision to overturn it, sending the abortion legalization decision back to the states. Mr Forsythe has estimated that it may take 10 years after RvW is overturned for a Human Life Amendment that would protect all preborn children. That is ridiculously long.

Even if the activists continue to close two or three killing centers per week, it will take 4 years to close the remaining 512. There must be a better way. I have been challenging Clarke to think outside the legal box–legislative/judicial. What about the Executive Branch? What about an overwhelming national demand to stop killing American children. Clarke has agreed to review the options and look for novel/new/different ways to end the child killing.

Read what Clarke had to sayabout Neil Gorsuch at www.aul.org.

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January 31 2017 – Nancy Valco, RN: End of Life talk at Georgetown U, Abortion Sanctuary in St Louis and Pro-Life Nurses Assn

Nancy Valco, RN, has been fighting for ethical health care since earning her RN in 1969. She is a spokesperson for the National Association of Prolife Nurses (www.nursesforlife.org), is a past President of Missouri Nurses for Life and past co-chair of the St. Louis Archdiocesan Respect Life Committee. In 2015 she was honored to receive the People of Life award from the US Catholic Conference of Bishops.

After working in critical care, hospice, home health, oncology, dialysis and other specialties for 45 years, she currently works as a legal nurse consultant (www.valkogroupalnc.com) and volunteer.

Nancy will share some of her presentation and experience last week at GU—including a standing ovation. She will also update us on the St Louis City Council effort to make St Louis (her home) an “Abortion Sanctuary”. Finally, she will encourage listening nurses to join the National Association of Prolife Nurses.

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January 24 2017 – Troy Newman closes America’s Child Killing Centers one at a time.

Troy Newman and Cheryl Sullinger have been at the helm of Operation Rescue for about two decades leading the activist arm of the pro-life movement in achieving a monumental shift from over 2000 Killing Centers in 1991 to now 516. Most of these are concentrated on the west coast and the northeast with 6 states having only one remaining center.

Troy will be our Guest today on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” and will answer these question:

  • How did you get into the activist arm of the pro-life movement?
  • How do you go about shutting down abortion facilities?
  • How did you create a directory of killing centers?
  • Who are your boots-on-the-ground?
  • What will come first: Activist closings of all abortion facilities or reversal of Roe & Doe?
  • What dramatic changes do you anticipate with President Trump in the Oval Office?

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January 17 2016 – Seven year-old Allen almost drowned last July. He is alive but what about burdens and quality of life?

Doctor Paul Byrne was called by Allen’s parents after Allen almost drowned last July in a lake near his Montana home. Allen was hospitalized and received two minor surgeries–for a ventilator to assist his breathing and a feeding tube to provide nutrition, hydration and medication to support brain healing.

Dr Byrne has been assisting with Allen’s care for the past 6 months, including the most recent month with Allen being cared for by his beautiful Christian family in their home.

Dr Paul will be our Guest on Radio Maria’s “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” so you will be able to learn about Allen, “brain death”, and his parents’ efforts to save him from the transplant industry. We will also talk about the moral obligation to provide oxygen, water and food (hydration and nutrition) to individuals who need assistance with these necessities for life.

Dr Byrne has had many patients like Allen. Most were declared “brain dead”–a “mendacity” according to the good doctor. Some like Allen continue to live; others have been killed by collaborating courts and hospitals. These poor impaired human beings deserve treatment conforming to their natural human dignity. They are not vegetables or animals; they are entitled to ordinary care even if they remain in need of assistance until their natural death. The Catholic Church has taken that official position and care givers should insist on assistance where necessary for a loved one to receive life-continuing access to O2, H2O, food and medication.

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December 27 2016 – How has American Health Care been corrupted? What is required to make Our Health Care Great so America can be Great?

Nancy Valco, RN, has been fighting for ethical health care since earning her RN in 1969. She is a spokesperson for the National Association of Prolife Nurses (www.nursesforlife.org), is a past President of Missouri Nurses for Life and past co-chair of the St. Louis Archdiocesan Respect Life Committee. In 2015 she was honored to receive the People of Life award from the US Catholic Conference of Bishops.

After working in critical care, hospice, home health, oncology, dialysis and other specialties for 45 years, she currently works as a legal nurse consultant (www.valkogroupalnc.com) and volunteer.

Donald Trump has promised to “Make America Great Again”. No country that kills its own children is great; child killing in the womb, Petri dish, infertility clinic and stem cell research lab must stop for America to be GREAT!

Nancy is the perfect person to give us an overview of where the Health Care Profession has been corrupted by greed and ideology, AND what must be changed for American Health Care (and America itself) to be great!

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December 13 2016 – Assisted Nutrition and Hydration: Serious Questions for Family and Care Givers

Dr Chris Kahlenborn, MD, is an Internist and Hospitalist in Hagerstown PA. He is also a serious medical researcher who is totally fearless about reporting research that goes against the preferred results of established medicine. He did pioneering research on breast cancer risk from abortion and the birth control pill published by One More Soul and in peer reviewed medical journals.

The specific question of whether to place a stomach tube in a patient who has had a stroke or has advanced dementia is one of the most difficult dilemmas for patients and/or family members who often have questions regarding the ethics of either giving or withholding assisted nutrition and hydration (ANH). As a board-certified internist with 28 years of medical experience, Dr. Chris will answer some basic questions regarding the issues involved in the decision of whether to provide assisted nutrition and hydration (ANH) to patient(s) in need.

Dr. Kahlenborn is a Catholic physician who clearly articulates the Catholic Church’s teaching regarding ANH. His practical medical advice respects the sanctity of human life and applies regardless of one’s faith tradition.

Here are a few of the questions I will be asking Dr Chris:

  • What do you mean by assisted nutrition and hydration (ANH)?
  • What does the Catholic Church teach in regard to ANH?
  • Can assisted nutrition harm a patient?
  • Most hospitals have palliative care teams and/or hospice nurses/physicians. What role do they play on the issue of ANH?
  • Can you give a common example of how conflicts may arise?

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November 29 2016 – Transgenderism: What is it? What is its Foundation

For someone who was born male and never ever thought of being a female, it is difficult to imagine that someone could be so inclined–or vice versa. But it is a reality today, and maybe there have always been those with these inclinations.

The sexual attraction to someone of the same gender–same sex attraction, homosexuality–has similarities to transgenderism. How are they related? Are they normal? Are they disordered? How are people with these inclinations to be treated? How do they want to be treated?

These are some of the questions I have for Brian Camenker and John Russo, founder and activist, respectively, of Mass Resistance, a Massachusetts based organization that addresses issues raised by transgenderism and homosexuality.

Here are some more questions for Brian and John:

  • What is Mass Resistance? Why formed? What does MR do?
  • How should transgenders and homosexuals be treated? What do they want?
  • How are their goals disruptive?
  • What does the Church say?
  • Are there physical and mental health risks associated with transgenderism and homosexuality?
  • The current administration has been aggressive in promoting the LGBT agenda. What do you expect to be different in the Trump administration?
  • How should the average American respond to intimidation by activists?

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November 22 2016 – Created Equal is one of many Pro-Life organizations that contributed to the Victory

The Revolution of 2016 Election was just two weeks ago, but it already seems like old news to me. God’s mercy is overwhelming. I hope and pray that you too see that His almighty hand deflected the bullet that would have continued the tyranny of the current administration. I’m thinking of Pope John Paul II’s belief that the hand of Mary deflected the assassin’s bullet that came so close to his heart.

Many people and their organizations had a hand in giving America another chance to return to greatness. Each can rightly claim that there efforts were what gave the Republican pro-life candidates the margin of victory. Today’s “Quest for a Culture of Life of America” features Mark Harrington of Created Equal, a Columbus Ohio based activist organization that brought their anti-abortion message to several key states in the months before the election using flying banners, JumboTron trucks and graphic posters of aborted children.

Here are some of my questions for Mark:

  • What is Created Equal? How and where did it come to be?
  • What is CE’s philosophy?
  • Why is it necessary to display the reality of aborted babies?
  • What was your strategy during this election? How do you measure your impact?
  • What will you be doing now that the election is over and we have a pro-life President, Congress, Cabinet and other appointees as well as 35 pro-life governors and most state legislatures that compete for ranking by Americans United For Life?
  • Given the boldness/courage, innovative thinking and apparent pro-life commitment of President-Elect Trump, can you envision the possibility of him
  • taking some dramatic action that would close all child-killing centers nationwide?
  • Elections are not a weekly event. What does Created Equal do outside the election season?

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November 15 2016 – November: of Saints, Saints-To-Be, and Gratitude

Robert Ellsberg writes a beautiful one-page summary of the life of a saint or saint-in-process. These “Blessed Among Us” forewords have welcomed me for many years to the Mass readings in Give Us This Day, published by Liturgical Press.

Robert has selected two of his favorite “saints” for every day of the year to create a hefty 765 page hard cover book—sturdy enough to be on the living room coffee table in a home full of kids. Blessed Among Us is the latest in Robert Ellsberg’s long list of books on saints; he’s an expert on saints!

Questions for Robert Ellsberg:

  • November is the month of All Saints, All Souls, elections, Thanksgiving, and the end of the Liturgical Year. What is the significance of this coalescence?
  • Your “Give us This Day” daily accounts of saints, blesseds, venerables, and others not yet on the road to Canonization are fascinating thumb-nail sketches of truly great people. Where do you find the stories about these people, particularly those from before 1800?
  • It seems like there are more female stories than male. Do you seek a gender balance? Other kinds of balances? Is the supply of saints’ stories endless?
  • For females, a sure path to sainthood is to be raised in either poverty or aristocracy (wealth) and then start a religious order to serve the needs of some needy group–widows, children, the sick, etc, etc. True? Is this pattern continuing in the modern era?
  • I have suggested that being a real mother is almost certain sufficiency for sainthood. What do you think?
  • For a man to be a saint, he needs to be a holy cleric, preferably a pope, or at least a bishop or priest–maybe a monk here and there. Are there more females in Heaven than males?
  • It is only recently that Popes have sought married couples to canonize, like the parents of St Gianna Mollo and parents of St Therese of Lisieux–Louis and Zeilie. Mary and Joseph, of course, etc. Are there other examples? Any in the pipe-line?
  • Can these lives of the saints inspire modern day Americans to live lives of greater virtue? How might that happen given the different circumstances of their lives from ours?
  • How do you suggest that families use Blessed Among Us to encourage virtuous living? Where can they get it and at what price?
  • What is your take on Pope Francis?
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