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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April 25, 2017 – John-Henry Westen

John-Henry Westen is a co-founder of the 20 year-old Life Site News online news service that reaches over a million world wide readers with today’s major stories affecting all the life, family and Catholic Church issues that Christians face today. It is a tremendous service that the informed person should not be without, and would be if one depends on the secular media.

John has been tracking the Vatican since the beginning of LSN, including the papacies of Saint John-Paul II, Benedict XVI and now Francis. He would be the first to tell you that the current Pope is causing much more turmoil, discord and confusion than the previous two.

Amoris Laetitia is being interpreted differently by bishops throughout the world. What is the problem? Why the confusion? Is Francis under the guidance of the Holy Spirit? He often speaks about the same issue differently in two venues–on an airplane vs a homily. Why is he doing this?

During the Pope Francis Pontificate, the Vatican has advocated for a sex education program that is secular, not parent centered, and contains pornographic material. He has dismissed very capable and orthodox experts from at least two Vatican dicasteries, including Cardinal Robert Sarah’s Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, appointing replacements who largely disagree with Cardinal Sarah’s direction for Liturgical reform.

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March 28 2017 – Nancy Valko

Nancy Valko has been an RN caring for end-of-life and critical care patients for 47 years. She has lived with and experienced death in her family, ER, hospice and palliative care, and more. She is a human encyclopedia on PAS and Euthanasia around the world. We’ll ask Nancy to give us the good and bad news from New Zealand, Netherlands and Canada, which very recently legalized PAS.

Pressure continues to mount for legalization of PAS in many US states, though some (like Ohio) have strengthened their anti PAS laws. There is a war going on out there that most Americans including those who are pro-life are unaware of. Why? Because the media and the Church are silent? Why?

Of particular interest to Nancy is a statement by the American Psychiatric Assn Board of Trustees that a psychiatrist should not prescribe or administer any intervention to a non-terminally ill person for the purpose of causing death. But what about the terminally ill? Are they the exception–like abortion is often unrestricted for rape, incest and health of the mother? How many other similarities can you identify between legalized child killing and legalized suicide?

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March 21 2017 – Marian Veneration and Our Lady of Fatima

Here we are in the midst of Lent about to celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation and Incarnation of Jesus Our Savior on Saturday. God becoming Man is the most important event in human history, paving the way for Jesus to suffer, die, and rise from the dead to free us from death and eternal suffering. It is an opportunity to think about Mary and her essential role in Salvation History. To focus attention on Mary this week we bring two recent Ignatius Press publications to your attention with the assistance of Fr Joseph Fessio (IP founder) and Tony Ryan (Director of Sales and Marketing).

Fr Fessio will be substituting for Francis Cardinal Arinze, author of Marian Veneration: Firm Foundations. Cardinal Arinze beautifully and succinctly teaches the reader virtually everything one should know about the Mother of God in 13 chapters including one on Marian Veneration as a tool for evangelization and ecumenism, which I found surprising. He points out the connections between Mary and Marian Veneration with the Liturgy in several chapters. It is a beautifully complete book on Mary and a perfect gift for anyone.

Tony Ryan will be showing us Fatima Mysteries, a 396 page book (with probably 1000 pictures), just in time for the 100th anniversary of Mary’s apparitions to Lucia, Francesco and Jacinta. The historical settings that frame the messages and appeals of Our Lady are included with text and pictures. I found the account of the assassination attempt of John Paul II and efforts to save his life to be super exciting. Articles about WWI, WWII, Nazism, Communism, and developments leading to JPII’s collaboration with President Reagan and Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall are fascinating.

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March 14 2017 – Are you bored at Mass? Timothy P O’Malley has a surprising solution to this common problem!

Are you often distracted from the Mass–like I am? Are you even bored , like the kids often say they are? I am certainly distracted and even somewhat bored at Mass but I stopped beating up on myself for these failings after reading Professor Tim O’Malley’s Bored Again Catholic, How the Mass Could Save Your Life. Tim teaches Theology at the University of Notre Dame; Bored Again Catholic is a 2017 publication by Our Sunday Visitor.

In Chapter One, “In praise of (some) boredom”, Tim says this:

Boredom at Mass is not something that should be eliminated. The moment we find ourselves bored while listening to the readings and the homily, bored while hearing the same Eucharistic Prayer offered once again, and bored while singing the same hymn we chant every Advent, is also the moment in which we are invited to participate more fully in the love of God poured out in Christ.

So God lets us be bored in His home, at His Holy Meal/Sacrifice, so that we will turn our attention to He who is the host for the party–the Mass–in which the VCII Fathers expected us to be full, conscious, and active participants. Tim helps us turn boredom into understanding the power of the Mass to transform us. He takes the reader through the Mass from “Entrance Rites” to “Concluding Rites” and all parts of the Liturgies of Word and Eucharist, showing how the words will transform us if we let them.

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March 07 2017 – Mother (“Sam”) of 13 tells how to feed, raise, and educate through college w/o debt

How many newly marrieds set out with the dream of having a large family? I know some do; not many I suspect. A study of Mass-attending-Catholic-women revealed that the average woman would like to have 3.5 children–one more if money were not an issue. The most recent calculation of TFR (Total Fertility Rate) for US women is an unsustainable 1.87–2.1 being the replacement rate.

What motivates a couple to accept a large number of God’s Supreme Gifts to their marriage. For some it is an early choice, for others it develops from the joy of the first few. Others grow weary of NFP abstinence or the side-effects of birth control. I don’t know how Rob & Sam Fatzinger came to have 13 children. It will be one of the first questions I ask Sam on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”.

The Washington Post ran a detailed story about the Fatzingers— www.washingtonpost.com

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February 28 2017 – Deanna Wallace – Strategies for closing America’s Child Killing Centers

Deanna Wallace joined the Americans United for Life legal team as Staff Counsel in November 2016, working directly with state legislators to assist their efforts to protect mothers and their unborn infants from abortion industry abuses. Deanna consults with state and federal legislators, provides testimony in favor of life-affirming legislation and creates strategic legal tools to advance life in the law. Her efforts help states compete for Pro-Life ranking. Ohio is 14, Oklahoma 1, Washington 50. Prior to joining AUL’s team, Deanna was Legislative Director for Louisiana Right to Life, where she helped pass legislation establishing Louisiana as one of the most pro-life states in America, consulted with legislators and policy directors on the state level, and provided pro-bono legal assistance to the Attorney General’s office with litigation efforts to defend Louisiana’s life-affirming laws.

Deanna earned her BA in Speech Communications from Louisiana State University- Shreveport and her Juris Doctor and a Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law from LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center.

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February 21 2017 – What’s a Catholic Mother of 10 to do? Blog, of course!

Our Guest on Radio Maria USA’s “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” is Patti Armstrong. Several years ago Mark & Patti Armstrong told the story of the ruts, rifts and renewal of their marriage on a One More Soul CD. They spoke of the alienation and pain of a contracepted (and later sterilized) marriage, to rediscovery of their faith in God and their love for each other. [ http://onemoresoul.com/catalog] I’ve asked Patti to give us an up-date on their family.

As one might expect, raising 10 children provides many opportunities for gaining wisdom, patience and material for books and blogs. Her books include Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories From Everyday Families and Dear God, You Can’t Be Serious.

In one of her recent blogs, “Resolve Dropping Fertility in US: Have More Babies!”, she speaks the One More Soul message—also God’s, as in Genesis “be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth”. She shares a dozen “Bad Reasons Not to Have More Children”. Read “Resolve . . .” at onemoresoul.com or on Patti’s web site www.pattimaguirearmstrong.com. With the fertility rate down to 1.87, Patti’s message is really needed.

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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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