Talking about the "things that matter most" on May 18
Live From Minneapolis, MN
3:00 – Inside the Joyce Center at the ND Graduation
More than two dozen pro-life protesters were arrested at Notre Dame University Sunday as President Barack Obama told a graduation ceremony at the Catholic school that both sides in the abortion debate must stop demonizing one another. Obama acknowledged that "no matter how much we want to fudge it ... the fact is that at some level, the views of the two camps are irreconcilable." But he still implored the University of Notre Dame's graduating class and all in the U.S. to stop "reducing those with differing views to caricature. Open hearts. Open minds. Fair-minded words. It's a way of life that always has been the Notre Dame tradition." We talk with Anna Mitchell of the Sonrise Morning Show who was inside the Commencement Exercises.
3:20 – “Fr. Oprah” Scandalizes the Faithful of Miami
A popular Miami priest and media personality says that he is thinking about repudiating his ordination for a woman he loves after a magazine ran pictures of the couple kissing and hugging. The Rev. Alberto Cutie said he supports the Roman Catholic Church's rule that priests cannot marry and said he does not want to become the "anti-celibacy priest." Cutie was removed last week as head of the Miami Archdiocese's international radio network and as head of his parish after the Spanish-language magazine TVnotas ran photos of him embracing a woman at a bar and at a beach. Fr. Tom Euteneuer of Human Life International joins us to look at celibacy and the priesthood.
4:00 – What Happened to the “gay gene”
A publication from the American Psychological Association includes an admission that there is no "gay" gene, according to a doctor who has written widely about the issue. A. Dean Byrd, the past president of NARTH, confirmed that the statement from the American Psychological Association came in a brochure that updates what the APA has advocated for years. Specifically, in a brochure that first came out about 1998, the APA stated: "There is considerable recent evidence to suggest that biology, including genetic or inborn hormonal factors, play a significant role in a person's sexuality." However, in the update: a brochure now called, "Answers to Your Questions for a Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation & Homosexuality," the APA's position changed. We talk with Peter LaBarbara, President of Americans For Truth about Homosexuality.
4:20 – Judge rules US family can't refuse chemo for Minnesota boy
A Minnesota judge has ruled that a 13-year-old boy with a highly treatable form of cancer must seek conventional medical treatment despite his parents' objections on religious grounds. The judge found that Daniel Hauser has been "medically neglected" and is in need of child protection services. Daniel was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and stopped chemotherapy in February after a single treatment. He and his parents opted instead for "alternative medicines" based on their religious beliefs. Doctors have said Daniel's cancer had up to a 90 percent chance of being cured with chemotherapy and radiation. Without those treatments, doctors said his chances of survival are 5 percent. Dr. Brian Scarnecchia of Ave Maria Law School joins us to discuss it.
5:00 – Al Dissects Obama Commencement Address at Notre Dame
5:40 – Protesting at Notre Dame
Although he had initially planned to stay away from campus yesterday as President Barack Obama was honored at Notre Dame, Bishop John D’Arcy of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana changed his mind and spoke at a campus pro-life rally. According to the Fort Wayne News Sentinel, the bishop spoke in front of 2,500 people protesting the university’s award to pro-abortion President Barack Obama. Initially Bishop D’Arcy had planned to boycott the graduation festivities, however he decided to appear on campus due to the school’s pro-life undergraduates. "It is certainly the place for the bishop to be here," D'Arcy said. "John D'Arcy's not important, but the office of bishop if very important and it must always be like Pope John Paul II to stand up for life all the time, everywhere without exception.” Teresa Tomeo and Monica Miller were there and they join us to discuss it.