Talking about the "things that matter most" on July 10
3:00 – Kresta Comments
3:20 – Pope and President Meet: What Happened?
President Barack Obama sat down with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican today for a meeting in which frank but constructive talks were expected between two men who agree on helping the poor but disagree on abortion and embryonic stem cell research. "It's a great honor," Obama said as he greeted the pope, thanking him for the meeting. They sat down at the pontiff's desk and exchanged pleasantries before reporters and photographers were ushered out of the ornate room. The one-on-one meeting went on for much longer than expected. We get a report from Vatican correspondent Joan Lewis.
3:40 – New Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Ignore Public Opinion and the Human Cost
July 7, 2009, marked a major ethical shift in United States government-funded research. The National Institutes of Health implemented President Obama's executive order, "Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells". The new "Guidelines" authorize taxpayer funding of research on human embryonic stem cells harvested from human embryos. This egregious violation of human life is exacerbated by the fact that there are ethical alternatives that share the same plastic-like properties as embryonic stem cells. Second, there exists wide consensus that stem cell research using adult stem cells, or induced pluripotent stem cells, or stem cells from cord blood should be used and funded. There is not wide consensus on the use of embryonic stem cells. We talk with Dr. Marie Hilliard of the National Catholic Bioethics Center.
4:00 – Kresta Comments
4:20 – Breakthrough: Lab-Made Sperm
Women who say they don't need a man may well be right – after human sperm was created in the lab. A team of British scientists claimed this week to have created human sperm using embryonic stem cells, in a medical first that they say will lead to a better understanding of fertility. But don't worry men, the scientists who created the sperm using stem cells don't plan to take you out of the baby-making process just yet. Why am I not feeling confident that these scientists have ethical considerations at the top of their list? We look at it with bioethicist Wesley Smith.
4:40 – "Caritas in Veritate"
Some politicians and pundits are pouncing on Pope Benedict’s encyclical on the economy, released this week, as an attack on capitalism. They are wrong – according to our next guest. In the fevered atmosphere of financial crisis and the G8 Summit, the Pope is reaffirming moral truths about man and the common good that reveal the meaning of work and wealth. These truths are perfectly compatible with a free economy, argues Catholic businessman and philanthropist Frank Hanna. Democrats and Republicans must understand that freedom, truth, and love go together. Frank joins us.
5:00 – Ave Maria University
Founded in fidelity to Christ and His Church in response to the call of Vatican II for greater lay witness in contemporary society, Ave Maria University exists to further teaching, research, and learning at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the abiding tradition of Catholic thought in both national and international settings. The University takes as its mission the sponsorship of a liberal arts education curriculum dedicated, as articulated in the apostolic constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae, to the advancement of human culture, the promotion of dialogue between faith and reason, the formation of men and women in the intellectual and moral virtues of the Catholic faith, and to the development of professional and pre-professional programs in response to local and societal needs. As an institution committed to Catholic principles, the University recognizes the importance of creating and maintaining an environment in which faith informs the life of the community and takes expression in all its programs. Chancellor Tom Monaghan is with us to look at the growth of Ave Maria University.
5:20 – Direct to my Desk