Talking about the "things that matter most" on Aug. 10
4:00 - Kresta Comments: Gay “Welcoming” Mass Takes Place at Boston Parish
It made headlines last month when it was scheduled – then postponed - but the controversial “Rainbow Mass” finally happened on July 10 at St. Cecilia’s Parish in the Archdiocese of Boston. St. Cecilia’s congregation has a large gay and lesbian population, many of whom arrived after the South End’s predominantly gay Jesuit Urban Center closed in 2007, parishioners said. Almost 200 members of St. Cecilia’s are active in its Rainbow Ministry, which hosts events for members and supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Al has some comments.
4:40 – Mandate for Birth Control, Sterilization in Private Health Plans?
The National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine has recommended that certain forms of birth control should be among the mandated services offered in basic health insurance plans under the new health care reform law. The recommendations were made to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and have not yet been approved by the government. Cardinal DiNardo, chair of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, has issued a statement denouncing some of the provisions as they relate to contraception, sterilization and abortifacients. "I strongly oppose the Institute of Medicine's recommendation today that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate coverage of three particular practices in almost all private health plans: surgical sterilization; all FDA-approved birth control (including the IUD, 'morning-after' pills, and the abortion-inducing drug Ella); and 'education and counseling' promoting these among all 'women of reproductive capacity.'" Richard Doerflinger, director of the USCCB’s Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities is here to discuss this.
5:00 – Politics According to the Bible: A Comprehensive Resource for Understanding Modern Political Issues in Light of Scripture
A variety of perspectives exist within the Christian community when it comes to political issues and political involvement. Wayne Grudem is here to present a political philosophy from the perspective that the Gospel pertains to all of life so Christians should be involved in political issues. In brief, this is an analysis of conservative and liberal plans to do good for the nation, evaluated in light of the Bible and common sense.