Talking about the "things that matter most" on Nov. 7
4:00 – The Case of Sr. Elizabeth Johnson
April the USCCB’s Committee on Doctrine issued a critique of a recent book by Elizabeth Johnson, a Professor of Theology at Fordham University. The book is Quest for the Living God: Mapping the Frontiers in the Theology of God. The Committee said that it finds that many of the book’s conclusions “incompatible with Catholic teaching.” The Committee asserts that the “basic problem with Quest for the Living God as a work of Catholic theology is that the book does not take the faith of the Church as its starting point. Instead, the author employs standards from outside the faith to criticize and to revise in a radical fashion the conception of God revealed in Scripture and taught by the Magisterium.” Now a spat has broken out over comments Johnson has made accusing the Committee of not giving her a chance to defend her work. Moral theologian Dr. Monica Miller is here to explain the issues with Elizabeth Johnson’s theology.
4:20 – Kresta Comments
Sr. Johnson and the Role of the Bishops to Protect Church Teaching
4:40 – Vatican Launches First Official Partnership With Private Business To Encourage Adult Stem Cell Research
In July the Vatican announced that is has entered into a $1 million commercial partnership with NeoStem to conduct research and development around adult stem cells and their therapeutic uses. The initiative is the Vatican’s first-ever contractual collaboration with an outside commercial venture to advance adult stem cell research. As part of this collaboration, the Vatican’s Pontifical Council and NeoStem will come together for “The International Vatican Conference – Adult Stem Cells: Science and the Future of Man and Culture” next week and will bring together experts in adult stem cell research along with recognized leaders in the life sciences, medicine, religion, ethics and public policy. We talk with Father Tomasz Trafny, spokesperson from the Vatican, and NeoStem CEO Dr. Robin Smith.
5:00 - Dissent, Division and the Devil in the Details