Talking about the "things that matter most" on Jan. 24
4:00 – Diocese of Saginaw Announces Parish Restructuring Plan
Through the work of Planning Tomorrow’s Parishes, the Bishop Joseph Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, has reached decisions to restructure the parish communities of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw and designate use of churches to better serve the faithful. The parish restructuring plan is one component of Bishop Cistone’s vision for a complete revitalization of the diocese. In the fall of 2011, Bishop Cistone shared his vision for the diocese in his pastoral letter, A Future Full of Hope. It was his intention that the document would serve as the foundation of a plan to strengthen the Church of Saginaw. He joins us to discuss how diocesan restructuring will help evangelization efforts.
4:20 – Will Ireland Go the Route of the US and Most European Countries?
About 30,000 people held a rally outside Ireland's parliament building on Saturday urging the government to conserve abortion laws and protect "the right of the unborn child". Pro-life activists, backed by the Catholic Church, called on Ireland's socially conservative prime minister not to introduce planned legislation that would loosen Ireland’s protection of the unborn. Five senior Catholic bishops attended the rally that took place after the Archbishop of Dublin held prayers for "the child in the womb" at a nearby church. Irish Medical Doctor Sean O’Domhnaill testified before Parliament recently on this issue and joins us today.
4:40 – Euthanasia Alive and Expanding in Belgium
On December 14, 2012, identical twin brothers who were born deaf died by euthanasia at the Belgium University Hospital in Jette, even though they were not sick, they were not yet blind, and they had lived a productive life together. They died by lethal injection. Euthanasia is legal under Belgian law if those making the decision can make their wishes clear and are suffering unbearable pain, according to a doctor’s judgment. But this case was unusual as neither twin was suffering extreme physical pain or was terminally ill. Bioethicist Wesley Smith is here to discuss it.
5:00 – Kresta Comments: The Amazing Success of the “Gay Rights Movement,” The Fallacy of Media Objectivity, and How to View the Gun Debate