Monday, October 5, 2015

Can the ACLU and the courts order Catholic hospitals to perform abortions? Next on FOT

In Michigan the ACLU has filed a lawsuit asking the court to order Catholic hospitals to provide abortion services to women seeking them. Does the government have the legal authority to do that? Or is this just another example of how anti-Christian activists are trying to marginalize the Church?

Attorney Erin Mersino
Joining Deacon Mike Manno and Gina Noll this week is a true “Defender of the Faith,” Erin Mersino, senior trial counsel at the ThomasMore Law Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Erin was one of the first attorneys to obtain an injunction against the Obama Administration’s HHS mandate and was named “Defender of the Faith” by the national Catholic business group Legatus. Erin’s defense of religious freedom includes her representation of 23 plaintiffs challenging the HHS Mandate, and her defense of Father Ray Leonard, the contract Naval Chaplain who was banned from celebrating Catholic Mass during a government shut-down and threatened with arrest if he volunteered to celebrate Mass or if he entered the Chapel.
In addition to Erin we will have our monthly visit from Todd Erzen our media critic who will comment on the press coverage of Pope Francis’s U.S. visit and Gina will re-cap her trip to Philadelphia to see the pope.
It all happens at 9 a.m. (central) on Iowa Catholic Radio, 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM; and streaming on The program will be rebroadcast at 9 p.m.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Today on Faith On Trial: alternatives to Planned Parenthood; Pope’s visit

Monday, Alliance Defending Freedom and a number of co-sponsoring organizations launched, an interactive website that allows Americans to locate low-cost
Alison Howard
community health centers near them. The site provides a national map that displays the locations of all centers currently eligible for federal funds, with other types of centers to be added as time goes on. 

In addition, Lisa Bourne from discussed the coverage of Pope Francis’ recent trip to the United States and what’s ahead with the family synod upcoming in Rome later next month. Lisa will be in Rome covering the synod and she’ll return with her report what the synod ends.

“Thousands of low-cost health providers – offering a wide range of women’s services, like breast cancer screenings and preventative care – can be trusted with our hard-earned money,” said ADF Director of Alliance Relations Alison Howard Tuesday morning on Faith On Trial. “These federally qualified health centers offer many of the same services as Planned Parenthood and include many more services Planned Parenthood is not licensed to do: immunizations, mammograms, cardiovascular blood tests, diabetes and glaucoma screenings, radiological services, and prenatal care, for example.” 

Lisa Bourne
“They typically offer the full range of women’s health services without all the scandal of Planned Parenthood, which has been associated with covering up the sexual abuse of minors, committing fraud with taxpayer money, and profiting off of the sale of baby body parts,” Howard added. “It can’t be trusted, so it shouldn’t be funded.” is a resource made available by the pro-women and pro-life movements of America. The site explains that its goal “is to give women everywhere in America access to information about the thousands and thousands of quality health care options women have.”

“Better choices for women are usually right around the corner. Alternative women’s health options are on average less than five miles away from the nearest Planned Parenthood,” Howard explained. “According to Planned Parenthood’s own statistics, fewer than 2 percent of women ever step into a Planned Parenthood facility in a given year. There are better choices for women’s healthcare than Planned Parenthood who’s president, Cecile Richards is called before congress Tuesday morning to explain the scandals surrounding her organization. Our tax money should fund those better choices.”

The website’s sponsors include Alliance Defending Freedom, Charlotte Lozier Institute, Concerned Women for America, Family Research Council, Live Action, March for Life, March for Life Action, Pregnant on Campus, Pro-Life Future, Susan B. Anthony List, Students for Life, CitizenLink, Americans United for Life, and The Radiance Foundation.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

This week: Brad Dacus of PJI on transgendered restrooms and locker rooms in your child’s school

Brad Dacus
This week Deacon Mike Manno and Gina Noll will welcome back an old friend of FOT, Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute. Brad has been a frequent guest on the program is leading the effort to stomp out the latest liberal craze: transgendered restrooms and locker rooms where each individual can “choose” the room he or she wishes to use regardless of their actual gender identity.

Check out the video below to see more about this issue.
Brad served as legislative assistant to former U.S. Senator Phil Gramm, and received his law degree from the University of Texas, School of Law. After graduation he spent the next five years coordinating religious freedom and parental rights cases throughout the Western states. In 1997, Brad founded Pacific Justice Institute, where he serves as President and continues to defend religious liberties and parental rights.

In addition to Brad, our research associate and movie reviewer Stephanie Crowley will join us for a review of the new movie “War Room.”
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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Fall Care-a-Thon is this week

Iowa Catholic Radio Care-a-Thon will be September 14-18, and Faith on Trial has a team!  Our team will be on the air from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 14.  Please consider making a donation to the station during that week, and especially call in when we are on the air!  If you cannot give during our time slot, please let them know to give Faith on Trial team credit for the pledge.  You can also donate online and check the box for Faith on Trial.  If our team wins, we win a free dinner for our Priests. 

If you have any questions or would like to give a donation directly to one of the team members, please contact Deacon Mike Manno or Gina Noll.  We would be happy to take care of that for you!  If making a donation is not possible at this time, please pray for the station.  May God bless you for supporting this ministry that supports the Churches and Schools in the Diocese.

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Monday, September 7, 2015

“Abolishing Abortion” with Fr. Frank Pavone: this week on FOT

Fr. Frank Pavone
Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life and one of the most prominent pro-live leaders in the world, will join Deacon Mike Manno and Gina Noll to discuss his new book, Abolishing Abortion; How You Can Play a Part in Ending the Greatest Evil of Our Day.

Fr. Pavone was ordained in 1988 by Cardinal John O’Connor, and since 1993 has served full-time in pro-life leadership. He is also the president of the National Pro-life Religious Council, and the national pastoral director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and of Rachel’s Vineyard, the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion. He travels throughout the country, to an average of four states every week, preaching and teaching against abortion.
He was present at the bedside of Terri Schiavo as she was dying and was an outspoken advocate for her life. He was invited by members of the Class of 2009 at Notre Dame to lead an alternate commencement ceremony for those students who refused to attend the ceremony in which President Obama was honored.
His new book, Abolishing Abortion: How You Can Play a Part in Ending the Greatest Evil of Our Day, is now available from Thomas Nelson Publishing. You can also order the book from Amazon by following the link on the right.
Join Deacon Mike and Gina for a lively discussion Tuesday at 9 a.m. (CDT) on Iowa Catholic Radio 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM and streaming on The program will re-broadcast at 9 p.m.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Next FOT: Boston doctor fired for discussing health risks of homosexual behavior

This March a well-respected urologist, Dr. Paul Church was fired from the medical staff of Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston because he voiced concerns to his colleagues and hospital staff about the unhealthy nature of homosexual behavior and objected to the hospital’s aggressive promotion of “gay pride” activities. 
Supporters of Dr. Church protect his firing

Dr. Church has been a urologist on the BIDMC staff for nearly 30 years. He is a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty and has done research on diagnosing prostate and bladder cancer, and has been a frequent volunteer for medical mission projects in Mexico and Africa. He has also spoken before educational and civic groups on the subject of high-risk sexual behaviors.

Through emails to hospital officials and later posting on the hospital’s Intranet system, Dr. Church cited irrefutable medical evidence that high-risk sexual practices common to the LGBT community lead to (among other things) a higher incidence of HIV/AIDS, STD's, hepatitis, parasitic infections, anal cancers, and psychiatric disorders.

Promoting such behavior, he said, is contrary to the higher mission of the healthcare facility to protect the public welfare and encourage healthy lifestyles.  Dr. Church also reminded the administration that its staff and employees represent a diversity of moral and religious views, and many believe that homosexuality is unnatural and immoral. 

The hospital did not at any time dispute the truth of his medical statements, nor did they address his other concerns.  They did not claim that Dr. Church ever discussed this with patients, or treated patients any differently if they were involved with these behaviors. You might remember a few weeks ago, the author of Making Gay Okay, Robert Reilly, raised the same questions on that week’s broadcast.  

Dr. Church’s appeal of his dismissal is now under consideration but he and his attorneys are under a court-ordered gag order to keep them from talking publically about the case. However, Dr. Church is being supported by a citizens’ organization, MassResistance, a pro-family activist organization that educates people to help them confront the attacks o n the traditional family, children, religion, and society. Sean Ryan, director of communications for MassResistance will join Deacon Mike Manno and Gina Noll this Tuesday on Faith On Trial to discuss this matter and its repercussions. 
In addition, our media critic, Todd Erzen, will make his monthly appearance to discuss how the media is covering these issues. 

Join Deacon Mike and Gina Tuesday morning at 9 (CDT) on Iowa Catholic Radio, 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM and streaming on The program will be re-broadcast at 9 p.m. 

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Thomas More Society files lawsuit over denial of pro-life school club

Jocelyn Floyd
This week on FOT Jocelyn Floyd, associate counsel of the Thomas More Society will join us for a discussion of the filed a lawsuit against West Career and Technical Academy (WCTA) and Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV on behalf of student Angelique Clark. The lawsuit claims that school administrators have violated Angelique’s free speech rights by denying her application to form a pro-life club at the school.

Angelique Clark submitted her application to start her Pro-Life Club at West Career and Technical Academy in December 2014. After months of no response from the school administration, she was finally told in February 2015 that Assistant Principal Allen Yee had denied the club. Angelique met with Mr. Yee and was given a variety of reasons why the club could not be approved, including that abortion was “controversial,” that a pro-life club would make pro-choice people feel left out, and that there were others “more qualified” to speak on the issue than a high school sophomore.
Join Deacon Mike Manno and Co-host Gina Noll for a discussion of this and other legal issues, including a story from Seattle where 1,300 teen girls as young as 13 got contraceptive counseling at school without parental consent.
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