Episode 30: A Pro-Life Response
May 25th, 2022
45 mins 44 secs
About this Episode
As we await a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in the Dobbs v. Jackson case on abortion, Archbishop Vigneron is joined by guest host Rebecca Mastee, a policy advocate with the Michigan Catholic Conference, to discuss the Church’s response to abortion and efforts to support every woman, child, and family in need.
0:00 – Archbishop Vigneron and Mike greet each other and catch up on the past month.
1:06 – Mike asks Archbishop Vigneron to speak about the Year of Prayer for Priestly Vocations that was announced on Holy Thursday.
2:31 – Archbishop Vigneron invites listeners to attend the Holy Hour at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral that will officially begin the Year of Prayer at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 4.
2:45 – Archbishop Vigneron and Mike discuss Asian Pacific Heritage Month and the many contributions to both the universal and local Church made by our Asian and Pacific Islander brothers and sisters.
5:10 – Mike and Archbishop Vigneron welcome guest Rebecca Mastee, policy advocate with the Michigan Catholic Conference.
5:37 – Rebecca shares a little about her background and work with the Michigan Catholic Conference on issues of human life and dignity.
6:30 – Archbishop Vigneron, Mike and Rebecca discuss the upcoming Supreme Court decision on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case and its potential impact for the nation and Michigan.
7:21 – Rebecca explains the background for this case and some of the public policy implications as well as the petition drive that seeks to enshrine a “right to abortion” in the Michigan constitution.
15:19 – Rebecca shares some resources for listeners seeking more information about both the petition drive as well as Dobbs v. Jackson.
16:15 – Mike asks Archbishop Vigneron to discuss the pastoral and spiritual implications of both Dobbs v. Jackson and the Michigan petition drive.
19:14 – Mike asks Archbishop and Rebecca to talk about some of the reaction to the leaked draft Supreme Court opinion and how Catholics should approach and respond to the heightened level of tension surrounding abortion issues on both spiritual and practical levels.
26:26 – Rebecca, Mike and Archbishop Vigneron talk about the forms of materiel support that the Church has available for women considering an abortion, most particularly the Walking with Moms in Need initiative.
35:48 – Rebecca discusses some of the work the Michigan Catholic Conference is doing to advocate for state funding for pregnancy resource centers and to assist pregnant women.
38:50 – Archbishop Vigneron answers listener questions about his favorite childhood storybook characters and the image that comes to mind when he thinks of God.
44:55 – Archbishop Vigneron closes the episode with a prayer and blessing.