Today is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi and, to honor him, Gus is joined by author Bret Thoman who talks about his book “Saint Francis of Assisi: Passion, Poverty & the Man Who Transformed the Catholic Church.”
Also, Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, director of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, calls in to talk about the controversial new 3parent technique; a pronuclear transfer and involves fertilizing both the mother’s egg and a donor egg with the father’s sperm. Before the fertilized eggs start dividing into early-stage embryos, each nucleus is removed. The nucleus from the donor’s fertilized egg is discarded and replaced by that from the mother’s fertilized egg. Fr. Tad and Gus discuss the ethics of this procedure developed by Dr. John Zhang.
Afterward, Gus talks with listeners who’ve struggled with infertility.
St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us.