Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, director of education for the National Catholic Bioethics Center, calls in to talk with Gus about potential vaccines that are being developed for COVID-19 and the ethics involved in some that are being tested. He says that two of the vaccines being tested use cells from aborted babies from decades ago. He says that although the Vatican has stated that Catholics can, in good conscience, accept those vaccines, they should make their objections known of the use of those types of cells.
Also, Gus continues his new Friday feature, "Friday with the Fathers." Many converts, and a few reverts, who Gus has interviewed over the years have said that one of the deciding factors in recognizing the Catholic Church as the one, true church established by Christ has been the writings of the early Church fathers. They show that, from its earliest days, the church established by Jesus and implemented by the apostles contained sacraments and teachings still upheld by the Catholic Church today. Today, Gus picks up where he left off last week, reading chapters 8 through 16 of the Didache.
And, today is the Feast of St. Augustine, bishop and Doctor of the Church, and to commemorate the occasion, Gus plays "Augustine Day-by-Day" with listeners. St. Augustine was a prolific writer and many of his writings were compiled by John E. Rotelle and published in a book called "Augustine Day-by-Day," which provides one-minute meditations for each day of the year. Gus invites listeners to call in, give a date and get spiritual meditation to ponder today.