Gus welcomes Crystalina Evert to the show to talk about her new book, "Women Made New: Reflections on Adversity, Transformation and Healing" available from Sophia Institute Press. She shares some of her own story and talks about some of the stories of the 12 women featured in her book.
Also, Gus is joined by EWTN's Dr. Matthew Bunson and talks about a host of Catholic news items, including the passing of Pope Benedict XVI, and the calls for him to be named a doctor of the Church, as well as the passing several days later of Cardinal George Pell of Australia. They also talk about Theodore McCarrick, the disgraced ex-cardinal who committed serial sexual abuse, and how he may be ruled not competent to stand trial for these crimes. He is 92 and the determination will be made after a neurological exam and, if it stands, the case will be thrown out. They also talk about the oldest person in the world, a French nun, passed away earlier this week at the age of 118 and provides an update of persecuted Christians in Nigeria where, over the weekend, one priest was burned to death by militant Islamic extremists and another severely injured.
Afterwards, Gus talks about a couple more news items that he couldn't get to with Dr. Matthew Bunson, including a drunk thief who broke into a church and attempted to steal a statue of St. Michael. However, the thief tripped and fell on St. Michael's sword. He is expected to make a full recovery and the statue was unharmed. He also talks about CVS and Walgreen's selling abortion pills over the counter. Gus points out the irony of the pro-abortion movement, which claims to care about women's health, but is willing to dispense these dangerous drugs like candy.
And Gus reflects on his son Patrick's recent accomplishment of running 100 miles in under 24 hours and the physical and spiritual benefits that come along with such a thing. Gus invites listeners to call in and talk about their personal accomplishments.