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Register Radio: Are Pro-Lifers Winning? & Favorite Films of 2012

Moral theologian Dr. Pia de Solenni & Register film critic Steven Greydanus

BY Tim Drake

| Posted 1/11/13 at 3:13 PM

 

Today on Register Radio, moral theologian and cultural analyst Dr. Pia de Solenni tackled Time magazine's pronouncement that the pro-life movement is winning.

De Solenni disagreed with the magazine's assertion.

“I don’t think we’re winning,” said de Solenni. “”We’re doing a lot of good work and there’s been great state legislation passed, but a pro-abortion President won re-election. Planned Parenthood received $542 million in taxpayer funding, and there were more than 1 million abortions last year.”

De Solenni went on to describe where she sees three areas of success in the pro-life movement: state legislation, pregnancy help centers, and ministry and prayer efforts, such as 40 Days for Life.

Asked about the generational divide on the issue of abortion, de Solenni described the attitude of the young as the “no big deal principle.”

“They’re trapped in a culture of relativism,” she said. “Many oppose abortion, but the same generation has no problem with same-sex ‘marriage’. Things have been relativized.”

To learn de Solenni’s solution to this problem, listen to the show.

Films of 2012

During our second half, Steven Greydanus, the Register’s film critic, who is hard at work on his Top Ten film list for 2012 gave us a sneak peak at some of his favorite films from the year.

“2011 was such a strong year, with some of the most amazing films that I’ve ever reviewed, that by comparison, 2012 wasn’t a bad year, but not as strong,” said Greydanus.

In terms of spiritually edifying films, Greydanus mentioned four – Les Miserables, for its overt use of Catholic imagery; For Greater Glory, the pro-life drama October Baby, and the independent film The Kid with a Bike, about the significance of fatherhood and fatherlessness and unexpected grace.

What’s the most fun Greydanus had at the movies during 2012? Listen to the entire show to find out.

You can listen to the entire show at 2 p.m. EASTERN Friday on any EWTN Radio affiliate or Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. The program re-airs at 7 p.m. EASTERN on Saturday and 11 a.m. EASTERN on Sunday, and is also available on the Register Radio web page, and via podcast.