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Kresta in the Afternoon

Kresta in the Afternoon – August 5, 2014 – Hour 2

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Contraception and Catholicism: What the Church Teaches and Why

  • Description: Catholic teaching on contraception...a hard pill to swallow? Despite the Catholic Church's clear opposition to contraception, many individuals, including Catholics, consider the Church's stance misogynistic and outdated. In perspective of the prevailing ideologies of today's mainstream society-a morality dictated by feeling, the assumed inevitability of extramarital sexual activity as necessary for human fulfillment, and the unconsidered idea that contraception is a magic cure for unwanted pregnancy and disease-the Church's teaching on contraception may surely seem like a hard pill to swallow. But really, it is not. Author Angela Franks, PhD, an experienced pro-life speaker and educator, discovered this truth herself. After questioning the Church's stance as a young Catholic, she realized that the Church was not forcing an old-fashioned view on our intimate relationships. Rather, the Church was aligning to the reality already present in our biology. She is here to present a comprehensive look at the Church's view on the meaning and purpose of sex as love and life, unity and procreation. She equips you with the information that you need to understand, adopt, and/or teach the Church's position on contraception.
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    • Dr Angela Franks Ph.D.
      Professor, pro-life speaker, and television host
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Contraception and Catholicism: What the Church Teaches and Why (continued)

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Contraception and Catholicism: What the Church Teaches and Why (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – August 4, 2014 – Hour 1

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Correcting Catholic Blindness: What Catholic Social Teaching Doesn’t Know

  • Description: Modern Catholic Social Teaching tells us to approach political and economic challenges by seeing, judging, and acting. We are to look at the situation through the eyes of Christ, free from our own ideologies. However, this approach entails choices regarding what we look at and how deep we examine it, thus limiting our field of vision. Dr. Sam Gregg of the Acton Institute argues that the imperatives of Catholic social doctrine still apply because they are grounded in integral human development. He believes that it’s possible to adhere to these principles and also widen the scope of our views on economic life. Sam joins us.
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Correcting Catholic Blindness: What Catholic Social Teaching doesn’t know

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Cant Pass as Legislation? Then I'll Issue and Executive Order. President Obama Signs ENDA Executive Order – No Religious Exemption

  • Description: President Obama recently signed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which prevents companies that contract with the government from denying employment based on race, gender, religion, sexuality, and gender identity. For 20 years, Congress failed to pass this legislation, suggesting that it may be burdened with a few controversial features. President Clinton and President Bush respected the right of the legislature not to pass the bill, but President Obama is different: he said he signed it because the bill had stalled in the Congress. Why we need the Congress at all he did not explain. The president not only issued an Executive Order imposing ENDA, he chose to sign that version of the bill which fails to grant a religious exemption. We talk about it with Erik Stanley of Alliance Defending Freedom.
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    • Eric Stanley
      Serves as senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom at its Kansas City Regional Service Center in Kansas, where he heads the Alliance Defending Freedom Pulpit Initiative to empower pastors across the nation to speak freely from their pulpits on all matters of life, including how Scripture and church teaching have application to candidates and elections
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Kresta in the Afternoon – August 4, 2014 – Hour 2

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Non-Negotiable: Essential Principles of a Just Society and Humane Culture

  • Description: In their founding documents, the United States and the United Nations recognized the principles that all men have inherent dignity and that they deserve equal rights. They both have declared those principles the conditions fundamental to freedom, justice, and peace. Yet both the United States and the United Nations have within them powerful political forces passing laws or resolutions that violate first principles and put at risk the most vulnerable populations. In “Non-Negotiable,” Sheila Liaugminas goes beyond the politics of pragmatism and cultural relativism to reacquaint the reader with first principles. She demonstrates what the Church has to say about the most important issues of our time and why, and she anticipates the questions readers will ask and provides the answers they will need in the struggle to restore respect for human dignity. Sheila joins us.
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    • Sheila Liaugminas
      Former co-host Emmy-award winning “You”. Worked for TIME magazine and Chicago Tribune. Host of “A Closer Look” on Relevant Radio
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      • Book(s):
        • Non-Negotiable: Essential Principles of a Just Society and Humane Culture
          Buy this resource now. Click here to purchase.

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Non-Negotiable: Essential Principles of a Just Society and Humane Culture (continued)

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Non-Negotiable: Essential Principles of a Just Society and Humane Culture (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – August 1, 2014 – Hour 1

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Kresta Comments: The “Transgender Tipping Point: America’s next civil rights frontier.”

  • Description: As the circulation of weekly newsmagazines continues to decline, their editors and staffs hope to draw in new readers -- as well as the people they've lost over the past few decades -- with covers that focus on controversial topics. The latest example of this ploy is the new issue of Time magazine, which depicts transgender African-American actress and “sexual diversity advocate” Laverne Cox on its cover next to the title “The Transgender Tipping Point: America's Next Civil Rights Frontier.” Laverne Cox, a member of the cast of Orange Is the New Black – a comedy-drama series available through the Netflix website -- stated in the cover story: “We are in a place now where more and more trans people want to come forward and say ‘This is who I am.'” What TIME did not touch on at all is the overwhelming evidence that transgenderism is psychologicallydamaging. Even John's Hopkins U. Hospital admits this. Al has some comments.
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Finding the Sacred in the Midst of the Iraq War

  • Description: Former Green Beret Rick Oehlhof joins us to tell his tale of a hidden convent in the midst of the first “shock and awe” advance in the Iraq war.
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    • Rick Oehlhof
      Former Green Beret who has served all over the world including numerous tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan

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What Can We Expect From the Fight for Marriage?

  • Description: Today marks the second March for Marriage in Washington, D.C. Organized by the National Organization for Marriage, this year’s march was an opportunity to promote and defend the beauty of marriage as the unique two-in-one-flesh communion of husband and wife. In an April 7th letter sent to all the bishops of the United States, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, encouraged participation in the march. We talk to Dr Jennifer Roback Morse of the Ruth Institute.
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    • Dr Jennifer Roback Morse
      Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. is the founder and President of the Ruth Institute — a project of the National Organization for Marriage — which seeks to promote life-long married love to college students by creating an intellectual and social climate favorable to marriage. She is also the Senior Research Fellow in Economics at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty. She is the author of Smart Sex: Finding Life-long Love in a Hook-up World, (2005) and Love and Economics: Why the Laissez-Faire Family Doesn’t Work (2001), recently reissued in paperback, as Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village
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Kresta in the Afternoon -August 1, 2014 – Hour 2

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The Anti-Catholicism of “Manifest Destiny”

  • Description: The term "Manifest Destiny" has traditionally been linked to U.S. westward expansion in the nineteenth century, the desire to spread republican government, and racialist theories like Anglo-Saxonism. Yet few people realize the degree to which Manifest Destiny and American republicanism relied on a deeply anti-Catholic civil-religious discourse. John Pinheiro is here to provide a critical new perspective on Manifest Destiny, American republicanism, anti-Catholicism, and Mexican-American relations in the nineteenth century.
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    • Dr John Pinheiro
      Associate Professor of History and Director of Catholic Studies, Aquinas College, Michigan. Historian of the antebellum United States. Author most recently of Missionaries of Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War
    • Resources:
      • Book(s):
        • Missionaries of Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War
          Buy this resource now. Click here to purchase.

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Missionaries of Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War (continued)

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Missionaries of Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – July 31, 2014 – Hour 1

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From Communist to Free-Market Inner-City Povery Fighter

  • Description: As Founder of the Freedom & Virtue Institute, Ismael Hernandez has been working to raise those in inner-city poverty out of their trap. Ismael is here to examine strategies to improve the socio-economic conditions of inner cities in North America. Fragile urban infrastructures are often vulnerable to patterns that impede human flourishing. He presents an alternate vision for personal and communal uplift based on local entrepreneurial initiative.
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    • Ismael Hernandez
      Founder of the Freedom & Virtue Institute. He grew up in Puerto Rico as the son of a committed Marxist and a founding member of the Socialist Party. When he came to America to attend graduate school, his experiences began to slowly shatter his preconceived notions about this country. He was embraced by Americans and given opportunities he could never have imagined. He began to read writings of and about America’s Founding Fathers and learned the principles of America’s origins. At this point he began to believe in the truth of freedom and reject the lies of socialism. Ismael finished his Masters Degree in Political Sciences and soon after, he became the executive director of the African Caribbean American Catholic Center in the Catholic Diocese of Venice.
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From Communist to Free-Market Inner-City Povery Fighter (continued)

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From Communist to Free-Market Inner-City Povery Fighter (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – July 31, 2014 – Hour 2

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Infiltrated: How to Stop the Insiders and Activists Who Are Exploiting the Financial Crisis to Control Our Lives and Our Fortunes

  • Description: A new wave of financial reformers has infiltrated our public institutions at both the state and national levels. A growing army of self-proclaimed activists, philanthropists, and politicians has infiltrated not only the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but the FDIC, the Treasury, and other regulatory agencies. Jay Richards is here to reveal the shocking truth about the latest financial regulations, The Dodd-Frank Reform Act, Elizabeth Warren and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, consumer credit and debt and the war against free enterprise. This startling account walks you through America’s government and financial industry from the inside out—exposing the surprising history, the colorful characters, and the earthshaking events that got us where we are today.
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    • Dr Jay Richards
      Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute. Author of many books including , Indivisible, Money, Greed, and God, God and Evolution, And most recently Infiltrated: How to Stop the Insiders and Activists Who Are Exploiting the Financial Crisis to Control Our Lives
    • Resources:
      • Book(s):
        • Infiltrated: How to Stop the Insiders and Activists Who Are Exploiting the Financial Crisis to Control Our Lives and Our Fortunes
          Buy this resource now. Click here to purchase.

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Infiltrated: How to Stop the Insiders and Activists Who Are Exploiting the Financial Crisis to Control Our Lives and Our Fortunes (continued)

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Infiltrated: How to Stop the Insiders and Activists Who Are Exploiting the Financial Crisis to Control Our Lives and Our Fortunes (continued)

“Kresta in the Afternoon”—July 30, 2014—Hour 1

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The Catholic Writer Today

  • Description: With more than 68 million members, the Catholic Church is by far the largest religious denomination in the US. Yet Catholic contribution to the fine arts is virtually nil. Why is good Catholic literature, film, music and art such a rarity? Dana Gioia, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, joins us.
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Reading and Writing an Icon

  • Description: Icons play an important role in the history and tradition of the Catholic Church. How is an icon created? Why are icons so important to the Church? Fr. Thomas Loya is with us to discuss.
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    • Fr. Thomas Loya
      Pastor of Annunciation of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Parish, host of two radio programs; “Light of the East” on EWTN and “A Body of Truth” on catholicradiointernational.com
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Reading and Writing an Icon (continued)

“Kresta in the Afternoon”—July 30, 2014—Hour 2

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The State of the Church in America

  • Description: It is a time of challenge for the Catholic Church in America. New laws attempt to restrict religious freedom. An increasingly secular culture wants us to confine our faith to our household and never proclaim it in the public square. Despite the challenges, this is a great time to be a Catholic layperson in America. As the culture declines, the Church becomes more distinguished. It becomes easier and easier to differentiate between Church teaching and the teachings of the culture. Mark Brumely, the CEO of Ignatius Press, joins us to discuss the state of the Church in America.
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Catholic Bishops, Religious Liberty and Health

  • Description: When the HHS contraception mandate became public in early 2012, the US Bishops immediately came together to fight against it. They were joined by hundreds of Catholic groups to push back against this attack on religious freedom. Dr. Philip Muñoz from the University of Notre Dame is here to talk about it.
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    • Dr. Philip Muñoz
      Tocqueville Associate Professor of Religion and Public Life in the Department of Political Science and Associate Professor of Law at University of Notre Dame, author of Religious Liberty and The American Supreme Court: The Essential Cases & Documents
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Catholic Bishops, Religious Liberty and Health (continued)

“Kresta in the Afternoon”—July 29, 2014—Hour 1

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Birth Choice: Providing Help to Unwed Mothers

  • Description: When Kathleen Eaton became a single mother in 1980, she felt she had no way out. She couldn’t find any clinic in her area that offered an alternative to abortion, and felt she had no choice. She founded Birth Choice to help other women avoid the pain she experienced from her abortion. Birth Choice offers pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, counseling, referrals and other services free of charge to women faced with an unplanned pregnancy. Kathleen is here to tell her story and talk about Birth Choice’s mission and future.
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Birth Choice: Providing Help to Unwed Mothers (continued)

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Institute of Catholic Culture

  • Description: Several years ago, Deacon Sabatino Carnazzo was just one more of millions of “fallen away” Catholics and had no idea of God’s plans for him. He has since dedicated his life to making sure others don’t take lightly of God’s gift of eternal life. In order to restore the Catholic Church to her former glory, we must begin by educating the faithful in the Church’s great inherited tradition and we must once again reach out an evangelical hand to those outside the Catholic Church. Deacon Carnazzo joins us.
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