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Kresta in the Afternoon

Kresta in the Afternoon – June 26, 2014 – Hour 1

  • Description: Kresta in the Afternoon is what Catholic radio has been missing: a daily conversation - personal, authentic and human. It looks at all of life through the lens of Scripture and the teaching tradition of the Catholic Church. The scope is not limited to spiritual subjects...our host Al Kresta talks abortion, war, peace, dissent, old age, New Age, heavy metal, light eating, politics, church affairs, current events, family and marriage, movies and media, theology and apologetics, sports, crime and business. It's talk radio where God matters.

Kresta in the Afternoon – June 25, 2014 – Hour 1

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The Fall of Mosul: For anyone who cares about Christian history, it’s like the end of the world.

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The Urging of Christ's Love: The Saints and The Social Teaching of the Catholic

  • Description: In “The Urging of Christ’s Love,” Omar Gutiérrez tells the story of eleven people who lived their lives in pursuit of Christ. Each Saint, Blessed, or Servant of God is considered in the context of Catholic Social Teaching. The end of each chapter features a prayer and quotes from the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, which help link the lessons we can learn from the saint’s life to Church teaching. By discovering new saints and rediscovering old ones, this book presents Catholic Social Teaching in an accessible and important way.
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    • Omar Gutiérrez
      Works for the Archdiocese of Omaha as the Special Assistant to the Archbishop George Lucas and as the Manager of the Office of Missions & Justice. He has a background in Catholic theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome and finally from the University of Dallas where his Master’s thesis applied Cardinal Newman’s marks of the development of doctrine to Vatican II’s Dignitatis humanae. Author of The Urging of Christ’s Love: The Saints and the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church
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        • The Urging of Christ's Love: The Saints and The Social Teaching of the Catholic
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The Urging of Christ's Love: The Saints and The Social Teaching of the Catholic (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – June 25, 2014 – Hour 2

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Kresta Comments

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'High Stakes' Involved in Supreme Court's Pending Hobby Lobby Decision, Says Lawyer. Decision Coming in Next Three Days

  • Description: An attorney involved in a Supreme Court case that will determine to what extent privately owned businesses can opt-out of providing certain types of birth control for religious reasons believes there are "'high stakes" involved in the outcome. Matt Bowman, senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, has served as an attorney for Conestoga Woods Specialties, who alongside Hobby Lobby, have sued the federal government to be exempt from the Health and Human Services' "preventive services mandate" that requires businesses to cover birth control that can lead to the early termination of a pregnancy. That ruling will come down tomorrow, Friday, or Monday and we talk to Adele Keim of the Beckett Fund.
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A Movie about Romance and…Abortion?

Kresta in the Afternoon – June 24, 2014 – Hour 1

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Kresta Comments - Jihadi Story of the Day

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Ireland’s Mass Grave Hoax

  • Description: Over the past month, the public has been treated to a series of news stories alleging that Irish nuns threw almost 800 babies into a septic tank outside a home for “fallen women” and children in the 20th century. As it turns out, the “mass grave” story is a hoax. Catholic League President Bill Donohue discusses the hoax in “Ireland’s ‘Mass Grave’ Hysteria.” We talk with Bill about his article and the media frenzy that surrounded this event.
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    • Bill Donohue
      President of the Catholic League. William A. Donohue began his teaching career in the 1970s working at St. Lucy’s School in Spanish Harlem. In 1977, he took a position as a college professor teaching at La Roche College in Pittsburgh. In 1980, Bill was awarded his Ph.D. in sociology from New York University. Bill is the author of five books and many articles. His first book, The Politics of the American Civil Liberties Union, was published in 1985. His second book, The New Freedom: Individualism and Collectivism in the Social Lives of Americans, was written while Bill was a Bradley Resident Scholar at The Heritage Foundation; it appeared in 1990. Bill’s third book, Twilight of Liberty: The Legacy of the ACLU, was published in 1994; a new afterword to this book was published in 2001. His fourth book, Secular Sabotage: How Liberals are Destroying Religion and Culture in America, was published in 2009. Bill’s latest book, published by Image, a Random House imprint, is Why Catholicism Matters: How Catholic Virtues Can Reshape Society in the 21st Century.
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Kresta Comments

Kresta in the Afternoon – June 24, 2014 – Hour 2

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Decision Point: A Confirmation Program from the Dynamic Catholic Institute

  • Description: For too long we have watched young people walk away from the faith. The tragedy is, most of them have never had the genius of Catholicism presented to them in a compelling way. So they have walked away, completely unaware of what they were turning their backs on. Decision Point is an entirely new way of teaching the Faith to young Catholics. It was developed because the old ways of teaching aren’t working. Matthew Kelly, founder of the Dynamic Catholic Institute, joins us to discuss the Decision Point program and his methods for teaching Catholic youth.
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    • Matthew Kelly
      Matthew Kelly has dedicated his life to helping people and organizations become the-best-version-of-themselves®. Born in Sydney, Australia, he began speaking and writing in his late teens while he was attending business school. Since that time, more than four million people have attended his seminars and presentations in more than fifty countries. Matthew is also active as a Catholic speaker and author. Raised Catholic, he has been saddened by the lack of engagement among Catholics and founded The Dynamic Catholic Institute to research why Catholics engage or disengage and explore what it will take to establish vibrant Catholic communities in the 21st Century.
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Ireland’s Mass Grave Hoax

  • Description: Over the past month, the public has been treated to a series of news stories alleging that Irish nuns threw almost 800 babies into a septic tank outside a home for “fallen women” and children in the 20th century. As it turns out, the “mass grave” story is a hoax. Catholic League President Bill Donohue discusses the hoax in “Ireland’s ‘Mass Grave’ Hysteria.” We talk with Bill about his article and the media frenzy that surrounded this event.
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    • Bill Donohue
      William A. Donohue began his teaching career in the 1970s working at St. Lucy’s School in Spanish Harlem. In 1977, he took a position as a college professor teaching at La Roche College in Pittsburgh. In 1980, Bill was awarded his Ph.D. in sociology from New York University. Bill is the author of five books and many articles. His first book, The Politics of the American Civil Liberties Union, was published in 1985. His second book, The New Freedom: Individualism and Collectivism in the Social Lives of Americans, was written while Bill was a Bradley Resident Scholar at The Heritage Foundation; it appeared in 1990. Bill’s third book, Twilight of Liberty: The Legacy of the ACLU, was published in 1994; a new afterword to this book was published in 2001. His fourth book, Secular Sabotage: How Liberals are Destroying Religion and Culture in America, was published in 2009. Bill’s latest book, published by Image, a Random House imprint, is Why Catholicism Matters: How Catholic Virtues Can Reshape Society in the 21st Century.
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Christians expelled from site of the Last Supper: What Christian Holy Sites in the Middle East Are Facing Challenges?

  • Description: A mob of ultra-Orthodox Jews occupied the Upper Room in Jerusalem earlier this month, preventing Christian pilgrims from celebrating Pentecost there. The building is on land that belongs to the State of Israel, which has banned all Christian churches from celebrating liturgies there. John Paul II and Pope Francis are the only people who have been allowed to celebrate on this site. We talk with Steve Ray about the rise in protests against Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land by Orthodox Jews.
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Kresta in the Afternoon – June 23 – 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 – June 23 – 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
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        • Missionaries of Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War
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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 – June 20, 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 – June 20, 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
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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
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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 – June 19, 2014 – Hour 1

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Is Meaningful Immigration Reform Without Amnesty Possible?

  • Description: Various factions of the GOP continue to rummage through House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s astonishing primary loss for confirmation of their pre-existing views. Many Republicans have declared immigration reform to be really, honestly, finally dead. According to the talk radio right, Cantor lost for supporting “amnesty,” which he had actually rejected. But is meaningful, much-needed, comprehensive immigration reform possible without amnesty? We ask that question of Kelly Monroe Kullberg of The Veritas Forum.
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    • Kelly Monroe Kullberg
      Developer of the Nation Conservancy. Founder and Board Member of the Veritas Forum. President of Christians for a Sustainable Economy. Editor and Co-Author of Finding God at Harvard

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The State in Catholic Thought

  • Description: Dr Ken Grasso is here to examine where the State fits into Catholic thought and the role of subsidiarity.
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    • Dr. Kenneth Grasso
      Professor of political science at Texas State University. He has written extensively on Catholic social thought, the liberal tradition, and democratic theory.Second Vice-President of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. He has edited several books including Catholicism, Liberalism and Communitarianism; Catholicism and Religious Freedom: Contemporary Reflections on Vatican II’s Declaration on Religious Liberty; Rethinking Rights: Historical, Political, and Philosophical Perspectives
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Iraq: US weighs options, including pressing al-Maliki to step down


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