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Leading Abortionist Murdered

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Kresta Commentary

May 31, 2009

By Al Kresta

Years ago, I debated the defrocked and excommunicated Presbyterian pastor Paul Hill (1954-2003) over the question of whether or not killing abortionists was justifiable homicide. In short, I argued “Absolutely not.” He argued that he was obligated to protect the unborn by killing their murderers and thus preventing further abortions.

Paul Hill wasn’t insane or even “mean.” Rather he was in the grip of an abbreviated logic. He reasoned that since abortionists kill children then by killing abortionists Continue Reading

Neither Angels nor Demons

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Kresta Commentary

May 12, 2009

By Al Kresta

Last week I screened Ron Howard’s film version of Dan (Da Vinci Code) Brown’s Angels and Demons. The movie won’t turn you into either. But it will lay another dirty veneer over the popular media portrait of a corrupt Catholic Church menacing human progress and obstructing scientific discovery.

This is the only issue I’ll deal with in this column. I am not writing a movie review. Nor am I denying the film’s wealth of talent and fine production values. I am also ignoring the Continue Reading

Dead Men Stay Dead…Almost All the Time…Then and Now

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Kresta Commentary

April 17, 2009

By Al Kresta

“Jesus’ resurrection shattered the after-life expectations of the ancient world,” I told a friend last week. He replied that “people back then believed in resurrections – resurrections weren’t that incredible.” Feeling superiority over past generations is a form of self congratulation that C.S. Lewis called “chronological snobbery.” Could my friend really think that Roman executioners didn’t really believe that dead men stayed dead? That those crucified bodies on the roadsides were not regularly eaten by dogs, or dumped into a grave to rot, or the bones polished and placed in an ossuary?  Continue Reading

A Hitch in Evidence

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Kresta Commentary

April 8, 2009

By Al Kresta

I’ve never gotten use to shameless manipulation of the truth but I’m getting better at it after spending a half hour this week with anti-theist bad boy Christopher Hitchens, author of god is not great: how religion poisons everything. Like his fellow atheist and Englishman, Richard Dawkins, whose documentary movie about religion is called Root of All Evil, Hitchens claims that all of society’s ills can be chalked up to religion, while all social progress stems from materialistic thinking.

I thought it was Christians who get accused of dividing the world up into Continue Reading

Get The State Out Of The Church

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Kresta Commentary

April 3, 2009

By Al Kresta

William M. Daley is Midwest chair of JP Morgan Chase and former co-chair of Barrack Obama’s presidential campaign, A member of the Daley Chicago political dynasty, he admits he has a personal stake in President Obama’s speech at Notre Dame: Daley is a Catholic and it’s widely rumored he’ll run for Illinois governor.

His April 3 Chicago Tribune opinion piece is laced with so many irrelevancies, non-sequitors and special pleadings that sane people may well doubt either his capacity to think Continue Reading

Under the Golden Dome: A Time to Choose

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Kresta Commentary

March 25, 2009

By Al Kresta

Nothing would better settle the question about Notre Dame’s value as a Catholic witness to the Kingdom of God than for its graduating students to greet this year’s commencement speaker, President Obama, with a vivid sign of Christian faith, hope, love, and courage. During his address, each graduate should cover his or her face with a two foot by two foot photo of either an aborted child or a beautiful Leonard Nilsson photo of an in utero human.

The President prizes learning, and a lesson of this sort should delight him. It Continue Reading

Where Are the Grownups?

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Kresta Commentary

March 24, 2009

By Al Kresta

Outrage Is Not An Argument: Where Are the Grownups?

“[S]end us the names of those who received bonuses who have not given them back… release those names without restriction and if you feel unable to do that then I will ask the committee to subpoena them.”

It sounded like Joe McCarthy with a lisp but it was only Barney Frank grilling AIG’s CEO, Edward Liddy, about the 165 million dollars in bonuses just mailed to a few dozen Continue Reading

Man of Steele, Mind of Jello

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Kresta Commentary

March 13, 2009

By Al Kresta

Round and round and round he goes where the charming and witty and bright-eyed Michael Steele lands nobody knows…least of all pro-lifers.

Mr. Steele is chair of the Republican National Committee. That is, he is the leader of the GOP and responsible for raising money, clarifying electoral strategies, and maintaining party unity by upholding the party platform. In a fun and revealing interview this week with GQ, the Catholic and reportedly pro-life Continue Reading

Sour Milk (Part 1 of 2)

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Kresta Commentary

March 4, 2009

By Al Kresta

“How for so many years did Sean Penn get all those straight roles?” joked Robert de Niro as knowing delight ripples through the Members of the Academy gathered for the 81st Oscar ceremonies. Penn, then jauntily stepped to the podium and received his Best Actor Oscar for bringing murdered gay San Francisco Board of Supervisor Harvey Milk to life on the big screen in the movie, MILK. He hails his audience: “You commie, Continue Reading

Sour Milk (Part 2 of 2)

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Kresta Commentary

March 4, 2009

By Al Kresta

Upon receiving his Oscar for best actor Sean Penn tried to use the phrase “Equal rights for everybody” as a weapon of shame against the defenders of traditional marriage. The final irony is that Penn’s call for universal equal rights has gained its moral authority from the same source as his opponents’ call to restore traditional marriage: The Hebrew and Christian influence on Western culture.

Historians acknowledge that the belief in and establishment of universal Continue Reading

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