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  • “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 22, 2014— Hour 1

    “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 22, 2014— Hour 1

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    Show Open & A Quick Word: The Money behind Catholic Dissent

    • Description: “A Quick Word” is the newest segment on Kresta in the Afternoon. It will air at the top of each hour, after the opening theme and before the news headlines. The segment is similar to a Kresta Commentary, only shorter and more concise. On today’s Quick Word, Al looks at how Catholic dissent groups are funded. This segment also includes the show preview and news headlines.
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    Kresta Comments: Satan and the Early Church Tradition

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    New Curriculum Gets it Right on Cold War and Communism

    • Description: Paul Kengor has designed a new curriculum for teaching Communism to high school students. Entitled “Communism: Its Ideology, Its History, Its Legacy,” the curriculum was done for the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, which recognizes the 100 million victims of Communism in the 20th century. It is intended to expose the truths of communism and refute the claim that it is “basically a good idea if implemented properly.” We talk to Paul about his project.
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    GAO: Obamacare Paying for Abortions

  • “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 22, 2014— Hour 2

    “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 22, 2014— Hour 2

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    Show Open & A Quick Word: The Money behind Catholic Dissent

    • Description: “A Quick Word” is the newest segment on Kresta in the Afternoon. It will air at the top of each hour, after the opening theme and before the news headlines. The segment is similar to a Kresta Commentary, only shorter and more concise. On today’s Quick Word, Al looks at how Catholic dissent groups are funded. This segment also includes the show preview and news headlines.
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    Our Prophetic Moment

    • Description: The marriage debate in America has come to a crossroads. Multiple surveys show increasing support for homosexual marriage among younger voters. More and more states are striking down bans on homosexual marriage. What does this mean for Catholics? What is the next step? Peter Herbeck has outlined a plan for uniting the faithful and educating the world on the Church’s teachings on sexuality. He joins us to talk about it.
    • Segment Guests:
      • Peter Herbeck
        Peter is the Vice President and Director of Missions for Renewal Ministries. He has been actively involved in evangelization and Catholic renewal throughout the U.S., Canada, Africa, and Eastern Europe for the past thirty years. Peter is a co-host for the weekly television programs The Choices We Face and Crossing the Goal. He also hosts the daily radio show Fire on the Earth.

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    Our Prophetic Moment (continued)

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    Our Prophetic Moment (continued)

  • “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 22, 2014

    Talking about the “things that matter most” on September 22

     

    4:00 – A Quick Word: The Money behind Catholic Dissent


    “A Quick Word” is the newest segment on Kresta in the Afternoon. It will air at the top of each hour, after the opening theme and before the news headlines. The segment is similar to a Kresta Commentary, only shorter and more concise. On today’s Quick Word, Al looks at how Catholic dissent groups are funded.

     

    4:10 – Kresta Comments: Satan and the Early Christian Tradition


    4:20 – Our Prophetic Moment


    The marriage debate in America has come to a crossroads. Multiple surveys show increasing support for homosexual marriage among younger voters. More and more states are striking down bans on homosexual marriage. What does this mean for Catholics? What is the next step? Peter Herbeck has outlined a plan for uniting the faithful and educating the world on the Church’s teachings on sexuality. He joins us to talk about it.

     

    5:00 – A Quick Word: The Money behind Catholic Dissent  

     

    5:10 – Kresta Comments: What do Black Masses have to do with Satan? 


    5:20 –New Curriculum Gets it Right on Cold War and Communism

     

    Paul Kengor has designed a new curriculum for teaching Communism to high school students. Entitled “Communism: Its Ideology, Its History, Its Legacy,” the curriculum was done for the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, which recognizes the 100 million victims of Communism in the 20th century. It is intended to expose the truths of communism and refute the claim that it is “basically a good idea if implemented properly.” We talk to Paul about his project.

     

    5:40 – GAO: Obamacare Paying for Abortions


    Critics of the Affordable Care Act argued from the beginning that it would force taxpayers to fund abortions. President Obama and his allies repeatedly denied this claim. Now an independent study has confirmed that abortions are indeed being covered under the ACA. Joan Desmond has covered the story for the National Catholic Register. She joins us today with details. 

  • “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 19, 2014— Hour 1

    “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 19, 2014— Hour 1

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    Arming Syrian Rebels: What Could Go Wrong

    • Description: President Obama has made it clear that the United States will not send troops to fight ISIS. This week, Congress voted in favor of funding and training Syrian rebels to fight the terrorist group. Who are these rebels and what do they represent? Robert Spencer joins us to discuss the potential risks in arming to Syrian rebels.
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    Appletopia

    • Description: Apple is making headlines again with the release of the iPhone 6. Much of the multi-billion dollar company’s success can be attributed to its visionary founder, the late Steve Jobs. In his book Appletopia, media and culture critic Brett T. Robinson reconstructs Steve Jobs' imagination for digital innovation in transcendent terms. From Zen Buddhism and Catholicism to dystopian and futurist thought, religion defined and branded Jobs' design methodology. Robinson resurrects Jobs' uncanny ability to integrate philosophical and religious thought with technological genius, laying the groundwork for Apple's ubiquity today. As it turns out, culture was eager to find meaning in the burgeoning technological revolution, naming Jobs as its prophet and Apple's advertising as its gospel. Brett joins us.
    • Segment Guests:
      • Brett Robinson
        Brett is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Marketing at Notre Dame.
      • Resources:
        • Book(s):
          • Appletopia: Media Technology and the Religious Imagination of Steve Jobs
            Buy this resource now. Click here to purchase.

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    Appletopia (continued)

  • “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 19, 2014— Hour 2

    “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 19, 2014— Hour 2

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    Kresta Comments: Adrian Peterson, Spanking and Media Hypocrisy.

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    Kresta Comments: Why do People Think the Pope is Trying to Put Mary in the Trinity?

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    Standing Against the Human “Dignity Deniers”

  • “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 19, 2014

    Talking about the “things that matter most” on September 19

     

    4:00 – Arming Syrian Rebels: What Could Go Wrong

     

    President Obama has made it clear that the United States will not send troops to fight ISIS. This week, Congress voted in favor of funding and training Syrian rebels to fight the terrorist group. Who are these rebels and what do they represent? Robert Spencer joins us to discuss the potential risks in arming to Syrian rebels.

     

     

    4:20 – Appletopia

     

    Apple is making headlines again with the release of the iPhone 6. Much of the multi-billion dollar company’s success can be attributed to its visionary founder, the late Steve Jobs. In his book Appletopia, media and culture critic Brett T. Robinson reconstructs Steve Jobs’ imagination for digital innovation in transcendent terms. From Zen Buddhism and Catholicism to dystopian and futurist thought, religion defined and branded Jobs’ design methodology. Robinson resurrects Jobs’ uncanny ability to integrate philosophical and religious thought with technological genius, laying the groundwork for Apple’s ubiquity today. As it turns out, culture was eager to find meaning in the burgeoning technological revolution, naming Jobs as its prophet and Apple’s advertising as its gospel. Brett joins us.

     

    5:00 – Kresta Comments: Adrian Peterson, Spanking and Media Hypocrisy.

     

    The NFL is going through a Public Relations nightmare as more and more cases of domestic abuse by its players surface. One of the most prominent cases involves superstar Adrian Peterson, widely considered to be the best running back in the league. Peterson has been suspended for beating his four-year-old son with a switch and raising welts on the child’s arms and legs. Al comments on whether spanking is every permissible and criticizes the media’s coverage of the case.

     

    5:20 –Kresta Comments: Why do People Think the Pope is Trying to Put Mary in the Trinity?

     

    Non-Catholic Christians have repeatedly criticized the Church’s stance on Mary, frequently accusing Catholics of worshipping her. Recent comments by Pope Francis about the Blessed Mother have been misinterpreted and he is now being accused of decreeing Mary to be equal to or above Jesus. Al explains the Church’s actual teaching on the importance of Mary and discusses the idea of Mary as a co-redeemer.

     

     

    5:40 – Standing Against the Human “Dignity Deniers”

     

    Our Culture of Death says that a person’s value is determined by their contribution to society. This rationale is used to justify the killing of the unborn, the elderly and the infirm. Wesley Smith joins us with an answer to this argument. 

  • Belgium restores the death penalty— on demand

    via Aleteia

    by Philippe Oswald

    philippe oswaldFrank Van Den Bleeken, 52, held for almost 30 years in the psychiatric ward of a prison located near Antwerp for various sex crimes including rape and murder of a 19-year-old student, has been asking for the last three years to be killed, citing “unbearable psychological anguish” in the words of the Belgian euthanasia law.

    Upon review, the Belgian justice system consented to his request. He will be transferred to a hospital for 48 hours “to bid farewell to his family” before being euthanized by a doctor.

    So a prisoner who says he is “a danger to society” can be executed under the law that allows euthanasia in Belgium. Even if he volunteers for this—prompting the question of whether, in fact, ​​a mental patient possesses the necessary judgment required by the law itself—it is nonetheless the death penalty, which the quiet and peaceful country of Belgium has reinstated in the wake of the legalization of euthanasia. That is what Jacqueline Herremans, president of the Belgian Association for the Right to Die with Dignity, calls the “solution of lesser evil.”

    Belgium opened a Pandora’s box in 2002 by allowing euthanasia. Five cases of euthanasia are reported per day, and the escalation belgiumcontinues. Last February, Belgium became the first country in the world where children can be euthanized, yet this is still not enough for the “right to die” activists. The Belgian Society of Intensive Care demands “unsolicited” euthanasia to be allowed (a logical step, since it is already applied for children). And it is no longer about stopping a suffering that is deemed unbearable. As stated in a document published by the organization in May, “Shortening the process of dying by the use of drugs such as analgesics / sedatives may sometimes be appropriate even in the absence of discomfort.”

    Meanwhile, Frank Van Den Bleeken is being emulated by 15 other inmates who have asked to be euthanized. In each case, three doctors must assess whether these people are victims of unbearable and inappeasable psychological or physical suffering. The number of such requests is expected to increase.

    This is happening right in the heart of Europe, in the twenty-first century. We have seen similar things happen in a neighboring country, seventy years earlier.

  • “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 18, 2014— Hour 1

    “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 18, 2014— Hour 1

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    Cardinal Dolan Speaks

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    Is Scotland Going the Way of William Wallace? A Catholic View

    • Description: Today the people of Scotland are voting on whether or not they should break away from the United Kingdom and declare themselves an independent nation. Joseph Pearce, a prominent Catholic biographer and native of England, joins us to discuss what the result will mean for Catholics.
    • Segment Guests:
      • Joseph Pearce
        Joseph is the author of numerous acclaimed biographies of major Catholic literary figures. He is writer in residence and Visiting Fellow at Thomas More College in New Hampshire, instructor at Homeschool Connections, executive director of Catholic Courses, series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions, and co-editor of the St. Austin Review. Most importantly for this discussion he is British-born and author of Race With the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love – in which he discusses his time as leader of the National Front, a British-nationalist, white-supremacist group.
      • Resources:

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    Challenging the Just War Theory

    • Description: Is there really such thing as a “Just war?” Jesus said to love your enemies and that “those who live by the sword shall die by the sword.” For the first 300 years of Christianity it was unthinkable for a follower of Christ to kill another human. How does this relate to the current struggles in Gaza and Iraq? Tony Magliano joins us with his insights.
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  • “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 18, 2014— Hour 2

    “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 18, 2014— Hour 2

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    Cardinal Dolan Speaks

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    Regensburg Vindicated: Is Benedict XVI a Prophet?

    • Description: It has been eight years since Pope Emeritus Benedict’s lecture in Regensburg, Germany. During the lecture, the pope quoted a 14th-century scholar who said, “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.” The speech was widely condemned throughout the Muslim world. The mainstream media criticized Benedict for his “gaffe.” As ISIS ravages Syria and Iraq, is it safe to say Benedict has been vindicated? Robert Reilly offers his take.
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    Regensburg Vindicated: Is Benedict XVI a Prophet? (continued)

  • “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 18, 2014

    Talking about the “things that matter most” on September 18

     

    4:00 – Cardinal Dolan Speaks

     

    Timothy Cardinal Dolan has released an official response to the ongoing controversy surrounding the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and his decision to serve as the parade’s Grand Marshall. Al comments on the Cardinal’s statement.

     

    4:20 –  Is Scotland Going the Way of William Wallace? A Catholic View

     

    Today the people of Scotland are voting on whether or not they should break away from the United Kingdom and declare themselves an independent nation.  Joseph Pearce, a prominent Catholic biographer and native of England, joins us to discuss what the result will mean for Catholics. 

     

    4:40 – Challenging the Just War Theory

     

    Is there really such thing as a “Just war?” Jesus said to love your enemies and that “those who live by the sword shall die by the sword.” For the first 300 years of Christianity it was unthinkable for a follower of Christ to kill another human.  How does this relate to the current struggles in Gaza and Iraq? Tony Magliano joins us with his insights.

     

    5:00 – Cardinal Dolan Speaks

     

    5:20 –Regensburg Vindicated: Is Benedict XVI a Prophet?

     

    It has been eight years since Pope Emeritus Benedict’s lecture in Regensburg, Germany. During the lecture, the pope quoted a 14th-century scholar who said,  “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.” The speech was widely condemned throughout the Muslim world. The mainstream media criticized Benedict for his “gaffe.” As ISIS ravages Syria and Iraq, is it safe to say Benedict has been vindicated? Robert Reilly offers his take.

     

     

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