Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – July 24, 2013
Talking about the “things that matter most” on July 24
4:00 – Pope Francis Focuses on “Three Simple Attitudes” at World Youth Day
Shortly after his election, Francis celebrated a Mass at the Vatican’s parish church of St. Anne, standing outside afterward to shake hands, give hugs and kiss babies. That display of ordinary pastoral concern quickly earned him the title of “the world’s parish priest.” Today at Brazil’s Marian shrine of Aparecida, Francis once again came off as a simple pastor — albeit one now playing on the world’s biggest religious stage. After a brief reflection on the 2007 meeting of Latin American bishops that took place at Aparecida, Francis devoted his brief homily to what he called “three simple attitudes” he’d like to pass on to participants in the World Youth Day – hopefulness, openness to being surprised by God, and living in joy. He stressed that God is always close to the faithful and always ready to help. “Christians are joyful; they are never gloomy,” the Pope said. We talk to author and speaker Austen Ivereigh who is on the scene in Rio.
4:20 – UK Abandons Controversial End-of-Life Medical Protocol
The United Kingdom has announced that it will phase out the Liverpool Care Pathway, a protocol governing the medical care of patients who have been deemed to be dying. Critics have charged that the protocol has led to widespread euthanasia. Baroness Julia Neuberger, the rabbi who led a government panel that examined the protocol said “Evidence given to the review has revealed too many serious cases of unacceptable care where the pathway has been incorrectly implemented. Examples include leaving patients without adequate nutrition, hydration, and inappropriately sedated.” Bioethicist Wesley Smith has followed this protocol from the beginning and joins us today.
4:40 – Kresta Comments
5:00 – Reactions to Yesterday’s Commentary Pour In: A Catholic White Man’s View of Our “National Discussion on Race” in America