Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – October 28, 2013
Talking About the Things That Matter Most on Oct. 28
4:00 – Kresta Comments: Pope Francis and Smoke of Satan, Michelle Obama Opines on Religious Liberty, Lou Reed’s Walk on the Wild Side With Jesus
4:40 – Is Georgetown Catholic?
Concluding that his alma mater “takes pride in insulting the Church and offending the faithful,” William Peter Blatty, author of the best-selling book, The Exorcist, filed a Canon Law petition with the Vatican earlier this month asking that Georgetown University be denied the right to call itself Catholic. Calling Georgetown a “Potemkin Village,” Blatty complained that “at alumni dinners, they will make sure there is a Jesuit in a collar at every table, like the floral arrangement.” For Blatty, Georgetown is the “leader of a pack of schools that are failing to live up to their Catholic identity.” Anne Hendershott, author of Status Envy: The Politics of Catholic Higher Education,” joins us to discuss the case.
5:00 – Kresta Comments: Pope Francis and Smoke of Satan, Michelle Obama Opines on Religious Liberty, Lou Reed’s Walk on the Wild Side With Jesus
5:20 – Now is the Time to Stop Three-Parent IVF
The UK rubber stamp Embryo Authority has approved the manufacture of three-parent human embryos. The process is done by removing the nucleus from the egg of one woman, putting it into the enucleated egg of another, and then fertilizing with sperm. Voila, three biological parents. Sometimes lines have to be drawn in the ethical sand. If we are going to stop three-parent IVF, it will have to be now. Bioethicist Wesley Smith is here.
5:40 – Resignation of America’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom Offers ‘Dramatic Opportunity’
Last week Suzan Johnson Cook resigned as ambassador-at-large for the Obama Administration’s office for international religious freedom less than two years into the job. Thomas Farr, a longtime diplomat who served as the first director of the State Department’s religious freedom office from 1999 to 2003, said, “If the position remains vacant, or if it is filled with someone not qualified to move this issue into the mainstream of diplomacy, that will confirm the views of the critics—including me—that the administration does not see IRF policy as a priority.” He joins us.