Monday, May 18, 2009

Today on Kresta - May 18, 2009

Talking about the "things that matter most" on May 18
Live From Minneapolis, MN

3:00 – Inside the Joyce Center at the ND Graduation

More than two dozen pro-life protesters were arrested at Notre Dame University Sunday as President Barack Obama told a graduation ceremony at the Catholic school that both sides in the abortion debate must stop demonizing one another. Obama acknowledged that "no matter how much we want to fudge it ... the fact is that at some level, the views of the two camps are irreconcilable." But he still implored the University of Notre Dame's graduating class and all in the U.S. to stop "reducing those with differing views to caricature. Open hearts. Open minds. Fair-minded words. It's a way of life that always has been the Notre Dame tradition." We talk with Anna Mitchell of the Sonrise Morning Show who was inside the Commencement Exercises.

3:20 – “Fr. Oprah” Scandalizes the Faithful of Miami
A popular Miami priest and media personality says that he is thinking about repudiating his ordination for a woman he loves after a magazine ran pictures of the couple kissing and hugging. The Rev. Alberto Cutie said he supports the Roman Catholic Church's rule that priests cannot marry and said he does not want to become the "anti-celibacy priest." Cutie was removed last week as head of the Miami Archdiocese's international radio network and as head of his parish after the Spanish-language magazine TVnotas ran photos of him embracing a woman at a bar and at a beach. Fr. Tom Euteneuer of Human Life International joins us to look at celibacy and the priesthood.

4:00 – What Happened to the “gay gene”
A publication from the American Psychological Association includes an admission that there is no "gay" gene, according to a doctor who has written widely about the issue. A. Dean Byrd, the past president of NARTH, confirmed that the statement from the American Psychological Association came in a brochure that updates what the APA has advocated for years. Specifically, in a brochure that first came out about 1998, the APA stated: "There is considerable recent evidence to suggest that biology, including genetic or inborn hormonal factors, play a significant role in a person's sexuality." However, in the update: a brochure now called, "Answers to Your Questions for a Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation & Homosexuality," the APA's position changed. We talk with Peter LaBarbara, President of Americans For Truth about Homosexuality.

4:20 – Judge rules US family can't refuse chemo for Minnesota boy
A Minnesota judge has ruled that a 13-year-old boy with a highly treatable form of cancer must seek conventional medical treatment despite his parents' objections on religious grounds. The judge found that Daniel Hauser has been "medically neglected" and is in need of child protection services. Daniel was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and stopped chemotherapy in February after a single treatment. He and his parents opted instead for "alternative medicines" based on their religious beliefs. Doctors have said Daniel's cancer had up to a 90 percent chance of being cured with chemotherapy and radiation. Without those treatments, doctors said his chances of survival are 5 percent. Dr. Brian Scarnecchia of Ave Maria Law School joins us to discuss it.

5:00 – Al Dissects Obama Commencement Address at Notre Dame

5:40 – Protesting at Notre Dame
Although he had initially planned to stay away from campus yesterday as President Barack Obama was honored at Notre Dame, Bishop John D’Arcy of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana changed his mind and spoke at a campus pro-life rally. According to the Fort Wayne News Sentinel, the bishop spoke in front of 2,500 people protesting the university’s award to pro-abortion President Barack Obama. Initially Bishop D’Arcy had planned to boycott the graduation festivities, however he decided to appear on campus due to the school’s pro-life undergraduates. "It is certainly the place for the bishop to be here," D'Arcy said. "John D'Arcy's not important, but the office of bishop if very important and it must always be like Pope John Paul II to stand up for life all the time, everywhere without exception.” Teresa Tomeo and Monica Miller were there and they join us to discuss it.


  1. Al I'd like to hear you speak with Monsignor Desmond Daly of Christ the King Catholic Church in South Tampa about his assertion that
    "I'm absolutely, personally pro-life and pro-choice. A lot of people would say that's impossible and I would say it's not,"

    The video piece says that Msgr Daly "leads by example" and I'd specifically like to hear him explain how that leadership relates to Jesus' many warnings never to mislead the faithful.

    I'd also like to hear him explain how the leadership of the Church can effectively promote the objective truth in the catechism when a church leader like him abuses his priesthood to give grave scandal by claiming he is both pro-life and pro choice to commit murder.

    I'd like to hear him explain how an abortion is objectively not a premediatated murder, no matter what the understanding of the parties may lack. I'd like to hear him explain the difference between objective natural law and moral subjectivism.

    Msgr Daly's scandal on video:

  2. Is Bishop D'Arcy really an innocent hero in the Notre Dame fiasco? I say no.

    Bishop D'Arcy has been the bishop of the Fort Wayne - South Bend diocese since 1985. He must have known that Notre Dame had a long-standing tradition of inviting each new President of the United States to speak at the Notre Dame commencement.

    I'm sure Bishop D'Arcy had plenty of time since Obama was elected president to contact Father Jenkins about inviting Obama to speak at the commencement. Did the bishop contact Father Jenkins to his express his concerns? I don't know for sure, but apparently not.

    We do know this: Bishop D'Arcy claims he was first informed by Father Jenkins on Friday, March 21, that Obama had accepted the invitation. (Actually, March 21 was a Saturday. D'Arcy must have meant Friday, March 20.) That's what the bishop said in a statement issued on Tuesday, March 24. Specifically, he said this: "It was the first time that I had been informed that Notre Dame had issued this invitation."

    (In the same statement, the bishop encouraged Mary Ann Glendon to accept the Laetare Medal and "take the opportunity such an award gives her to teach." To read the bishop's statement, go to the diocesan website, click on Bishop D'Arcy in the header, then click on BISHOP JOHN M. DARCY STATEMENTS, then click on Past Statements, and finally click on 'Concerning President Obama giving commencement address....' Curiously, the date on the diocese statement says March 29. In fact it was issued on Tuesday, March 24.)

    So the bishop announced that he would not attend the commencement ceremony -- four days after the you know what hit the fan. Yeah, that took real courage.

    Bishop D'Arcy has shamelessly cultivated this serendipitous opportunity for self promotion, while Father Jenkins graciously allowed himself to be the scapegoat. Father Jenkins could have exposed this mountebank, but instead he chose the higher course.

    Father Jenkins has been the class act here, not Bishop D'Arcy.