Talking about the "things that matter most" on Sept. 9
3:00 – Kresta Comments
3:20 – Listening to the Obama Health Care Speech with a Pro-Life Ear
Tonight President Obama will address a joint session of Congress to continue his push for comprehensive health care reform. The White House is continuing to insist that the plan will not contain tax-payer funded abortion, while independent groups like factcheck.org continue to say that those statements are misleading at best. We talk to Fr. Frank Pavone about how to listen to the President’s speech tonight with a pro-life ear.
3:40 - When Life Doesn’t Go Your Way: Hope for Catholic Women Facing Disappointment and Pain
When life doesn't go our way, how do we respond in faith? Katrina Zeno encourages us to have a heart of hope, one that presses into God and stays connected instead of drawing away during difficult times. Questions for reflection and discussion after each chapter make this book perfect for women's faith-sharing groups.
4:00 – Kresta Comments
4:20 – From Atheist to Catholic
When she was 26, she had never once believed in God, not even as a child. She was a content atheist and thought it was simply obvious that God did not exist. She thought that religion and reason were incompatible, and was baffled by why anyone would believe in God. After a few years in the Bible Belt, she became vocally anti-Christian. Imagine the surprise to find her today, just a few years later, a practicing Catholic who loves her faith. Jennifer Fulwiler tells her story.
5:00 – Kresta Comments
5:40 – Group Asks Court to Reconsider Removing Girl from Home School
A New Hampshire court's decision to order a 10-year-old home-schooled girl to attend public school is coming under attack from some social conservatives and religious freedom advocates. The Alliance Defense Fund has asked a family court judge to reconsider her July 14 decision to send the girl, identified in court documents as "Amanda," to a public school in Meredith, N.H. The ADF noted that the girl was described in court documents as "academically promising" and interactive with her peers. "The court, in its own order, recognized this girl is performing well academically. So why are we changing her school environment?" they asked. The girl's parents, Brenda Voydatch and Martin Kurowski, divorced shortly after her birth in 1999. According to court documents, Kurowski wants his daughter to attend public schools because he believes home-schooling deprives her of socialization skills. A guardian ad litem, essentially a fact finder for the court, agreed, and that recommendation was approved by Judge Lucinda Sadler. We talk to the attorney from ADF on this case, Doug Napier.