Talking about the "things that matter most" on August 24
4:00 – St. John of Avila – Newest Doctor of the Church
Coming as a surprise to almost everyone, last week at a Mass with seminarians in the Cathedral of Santa María la Real de la Almudena in Madrid, Spain, Pope Benedict XVI announced his intention to name Saint John of Avila the 34th Doctor of the Church. In Madrid for World Youth Day, the Holy Father declared that he "would hope that the word and the example of this outstanding pastor will enlighten all priests and those who look forward to the day of their priestly ordination."So who is St. John of Avila? Matthew Bunson introduces us.
4:20 – SNAP Exposed: Unmasking the Survivors Network of Those Abused By Priests
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) held a conference in Washington, D.C. last month that was open to the public. Trusted sources of the Catholic League were there, and their findings are the basis of a report that Bill Donohue wrote, "SNAP EXPOSED: Unmasking the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests."This report puts an end to the debate over the real motives of those involved in the victims' lobby. SNAP, along with BishopAccountability and the lawyers they work with, are an agenda-driven movement that uses victims, real and alleged, to smear and sunder the best interests of the Catholic Church. Bill joins us.
4:40 - After Qaddafi-- Insurgency, Democracy or Jihad?
Libyan Foreign Minister Abdul Ati al-Obeidi said this morning, "It's over for Gadhafi…If I was in charge, I would tell them to lay down their arms.” By seizing most of Tripoli and fighting what's left of the pockets of resistance of Qaddafi forces, Libyan rebels have now almost dislodged the old regime and are expected to begin building their own government. Middle East expert Walid Phares says now one big question remains regarding the future: Insurgency, Democracy or Jihad?
5:00 – Biden Under Fire for 'Not Second-Guessing' China's One-Child Policy
Vice President Joe Biden is under fire for appearing to condone China’s one-child policy during a speech Sunday at Sichuan University in Chengdu. Addressing social and budgetary challenges faced by the U.S. and China in the wake of respective population booms, Biden told his audience, “Your policy has been one which I fully understand -- I’m not second-guessing -- of one child per family.” He has since back-tracked a bit, but we talk with China expert Steven Mosher.
5:20 – Kresta Comments – A Christian Plot for US Domination?
Michelle Goldberg recently wrote and article entitled “A Christian Plot for Domination.” She writes that “Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry aren't just devout—both have deep ties to a fringe fundamentalist movement known as Dominionism, which says Christians should rule the world…we have the most theocratic Republican field in American history, and suddenly, the concept of Dominionism is reaching mainstream audiences.” Al has a response.