Monday, November 14, 2011

Today on Kresta in the Afternoon - November 14, 2011

Talking about the "things that matter most" on Nov. 14

Live From the USCCB Fall Assembly in Baltimore, MD

4:00 – Religious Freedom Under Attack in America
In the past few months, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has made a sea change in how it works on religious-freedom issues. Faced with what they see as dangerous trends in the Obama administration, the bishops recently announced the creation of their own Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. The goal is to address church-state trends that in recent decades have primarily been attacked by Protestant conservatives. The Committee is led by Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, CT. He joins us.

4:20 – The Plight of Christians in Iraq
Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Arizona recently made a pastoral visit to Baghdad at the invitation of the bishops of Iraq. He visited churches, convents, schools and hospitals in the city. He says “The Christians in Baghdad have suffered greatly; their faith has been tested. One of the most moving moments in the visit was praying with Archbishop Athanase Matti Shaba Matoka, archbishop emeritus of Baghdad, in the Syrian Catholic Church of Our Lady of Deliverance where so many were killed in the bombings and shootings that took place there on October 31 of last year.” We talk with Bishop Kicanas about that encounter and what Christians in Iraq face.

4:40 – The Value of Catholic Radio in the US
Our Blessed Lord makes it clear through his holy Church that he desires to bring all people into loving communion with himself. Today, the Holy Spirit exhorts each and every one of us to participate in proclaiming the Gospel message in every way possible, including through the use of modern media. Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City is here to discuss the value of Catholic Radio.

5:00 – Direct to My Desk – Penn State Scandal As A Moral Failure
For Penn State University there was the past week — a week of unimaginable turmoil and sorrow, anger and disbelief and shame. And then there is tomorrow. As Penn State leaves a harrowing week behind and takes tentative steps toward a new normal, students and alumni alike wonder what exactly that means. What comes next for a proud institution brought low by allegations that powerful men knew they had a predator in their midst and failed to take action? We look at the scandal, compare / contrast it to the sex abuse crisis in the Church, and analyze it as a moral failure.


  1. I see that this guy Sandusky is married, so much for the idea that celibacy was the cause of the abuse by priests.

  2. Re: Direct to My Desk


    Do you want contraception -- and I mean contraception, not abortifacients -- to be made illegal?

  3. 2nd hour was good but only one call about Penn State. Bummer. I would like to see this covered more. As a 41 year old abuse victim for 3 years at the hands of an 18 year old (I was 6-7-8) and now father of 4 boys, I talk to them no less than every 6 months about the bathing suite area. What's appropriate, what's not. Never letting anyone tell you that you can't tell me something. No hiding, don't idolize people. I started by asking my kids, 11, 8, 6, 3, who they'd most like to see if they could meet anyone. Both older boys said saints! Whew. No sports heros in this group. Al, do another show on this topic. Your social justice and pro-life was great but dominated, thus not making this what the title said.

  4. Al and Nick, I would also recommend 'changing' the title of the show if it ends up being different. In the case of the Penn State show, this was show had virtually nothing about Penn State because it was caller driven. After the show, name it or change the name, even if what was published in the email ended up not being the actual show. in my case, i often go back 2-3-4 years to search for shows and this one is really NOT about Penn State and should be labeled as Social Justice and Pro-Life advocates - why they don't cooperate. labeling these shows would help tremendously and it shouldn't take more than 3-4 minutes per day!

  5. mauman - have you looked up the research on this. hormonal contraception is a class 1 cacinogen, same as cigarrettes. See the World Health Organization. And now, our government wants to mandate payment. This would be like saying we have to pay for everyone's cigarrettes? people want these drugs, fine, but we should be forced to pay for them. pregnancy is not a disease and does not need to be covered by health care.

  6. Ninov,

    I agree with you. No one should be forced to pay for contraception.

    You mention hormonal contraception. It's my understanding that hormonal contraception (like the pill) might cause an abortion. That's why I limited my question to non-abortifacients, i.e. barrier methods.

    But I asked Al if he would keep non-abortifacient contraception legal for a different reason. It has to do with rhetoric.

    I could just as well have asked him this question: "Al, do you think it should be legal to be a Muslim?"