Thursday, March 1, 2012

Today on Kresta in the Afternoon - March 1, 2012

Talking about the "things that matter most" on March 1

4:00 – Obama and the Dictatorship of Relativism
If there was ever any doubt about one of the Obama Administration's key philosophical commitments, it was dispelled on Jan. 20 when the Department of Health and Human Services issued its now famous mandate. It's not a question of the administration being tragically "tone deaf" as one American Jesuit claimed, to specifically Catholic concerns. Nor is the bedrock of President Obama's position, in the end, a commitment to "women's health." No, this is all about the absolutization of choice for the sake of choice. It's also about creating a society in which any discussion of the actual ends we choose is considered unacceptable in public debates about law and morality. Sam Gregg makes the arguments.

4:40 – Cardinal Dolan: A Leader
As Cardinal Dolan returns from Rome as a Cardinal, Fr. Robert Barron is here to discuss his leadership in general and his boldness in opposition to the HHS Mandate.

5:00 – To Hunt, to Shoot, to Entertain: Clericalism and the Catholic Laity
Why hasn't the Catholic Church been more successful up to now in realizing the Second Vatican Council's call for the evangelization of secular culture? The most important reason, as well as the least recognized, may be clericalism: the attitude, widely shared by Catholic laypeople as well as many priests, that clerics make up the active, elite corps in the Church, and laypeople are the passive mass; that clerics alone have intrinsic responsibility for the Church's mission while the apostalate of laypeople comes to them (if they come at all) only by delegation on the part of the clergy. Russell Shaw shares a prescription for authentic ecclesial renewal based on new, healthier lay-clergy relations in light of the teaching of Vatican II, Pope John Paul II, and other voices of the Magisterium.

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