Thursday, December 10, 2009

Today on Kresta - December 10, 2009

Talking about the "things that matter most" on Dec. 10

4:00 – Direct to my Desk - Most Fascinating People of 2009

Barbara Walters thinks this year’s roster of fascinating people is a little edgier, more current, and less obvious than usual. Of course, the fact that she’s compiling a new list is no surprise. Airing last night on ABC, Barbara Walters Presented her 17th edition of “The 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year.” The surprise #1 was Michelle Obama. Others included Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert, Tyler Perry, Kate Gosselin, Brett Favre, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and the Jackson kids. We think the listeners of “Kresta in the Afternoon” may have very different people in mind. We create our own list of the most fascinating people of 2009.

5:40 – Senate Health Care Bill: Yes to Federal Funding for Abortion
By a vote of 54 to 45, the U.S. Senate today tabled (killed) an amendment to remove elective abortion from the new federal programs that would be created by pending health care legislation. National Right to Life says they will oppose cloture on the bill, which would require 60 affirmative votes. In addition, a number of pro-life Democrats in the House, who supported passage of health care legislation on November 7, will not vote for the Senate bill in its current form. The USCCB said “The Senate vote to table the Nelson-Hatch-Casey amendment is a grave mistake and a serious blow to genuine health care reform.” We talk with Mike O’Dea of the Christus Medicus Foundation.


  1. Most influential people in my life of the last year: Fr. Ricardo, Fr. Corapi, Fr. Pavone, Judie Brown, Wesley J. Smith, last but not least, Al Kresta!

  2. I forgot Lila Rose and Fr. Euteneuer, also Archbishop Chaput. The Pope as well, but that kind of goes without saying.

  3. Just three off the top of my head:

    T.K. and Deidrea Laux (parents of Thomas Laux who was born in Dallas, TX with trisomy 13 and died shortly after). This couple's story is available on the internet, although you should be prepared to shed some tears;

    Father Robert Barron, who I think will be an up-and-coming Catholic celebrity - the good kind;

    Pope Benedeict XVI, for his continued fearless preaching of the Gospel message to a world so thirsty for the Living Water (namely the condom episode last spring).

    I'm 24 years old and have no idea who the following people are: Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert, Tyler Perry, and Kate Gosselin.

    God bless.

    Matthew Wade

  4. I tried to call in this afternoon but couldn't get through. I wanted to cast a vote for Fr. John Nuehaus as one of the most "fascinating" people of 2009. Even though Fr. Neuhaus died in Jan 09, his influence in the Public Square hasn't diminished.

  5. To Matthew: You are lucky you don't know who Lady Gaga is, it's a shame she went to Catholic school.