Thursday, February 25, 2010

Today on Kresta - February 25, 2010

Talking about the Things That Matter Most on Feb. 25

4:00 – Conversing with God in Lent: Praying the Sunday Mass Readings with Lectio Divina
Lectio divina is an ancient spiritual practice that can help us to hear God speaking to us through the words of Scripture. In recent times, Pope Benedict XVI and a Synod of Bishops have recommended that lay people pray with the Scriptures using this method. Respected biblical scholar Stephen Binz is here and chooses the Old Testament reading and the gospel for each Sunday in cycles A, B, and C during Lent, including the complete text from the Lectionary. Then he leads us through the steps of lectio divina-reading, meditation, prayer, contemplation, and action-by suggesting themes and verses on which to focus.

4:20 – Kresta Political Principle #2 - Taking Two Positions: One if I’m in the Majority and One if I’m in the Minority

5:00 – Hillary Clinton and Mother Teresa
A few years ago, Paul Kengor wrote a book on the faith of Hillary Clinton. Released in 2007, the book flopped, dismissed by conservatives who didn’t believe Hillary believed in God and liberals who didn’t care that Hillary believed in God. Lo and behold, a case in point is provided by reporter Emily Belz in World Magazine, in a story getting coverage from only a few sources. Belz caught Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s keynote at the National Prayer Breakfast, where Clinton extolled the “common ground” she once found with Mother Teresa. The two had come together to open an adoption center, the Mother Teresa Home for Infant Children, near the northwest section of Washington, D.C. Belz, however, had a thought: Why not call the home to see how things are going? She did just that, only to find it closed—for almost 10 years now. What does this mean: Paul Kengor has an analysis.

5:20 – Undercover Tape at WI Planned Parenthood Shows 9th Case of Child Sex abuse Cover-up
New undercover footage shows staff at a Milwaukee, WI Planned Parenthood abortion clinic counseling a purportedly 14-year-old statutory rape victim not to tell anyone about her 31-year-old boyfriend and coaching her how to obtain an abortion without her parents' consent. The new video, ninth in a series from Live Action documenting similar behavior in 5 other states, comes amid recent controversy about Planned Parenthood's compliance with state laws regarding minors and abortion. Lila Rose of Live Action Films joins us.

5:30 – Health Care Bill Would Become More Expansively Pro-Abortion if Modified by New Obama Proposals
Any member of Congress who votes for the final legislation proposed by President Obama will be voting for direct federal funding of elective abortion through Community Health Centers, and also an array of other pro-abortion federal subsidies and mandates. That according to Douglas Johnson of National Right to Life. If all of the President's changes were made, the resulting legislation would allow direct federal funding of abortion on demand through Community Health Centers, would institute federal subsidies for private health plans that cover abortion on demand (including some federally administered plans), and would authorize federal mandates that would require even non-subsidized private plans to cover elective abortion. Doug is here to explain.

5:40 – TBA

1 comment:

  1. Re: Nick's Interview With Paul Kengor About Hillary Clinton

    This looks like another good opportunity to expose Hillary as a phony Christian. Paul Kengor, in his Weekly Standard article, rightfully wants to find out what happened to the Mother Teresa Home for Infant Children and why Hillary is still recounting the story of how she helped Mother Teresa found it. Was the home a Potemkin village designed to improve Hillary's image? If it was, the Missionaries of Charity, an order founded by Mother Teresa that operated the home, should not have participated in it for even one second.

    Emily Belz, who authored the World Magazine article cited by Kengor, called the Missionaries of Charity to find out what happened. The nun who answered the phone told Belz that the nuns aren't allowed to talk to the press. She wouldn't even give out her name.

    They aren't allowed to talk to the press? They won't give out their names? Why? What's going on?

    The nun did give Belz a small bit of information. She told Belz that she didn't know why the home had been closed, because the nuns currently in the order were not in the order when the home opened back in 1995. She also told Belz that the order sold the house in 2002.

    (The authors of a left wing article cited by Kengor, that casts Hillary and everybody else in an unfavorable light, had a similar experience with the nuns. They just won't talk. They also called Hillary's office back in 2006, when she was still a senator. Same thing. They wouldn't talk.)

    Belz wants to continue to report on the story, specifically on why Hillary didn't "follow up" on the home. Kengor, as he says in his Weekly Standard article, also wants answers: "Where’s Mrs. Clinton’s commitment? Why not strive to keep the home open? Where are her wealthy liberal friends, overflowing with compassion for the needy?"

    I hope they contact Hillary and ask her about it. Put the screws to her. But there are other questions that need to be asked. How was the home originally funded? How did it last 8 years? Did the home do any good? Why did the order close it down? Did the diocese of Washington D.C. have anything to do with the home? How much did the archbishop at the time, the late Cardinal Hickey, know about it? (According to a June 20, 1995 Washington Post article, he attended the opening ceremony.) When the order closed the home, was the archbishop at that time (Cardinal Hickey or Cardinal McCarrick) involved? Was the home ever considered to be included in George Bush's Faith Based Initiative?

    Finally, I do ask that we be honest about our motivations. At the end of the interview, Nick told Kengor: "Well, it's a fascinating article. I hope that people understand the point of this article and it's not just an opportunity to call Hillary Clinton an inconsistent Christian." What? Of course that was the point of the article, Nick, and also the point of your interview. If that wasn't the point, then what was?