Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Today on Kresta - August 31, 2010

Talking about the "things that matter most" on Aug. 31

4:00 – How Should Christians Understand Homosexuality and Change?
Myth: No one has ever changed their sexual attractions from gay to straight.
Myth: People who work to change their sexual orientation are damaging
Myth: People who attempt to change sexual orientation are doomed to
Myth: People who are religious have sexual hang-ups and are unable to enjoy sex later in life.
Myth: 10% of the general population is either gay, lesbian or bisexual
Dr. Warren Throckmorton is here to address many of these myths of same-sex attraction and tells us how we, as Christians, should understand homosexuality and change.

4:40 – Ban the Burqa?
Claire Berlinski moved to Istanbul five years ago. In the beginning, she was sympathetic to the argument that Turkey’s ban on headscarves in universities and public institutions was grossly discriminatory. She spoke to many women who described veiling themselves as an uncoerced act of faith. Now she says this: “Banning the burqa is without doubt a terrible assault on the ideal of religious liberty. It is the sign of a desperate society. No one wishes for things to have come so far that it is necessary. But they have, and it is.” She is here to make her case.

5:00 – Kresta Comments – TIME Cover Photo
TIME Magazine recently published a very disturbing photo on their cover. The editorial page defended the publication of the photo as necessary to tell the truth of what was really happening. They said that children may be disturbed, but the truth should not be hidden. They said that in the midst of a lot of political rhetoric and hyperbole, sometimes the human toll gets lost and forgotten. Were they talking about a photo of an unborn baby destroyed by abortion? Al has a commentary.

5:20 – The Biblical Roots of the Mass
As a Catholic, do you ever wonder why Jesus is referred to as “the Lamb of God” or why the “Body and Blood” of our Lord distributed at Communion time still look and taste like ordinary bread and wine? If the biblical story of the Mass did not begin at the Last Supper, where did it begin? Answers to these and many more questions will be provided in EWTN’s exclusive new 13-part series, “The Biblical Story of the Mass,” which will air 5 p.m. ET Sundays (with a re-air at 2:30 a.m. ET Fridays), beginning Aug. 29. Co-host Tom Nash is here to discuss it.

5:40 – Justice for the Unborn in Detroit
We check in today with Archbishop Allen Vigneron of the Archdiocese of Detroit for our monthly discussion. This weekend he will be dedicating a gravemarker for 23 aborted babies found in the dumpster of a local abortionist. We talk about that dedication and other items of interest to the Archbishop.


  1. Dear Mr. Kresta,
    I listened with interest to your interview today w/ Dr. Throckmorton. Much of what he says flies in the face of research and findings by Catholic psychologists like Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, the founder of the non-profit organization called NARTH. His extensive research and publications point directly to SSA resulting most often and most clearly from father wounds, especially among males suffering from SSA. His take on reparative therapy, as he and his colleagues in the San Fernando Valley have practiced it for many years with thousands of SSA and homosexual men and women, is also significantly at odds w/ Dr. Throckmorton's take, at least insofar as I understood his take to be from today's interview.

    It may be very useful for you to interview Dr. Nicolosi on the show in the future and ask him about some of these different approaches and conclusions. Nicolosi is an orthodox and practicing Catholic, something I didn't sense that Dr, Throckmorton himself is (perhaps he's a conservative Evangelical Protestant?), so I presume that deeply affects the anthropological viewpoints that each have on the human person and human sexuality as ordained by God. Nicolosi has appeared numerous times on Catholic Answers' live radio shows, and he often highlights that there is no such thing as a "homosexual person", but only a heterosexual person (anthropologically speaking) who suffers with SSA and homosexual desires due to psychological wounds that can be addressed and "healed" through counseling, prayer, and reception of the sacraments for Catholic SSA sufferers. He is also closely affiliated with the Catholic organization COURAGE, which as you may know is faithful to the Magisterium and official Catholic teaching on same-sex attracted people.

  2. There is no medical or gene reason for homosexuality. Scientists around the world including the US CDC have tried for over 30 years but found nothing.
    Homosexuality is a desire, as is viewing pornograhy and other disordered habits of desire.
    If we love our Neighbors as commanded by Jesus, we will want them to get to Heaven. - This is true love.
    Some of the Spiritual Works of Mercy include: Admonishing sinners; instructing the uniformed; Conselling the doubtful; and being patient with those in error.
    Provide them with Scripture: Rom 1:24-27; 1 Cor 6:10; 1 Tim 1:10; and Gen 19:1-29.
    If they are Catholics, add: CCC 2357, 2358, 2359.
    Everyone has to take responsibility for his/her own actions. - Passing the buck to Mommy or Daddy regarding homosexuality does not work.

  3. Homosexuals must take full responsibilty for their own actions.
    Blaming others is not helpful.
    We will all be judged for our own sins.