Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Today on Kresta - October 25, 2011

Talking about the "things that matter most" on Oct. 25

4:00 – Afghanistan and the Plight of Christians
Exit strategy may be the hottest topic in town, but young Afghans are developing their staying power. What happens to the post-war generation? Are they destined to know only violence and conflict? Journalist Mindy Belz of WORLD Magazine has just returned from Afghanistan and is here to report on the political reality and fate of Christians in a new Afghanistan.

4:20 – Nationwide Anti-Trafficking Tour – God in a Brothel
In his book “God in a Brothel,” Daniel Walker tells the true story of an undercover investigator's experiences infiltrating the multi-billion dollar global sex industry. It is a story of triumph for the children and young teens released from a life of slavery and the rescuer who freed many hundreds of victims leading to the prosecution of dozens of perpetrators. And it is a story of haunting despair for those left behind in corrupt systems of law enforcement. Daniel is now on a countrywide Anti-Trafficking Tour challenging God's people to join in the battle that all might be freed.

4:40 – Vatican Economics: Strong on Problems, Weak on Answers
A Vatican document released yesterday called for the gradual creation of a world political authority with broad powers to regulate financial markets and rein in the "inequalities and distortions of capitalist development." The 41-page text titled "Toward Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of Global Public Authority" was prepared by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. It said the current global financial crisis has revealed "selfishness, collective greed and the hoarding of goods on a great scale." It called for the establishment of “a supranational authority” with worldwide scope and “universal jurisdiction” to guide economic policies and decisions. Fr. Robert Sirico of the Acton Institute is with us to interpret the document.

5:00 – Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?
America is disintegrating. The “one Nation under God, indivisible” of the Pledge of Allegiance is passing away. In a few decades, that America will be gone forever. In its place will arise a country unrecognizable to our parents. This is the thrust of Pat Buchanan’s Suicide of a Superpower. The author of six New York Times bestsellers traces the disintegration to three historic changes: America’s loss of her cradle faith, Christianity; the moral, social, and cultural collapse that have followed from that loss; and the slow death of the people who created and ruled the nation. Pat is here to make his case.

5:40 – Monthly Discussion with Archbishop Vigneron: New Deacons, the CCHD, a Visit with the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Respect Life Month and More
Today in our monthly discussion with Archbishop Allen Vigneron of the Archdiocese of Detroit, we discuss the events surrounding Respect Life Month, we look at the deaconate boost with 10 newly ordained men, we hear about the upcoming women’s conference and we hear about the Archbishop’s recent visit with the Patriarch of Jerusalem.


  1. I do not know if this will be read, but it seems appropriate and feels correct to write this. We already have a one world economic system that is built on greed and power. The contempt I heard in Mr. Weigel's voice was a shame. The document seems to be saying that in place of the present corrupt worldwide system we should consciously develop a system that is built on the values associated with the sanctity of human life. The current system is built on the values of the culture of death. I cannot believe the abrupt dismissal I heard from Mr. Weigel and I was disappointed in your apparent support of his attitude, Al.

  2. Concentrations of wealth do tend to lead to concentrations of power. So it is, on the face of it, not desireable to have so much wealth concentrated in relatively few hands. This is not uncommon throughout our history.

    Balancing equality and liberty is one of the great problems in the history of political thought. Those who demand equality end up destroying liberty. Those who champion liberty must end up tolerating various forms of equality.

    St. Paul's answer to this problem in 2 Cor is to call on Christians to voluntarily share their resources. But once you get beyond that we probably will have a great deal of conflict.

    What do you want the state to do? When you call for government to redistribute wealth, you are asking for the exercise of force. Are you saying that people must be coerced to achieve equality?