Thursday, June 27, 2013

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" - June 27, 2013

Talking about the "things that matter most" on June 27

4:00 – 6:00 – Direct to My Desk: DOMA, Prop 8, Immigration, Jimmy Carter and Immoral Stunts! (plus more)
Today we want to talk to you. You pick the topics and questions that matter most to you. We will pick up on the Supreme Court’s decisions yesterday on DOMA and Prop 8, we try to think with the mind of Christ and His Church on the immigration legislation, we talk about Jimmy Carter’s advice for the Church to ordain women, and we ask if performing stunts that risk your life or health – such as Nick Wallenda’s recent high-wire act over a part of the Grand Canyon – are immoral? Be ready to call 877-573-7825.


  1. Al, please tell us what is the Church's teaching on the "free movement of peoples"? This movement argues for open borders. You recently posted something on this on the blog.

    1. I refer to the June 18th post on immigration: "The right of migration, for a moral purpose and in a moral manner, is prior to the State, and prior to citizenship, just like the right to life, the right to marry, the right to raise a family."

      "Prior to the State"? To follow this would wreck havoc on the national economy. Or no?

  2. Al, I enjoyed the show today, as always, but your focus on closing the border can't be reconciled with the right of migration being prior to the state and citizenship. Rights are not absolute, true, but a reasonable regulation is not border closing, it would be more something like keeping a record on persons as they freely cross the border, or keeping out known criminals, etc. Actually "closing the border" is not consistent with the free movement of peoples evidently called for by Church teaching.

  3. BROTHER NATHANAEL: 'Conquest through Immigration.'

    This is the answer to the question you repeatedly asked, rhetorically I think.

    BROTHER NATHANAEL, 'Conquest through Immigration'

  5. I'm saying that under American law, a "reasonable regulation" of a "fundamental right" would not include something so drastic as border closing, but would encompass lesser things like record keeping, etc. That's our legal tradition. If Al is correct about Church teaching, then Church teaching is far more radical than anything the international community or Americans are prepared to accept, esp. in these times of terrorism and economic decline. But I agree with the Church that there should be what is now called "free movement of peoples" (if, again, Al is correct about this). Al was rather contradictory and equivocal on his show for whatever reason.