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Kresta in the Afternoon – February 15, 2021

Kresta in the Afternoon – February 15, 2021

4:00 – Kresta Comments  

4:20 – Are Catholic Schools in Decline?

Data from the National Catholic Educational Association shows that last year Catholic school enrollment dropped more than six percent – the largest drop since 1973. While some of this can be attributed to the COVID economic downturn, Catholic schools also largely stayed open while public schools closed. Can we expect a bounceback? What is the role of Catholic schools in a post Christian world? We’ll talk with the NCEA’s Kathy Mears.

4:40 – Supreme Court Stands Up for Public Worship

Late in the evening of February 5, a Supreme Court injunction blocked and revised the strict rules in California that were blocking indoor worship services. The unsigned order said the total ban on indoor worship is unconstitutional and that the state may limit indoor capacity to, at most, 25% of normal. Charles LiMandri of the Thomas More Society explains the details.

5:00 – How is the Vaccine Rollout Going?

Since vaccine distribution began in the U.S. on Dec. 14, more than 52 million doses have been administered, reaching 11.5% of the total U.S. population, according to CDC data. Dr. Steve Doran checks in on the progress of the rollout and what Catholics should know about the vaccines.

5:20 – Overcoming my “No” – How I became Catholic

It was 1994 and, after intensive study, Per Saelid concluded that, contrary to what some professors and friends had told him, Catholics were Christians. He asked the Holy Spirit to lead him to a deeper relationship with the Lord, and in response he heard God calling him to the Catholic Church. But he said “no.” How did he come to change his mind? Per joins us.