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Kresta in the Afternoon – April 15, 2021 – Hour 1

Will the Court expand? How can we defend the Eucharist? And how can we find the voice of God? All this and more with guest host Matthew Bunson.

Will The Court be Expanded?

Democratic lawmakers are unveiling legislation to expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court to 13. Andrea Picciotti-Bayer joins us with a look at the bill and what it could mean for the future of the Court.

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Pelosi dismisses progressive ‘court packing’ legislation

Democrats to propose legislation expanding the Supreme Court

FLASHBACK: Ruth Bader Ginsburg opposed court-packing, said ‘nine seems to be a good number’

Republicans slam ‘assault’ on Supreme Court by Dems’ court-packing bill, say move will help GOP in elections

Andrea Picciotti-Bayer is Director of the Conscience Project. A Stanford-educated lawyer, she has dedicated her legal career to civil rights and appellate advocacy. She got her start in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, specializing in institutional reform and also handling enforcement of federal civil rights laws in the Appellate Section.

Dawkins’ Eucharist Tweet – and Response – Reminds us of the Work we Need to do

In a recent Tweet, Richard Dawkins mocked Catholics for believing that “communion wine actually is literally the blood of Christ, and the wafer literally is his body.” Several former Catholics responded that the Church really teaches it is “just a symbol.” As if we didn’t know already, we have work to do to catechize the faithful. Msgr. Charles Pope joins us.

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Of Mice, Men and the Eucharist

When Dawkins Teaches Catechism

Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter St Cyprian parish in Washington, DC. Along with publishing a daily blog at the Archdiocese of Washington website, he has written in pastoral journals, conducted numerous retreats for priests and lay faithful, and has also conducted weekly Bible studies in the U.S. Congress and the White House. He was named a Monsignor in 2005. Visit

Listening for God in Everyday Life

We all want to hear the voice of God, but sometimes it’s hard to hear His voice. How can we hear the voice of God in our everyday lives? Teresa Tomeo and more than 50 other speakers will tackling the matter this weekend at the Listening for God Conference. Teresa joins us.

Teresa Tomeo is the author of many books and her newest is Listening for God: Discovering the Incredible Ways God Speaks to Us. She has more than 30 years of experience in TV, radio and newspaper and spent 19 of those years working in front of a camera as a reporter/anchor in the Detroit market. In the year 2000, Teresa left the secular media to start her own speaking and communications company, Teresa Tomeo Communications, LLC. Her daily morning radio program, Catholic Connection, is produced by Ave Maria Radio in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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