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“Kresta in the Afternoon”—August 4, 2014

Talking about the “things that matter most” on August 4


4:00 – Correcting Catholic Blindness: What Catholic Social Teaching Doesn’t Know

Modern Catholic Social Teaching tells us to approach political and economic challenges by seeing, judging, and acting. We are to look at the situation through the eyes of Christ, free from our own ideologies. However, this approach entails choices regarding what we look at and how deep we examine it, thus limiting our field of vision. Dr. Sam Gregg of the Acton Institute argues that the imperatives of Catholic social doctrine still apply because they are grounded in integral human development. He believes that it’s possible to adhere to these principles and also widen the scope of our views on economic life. Sam joins us. 


4:40 – President Obama Signs ENDA Executive Order – No Religious Exemption

President Obama recently signed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which prevents companies that contract with the government from denying employment based on race, gender, religion, sexuality, and gender identity. For 20 years, Congress failed to pass this legislation, suggesting that it may be burdened with a few controversial features. President Clinton and President Bush respected the right of the legislature not to pass the bill, but President Obama is different: he said he signed it because the bill had stalled in the Congress. Why we need the Congress at all he did not explain. The president not only issued an Executive Order imposing ENDA, he chose to sign that version of the bill which fails to grant a religious exemption. We talk about it with Erik Stanley of Alliance Defending Freedom.


5:00 – Non-Negotiable: Essential Principles of a Just Society and Humane Culture

In their founding documents, the United States and the United Nations recognized the principles that all men have inherent dignity and that they deserve equal rights. They both have declared those principles the conditions fundamental to freedom, justice, and peace. Yet both the United States and the United Nations have within them powerful political forces passing laws or resolutions that violate first principles and put at risk the most vulnerable populations. In “Non-Negotiable,” Sheila Liaugminas goes beyond the politics of pragmatism and cultural relativism to reacquaint the reader with first principles. She demonstrates what the Church has to say about the most important issues of our time and why, and she anticipates the questions readers will ask and provides the answers they will need in the struggle to restore respect for human dignity. Sheila joins us. 

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