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Kresta in the Afternoon – December 14, 2020 – Hour 2

SEG 5-1: Vaccine Rollout Begins: Can they make it mandatory?  

This weekend trucks carrying the Pfizer Covid vaccine chugged across the country and this morning the first healthcare workers received their doses. The vaccine rollout is expected to increase dramatically over the coming weeks. Most of the vaccines have been found to be morally acceptable – but what if states require citizens to take them? Dr. Steve Doran joins us.

Dr. Steve Doran

Dr. Stephen Doran is a practicing neurosurgeon in Omaha and a member of the State of Nebraska COVID 19 task force.  He is in formation for the permanent diaconate and is the bioethicist for the Archdiocese of Omaha.  He is cofounder along with his wife Sharon Doran of “Seeking Truth Catholic Bible Study.

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Questions surround possibility of mandatory coronavirus vaccinations

First Coronavirus Vaccines Head to States, Starting Historic Effort

The Ethics of a COVID-19 Vaccine

USCCB Statement on Vaccines

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SEG 5-2: Meeting Mary in the Gospels (2 segments)

May may be the “official” Month of Mary, but December is a special month as well. With the Feasts of the Immaculate Conception and Guadalupe, not to mention Christmas, it’s an ideal time to rediscover what the Gospels say about our Blessed Mother. William Albrecht and Fr. Christiaan Kappes join us.

William Albrecht

William Albrecht is the coauthor of Mary Among the Evangelists: The Definitive Guide for Solving Biblical Questions About Mary. William is co-host for Reason & Theology, as well as having guest appeared on EWTN, Virgin Most Powerful Radio, and many other networks. William runs a website dedicated to the Early Church Fathers that includes unique translations, articles, commentaries, and debates on the Fathers of the Church.

Fr. Christiaan Kappes

Rev. Dr. Christiaan Kappes is currently academic dean and professor at Ss Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh PA. He is author of numerous books and articles in peer-review publications that touch upon Mariology. Those who wish to study more formally with him or to obtain a Masters in Theology from his Theological School online should feel free to contact him at

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