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

Kresta Comments: Social Justice is a Weasely Word

How did we get to a point where Catholics had to “choose” between being concerned over social justice issues and concerned over the Right to Life? Al discusses.

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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.

Kathy Mears

Kathy Mears is the interim president and CEO of the National Catholic Educational Association. Visit

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National Catholic Educational Association

Catholic school enrollment sees sharpest drop in nearly 50 years

Catholic School Enrollment and School Closures, Post-COVID-19

The Serious Work for Catholic Schools Begins Now

A Look at Catholic School Data

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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.

Charles LiMandri

Charles LiMandri is Special Counsel for the Thomas More Society and partner at LiMandri & Jonna LLP. Visit

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Thomas More Society

Supreme Court rebukes California’s strict coronavirus rules for churches

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