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Kresta in the Afternoon – January 21, 2021 – Hour 1

Kresta Comments: Bishops Respond to the Inauguration

In its official statement yesterday, the USCCB expressed a desire to work with President Biden’s administration on matters such as care for the poor, but also explicitly stated the problems with Biden’s support for abortion. Al has some comments.

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Archbishop Gomez: A Profile in Episcopal Courage

Washington Post: As Biden is sworn in, president of U.S. bishops assails him over abortion

In unprecedented move, Cardinal Cupich criticizes USCCB statement on Biden

USCCB Full Statement

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Supreme Court Takes Up Non-Profit Free Speech Case

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case concerning freedom of speech and association. In 2015, then-Attorney General of California Kamala Harris tried to force the Thomas More Law Center to hand over its list of donors, a move the Law Center says would subject donors to harassment. Richard Thompson joins us with more.

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson is President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center. His accomplishments included successfully defending the constitutionality of Michigan’s Mandatory Life Law for major drug dealers in the United States Supreme Court and creating the state’s first Child Sexual Assault Crimes Unit. He gained national prominence as prosecuting attorney for his uncompromising stand against Jack Kevorkian, despite public opinion in Michigan which overwhelmingly supported “Dr. Death” and Physician Assisted Suicide. Visit

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Supreme Court May Finally Reverse Kamala Harris’s Attack on Free Speech

Xavier Becerra’s Nonprofit Problem

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Did the Vatican Intervene on the USCCB’s Biden Statement?

In a statement released yesterday morning, the USCCB welcomed President Biden to the White House and expressed a desire to work with him on matters such as care for the poor. But it was also explicit about the contradiction between Biden’s faith and his support for abortion. The release of the statement was reportedly delayed after a Vatican intervention as Church officials debated whether it was worded too strongly. JD Flynn has the details.

JD Flynn

JD Flynn is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Pillar, a new Catholic media project focused on smart, faithful, and serious journalism, from committed and informed Catholics who love the Church. Visit them at

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US bishop responses to Gomez statement on Biden inauguration

Will the real Cardinal Tobin please stand up?

Updated: Vatican intervened to spike US bishops’ Biden statement release

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