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Kresta in the Afternoon – January 23, 2015

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on January 23, 2015

4:00 – Kresta Comments: Trash Talking Obama


After Al’s commentaries on Obama’s State of the Union, he received some feedback criticizing him for acknowledging positive elements of the speech. After all, Obama is the most pro-choice and anti-religious freedom leader in our history. How could a serious Catholic have anything but disgust for anything Obama says? Al has some thoughts on how disagreeing with the president doesn’t always mean lambasting his every word.

4:20 – Uncle Al Capone

Al Capone has become an iconic symbol of the Prohibition era. Upon hearing his name, we instantly think of the St Valentine’s Day Massacre and Robert De Niro’s brilliant performance in The Untouchables. What was Capone really like? We’re here with his grand-niece, Deirdre Capone, with a behind-the-scenes look at one of the century’s most infamous gangsters.

4:40 – Feast of St. Marianne Cope

Canonized in 2012, St. Marianne Cope is an American saint who spent decades serving in the leper colonies of Moloka’i, Hawai’i. She is the patron saint of lepers, outcasts and AIDS patients. On her feast day, we talk with Matthew Bunson about her work with St. Damien of Moloka’i.

5:00 – SCOTUS Declines to Hear Case Involving the Seal of the Confessional

The Supreme Court has declined to reopen a case that would have required a Louisiana priest to break the seal of the confessional and testify in court. What does this decision say about the state of religious freedom? Why is the seal of the confessional so important? What would be the implications of forcing the priest to break this seal? We discuss these questions with Michael Dunnigan, an expert in both American and Canon law.

5:20 – Yemeni Government Collapses: Open Door for ISIS? 

Rebel fighters in Yemen have seized control of the presidential palace. President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and his government resigned en masse earlier this week. This poses a problem for the fight against ISIS; Hadi was allowing the US to fly over Yemen when conducting airstrikes, something that may not be allowed in the future. There are also fears that al-Qaeda fighters could take advantage of the chaos and seize control. We discuss the situation with Jim Phillips. 

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