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Kresta in the Afternoon – June 22, 2021 – Hour 1

Al continues our look at the USCCB meeting and Ed Whelan explains the impact of the Fulton court decision.

Kresta Comments: The Communion Debate – Back to Basics 

Detroit radio station WJR aired a brief news piece today looking at the USCCB’s pending document on proper reception of abortion. While the exchange did have its merits, it also repeated several misconceptions about the story and why it matters to American Catholics. How can you explain this debate to someone who is not a practicing Catholic? Al takes a look at the discussion and offers his analysis. 

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Congressman challenges Gomez with Eucharist ‘dare.’ What’s at stake now?

Ed Peters on Canon 915

Why Biden was Denied Communion (2019)

About Biden, let’s ask the right questions well

Canon 915’s moment has arrived

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Take a Pilgrimage to St. Augustine, Florida – Where it All Began!

Close your eyes and let your mind take you back to 1565, when five Spanish ships sailed into a cove on the coast of what we now know as Florida. They went ashore, where they soon celebrated the first Mass in the New World. You have an opportunity to see the sites for yourself this fall with Steve Ray and Al, who give us a preview.

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Footprints of God St Augustine pilgrimage

Steve Ray leads pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Rome and other sites. He converted to Catholicism in 1994 and is the author of “Crossing the Tiber,” “Upon this Rock” and other books. He’s the host and producer of the Footprints of God DVD series and has been to the Holy Land more than 180 times. He also writes bible studies for Catholic Scripture Study International Visit and

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Understanding the roots of the Fulton decision

Last week the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 in favor of Catholic Social Services, finding that the City of Philadelphia cannot force them to certify same-sex couples as foster parents. We can’t fully understand this case without looking at another decision – Employment Division v Smith, more commonly known as Smith v Oregon. Ed Whelan helps us unpack it.

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Douglas Laycock on the Fulton Decision

Fulton and the future of Religious Liberty

A Quick Guide to Today’s Opinions in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia

When a “Rule” Doesn’t Rule: The Failure of the Oregon Employment Division v. Smith “Hybrid Rights Exception”

ED WHELAN is a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY CENTER and holds EPPC’s Antonin Scalia Chair in Constitutional Studies. He is a regular contributor to NRO’s BENCH MEMOS. He is co-editor of The Essential Scalia: On the Constitution, the Courts, and the Rule of Law. Follow him @edwhelaneppc

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