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Kresta in the Afternoon – March 23, 2023 – Hour 2

Ambassador Joe Cella shares how you can send a spiritual bouquet to persecuted Christian leaders, and John Czarnetzky looks at the history of the Due Process principle at the Supreme Court..


Offering Spiritual Bouquets for Catholic Heroes

At last week’s National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Ambassador Joe Cella called for Catholics to send spiritual bouquets to Jimmy Lai and Bishop Rolando Alvarez, who have become the faces of modern Christian persecution. He joins us today.

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Spiritual Bouquet for Persecuted Christians 

Ambassador Joe Cella served as US Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu from 2019-2021. He remains engaged with the growing threat of China to the Indo-Pacific region and the United States, delivering remarks and advising policy makers. He has more than 25 years of experience in public service and the private sector and has advised members of the US Senate and House of Representatives. He is the founder and principal of the Pontifex Group consulting firm and the Founder of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast as well as the Co-Founder of In Defense of Christians.

How does the Supreme Court understand Due Process?

In his concurring opinion for the Dobbs decision, Justice Clarence Thomas called the principle of substantive due process an “oxymoron” and said it is not a legal justification for abortion. Dean John Czarnetzky helps us understand this principle of Due Process and how the Court has applied it over the years.  

John Czarnetzky is Chief Executive Officer and Dean at the Ave Maria School of Law. He also serves as a legal adviser to the Holy See’s Mission to the United Nations, representing the Holy See in negotiations, including establishing the International Criminal Court and several international treaties, including one on the rights of persons with disabilities. Dean Czarnetzky is a lay member of the Dominican Order and a third-degree Knight of Columbus.
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