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

Fr. Robert Sirico tells updates us on Jimmy Lai’s struggles in Hong Kong and Keaton Douglas shares how Catholic spirituality can help with our crisis of addiction. 


Jimmy Lai Denied U.K. Human Rights Lawyer—Again

Human rights champion Jimmy Lai has suffered another defeat at the hands of the Chinese court. Despite the fact that he is a UK citizen, he has been denied access to a UK human rights lawyer as he faces charges under Beijing’s National Security Law. We talk more about this, as well as the upcoming Acton University, with Fr. Robert Sirico.

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Jimmy Lai Denied U.K. Human Rights Lawyer—Again

Fr. Sirico’s Congressional Testimony on Jimmy Lai, Human Rights in Hong Kong

Fr Robert Sirico is the co-founder and president emeritus of the Acton Institute. He is also pastor emeritus of Sacred Heart Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the author of The Economics of the Parables. Visit and watch The Hong Konger on Acton’s youtube channel.

Addiction: A Spiritual Disease with a Spiritual Remedy

Substance abuse is the 3rd-leading cause of death in the United States, claiming more than 175.000 lives every year – and the crisis has accelerated since the pandemic. Many contemporary therapists overlook the fact that addiction isn’t just a physical and physiological illness – it’s a spiritual disease that requires spiritual remedy. Keaton Douglas joins us with more.

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Keaton Douglas is the author of The Road to Hope: Responding to the Crisis of Addiction and the executive director of the iTHIRST Initiative. She is a consultant, educator, counselor and guest speaker in the field of addiction and the role that Catholic Spirituality can play in recovery. Visit
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