Talking about the Things That Matter Most on September 16
4:00 – Kresta Comments
4:20 – Pope Francis Weds 20 Cohabiting Couples
Pope Francis made headlines this weekend by holding a mass wedding ceremony for 20 cohabiting couples. Predictably, the mainstream media used this as further proof of Francis’ alleged “progressivism.” TIME magazine proclaimed the ceremony as a “hint of coming changes for the Church” and CBS said it was another step Francis’ “push for inclusion.” Contrary to the claims of the media, the marriages performed this weekend were legitimate and in line with Church tradition. The Church is strictly against cohabitation; however, cohabiting couples are allowed to marry in the Church provided they meet certain requirements. Ed Peters, a professor of Canon Law at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, is with us to talk about it.
4:40 –The Catholic League and the St. Patrick’s Day parade
In recent years the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade has come under fire for “excluding” gay rights groups. This year the parade announced it would allow one gay rights group to march under their own banner, and is open to more groups doing so in the future. News outlets failed to mention that gay rights groups were not exclusively targeted. Parade organizers had a widespread ban against political groups marching in the parade, and also prohibited pro-life groups from marching under their own banner. Despite the change in parade policy, there are no pro-life groups scheduled to march in the 2015 parade. Parade organizers claim that no groups applied, but Catholic League President Bill Donohue says this is because there was no announcement of the policy change. Bill joins us to talk about the controversy and why the Catholic League is done with the parade.
5:00 – Kresta Comments: The Satanic Temple Comes to Detroit/ Media hype over sensational headlines
The Satanic Temple, an atheistic satanic “church,” recently announced that it is opening a chapter in Detroit. On Sunday, Al debated the Temple’s leader, Jex Blackmore, on Fox 2 Detroit’s Let it Rip. Al asserts that the Satanic Temple is little more than an attention-seeking sideshow. We will play highlights from the debate and Al will give his comments. From there, Al discusses the media hype over sensational headlines, including how the media has covered the Satanic Temple. He also discusses media sensationalism over Francis’ decision to wed cohabiting couples and NFL superstar Adrian Peterson’s accusations of child abuse.