Kresta in the Afternoon – August 23, 2019 – Hour 1

+  Report: Serious Flaws in 20% of US Hospice Programs

  • Description: We all hope for some peace and comfort at the end of life. Hospices are designed to make that possible, relieving pain and providing emotional and spiritual support. But two new government studies released last month find that the vast majority of hospices have sometimes failed to do that. The reports are the government's first to look at hospice deficiencies nationwide. The Office of the Inspector General in the Department of Health and Human Services found that from 2012 through 2016, health inspectors cited 87% of hospices for deficiencies. And 20% of hospices had lapses serious enough to endanger patients. We talk about it with Rita Marker of Patients Rights Council.
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    • Rita Marker
      Rita Marker is Executive Director of the Patients Rights Council and the author of the critically-acclaimed book Deadly Compassion. You can learn more about living wills and obtain the information packet through the Patient's Rights Council website at http://www.patientsrightscouncil.org/site/contact/ or by calling 740-282-3810 or toll-free at 800-958-5678.
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+  An unlikely Catholic conversion (2 segments)

  • Description: As a college student, Abigail Favale experienced a feminist awakening that reshaped her life and faith. A decade later, on the verge of atheism, she found herself entering the oldest male-helmed institution on the planet--the last place she expected to be. She tells us how.
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    • Abigail Favale
      Abigail Favale is the author of Into the Deep: An Unlikely Catholic Conversion. She directs the William Penn Honors Program at George Fox University, where she teaches seminars in the great books. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in numerous publications, such as The Atlantic and First Things. She was awarded the J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction in 2017 and is currently a writing fellow on issues of life and human dignity for Notre Dame's Church Life Journal.
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    • Into the Deep: An Unlikely Catholic Conversion

      Into the Deep traces one woman's spiritual odyssey from birthright evangelicalism through postmodern feminism and, ultimately, into the Roman Catholic Church. As a college student, Abigail Favale experienced a feminist awakening that reshaped her life and faith. A decade later, on the verge of atheism, she found herself entering the oldest male-helmed institution on the planet--the last place she expected to be.

      With humor and insight, the author describes her gradual exodus from Christian orthodoxy and surprising swerve into Catholicism. She writes candidly about grappling with wounds from her past, Catholic sexual morality, the male priesthood, and an interfaith marriage. Her vivid prose brings to life the wrenching tumult of conversion--a conversion that began after she entered the Church and began to pry open its mysteries. There, she discovered the startling beauty of a sacramental cosmos, a vision of reality that upended her notions of gender, sexuality, identity, and authority. Into the Deep is a thoroughly twenty-first-century conversion, a compelling account of recovering an ancient faith after a decade of doubt.
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