Kresta in the Afternoon – September 26, 2019 – Hour 2

+  Transgender Man Allowed to Sue Catholic Hospital

  • Description: A transgender man in California will be allowed to sue a Catholic hospital that has refused to perform a hysterectomy. Evan Minton, a biological woman who identifies as a man, says the procedure was canceled when she said she is transgender. This is another example of the claim that doctors cannot allow personal religious beliefs to affect their work - a trend Wes Smith has been following for more than 20 years. He joins us.
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    • Dr. Wes Smith
      Wes Smith is a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism and a consultant to the Patients Rights Council. He’s the author of 13 books, most recently “Culture of Death: The age of Do-Harm Medicine.” Find his Human Exceptionalism blog at National Review and further writings at First Things.
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+  The Healing Imperative: The Early Church and the Invention of Medicine (2 segments)

  • Description: In the tenth chapter of Luke’s Gospel, Christ commands his apostles to “heal the sick and say to them, ‘the kingdom of God has come near to you.’” They were supposed to heal the sick even before they preached the Gospel. On this feast of Cosmas and Damien, Mike Aquilina takes a look at this healing imperative and how it ushered in the world of modern medicine.
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    • Mike Aquilina
      Mike Aquilina is the author of more than fifty books, including the best-selling The Fathers of the Church: An Introduction to the First Christian Teachers; The Mass of the Early Christians; and How the Choir Converted the World: Through Hymns, With Hymns, In Hymns. His reviews, essays, and journalism have appeared in First Things, Touchstone, National Catholic Register, and elsewhere. Visit
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    • The Healing Imperative: The Early Church and the Invention of Medicine as We Know It

      "Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you; heal the sick in it and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.'" —Luke 10:8-9 When Jesus sent seventy disciples on ahead of him, part of their mission was to heal the sick. In fact, they were supposed to heal the sick before they preached the Gospel. Best-selling author Mike Aquilina calls this command the healing imperative. And it's an imperative that ushered in the world of modern medicine. In The Healing Imperative: The Early Church and the Invention of Medicine as We Know It, Aquilina reconstructs the fascinating history of a uniquely Christian institution: the hospital. Underlining how the virtues of charity and hospitality motivated the first generations of Christians, along with Jesus' explicit command to heal the sick, the author shows just how revolutionary the actions of Christian doctors and nurses were and how they transformed society in ways that still reverberate today. The radical developments in health care spearheaded by Christians influenced culture, society, and civilization. As The Healing Imperative proves, now more than ever, the compassion of Christians is needed to guide the world of medicine. Jesus' command still resonates, and Aquilina urges us to respond. (learn more)

    • The Apostles and Their Times

      Here is an unflinching look at the lives and sacrifices of those first Christians who were given the task of spreading the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Relying on the ancient documents, as well as latest archeological findings and scientific research, acclaimed author Mike Aquilina takes you on a journey through the Apostolic Age, bringing to life the ancient streets and crowded marketplaces through which Mary and the Apostles journeyed as they built a Church that lasts even to our day. You'll also discover the beliefs of the early Christians, what they taught about the Eucharist and the Divinity of Christ, how their Church services resembles today's Mass, and how Rome became the spiritual center for Christianity. Read these pages, and you'll come to see that despite the best efforts of their enemies, the blood of the Apostles did not snuff out the Faith but brought forth great saints whose holy deeds and brave examples gave the besieged Church a vigor that lasts even to today. The Apostles and Their Times will give you confidence that the Church is indeed Christ acting in the world, and that no matter how ruthless her opponents, she will endure to the end of time. (learn more)

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