Kresta in the Afternoon – April 14, 2009

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    First Topic – Sexting: A 21st Century Challenge for Parents and Lawmakers

    Text messaging graphic pictures of yourself could soon be legal for teens in Vermont. Lawmakers and others around the country are considering legislation that would make it legal for teenagers 18 and under to exchange explicit photos and videos of themselves – an act that's come to be known by teens as "sexting." Under current laws, teenagers have been prosecuted as sex offenders for sending graphic sexual images of themselves or forwarding such pictures, even if it was consensual. In a recent study, 18 percent of female teen students nationwide say they've tried sexting. We talk with pediatrician Dr. Meg Meeker, author of Your Kids at Risk: How Teen Sex Threatens Our Sons and Daughters.

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    Third Topic – Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins Attempts to do Canon Law – Success or Failure?

    Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins continues to flail about for an adequate response to his monumental gaff of bestowing an honorary doctor of laws degree on a president who has spent his entire political career seeing to it that millions of human beings are excluded from the protection of law. Jenkins’ latest attempt as a venture into canon law. And so Jenkins, invoking unidentified canon lawyers, holds that the USCCB's 2004 statement, “Catholics in Political Life", merely restricts Catholic institutions from honoring Catholics whose public record evidences disdain for fundamental moral principles. Canon Lawyer Ed Peters asks “Is the man serious?”

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