Kresta in the Afternoon – April 2, 2012 – Hour 2

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    First Topic - Vanderbilt Catholic Group Forced to Leave Campus Over University Policy

    A Catholic student group says it will leave the Vanderbilt University campus at the end of the year over a controversial school policy which bars the group from requiring its leaders to be Catholic. The university policy prevents student groups from requiring their leaders to hold specific religious beliefs, It has an "all-comers" policy, which means that groups must be open to all students and must allow every student member to run for office. Leaders of Vanderbilt Catholic say the rule makes no sense. They will not comply and instead will become an independent off-campus ministry. We talk with their chaplain Fr. John Sims Baker.

    Second Topic - Analyzing the Pope's Trip: What Message Did Benedict Want to Leave With Cuba and Mexico?

    Pope Benedict XVI wraps up his visit to Cuba on Wednesday with an open-air Mass in the shrine of the Cuban revolution, and a meeting with Fidel Castro. He delivered a number of addresses and issued a number of challenges to the Cuban as well as the US government. We analyze the trip and messages of Pope Benedict with Dr. Matthew Bunson.

    Third Topic - Biden: HHS Mandate Opponents "Out of Touch With Reality"

    In a weekend interview, pro-abortion Vice-President Joe Biden claimed those opposed to the HHS mandate forcing religious employers to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions are "out of touch with reality." Biden appeared on the "Face the Nation" on CBS and told host Bob Schieffer that he found the recent debate over the mandate "remarkable." "I just find it remarkable that the argument is even taking place," Biden said. "I think it's totally out of touch with reality and totally out of touch with what the Independent" voters of America think. He said such opposition violates "the right of women to decide for themselves, whether or not they want to use contraception." We play the exchange and Al has the reaction.

     

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