Kresta in the Afternoon – April 23, 2012 – Hour 1

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    First Topic - Commemorating Chuck Colson

    Fr. Robert Sirico first came to know about Chuck Colson in the same way millions of others did: in the role he played as one of the "Watergate Seven" and described as President Nixon's  "hard man," willing to get done what needed to be done.  Shortly after the events surrounding the Watergate scandal in the early 1970s, he heard of his conversion to the Christian faith and read his now classic journey in "Born Again." Never did he think he would come to meet this man, much less to eventually count him as a colleague and good personal friend. Fr. Sirico is here to memorialize Colson after he passed away this weekend at the age of 80.

    Second Topic - Kresta Comments - Earth Day

    Pope Benedict has not been shy in regards to issues of the environment. He has spoken frequently about everyone's right to food, right to water and responsible sharing. He has spoken about the real meaning of progress and development and what that means for our planet of limited resources. He has discussed climate change, the connection between science and nature and how the path of cultivating peace is directly linked to protecting creation. Yesterday was Earth Day and Al has some comments about a Catholic view of creation care.

    Third Topic - Sued for Defamation By Ottawa Priest

    The promostly in the U.S. and Canada. It has consistently called for Father Raymond Gravel - briefly a separatist member of the Canadian parliament - to either renounce his views on abortion and homosexuality or give up the priesthood. Gravel has taught Bible studies and carries out pastoral ministry in the Diocese of Joliette, Quebec. Now, Father Gravel is suing LifeSite, its five Canadian staffers, and Campaign Life Quebec and its former executive director, Luc Gagnon, for $500,000 (Canadian) for damage to his reputation and loss of his job. LifeSiteNews editor John Henry Westin is with us to tell the story.


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