Kresta in the Afternoon – August 2, 2018 – Hour 1

+  Children are being Euthanized in Belgium

  • Description: Like abortion advocates, the so-called "Death with Dignity" movement has always crowed the virtue of choice. And like abortion, we see more and more proof that many who "choose" to die have no choice at all. The latest example from Belgium shows that at least three children, one as young as nine, have been euthanized. We talk with Wes Smith.
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    • 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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+  Why Leaders Fail: Narcissism vs. Service

  • Description: The list of dedicated, talented leaders who fail in spectacular ways is long, both in the secular world and in the Church. Why do such hard-working, charismatic people ultimately fall short of their goals? The Bathsheba Syndrome highlights how narcissism and power can cause leaders to stray from the path of selfless service. Rev. Msgr. Stephen Rossetti joins us with ways to avoid this human trap.
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    • Msgr. Stephen Rossetti
      Msgr. Rossetti is a priest of the Diocese of Syracuse, a clinical psychologist, and a clinical associate professor at The Catholic University of America. Msgr. Rossetti holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from CUA and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Boston College. He served in two parishes immediately after ordination and is a 1973 graduate of the Air Force Academy. Msgr. Rossetti was president of Saint Luke Institute from 1996 to 2009 and served two stints as the Catholic chaplain to Antarctica and the South Pole. The author of numerous books and articles on priestly wellness and spirituality, Msgr. Rossetti is a much sought-after speaker in the United States and abroad.
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+  Did the Vatican get it right on the global financial crisis?

  • Description: Early this year the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development jointly released a document called Oeconomicae et pecuniae quaestiones (“On Economic and Monetary Issues”), which was intended to give insights and guidance for the current financial system. In response, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued an extensive letter to the Vatican addressing some of the document's points. What did the Vatican say and what drove the response? We talk with Dr Robert Whaples.
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    • Dr. Robert Whaples
      Dr Robert Whaples is Professor of Economics at Wake Forest University and the editor of several books including Pope Francis and the Caring Society. His doctoral dissertation "The Shortening of the American Work Week: An Economic and Historical Analysis" won the Allen Nevins Prize from the Economic History Association. He's also Co-editor of The Independent Review.
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    • Pope Francis and the Caring Society

      Pope Francis and the Caring Society is a thoughtful exploration of the Pope’s earnest call for a dialogue on building a truly compassionate society. Francis’s fervent support for uplifting the poor and protecting the environment has inspired far-reaching discussions worldwide: Do capitalism and socialism have positive or negative social consequences? What is the most effective way to fight poverty? And what value does a religious perspective offer in addressing moral, political, and economic problems? Pope Francis and the Caring Society is an indispensable resource for consideration of these vital questions. Edited by Robert M. Whaples, with a foreword by Michael Novak, the book provides an integrated perspective on Francis and the issues he has raised, examining the intersection of religion, politics, and economics. Readers will discover important historical and cultural context for considering Francis’s views, along with alternative solutions for environmental preservation, a defense of Francis’s criticism of power and privilege, a case for market-based entrepreneurship and private charity as potent tools for fighting poverty, and an examination of Francis’s philosophy of the family. Pope Francis and the Caring Society is essential reading for anyone interested in creating a better, more caring, and prosperous world. (learn more)

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