Kresta in the Afternoon – August 21, 2007 – Hour 2

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    First Topic – New social encyclical forthcoming?

    Reports have leaked that the Pope is writing another encyclical - his first social encyclical - on globalization. It is reported to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's encyclical Populorum Progressio. Further reporting indicates that the encyclical will will condemn tax evasion as “socially unjust.” The pontiff will denounce the use of “tax havens” and offshore bank accounts by wealthy individuals, since this reduces tax revenues for the benefit of society as a whole.  Fr. Robert Sirico of the Acton Institute is with us to discuss these reports.

    Second Topic – Setting limits on conversions?

    Two recent stories out of the Vatican feature headlines that involve the limits of proselytism-- or, if you prefer, evangelization. Is it ever wrong to encourage others to come into the Catholic Church? We can all quickly agree, I hope, that Catholic evangelists should never use force or fraud to spur a conversion. But what about simple, honest, friendly conversation? We look at the concept of putting limits on evangelization with Fr. James Massa of the USCCB office for ecumenism.

    Third Topic – Kresta Comments

    A judge in Florida has been hammered by a defense lawyer for his association with Ave Maria Law School. The complaint cites the fact that he has contributed to Ave Maria and has two Ave Maria grads as clerks as the reason he cannot be trusted to be impartial. Al has comments.

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