Kresta in the Afternoon – December 6, 2007 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – Spe Salvi – In Hope We Are Saved

    Spe Salvi, the 2nd encyclical letter of Pope Benedict XVI, is a profound, tightly reasoned, and extremely accessible meditation on the theological virtue of hope. The Holy Father says “the world needs God, otherwise it remains without hope.” Pope Benedict is convinced that the rejection of Christian faith and hope -- the rejection of God -- in the end brings man to lose himself. We continue to unpack “Spe Salvi” with Dr. Eduardo Echeverria of Sacred Heart Major Seminary.

    Second Topic – Long-Awaited Romney Speech: “Faith in America”

    Mitt Romney put it all on the line this morning, deciding to go forward with a speech on his Mormon faith - a risky and controversial move, even among those within his campaign. He said, “I will serve no one religion, no one group, no one cause, and no one interest.” Richard Ostling spent 30 years as religion writer for TIME Magazine and is the author of Mormon America. He analyzes the speech.

    Third Topic – Philly Wins War With the Boy Scouts

    For three years the Philadelphia council of the Boy Scouts of America held its ground. It resisted the city's demands to change its policy regarding homosexual leaders despite threats that if it did not do so, the city would evict the group from a municipal building where the Scouts have resided since 1928. Hailed as the birthplace of the Boy Scouts, the Beaux Arts building is the seat of the seventh-largest chapter of the organization and the first of the more than 300 council service centers built by the Scouts around the country over the past century. This week the Boy Scouts made their last stand and lost. We examine this travesty.

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