Kresta in the Afternoon – February 9, 2009 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – TBA

    Second Topic – The Legion and Canon Law

    With the recent revelation of Fr. Maciel’s mistress and daughter, several canon lawyers are now proposing different solutions to the problems surrounding the Legion / RC. Some are even calling for the organizations be disbanded completely. Canon lawyer Pete Vere offers his opinion on the canonical implications.

    Third Topic – Italian cabinet / Vatican intervene to save comatose patient from starvation

    The Italian cabinet has unanimously approved an emergency decree prohibiting health-care institutions from removing food and water from needy patients. The emergency decree would remain in force for 60 days, allowing time for parliament to debate a proposal that would make the measure permanent. The cabinet decision would save the life of Eluana Englaro, the comatose patient at the center of a controversial "right to die" case. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had backed the decree, saying, "We can't allow responsibility for Eluana's death to fall on us." However, the decree does not take effect until signed by President Giorgio Napolitano, who has said he opposes the measure because it contradicts the ruling of an Italian court. "Right-to-die" advocates in Italy complained that the government had been unduly influenced by the Catholic Church, and the daily newspaper La Stampa reported that Berlusconi took action after receiving a personal phone call from the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. We talk about this case, eerily similar to that of Terri Schiavo, with Rita Marker of the anti-euthanasia task force.

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