Kresta in the Afternoon – January 4, 2010 – Hour 1

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    Topic One – The Biggest Vatican Stories of the Decade

    'Tis the season for end-of-decade countdowns, like “best baseball comebacks” and “worst fashion blunders.” In that spirit, John Allen recently dedicated his column to the biggest Vatican stories of the decade. Of course, John says, “most covered” and “most important” are hardly equivalent terms, but at least we can say with certainty which Vatican stories of the past decade generated the most buzz in the United States -- making them most likely to shape the perceptions of the average American about what the Vatican and the pope are up to.

    Topic Two – Nancy Pelosi Explains How Her Conscience Trumps Church Teaching

    The rift between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Catholic Church will likely grow thanks to new comments the abortion advocate made. Pelosi said in a new interview that the "free will" of women wanting abortions outweighs pro-life Catholic teachings. Pelosi said "I practically mourn this difference of opinion because I feel what I was raised to believe is consistent with what I profess, and that is that we are all endowed with a free will and a responsibility to answer for our actions," she continues. "And that women should have that opportunity to exercise their free will." J. Budziszewski is here to explain the proper understanding of conscience in moral decision-making.

    Topic Three – WORLD Magazine: Top 10 stories of 2009

    The editors of WORLD Magazine have released their list of the top 10 stories of 2009. WORLD magazine is the nation's most widely-read Christian news magazine.  WORLD maintains staff writers in Washington, New York, and other key U.S. cities, and has a network of correspondents around the world. Editor Mindy Belz is here to look at Barak Obama, health care, wars, and triumphs.

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