Kresta in the Afternoon – January 6, 2009 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – Travolta Disease “Rarely Fatal” - Scientology Debate Erupts

    A post-mortem examination has determined that John Travolta’s chronically ill son died of a seizure, as controversy has erupted over the Scientologist actor’s handling of the boy’s medical condition. According to the family, Jett Travolta, 16, suffered a seizure and hit his head on a bathtub at their holiday home in the Bahamas, where he was found dead on Friday. Medical examiners now say there was no sign of head trauma ad have listed the cause of death as “seizure”. The Travolta’s said in 2003 that they had detoxed Jet in a program devised by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. We take to opportunity to look at the teachings of Scientology regarding medication, theology, and the last things. Jimmy Akin is our guest.

    Second Topic – The Top 10 Neglected Catholic Stories of 2008

    For most media outlets in the United States, there were really only two big Catholic stories in 2008: Pope Benedict XVI’s April visit to Washington and New York, and the fate of the “Catholic vote” in the November elections. Both, of course, were important tales to tell, and for the most part church officials have no right to complain. Saturation coverage of the pope’s trip alone probably meant the Catholic church drew more positive notice in ’08 than in most years, especially recently. Yet, inevitably, plenty of other important Catholic stories flew below the radar. To remedy that, John Allen joins us for a rundown of the “Top Ten Neglected Catholic Stories of the Year.”

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