Kresta in the Afternoon – January 6, 2009 – Hour 2

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    First Topic – How Abortion Became Kennedy Dogma / What will Obama do with FOCA?

    For faithful Catholics, the thought of yet another pro-choice Kennedy positioned to campaign for the unlimited right to abortion is discouraging. Yet, if Caroline Kennedy, is appointed to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton, abortion advocates will have just such a champion. Ms. Kennedy was so concerned to assure pro-abortion leaders in New York, that on the same day she called NY Gov. David Patterson to declare interest in the Senate seat, one of her first calls was to an abortion rights group, indicating she will be strongly pro-choice. Anne Hendershott is the author of The Politics of Abortion in which she argued that Roe v Wade effectively radicalized the abortion debate by denying to the pro-life side the ordinary tools of politics and persuasion, and asks that we begin to move the discussions from the courts back to the realm of politics where there might be some prospect of resolution. She is with us to discuss the possibility of another Sen. Kennedy and her analysis of what President Obama will do with FOCA.

    Second Topic – Feast of Epiphany / Israel Pilgrimage

    Up till now, all has been quite humble. A donkey-ride to a dusty town south of Jerusalem. Hotel rooms all booked up. Giving birth in a stable and laying the baby in an animal’s feed trough instead of a cozy cradle. Into this scene of obscure poverty suddenly bursts an exotic entourage from a far off land. Dignitaries in dress uniform lavish the newborn with expensive gifts that seem out of place in the humble surroundings. This event is so significant that it is accorded its own feast in the Roman liturgy. Traditionally celebrated today, January 6, the twelfth day of Christmas. This solemn feast is called Epiphany, a word that means “manifestation” or “appearance.” Steve Ray is here to discuss it.

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