Kresta in the Afternoon – July 20, 2009 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – Kresta Comments

    Second Topic – Death Row Inmate Wins Fight to have Mass Shown in Cells

    Many convicted killers seek solace in the Lord in their final days, and Donald Lee Leger is among them. Further, he insists on the Catholic interpretation -- not a Baptist version that blared on the TV sets for all death-row prisoners at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. So he sought help from the American Civil Liberties Union. Though the ACLU has fought for separation of church and state in the public square -- Nativity scenes, Ten Commandments, crosses -- in Leger's case it defended a particular brand of worship in a taxpayer-financed cage for the state's most evil men. We talk about this case with Pat Nolan of Prison Fellowship and Justice Fellowship.

    Third Topic – Walking Across America for the Conversion of Youth

    It was in the heart of Iowa, where Jon Leonetti was born and raised, that he fell in love with his Catholic faith.  As the host of the Catholic radio show, Martyrs of the Third Millennium, Jon was ready to take the message of the New Evangelization from the air waves to the streets.  Inspired through reading the lives of the saints Jon has realized that in order to live his Catholic faith to the fullest, he has to give it all.  That is why he has chosen to walk, over 3,500 miles, asking young people to take on a new way of living, one where they are lost in the love of Jesus Christ. Through this journey in faith, Jon and his friend Jesse are encouraging young people to live their lives as a Martyr of the Third Millennium, one who continually dies to self and lives for something greater, our God.  We catch up with them in PA.

    Fourth Topic – Passionate Speech in House of Lords Halts “Assisted Suicide” Bill in Britain

    Well, it's been defeated ... for the moment. A proposal to legalize “assisted suicide” was raised in the British Parliament and, thanks largely to a heart-wrenching speech from Baroness Jane Campbell, was voted down. The proposed new law was raised as an amendment in the House of Lords. Recently there has been much publicity given in Britain to people whose grave disabilities have made them believe they no longer wish to live, and who have travelled to Switzerland with relatives to die in a scheme operated by an organization created specifically for this purpose. We talk with British Catholic journalist Joanna Bogle.

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