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

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    First Topic – Papal Social Encyclical Released Tomorrow

    The public release of Caritatis in Veritate has been anticipated for more than a year. By the time we wake up tomorrow morning, it will have been released in a press conference at the Vatican. The encyclical has been repeatedly delayed-- most recently by a desire to amend the text in order to respond to questions raised by the current worldwide economic crisis. Reports say the text will be a theoretical reflection on the global economy, invoking traditional Catholic principles such as subsidiarity and solidarity. While the text will be critical of market failures, some who have read it say that it would be wrong to characterize the encyclical as "good news for liberals and bad news for conservatives;" both sides of the political spectrum will be challenged. We talk to Fr. Robert Sirico of the Acton Institute about the forthcoming document.

    Second Topic – Abortionist Fined $10,000 For Killing Woman

    MI abortionist Alberto Hodari has been fined $10,000 by the State of Michigan for the 2003 abortion death of Regina Johnson. Now we know what a woman’s life is worth in the State of Michigan once she walks into an abortion clinic. In exchange for the fine, counts of negligence and incompetence against Hodari were dismissed, leaving only the charge that his conduct constituted a “lack of good moral character.” Yet another slap on the wrist for this abortionist who has been in trouble many times before. We talk with Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society who, last year, found aborted babies and medical records in Hodari’s dumpster.

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