Kresta in the Afternoon – June 1, 2012 – Hour 2

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    5:00 - Kresta Comments

    5:20 - Rare Canon Lawsuit Filed Against Georgetown University

    Georgetown University alumni, students and others are preparing a canon law suit to be filed with the Archdiocese of Washington and the Vatican, seeking remedies "up to and including the possible removal or suspension of top-ranked Georgetown's right to call itself Catholic or Jesuit in its fundraising and representations to applicants." The move comes on the heels of an unprecedented rebuke of Georgetown and its first lay president by His Eminence, Donald Cardinal Wuerl over Georgetown's invitation to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to be a diploma ceremony speaker. The St. Joseph Foundation Canon Lawyers are working on the case and canon lawyer Michael Dunnigan joins us.

    5:40 - The Cristero War and the Knights of Columbus

    When the Mexican government of Plutarco Elías Calles began persecuting the Catholic Church in the 1920s, priests were not immune. In fact, they became targets of the regime. One of the hundreds of priests killed during that time for simply carrying out his priestly ministry was Father José María Robles Hurtado. His martyrdom in 1927 at the hands of Mexican troops is depicted in the film For Greater Glory, which opens today. The film sets the story of his martyrdom in the broader context of the persecution of the Church in Mexico at that time. During that same period, the Knights of Columbus in Mexico was instrumental in founding the League of the Defense of Religious Liberty, which organized economic boycotts and petition drives in response to the persecution. We talk to Andrew Walther, spokesman for the Knights, about the role of the Knights in the Cristero War.


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