Kresta in the Afternoon – June 18, 2009

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    First Topic – Pope Benedict XVI and His Vision of Liturgy

    Pope Benedict XVI has made a key personnel change in the Roman Curia, appointing an American Dominican, Father Augstine DiNoia, as secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship. Father DiNoia - who will become an archbishop as he assumes his new role - replaces Archbishop Albert Malcolm Ranjith, who has been named Archbishop of Colombo in his native Sri Lanka. We talk with expert liturgist, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, about this move as well as the Holy Father’s wider vision for authentic liturgy.

    Second Topic – Universal Health Care – Or a Private Sector Solution?

    Reform of the American health care sector is urgent. The current trend of ever increasing health-care spending, superimposed upon technological advancement and an aging demographic, is unsustainable. Approximately 15 percent of Americans lack health insurance and millions are underinsured or struggling with medical bills. Employer based medical care is disintegrating. Well-intentioned leaders often advocate for ‘comprehensive’ or ‘universal’ reform with more government or employer involvement in health care. Yet our government has a record found wanting in the defense of human dignity. Broad mandates threaten those whose consciences are committed to the sanctity of life. Furthermore, approximately 50 percent of medical spending is already government funded and expenses continue to escalate. Medicare faces insolvency by 2019, or earlier. United States firms struggle to compete in the global marketplace against firms not similarly responsible for medical benefits. How ought health care be reformed? We attack that question with an M.D., Dr. Donald Condit of the Acton Institute.

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