Kresta in the Afternoon – June 27, 2014 – Hour 1

+  Massachusetts buffer zone case: an activist perspective

+  Are we in the midst of a ‘golden age’ of the papacy?

  • Description: The recent canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II and the announcement that Pope Paul VI will be beatified in October have caused different reactions. Some feel that we have entered a golden age of the papacy, and others fear it is a time of dangerous self-canonization. Most of the popes from the last century are either beatified or being considered for beatification; only three deceased popes since 1878 are not candidates for canonization. Matthew Bunson, a senior correspondent for Our Sunday Visitor, discussed the issue in a recent article. Matthew joins us.
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+  Iraq's top cleric calls for deal on PM by Tuesday

  • Description: Iraq's top Shiite cleric stepped up the pressure Friday on politicians to agree on Iraq's next prime minister, after incumbent Nouri al-Maliki lost the confidence of former allies in the fight against Sunni militants. The appeal by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani comes as al-Maliki is fighting to keep his job, with even key patron Iran exploring alternatives in the face of Iraq's worst crisis since U.S. troops withdrew at the end of 2011. The conflict has drawn the Americans back to Iraq with special forces being deployed to help Iraqi troops. The U.S. also has started flying armed drones over Baghdad to protect U.S. interests in the Iraqi capital, a Pentagon official said Friday. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the new flights on the record. We talk with Dakota Wood who served as a Marine for two decades and is a Senior Research Fellow for Defense Programs at The Heritage Foundation.
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