Kresta in the Afternoon – March 1, 2010 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – It Doesn’t End Here: An Amazing Story of Faith and Forgiveness

    Pope John Paul II declared the year 2000 a Year of Jubilee for the Catholic Church. At the age of 34, this year did not bring Dawn Marie Roeder the joyous celebration that she, who was born and baptized as a Catholic, had hoped for. Instead, it reigned in the complete opposite. On March 18, during the season of Lent, she would experience her very own “way of the cross” when her only son, Nathaniel Joseph, died by way of a most tragic set of circumstances. She is here to witness to God’s gift of faith and forgiveness.

    Second Topic – Obama Health Care Forum: Will Abortion Sink Reform Bill?

    Leading up to last week’s health care summit, there was been plenty of chatter about everything from consideration of an excise tax on so-called Cadillac insurance plans to public options, to how much time everyone got to speak. But Democrats and Republicans alike have uttered hardly a word about an issue that could sink the health reform effort unless it is resolved: abortion. With all the discussion of reconciliation or not in the Senate, the real focus should be this: The future of health care reform now rests largely with two blocs of swing Democrats in the House of Representatives — abortion opponents and fiscal conservatives — whose indecision signals the difficulties Speaker Pelosi faces in securing the votes necessary to pass the bill. We get up to date with Leonard Nelson, author of Diagnosis Critical: The Urgent Threats Confronting Catholic Healthcare.

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