Kresta in the Afternoon – May 12, 2020 – Hour 1

+  Will the federal courts decide who is a “minister?”

  • Description: In the 2012 Hosanna-Tabor case, the Supreme Court ruled that the Federal government does not have the power to tell religious institutions who they can or can't hire as ministers. The question has arisen again, with two combined cases currently being heard by the court. Tom Ascik explains it.
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    • Thomas Ascik
      Tom Ascik retired four years ago as lawyer in the federal government, where he served as an assistant United States attorney, primarily a federal prosecutor. Since then, he has written over a hundred articles on the law and the Constitution. Find them at, theimaginativeconservative and other sites.
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+  Archdiocese of Detroit to resume public Masses on May 29; obligation lifted until Sept. 6

+  Putting your COVID Fears to Rest

  • Description: For two thousand years, Christians have risen up in the face of challenges to bring the Gospel to the world. Teresa Tomeo’s new book explores how Christians have faced persecutions and plague and will be discussing the material in a new virtual talk series. She joins us.
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    • Teresa Tomeo
      Teresa Tomeo is an author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and motivational speaker with more than 30 years of experience in TV, radio and newspaper and spent 19 of those years working in front of a camera as a reporter/anchor in the Detroit market. In the year 2000, Teresa left the secular media to start her own speaking and communications company, Teresa Tomeo Communications, LLC. Her daily morning radio program, Catholic Connection, is produced by Ave Maria Radio in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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    • Conquering Coronavirus: How Faith Can Put Your Fears to Rest

      Whether the coronavirus still threatens you, your friends, and your family or has harmed someone you love, these pages will ease your fears, heal your wounds, quench your sorrow, and bring you the consolation God provides to all who seek Him in pestilential times like these times that are, in fact, not foreign to our ancient Faith. For in Christianity s two-thousand-year history, cruel persecutions and sudden, uncontrollable plagues like COVID-19 have time and again struck mankind, challenging Christians to rise up spiritually against evils that cannot immediately be conquered materially. Now our turn has come . . . along with the help we need to succeed. Here celebrated Catholic author and media host Teresa Tomeo has drawn forth from Scripture, the lives of the saints, and contemporary sources a healing balm for souls believers and unbelievers alike who have been shaken by the frightening evils thrust upon us by this coronavirus. With scores of emotional stories and practical weapons you can use to conquer this faceless enemy and with reflection questions that make it perfect for group study and book clubs these welcoming pages offer you:

      • Inspiring true-life narratives of selfless souls healthcare workers and other public servants on the frontlines of the battle against the virus
      • Touching tales of clergymen providing creative ways to minister to their flocks sometimes risking their lives to do so
      • Prayers appropriate for the unique threats material and spiritual that we face today
      • Powerful quotes from Scripture and from beloved saints that provide guidance and hope for such times, and welcome consolation for our losses
      • Advice to help you bear gracefully the many unexpected burdens that are suddenly yours to carry, including those you never asked for and do not want
      • Surefire ways you can and should ease the burden the virus has placed on others (and simultaneously ease your own)
      • Creative ways to respond at home and elsewhere to the limitations the virus has imposed on your days and ways, and to the invitation from God that is implicit in each of those limitations
      • Long-forgotten but time-tested traditional practices that will not only carry you through this crisis but also yield for you and your family a healthier, holier lifestyle once the crisis is over
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+  Courage, Faith and Joy in the Face of Hitler’s Regime

  • Description: Anna-Monika grew up in a Catholic family in Berlin during Hitler’s rise to power. She joins us to share how her family survived his regime, the War and its aftermath.
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    • Anna-Monika
      Anna-Monika writes about a Christian family surviving Hitler's regime, WWII and the aftermath. With the help of her parents' diaries, she shares a story of great faith, courage, tragedy and joy.
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