Kresta in the Afternoon – May 30, 2014 – Hour 2

+  Kresta Comments – Cardinal Sean O’Malley and the Tale of Two Commencement Excercises

+  Abuse of the Convention Against Torture: A Tortured Reading of the Law

  • Description: New possibilities opened up for plaintiff lawyers last week when a U.N. committee told the Vatican that clergy sex abuse is torture. Whether an instance of clergy sex abuse is torture “is a factual determination to be made on a case by case basis,” said a member of the U.N. committee against torture on Friday. His comment amounts to a checkered flag for lawyers racing to find new avenues to sue the Catholic Church. Ron Rychlak has served as an advisor to the Holy See’s delegation at the UN and argues that the U.N. experts “defy all logic and legal analysis.” In order for conduct to amount to torture the convention requires it to be carried out for a torturous or discriminatory purpose by a state official. While the committee’s argument is rooted in a well-intentioned attempt to make rape a crime under international law, Rychlack says the committee strays of course and undermines both international law and the rights of defendants. Ron joins us.
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    • Ron Rychlak
      Professor Ronald J. Rychlak is the Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens and Cannada Lecturer and Professor of Law at the University of Mississippi Law School. He has been on the faculty since 1987. He currently serves as the university’s Faculty Athletic Representative, and he is the former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He is a graduate of Wabash College (BA, cum laude) and Vanderbilt University (JD, Order of the Coif). Prior to joining the faculty, Ron practiced law with Jenner & Block in Chicago, and he served as a clerk to Hon. Harry W. Wellford of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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+  Large Local NBC Affiliate Airs “Crossroads: The Francis Factor” – We analyze

  • Description: WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit sent one of their prime-time anchors to Rome to produce a special called “Crossroads: The Francis Factor.” The promo materials say “Devin Scillion delves into Pope Francis’ new papacy and its constant surprises. Check out the most famous five words of his reign to date and what they really mean.Many wonder if anything will truly change in the Catholic Church. Devin explores that question, in addition to different ways the church’s ministry can recruit new Catholics. Also, is the Catholic Church obsessed with sex? A frank discussion of the lingering scandal is addressed, as is the plan to change the church by creating a more transparent Vatican.” The piece included 4 Bishops, Church dissenters, Vatican reporters and our own Teresa Tomeo and Peggy Stanton. Teresa joins us as we discuss the positives and negatives of the special which aired last night.
  • Segment Guests:
    • 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 weekday morning radio program, Catholic Connection, is produced by Ave Maria Radio in Ann Arbor, Michigan and now heard on over 200 Catholic stations nationwide through the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network and is also carried on Sirius Satellite Radio.
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