Kresta in the Afternoon – May 5, 2008 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – John Michael Talbot's Monastery Destroyed by Fire

    The home of The Brothers and Sisters of Charity, the hermatige founded by John Michael Talbot suffered a swift and vicious fire close to midnight last week. There was no loss of life, although members of the community, including Talbot, are suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation. The fire began in the chapel and spread to the community's Common Center which housed the kitchen, offices, library, classrooms and dining space. All are a total loss. John Michael joins us.

    Second Topic – “High time we review” Communion in the hand?

    The American magazine Catholic Response has published an English translation of a provocative article, recently published in the official Vatican newspaper, calling for an end to the practice of receiving Communion in the hand. The article by Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan examines the historical record of the practice. The article summarizes a more complete argument that Bishop Schneider put forward in his book, Dominus Est. That book was published by the official Vatican press and a preface was contributed by Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith, the secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, who said it was "high time to review" the policy of allowing laymen to receive Communion in the hand. This follows on events of two weeks ago in which a Peruvian Cardinal banned the practice of receiving Communion in the hand in order to promote greater reverence for the Eucharist. Fr. Peter Stravinskas explores the issue.

    Third Topic – Special Education Vouchers & Public School Success

    Special education has grown dramatically over the last two decades and shows no signs of slowing. To date, about 14 percent of public school students have been diagnosed with a disability and receive special education services. In response to the disappointing educational experiences of these students, five states have now adopted voucher programs specifically tailored to disabled students. In a new study for the Manhattan Institute, Marcus Winters found evidence that Florida's first of its kind special-education voucher program has improved the education that the public schools provide to the disabled students who remain in the public schools. He joins us.

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