Kresta in the Afternoon – October 20, 2009 – Hour 1

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    Topic One – Health Care Debate Hits 5th Gear – Will Babies and Consciences Be Protected?

    The intricate process of turning two very different health care bills into one will continue tonight, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hosts Sens. Chris Dodd (D-CT), Max Baucus (D-MT), and a number of high-level White House officials in his offices tonight. What does the process of unifying these bills entail, and why is the process so secretive? US Rep. Thaddeus McCotter is here to answer these questions, as well as whether babies and consciences will be protected.

    Topic Two – Pontiff to permit Anglican communities to join Catholic Church

    Pope Benedict is promulgating an apostolic constitution that will permit Anglican communities whose members wish to be received into the Catholic Church to do so as communities. The papal document allows for the creation of "personal ordinariates" to be headed by formerly Anglican priests, providing a structure within the Catholic hierarchy to supervise the pastoral care of Anglicans who have become Catholics. These "personal ordinariates" would be integrated into national episcopal conferences, but encouraged to preserve the distinctive aspects of the Anglican tradition. We talk with Damian Thompson of the London Daily Telegraph and Editor-in-chief of London’s Catholic Herald.

    Topic Three – The Marriage Index: A Proposal to Establish Leading Marriage Indicators

    Family scholars from six major universities and four leading research institutes have launched a U.S. Marriage Index, the first attempt to track, with a clear, accessible measure, the health of marriage in America. The 2009 Index, based on five indicators—shows a dramatic decline in the health of marriage in recent decades, especially. We talk with David Lapp of the Institute for American Values.

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