Kresta in the Afternoon – September 23, 2009

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    Topic One – Notre Dame President Fr. Jenkins Announces New Pro-Life Initiatives: Do They Go Far Enough?

    Last week the president of the University of Notre Dame, Father John Jenkins, C.S.C., announced a new Task Force on Supporting the Choice for Life to “consider and recommend to me ways in which the University, informed by Catholic teaching, can support the sanctity of life.” Father Jenkins also pledged to attend the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., on January 22. These are welcome steps in the right direction—the sort of activities that Catholics should expect from any Catholic college or university—but Professor Charles Rice says it’s not enough and there are serious steps that Notre Dame should take immediately to atone for its shocking betrayal of the U.S. bishops and the Catholic Church last spring. We talk to Professor Rice and David DiFranco of

    Topic Two – A Catholic View of Literary Classics – Part 1 of 10: Frankenstein

    Today we begin a 10-week series examining Classic Literature from a Catholic perspective. Acclaimed literary biographer Joseph Pearce is the editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions and will be our guide. We will ensure that traditional moral readings of the works are given prominence, instead of the feminist or deconstructionist readings that often proliferate in other series of 'critical editions'. As such, they represent a genuine extension of consumer choice, enabling educators, students, and lovers of good literature to buy editions of classic literary works without having to 'buy into' the ideologies of secular fundamentalism. Today, we examine Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

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