Talking about the “things that matter most” on Apr. 29
4:00 – The Day of Four Popes – A Firsthand Account
Pope Francis canonized two of his predecessors, John XXIII (1958-63) and John Paul II (1978-2005), during a Mass in St. Peter’s Square yesterday. Immediately prior to the canonization, the faithful were invited to sing hymns and recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI attended the Mass, along with 150 cardinals, 1,000 bishops, and delegates from over 90 nations. We talk to Peggy Stanton, host of “Power From the Pews”, who is still in Italy.
4:20 – NBA bans Donald Sterling for life, fines him $2.5 million for racial comments
The NBA has banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million for racial comments he made to his reported girlfriend. The NBA will immediately begin working to try to force him to sell the team. As part of the ban, Sterling is not allowed to attend any NBA games or practices, be present at any Clippers office or facility, or participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team. The fine is the maximum the NBA can issue under the NBA constitution. Seventy-five percent of the NBA’s owners must vote to oust Sterling to force him to sell. We talk to sport’s talk commentator Steve Clarke about the facts of the case and Al has a commentary.
4:40 – Kresta Comments
5:00 – Another Catholic school embroiled in battle over Church teaching on sexuality
Another controversy has erupted at a Catholic school after students and parents reacted with outrage to Church teaching on sexuality as presented at a school assembly. Father Francis “Rocky” Hoffman spoke to students at The Prout School in Wakefield, Rhode Island. During the course of his talk, he apparently made comments critical of homosexuality and divorce that some students found offensive. This follows a case with Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, a Dominican nun who has recently come under fire for a presentation she made to a group of Catholic students in North Carolina. She has been doing the same type of presentation for years. Her subject matter is Catholic teaching on the truth about human sexuality-popularized by Pope John Paul II as the “Theology of the Body.” We talk to Dan Matson who lives chastely with same-sex attraction and does similar presentations regularly.
5:20 – At age nine, he stood only feet away from John Paul II when he was shot on May 13, 1981
A few minutes after shaking the hand of the Pope, nine-year-old David DePerro heard firecrackers—an odd sound. But they weren’t firecrackers—they were gunshots, and the white open car carrying John Paul II rushed past the shocked and confused young boy. Sunday, John Paul II was canonized on “Divine Mercy Sunday.” David is here to tell his story and look at the relevance of Divine Mercy Sunday.