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Today on “Kresta in the Afternoon” – July 9

Talking about the “things that matter most” on July 9

Live From The Theology of the Body Congress in Philadelphia, PA

4:00 – Confirmed: ISIS Seized Saddam’s Sarin Facility
Saddam Hussein’s former chemical-weapons stronghold outside Baghdad is in the hands of ISIS militants, Iraq said in a letter to the UN yesterday, confirming previous reports. The letter stated that on June 11, “armed terrorist groups” commandeered Saddam’s Muthanna facility, which includes two bunkers believed to hold some 2,500 sarin-filled rockets, 2,000 artillery shells contaminated with mustard gas, and 180 tons of sodium cyanide. The good news? The weapons are decades old, were bombed in the first Gulf War, and a UN report previously dismissed the sarin weapons as “poor quality” and likely to be “degraded after years of storage under the conditions existing there. Meanwhile, Christians are virtually non-existent in areas under ISIS control. We talk to Paul Marshall about this growing threat to Christians.

4:20 – Something Old, Something New: Tradition and Development of Doctrine in the Theology of the Body’s Teaching on Marriage
Dr. John Grabowski is at the TOB Congress to explore the way in which the teaching on marriage in the TOB catechesis is firmly rooted in the Catholic tradition on marriage and the way in which they deepen and extend that tradition. He is with us to talk about the image of God in the marital relationship, the grace of the sacrament, mutual submission in marriage, and marriage as life in the Spirit.

4:40 – Love, Mercy and the New Evangelization: Transformation Through Reverence for the Other
Pope John Paul II, the Father of the New Evangelization, challenged the world with his enlightening Theology of the Body 35 years ago. Now, as the Church has canonized him, the Theology of the Body Institute is honoring him by continuing his work to teach the divine meaning of the body at the International Theology of the Body Congress. Damon Owens, Executive Director of the Theology of the Body Institute, said “John Paul II’s vision of the human person – body and soul – is a beautiful synthesis of some of the best theology and philosophy of the past 2,000 years. It answers the deepest yearnings of the human heart.” Damon joins us.

5:00 – LA Supreme Court Says a Priest Can be Compelled to Testify About the Contents of a Confession
In 2008, a fourteen-year-old girl alleges that she told her parish priest that she was being abused by a now-deceased lay member of their parish. The girl alleges the disclosures came during the Sacrament of Confession. Now her parents are suing the priest, and the Diocese of Baton Rouge, for failing to report the alleged abuse. In what can only be described as a stunning ruling, the State’s Supreme Court has ruled that the priest, Fr. Jeff Bayhi, may be compelled to testify as to whether the Confessions took place, and if so, what the contents of any such Confessions were. We look at the cannon law and the long history of American jurisprudence that comes to bear on this case with canon and civil lawyer Michael Dunnigan

5:20 – “The Rule of Four” for the Divorced
Drawing from TOB, Rose Sweet is here to develop and share powerful and practical tips to help the divorced person (1) see God in a new light, (2) understand what really happened to him/her, (3) have greater hope for the future, and (4) gain deeper insight into the annulment process.

5:40 – Proclaiming the Joy of the Gospel with Theology of the Body: John Paul II, Pope Francis, and the New Evangelization
Pope Francis has insisted that the Church’s teaching on sexual morality must be put in its proper biblical context. He’s insisted that our teaching must focus on what “makes the heart burn” or it will lose the “fragrance of the Gospel” and the Church’s moral edifice “fall like a house of cards.” These critical ingredients – context, fire, and fragrance – are precisely what St. John Paul II’s TOB provide. Christopher West is here to point out what weds Pope Francis’ pastoral zeal with John Paul II’s theological treasure in a clarion call to become true apostles of the New Evangelization.

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