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Today on “Kresta in the Afternoon” – June 18

Talking about the “things that matter most” on June 18

Live From the Acton Institute Conference in Grand Rapids, MI

4:00 – Kresta Comments

4:20 – Is Pope Francis a Socialist?
Those who argue that Pope Francis is advocating socialism focus on the economic section of his apostolic exhortation Evangellii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), which in part states, “In this context, some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion…expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.” Taken at face value, one can see their cause for concern, but perhaps they are reacting to buzzwords like “trickle-down” and “free market” without considering the context referenced by Francis, in effect sacralizing the prevailing system. Fr. Robert Sirico of the Acton Institute joins us.

4:40 – Kresta Comments

5:00 – What’s Behind Pelosi’s Attack on Archbishop Cordileone?
Nancy Pelosi is one of the most powerful Catholic politicians in the United States. She recently warned the Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, the Archbishop of San Francisco, to cancel his plans to speak at the June 19 National Organization for Marriage march on the Supreme Court in Washington, DC. Calling the event “venom masquerading as virtue,” Pelosi urged Archbishop Cordileone to stay away from the event, and “join us in seeking to promote reconciliation rather than division and hatred.” And, while the parade of progressive politicians and Catholic dissidents is not surprising, Catholics should be much more concerned about the real power behind Pelosi’s attacks on the Archbishop. What is the real power? Anne Hendershott tells us.

5:20 – The Social Teaching of Pope St. John Paul II
In his 27 year tenure as Pope, Saint John Paul II wrote enough to keep us busy reading for decades to come. Fr. Raymond de Souza is here to discuss the specific contributions of John Paul II to the development of Catholic social teaching, paying special attention to the treatment of economic subjects.

5:40 – Did John Agresto Predict the Current Disaster in Iraq?
John Agresto spent nine months in Iraq—from September 2003 to June 2004—as senior adviser to the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. His daunting task was to assist Iraqis in rebuilding their once distinguished system of colleges, universities, and vocational schools. As he left Iraq, Agresto wrote Mugged by Reality: The Liberation of Iraq and the Failure of Good Intentions in which he outlines the successes and failures that followed the wake of Iraq’s liberation. He is here to talk about the current situation Iraq faces.

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