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Kresta in the Afternoon – September 15, 2021 – Hour 2

What did Pope Francis say about pro-abortion politicians? Matthew Bunson joins us and Henry Olsen looks at the future of Conservative politics.

What did Pope Francis just say about Abortion and the Eucharist?

On his flight home from Slovakia today, Pope Francis reaffirmed that abortion is murder and urged priests to be “pastoral” rather than “political” when faced with the question of who can receive the Eucharist. Matthew Bunson weighs in.

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On papal flight, Pope Francis tackles debate over Communion for politicians who support abortion

Full text: Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference from Slovakia

Abortion and the Eucharist: What did the pope just say?

Matthew Bunson is Executive Editor and Washington Bureau Chief for EWTN News and a Senior Fellow at St Paul Center for Biblical Theology. He’s the author or co-author of more than 50 books including the first English-language biography of Pope Francis and The Encyclopedia of Catholic History. Follow him on twitter at MattBunson. Register Radio airs Saturdays at 7 pm and Sundays at 11 am.

What is the future of Conservativism?

California Governor Gavin Newsom easily defeated a recall effort last night in the first major election since President Biden took office. As the parties look to the midterms and begin making plans for 2024, many conservatives are wondering what happens next. What effect will Donald Trump have? Will  the media’s claim that the Texas abortion bill will hurt Republicans come true? Henry Olsen joins us.

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Henry Olsen is the author of Working-Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservativism. He is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and his work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges from   the left and the right. Follow him on Twitter @henryolseneppc and visit
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