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Kresta in the Afternoon

“Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 16, 2014— Hour 1

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Kresta Comments

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Pope Francis Weds 20 Cohabiting Couples

  • Description: Pope Francis made headlines this weekend by holding a mass wedding ceremony for 20 cohabiting couples. Predictably, the mainstream media used this as further proof of Francis’ alleged “progressivism.” TIME magazine proclaimed the ceremony as a “hint of coming changes for the Church” and CBS said it was another step Francis’ “push for inclusion.” Contrary to the claims of the media, the marriages performed this weekend were legitimate and in line with Church tradition. The Church is strictly against cohabitation; however, cohabiting couples are allowed to marry in the Church provided they meet certain requirements. Ed Peters, a professor of Canon Law at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, is with us to talk about it.
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The Catholic League and the St. Patrick’s Day parade

  • Description: In recent years the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade has come under fire for “excluding” gay rights groups. This year the parade announced it would allow one gay rights group to march under their own banner, and is open to more groups doing so in the future. News outlets failed to mention that gay rights groups were not exclusively targeted. Parade organizers had a widespread ban against political groups marching in the parade, and also prohibited pro-life groups from marching under their own banner. Despite the change in parade policy, there are no pro-life groups scheduled to march in the 2015 parade. Parade organizers claim that no groups applied, but Catholic League President Bill Donohue says this is because there was no announcement of the policy change. Bill joins us to talk about the controversy and why the Catholic League is done with the parade.
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    • Bill Donohue
      Bill is the president of the Catholic League. He is the author of five books, the most recent being “Why Catholicism Matters: How Catholic Virtues Can Reshape Society in the 21st Century.” He is on the board of advisors for the Washington Legal Foundation and several other organizations.
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“Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 16, 2014— Hour 2

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Kresta Comments: The Satanic Temple Comes to Detroit/ Media hype over sensational headlines

  • Description: The Satanic Temple, an atheistic satanic "church," recently announced that it is opening a chapter in Detroit. On Sunday, Al debated the Temple's leader, Jex Blackmore, on Fox 2 Detroit's Let it Rip. Al asserts that the Satanic Temple is little more than an attention-seeking sideshow. We will play highlights from the debate and Al will give his comments. From there, Al discusses the media hype over sensational headlines, including how the media has covered the Satanic Temple. He also discusses media sensationalism over Francis’ decision to wed cohabiting couples and NFL superstar Adrian Peterson’s accusations of child abuse.
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Kresta Comments: The Satanic Temple Comes to Detroit/ Media hype over sensational headlines (continued)

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Kresta Comments: The Satanic Temple Comes to Detroit/ Media hype over sensational headlines (continued)

“Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 15, 2014— Hour 1

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Teachable Moments: Using Everyday Encounters with Media and Culture to Instill Conscience, Character and Faith.

  • Description: Never have Christian families been so challenged by the world around them to instill and instruct their children in the tenets of their faith. Moral relativism literally seeps into every facet of family life and saturates our popular culture. A ubiquitous media presence that defines our daily experience also is defining the attitudes and behaviors of those who consume it. Yet within this pervasive secular culture, Christian families encounter “teachable moments,” those unplanned but unmatched opportunities to put their faith into action and live out the values and virtues embodied in Jesus Christ. When looking for teachable moments, parents, and coaches must approach each day with intentionality, seeking out and capitalizing on opportunities to incorporate life lessons into every day experiences amid the culture. Author Marybeth Hicks joins us to discuss her latest book.
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    • Marybeth Hicks
      Marybeth Hicks is a weekly columnist for The Washington Times and the founder and editor of OntheCulture.com, a blog for American women about the things that matter most. A frequent commentator on cultural issues, she has appeared on national television outlets including Fox News Channel’s Hannity, and Fox and Friends, the CBS Evening News, the Christian Broadcasting Network’s 700 Club, and on dozens of national and regional radio programs. She currently serves on the advisory board of the Parents Television Council, an organization seeking to promote decency on the airwaves.
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Teachable Moments (continued)

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Teachable Moments (continued)

“Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 15, 2014— Hour 2

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From Communist to Free-Market Inner-City Povery Fighter

  • Description: As Founder of the Freedom & Virtue Institute, Ismael Hernandez has been working to raise those in inner-city poverty out of their trap. Ismael is here to examine strategies to improve the socio-economic conditions of inner cities in North America. Fragile urban infrastructures are often vulnerable to patterns that impede human flourishing. He presents an alternate vision for personal and communal uplift based on local entrepreneurial initiative.
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    • Ismael Hernandez
      Founder of the Freedom & Virtue Institute. He grew up in Puerto Rico as the son of a committed Marxist and a founding member of the Socialist Party. When he came to America to attend graduate school, his experiences began to slowly shatter his preconceived notions about this country. He was embraced by Americans and given opportunities he could never have imagined. He began to read writings of and about America’s Founding Fathers and learned the principles of America’s origins. At this point he began to believe in the truth of freedom and reject the lies of socialism. Ismael finished his Masters Degree in Political Sciences and soon after, he became the executive director of the African Caribbean American Catholic Center in the Catholic Diocese of Venice.
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From Communist to Free-Market Inner-City Povery Fighter (continued)

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From Communist to Free-Market Inner-City Povery Fighter (continued)

“Kresta in the Afternoon” — September 12, 2014 — Hour 1

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Kresta Comments: Breaking Down Obama's ISIS Speech (part 2)

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A Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions and Insights from Catholic Teaching

  • Description: Many managers who believe themselves to be religious are all too willing to "check their religion at the door" of their workplaces. They may simply be ignorant of the implications of their faith for their business practices. Catholic teaching on business and economics has been described (with intentional irony) as the Church's "best kept secret." The Catholic Church has over the years developed extensive and detailed guidance for many areas of business. But this guidance is often buried within lengthy teaching documents that may not be easily accessible to the busy executive. Answers to specific moral questions may be tough to find. We talk to Andrew Abela who has assembled the relevant quotations from recent Catholic social teaching as responses to these questions.
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    • Dr Andrew Abela
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A Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions and Insights from Catholic Teaching (continued)

“Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 12, 2014— Hour 2

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Desire of the Everlasting Hills

  • Description: This film provides intimate and candid portraits of three Catholics trying to navigate the waters of self-understanding, faith, and homosexuality. It takes humility and courage to face certain questions about our lives. One such question is, “How do I know if I am designing my life well? By what standard can I come to a conclusion?” This question is closely linked with another, “What is the purpose of my life? What does it mean to be fulfilled and at peace?” And these are the central questions around which the film turns. One of the people featured in the film is Dan Mattson, a gregarious artist who spent his life hiding a deep sense of isolation from those who loved him. Dan joins us.
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Desire of the Everlasting Hills (continued)

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Kresta Comments: Breaking Down Obama's ISIS Speech (part 2)

“Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 11, 2014 — Hour 1

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Kresta Comments: Obama says the Islamic State is neither Islamic nor a state

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Waiting for Eli: A Father’s Journey from Fear to Faith

  • Description: Chad Judice’s son Eli was born with spina bifida, a dreaded birth defect that can cause paralysis and other complications. In his book “Waiting for Eli: A Father’s Journey from Fear to Faith,” Chad takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride, starting with the day he learned of his son’s condition. It is an inspiring story of faith, hope and the power of prayer. The book has a strong pro-life, pro-love message, and is made even more compelling by the author’s descriptions of little miracles along the way. Chad joins us.
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Waiting for Eli: A Father’s Journey from Fear to Faith

“Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 11, 2001— Hour 2

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Kresta Comments: Obama says the Islamic State is neither Islamic nor a state

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Study Shows That ‘Hookup Culture’ Is a Myth. Is it?

  • Description: We have heard over and over again for the last few years that young adults don’t have time to invest in relationships and therefore are treating their romantic lives with reckless abandon and having sex with random strangers. But a new study published in the Journal of Sex Research says that he sexual practices of millennials aren’t that different from those of their parents. We talk about that study with Mark Regnerus, author of “Premarital Sex in America.”
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Study Shows That ‘Hookup Culture’ Is a Myth. Is it? (continued)

“Kresta in the Afternoon” —September 10, 2014— Hour 1

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Israel, Hamas and Syria: The View as a Pilgrim

  • Description: The ongoing violence in Syria and Israel have left many pilgrims wondering if it is safe to travel there. Steve Ray, a renowned travel guide and historian of the Middle East, just returned from leading a pilgrimage to Israel. He is here with his expert insight and analysis.
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Ten Things to Remember if Pope Francis Upsets You

  • Description: It’s been just over a year since Pope Francis took office, and he has said and done things that have confused many traditional Catholics. When a headline screams that he stated that 2% of Catholic clergy are pedophiles, that he “promises to solve the celibacy problem” that he doesn’t want to convert Evangelicals or that he doesn’t judge a homosexual who “searches for the Lord and has goodwill” they experience confusion, anger, resentment, bewilderment and fear. Some have given up on Pope Francis. Others say he is “the false prophet” who will accompany the anti Christ in the end times. Others don’t like his dress sense, grumble about his media gaffes and some think they are all intentional and that he is a very shrewd Jesuit who wants to undermine the Catholic faith. The sensationalism doesn’t do any good. Fr. Dwight Longenecker joins us with ten things you should do if Pope Francis upsets you.
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    • Fr Dwight Longenecker
      Raised as Evangelical, ordained Anglican priest, and was eventually ordained a Catholic priest. Author of “The Path to Rome-Modern Journeys to the Catholic Faith”. His Patheos blog is “Standing on My Head” Married w/ 4 kids. Hosts “More Christianity” Radio Show produced by Ave Maria Radio
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Anglican Church Allows Women Bishops

“Kresta in the Afternoon “— September 10, 2014— Hour 2

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Decision Point: A Confirmation Program from the Dynamic Catholic Institute

  • Description: For too long we have watched young people walk away from the faith. The tragedy is, most of them have never had the genius of Catholicism presented to them in a compelling way. So they have walked away, completely unaware of what they were turning their backs on. Decision Point is an entirely new way of teaching the Faith to young Catholics. It was developed because the old ways of teaching aren’t working. Matthew Kelly, founder of the Dynamic Catholic Institute, joins us to discuss the Decision Point program and his methods for teaching Catholic youth.
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    • Matthew Kelly
      Matthew Kelly has dedicated his life to helping people and organizations become the-best-version-of-themselves®. Born in Sydney, Australia, he began speaking and writing in his late teens while he was attending business school. Since that time, more than four million people have attended his seminars and presentations in more than fifty countries. Matthew is also active as a Catholic speaker and author. Raised Catholic, he has been saddened by the lack of engagement among Catholics and founded The Dynamic Catholic Institute to research why Catholics engage or disengage and explore what it will take to establish vibrant Catholic communities in the 21st Century.
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Ireland’s Mass Grave Hoax

  • Description: Over the past month, the public has been treated to a series of news stories alleging that Irish nuns threw almost 800 babies into a septic tank outside a home for “fallen women” and children in the 20th century. As it turns out, the “mass grave” story is a hoax. Catholic League President Bill Donohue discusses the hoax in “Ireland’s ‘Mass Grave’ Hysteria.” We talk with Bill about his article and the media frenzy that surrounded this event.
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    • Bill Donohue
      William A. Donohue began his teaching career in the 1970s working at St. Lucy’s School in Spanish Harlem. In 1977, he took a position as a college professor teaching at La Roche College in Pittsburgh. In 1980, Bill was awarded his Ph.D. in sociology from New York University. Bill is the author of five books and many articles. His first book, The Politics of the American Civil Liberties Union, was published in 1985. His second book, The New Freedom: Individualism and Collectivism in the Social Lives of Americans, was written while Bill was a Bradley Resident Scholar at The Heritage Foundation; it appeared in 1990. Bill’s third book, Twilight of Liberty: The Legacy of the ACLU, was published in 1994; a new afterword to this book was published in 2001. His fourth book, Secular Sabotage: How Liberals are Destroying Religion and Culture in America, was published in 2009. Bill’s latest book, published by Image, a Random House imprint, is Why Catholicism Matters: How Catholic Virtues Can Reshape Society in the 21st Century.
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Israel, Hamas and Syria: The View as a Pilgrim

  • Description: The ongoing violence in Syria and Israel have left many pilgrims wondering if it is safe to travel there. Steve Ray, a renowned travel guide and historian of the Middle East, just returned from leading a pilgrimage to Israel. He is here with his expert insight and analysis.
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    • Steve Ray
      Along with his wife Janet, Steve is the writer, producer and host of the Footprints of God video series. Steve is the author of five books, of which three are best selling books with Ignatius Press. Steve also speaks around the world and is a guest on many radio and television programs.
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