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Kresta in the Afternoon

Kresta in the Afternoon – July 9, 2014 – Hour 1

  • Description: Kresta in the Afternoon is what Catholic radio has been missing: a daily conversation - personal, authentic and human. It looks at all of life through the lens of Scripture and the teaching tradition of the Catholic Church. The scope is not limited to spiritual subjects...our host Al Kresta talks abortion, war, peace, dissent, old age, New Age, heavy metal, light eating, politics, church affairs, current events, family and marriage, movies and media, theology and apologetics, sports, crime and business. It's talk radio where God matters.

Kresta in the Afternoon – July 9, 2014 – Hour 2

  • Description: Kresta in the Afternoon is what Catholic radio has been missing: a daily conversation - personal, authentic and human. It looks at all of life through the lens of Scripture and the teaching tradition of the Catholic Church. The scope is not limited to spiritual subjects...our host Al Kresta talks abortion, war, peace, dissent, old age, New Age, heavy metal, light eating, politics, church affairs, current events, family and marriage, movies and media, theology and apologetics, sports, crime and business. It's talk radio where God matters.

Kresta in the Afternoon – July 8, 2014 – Hour 2

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Becoming Catholic: Finding Rome in the American Religious Landscape

  • Description: Conversion has been an essential element of Christianity, and especially of Roman Catholicism, for centuries--from the Apostle Paul's dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus to the spiritual transformations of such prominent modern individuals as Cardinal Newman, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Thomas Merton, and G.K. Chesterton. As David Yamane shows in Becoming Catholic, the business was not only spiritually but literally very large, and growing ever larger: roughly 150,000 Americans join the Catholic Church each year, and more than one in fifty American adults is a Catholic convert. Altogether, these 5.85 million individuals are the fifth-largest religious group in America. In this first significant study of the phenomenon of Roman Catholic conversion in the contemporary United States, Yamane provides an in-depth look at the process of adult initiation in the twenty-first century Catholic Church, including the new process of spiritual formation--called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)--that was ushered in by Vatican II. David is here to discuss it.
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    • David Yamane
      David Yamane teaches sociology at Wake Forest University. His primary scholarly interest is the sociology of organized religion, particularly Roman Catholicism in the postwar United States. His publications include The Catholic Church in State Politics: Negotiating Prophetic Demands and Political Realities (2005), Real Stories of Christian Initiation: Lessons for and from the RCIA (2006), and Religion in Sociological Perspective (2011).
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      • Book(s):
        • Becoming Catholic: Finding Rome in the American Religious Landscape
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Becoming Catholic: Finding Rome in the American Religious Landscape (continued)

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Becoming Catholic: Finding Rome in the American Religious Landscape (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – July 8, 2014 – Hour 1

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Ben Carson: The National Prayer Breakfast, The Testimony to Faith, and a Possible Political Run

  • Description: In February 2013 Dr Ben Carson gave a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. Standing a few feet from President Obama, he warned of the dangers facing our country and called for a return to the principles that made America great. Many Americans heard and responded, but our nation’s decline has continued. Today, Dr Carson argues, the danger is greater than ever before. He joins us
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Ben Carson: The National Prayer Breakfast, The Testimony to Faith, and a Possible Political Run (continued)

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Ben Carson: The National Prayer Breakfast, The Testimony to Faith, and a Possible Political Run (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – July 7, 2014 – Hour 1

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True or False Possession: How to Distinguish the Demonic from the Demented

  • Description: In “True or False Possession,” renowned French neuropsychiatrist Jeanne Lhermitte examined the differences between people suffering from mental illness and people suffering from genuine demonic possession. Lhermitte said that genuine possessions evade explanations and exceed the competence of even the wisest physicians, and must be handled by the Church. With sober clarity and reserve, he reviewed the detailed clinical records of scores of cases that startled and alarmed our forefathers, as well as the cases of many souls he examined personally: unfortunate souls judged possessed, who manifested symptoms ranging from the picturesque to the loathsome and pitiful. The book was originally published in 1963, and was re-released last year with minor edits and a new introduction by Aaron Kheriaty, MD, the Director of Residency Training in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine. Aaron joins us.
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    • Dr Aaron Kheriaty MD
      Aaron Kheriaty is the Director of Residency Training and Medical Education in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine. He co-directs the Program in Medical Ethics in the School of Medicine, and serves as chairman of the clinical ethics committee at UCI Medical Center. Dr. Kheriaty graduated from the University of Notre Dame in philosophy and pre-medical sciences, and earned his MD degree from Georgetown University. He lives in San Juan Capistrano, California, with his wife and five sons.
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      • Book(s):
        • True or False Possession: How to Distinguish the Demonic from the Demented
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True or False Possession: How to Distinguish the Demonic from the Demented

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True or False Possession: How to Distinguish the Demonic from the Demented

Kresta in the Afternoon – July 7, 2014 – Hour 2

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What is the Church doing about the child immigration crisis in CA?

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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 – July 4, 2014 – Hour 1

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Jihad Story of the Day / Berghdal Family Pastor Speaks Out

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The New Evangelization: The Promise and the Peril

  • Description: In a time when ever-increasing secularism is having a devastating effect on the culture, the New Evangelization has become a primary focus for Catholics. We must evangelize each other and strengthen our faith to go out and evangelize the world. Deacon Harold Sivers is a nationally known speaker and the author of The Mass in Sacred Scripture. Deacon Harold joins us today to talk about the New Evangelization and its role in the Catholic life.
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    • Deacon Harold Burke Sivers
      Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is a powerful and passionate Catholic Speaker and Evangelist whose no-nonsense, hands-on approach to living the Catholic faith will challenge and inspire you! He is the Founder and Director of DynamicDeacon.com, a Christian evangelization and apologetics organization dedicated to the dissemination and promotion of Catholic values, principles, and teaching in complete faithfulness and total submission to Holy Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the Magisterium. The goal of his apostolate is to bring as many people as possible to a deeper love of Christ and the Gospel by sharing the truth of the Catholic faith in love.
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The New Evangelization: The Promise and the Peril (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – July 4, 2014 – Hour 2

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Michael Coren: A Wide-Ranging Conversation on Apologetics, the Culture, the Church, the Future of Catholicism, and the Role of the Laity

  • Description: When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, became Pope Francis in March 2013, there were almost 6,000 journalists in Rome to cover the Papal election. Some of them reported on the conclave with expertise and empathy, but others -- either out of ignorance or an agenda -- insisted on asking the same questions again and again: Is the Church going to change? Will the new Pope be flexible? Is Catholicism going to adapt to the times and alter its teaching on same-sex marriage, abortion, contraception, female ordination, celibate clergy, and divorce? Interestingly, these questions center on moral and sexual issues rather than directly theological topics, but they are all based on the premise that the Church is wrong, outdated, in need of fundamental transformation. Does the Church need to change, and if so, where? Where it cannot change, why is this so? In his signature frank style, Michael Coren is here in studio to have a wide-ranging conversation about the transparency of leadership and finance; the competence of the curia and Vatican civil service; the approach the Church takes towards media, the way it deals with the detritus of the abuse crisis; and its approach to the developing world band towards others religions, particularly Islam and more.
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    • Michael Coren

      Michael Coren is the bestselling author of fifteen books, including biographies of G.K. Chesterton, H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkien, and C.S. Lewis. He is the host of the talk show "The Arena" on the SUN News Network and also writes a syndicated column for ten daily newspapers. His last two books are Why Catholics Are Right and Heresy.

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Michael Coren: A Wide-Ranging Conversation on Apologetics, the Culture, the Church, the Future of Catholicism, and the Role of the Laity (continued)

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Michael Coren: A Wide-Ranging Conversation on Apologetics, the Culture, the Church, the Future of Catholicism, and the Role of the Laity (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – July 3, 2014 – Hour 1

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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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Christians expelled from site of the Last Supper: What Christian Holy Sites in the Middle East Are Facing Challenges?

  • Description: A mob of ultra-Orthodox Jews occupied the Upper Room in Jerusalem earlier this month, preventing Christian pilgrims from celebrating Pentecost there. The building is on land that belongs to the State of Israel, which has banned all Christian churches from celebrating liturgies there. John Paul II and Pope Francis are the only people who have been allowed to celebrate on this site. We talk with Steve Ray about the rise in protests against Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land by Orthodox Jews.
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Kresta in the Afternoon – July 3, 2014 – Hour 2

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Catholic by Choice: Why I Embraced the Faith, Joined the Church, and Embarked on the Adventure of a Lifetime

  • Description: Richard Cole initially saw his trip to a monastery in western Texas as a retreat—to check out for a few days, maybe a chance to catch up on his reading. Instead, Cole embarks on a zigzagging roller coaster of emotion and examination as he discerns, dissects, and discovers the incredible vibrancy of the Catholic community. Catholic by Choice provides a funny and joyous look at adult Catholic conversion from the point of view of a modern convert, telling a deeply personal yet relatable story of discovery, doubt, and finding a place at God’s table. He joins us to discuss it.
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    • Richard Cole
      Richard Cole is the author of Catholic by Choice: Why I embraced the faith, joined the church, and embarked on the adventure of a lifetime (Loyola Press). He has also written two collections of poetry: The Glass Children (University of Georgia Press) and Success Stories (Limestone Books). His poetry and prose have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, Hudson Review and Image Journal - Good Letters.
    • Resources:
      • Book(s):
        • Catholic by Choice: Why I Embraced the Faith, Joined the Church, and Embarked on the Adventure of a Lifetime
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