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  • Science Proves Natural Law

    via the National Catholic Register

    by Agnes Penny

    I don’t usually read Smithsonian magazine.
    In fact, to be honest, I never read Smithsonian.
    However, recently, a kind neighbor dropped off a stack of Smithsonian magazines, and as I leafed through them briefly, something on the cover of the January issue caught my eye: a huge photo of a baby with the provoking words “The New Morality.”
    As a Catholic living in what has been called the post-Christian era, I naturally felt my interest piqued at what a secular magazine would say about morality. Moreover, as a mother, I felt the irresistible attraction to all things pertaining to babies.
    I opened the magazine.
    What I found was scientific confirmation of our faith. The actual article, toddlersentitled “Born to Be Mild,” by Jill Greenberg, detailed recent findings by several prestigious research labs regarding the moral consciousness of babies and toddlers. For babies 3 to 18 months of age, some experimenters put on a puppet show involving two characters, one nice and one mean.
    Babies 6 months old and up watched the same puppet show several times, and then they were offered a graham cracker by both characters.
    Overwhelmingly, the youngsters accepted the cracker from the nice character. The 3-month-olds, obviously, could not reach for a graham cracker, so scientists timed how long these babies looked at each character; and, once again, the babies overwhelmingly preferred the good character.
    The article then went on to chronicle various experiments with toddlers, testing their altruistic interest in helping others.
    As a mother, I was not surprised to read that these experiments revealed toddlers’ desire to help others, even when helping meant inconvenience or sacrifice to themselves and when the people they were helping did not ask for help or even appear to notice they needed help.
    The researchers’ goal was to discover if people are born with a sense of morality, which is why they included such young babies: so that they could test children before they’ve absorbed the values and social norms of their families.
    These babies, one after another, surprised researchers, who believed morality was taught, rather than innate — disproving, Greenberg says, both the theory of Jean-Jacques Rousseau — that man is born a “perfect idiot” — and that of Thomas Hobbes: that man is born a selfish beast.
    To me, however, all these experiments echoed the scriptural passage where we are told of “the law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness to them” (Romans 2:15).
    Catholics do not need scientific proof that all people have the natural law written in their hearts from birth; we’ve known it all along, from the Bible to the constant teaching of the magisterium of the Church.
    St. Thomas Aquinas wrote in the Middle Ages, “The natural law is nothing other than the light of understanding placed in us by God; through it, we know what we must do and what we must avoid. God has given us this light or law at creation.”
    Even earlier, St. Augustine spoke of “the law that is written in the human heart.”
    More recently, the Catholic Catechism restates this perennial truth: “The natural law, present in the heart of each man and established by reason, is universal in precepts, and its authority extends to all men” (1956).
    Of course, the researchers in the Smithsonian article did not attribute the infants’ moral awareness to God’s imprinting his law on their hearts.
    On the contrary, they attributed the babies’ moral consciousness to evolution; in fact, University of California at Berkeley researcher Alison Gopnik refused to describe the babies’ responses as “moral,” stating, “There isn’t a moral module that is there innately.”
    However, she conceded that “the elements that underpin morality — altruism, sympathy for others, the understanding of others’ goals — are in place much earlier than we thought, and clearly in place before the children turn 2.”
    However secular scientists scramble to explain away the results of these experiments, I cannot help feeling a little amused and refreshed at modern researchers’ most recent contribution to science, confirming scientifically one tenet of our faith: that people are born with a sense of right and wrong.
    I am not sorry I succumbed to the lure of the provoking magazine cover, and, as I read, I could not help thinking that St. Albert the Great, patron saint of scientists, was smiling.

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 18, 2014 – Hour 1

    Kresta in the Afternoon – July 18, 2014 – Hour 1

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    What's a Person to Do?: Everyday Decisions That Matter

    • Segment Guests:
      • Mark Latkovic
        Dr. Mark S. Latkovic (1963-) was born in Cleveland, OH and now lives in Allen Park, MI with his wife and four children. He obtained an M.A. degree from The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC) and S.T.L. and S.T.D. degrees from the Lateran University's Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family (Washington, DC "Session"). He is Professor of Moral Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary (Detroit, MI), where he has taught courses in fundamental and special moral theology since July 1990. He is the co-editor of "St. Thomas Aquinas & the Natural Law Tradition: Contemporary Perspectives" (The Catholic University of America Press, 2004) and "What's a Person to Do? Everyday Decisions that Matter" (Our Sunday Visitor, 2013), among many other publications in both scholarly and popular journals. He is a frequent speaker and consultant on moral issues and a member of many professional societies.
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    What's a Person to Do?: Everyday Decisions That Matter (continued)

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    What's a Person to Do?: Everyday Decisions That Matter (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 18, 2014 – Hour 2

    Kresta in the Afternoon – July 18, 2014 – Hour 2

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    “Heaven is For Real”

    • Description: Heaven Is for Real is the true story of a four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who experienced heaven during emergency surgery. He talked about looking down to see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn’t know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear. In heaven, Colton met his miscarried sister whom no one ever had told him about and his great-grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born. He shared impossible-to-know details about each. We talk to the real life Todd Burpo, Colton’s father.
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    What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America

    • Description: Solutions ... not theories. Political progress ... not political posturing. Faith…not unbelief. Instead of the constant jockeying for political advantage, columnist Cal Thomas is here to focus on what promotes the general welfare, regardless of which party or ideology gets the credit. Thomas probes and provides answers to questions like, Why must we constantly fight the same battles over and over? Why don't we consult the past and use common sense in order to see that what others discovered long ago still works today? And why does present-day Washington too often look like the film Groundhog Day, with our elected officials waking up each day only to repeat identical talking points from previous days, months, and years? Cal joins us
    • Segment Guests:
      • Cal Thomas
        Cal Thomas has been observing the dysfunction in Washington for thirty years in one of the most popular syndicated columns in the country. He writes the Common Ground column for USA Today (with his liberal Democrat friend, Bob Beckel) and regularly appears on Fox News. He began his career in radio-TV-and print at the age of 16. 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of his syndicated column.
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    What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America (continued)

  • Sam-I-Am and the New Evangelization

    via Catholic Stand

    by Denise Hunnel, MD

    denise hunnellFor several years now we have been hearing about the New Evangelization. It seems to mean different things to different people. There are some who view it as the fruit of Cardinal Ratzinger’s 1969 statement, “The church will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning.” Since Cardinal Ratzinger eventually became Pope Benedict XVI these same people feel justified in trying to purge and purify the Church. It is time to kick out those “Cafeteria Catholics” and hand out those excommunications. To them the New Evangelization means holding up the Catechism and all those who are not in conformity will be shown the door.

    Yet if you read the full text of Cardinal Ratzinger ‘s statement, it is clear he is not advocating the expulsion of people from the Church because they are not Catholic enough. He is talking about the Church refocusing on her doctrine and her raison d’etre. She will be less concerned with the politics of the world and more centered on her Bridegroom, Jesus Christ. Some will find the truth of the Catholic Church very hard. They will walk away because her teachings are too challenging for their worldly sensibilities. However, their departure is not something to be hoped for, but rather to be mourned. The New Evangelization is a call to draw these lost sheep home.

    With the election of Pope Francis there are now people who see the New
    Evangelization as offering an unqualified open door to the Church. They have grabbed on to the phrase, “Who am I to judge?” and declare everyone is welcome just as they are. It is true that Pope Francis is calling everyone home, sinners and saints alike. However, he never describes the Church as the big tent at the garden party to which everyone is invited. Instead, he calls it a field hospital. That means that those who come to the Church are wounded in some way and need healing. They are called to conversion. We are all sinners and the Church invites us to allow the Divine Physician to cut out our cancerous sins so that we may feel the therapeutic power of Divine Mercy. The New Evangelization does not invite us to accept and embrace our sins, but rather offers hope that no sin is beyond reconciliation with Christ.

    So the New Evangelization is not about kicking people out of the Church nor is it about condoning all sins as just part of a person’s identity. It is about stating firmly the truth of the Gospel revealed through the Church and welcoming all, no matter their sins or vices, to give Christ and his Church a try.

    I think we should approach the New Evangelization like Sam-I-Am from thesam i am classic children’s book, Green Eggs and Ham. Sam-I-Am tries desperately to convince someone to try a taste of green eggs and ham. When the offer is refused, Sam-I-Am does not say, “Well, if you won’t eat green eggs and ham, let me offer you something else. Maybe you would like bacon instead.” No. He persistently and cheerfully offers only green eggs and ham but in an array of different conditions—in a box, with a fox, on a train, in the rain. Eventually, the other character gives in and takes a bite. And he finds out he really likes green eggs and ham!

    The New Evangelization calls us to do the same. We are going to offer Catholicism in all its beauty and with all its challenges. There is no watering it down or offering a modified version that is easier to swallow. The truth is the truth. But what we can do is bring people in to the Church one small bite at a time. They may not be ready to chow down on the teachings about marriage, sexuality, an all male priesthood, the veneration of Mary, and the intercession of the saints. But a beautiful liturgy might draw them in to sample a little bit of the Church.

    You probably know a fallen away Catholic who hasn’t been to Mass in years. He is a lost soul waiting to be found. Maybe inviting him to Mass is too big of a bite. Invite him to vespers or a holy hour instead. Why don’t you ask him to volunteer with you at a Catholic charity? Let him see the loving side of the Church. Don’t be afraid to let him know that you said a Rosary for him or asked the intercession of a saint for his intention. The Divine Mercy Chaplet can be comforting to Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Our Catholic prayers are wonderful tools of evangelization. A priest in my diocese is welcoming a local farmers market to set up in the parish parking lot one day a week. Just bringing people on the church property may prompt an interest in what the Church is all about or rekindle the flame of faith in a lapsed Catholic.

    The New Evangelization also calls us to strengthen our own faith. We cannot share what we do not have. No one has ever maxed out his understanding of Christ on this side of Heaven. We must continuously strive to radiate the joy of the Gospel. We should positively glow with the peaceful calm anchored in faith. A loving and patient demeanor will entice others to give the Church a try far more than will shrill, bitter declarations.

    Like Sam-I-Am, we only have one option on our menu, the Catholic Church as the one true church founded by Christ. There is no one who is unworthy to hear her message of salvation through Jesus Christ. Sometimes we just have to channel Sam-I-Am and get creative so they will listen. That is the challenge of the New Evangelization.

  • The Prodigal Father: Benedict XVI on Fathering

    via Catholic Exchange

    by Dave McClow

    Dave McclowThe “prodigal father” is the story of our time.  It is the story of fatherlessness in our families.  Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is and has always been highly aware of the crisis of fatherhood and its implications for society (see my previous blog).  He knows that when fatherhood is gutted, “something in the basic structure of human existence has been damaged” (The God of Jesus Christ, p. 29).  But he is also supremely insightful about what happens in the family, both positively and negatively, because of fathers! Let’s start out with the problems:

    Prodigal Fatherhood

    “A theologian has said that to­day we ought to supplement the story of the Prodigal Son with that of the prodigal father. Fathers are often entirely occupied by their work and give more wholehearted attention to their work than to their child, more to achievement than to gifts, and to the tasks implied by those gifts. But the loss of involvement of the father also causes grave inner damage to the sons” (God and the World, pp. 274-275).

    I’m not sure why he leaves out daughters, but the effect is just as devastating for daughters.  Are you leaving behind the gift of your children for busy-ness or business?  Are you too task and achievement oriented?  Part of this over-focus is the religious nature of our masculinity—our natural inclination toward sacrifice for a cause.  This is masculine spirituality that is often not acknowledged by men or women.  If men can’t relate to God as men, they turn to things which are not ultimate—that is, to things Scripture calls idols.  This is why work, hobbies, and sports can become all-consuming.

    Fear is another component of turning to non-ultimate things.  Sometimes a lot of men view the murky waters of relationships and emotions at home like a foreign country to be feared. They would rather turn elsewhere to feel like a success.  We need to invoke my vote for St. John Paul II’s #2 motto (after “Totus Tuus, Totally yours, Mary”), “Be not afraid!”  We need to have courage!  There is nothing wrong with work, hobbies, or sports, but they must be rightly ordered—they must not take precedence over people or God.  Even virtues in the extremes become vice.

    As Pope, Benedict XVI includes in the problem list broken families, worries,jesus fatherhood and money problems, along with “the distracting invasion of the media” in our daily life.  All of these things “can stand in the way of a calm and constructive relationship between father and child.” “It is not easy for those who have experienced an excessively authoritarian and inflexible father or one who was indifferent and lacking in affection, or even absent, to think serenely of God and to entrust themselves to him with confidence” (General Audience, January 30, 2013).

    Zeus

    He nails the problems of modern life including technology; and the perennial problems of fathers who can be excessively rigid, indifferent, lacking in affection, or even absent.  These things damage our view of God and make it difficult to trust.  Next, as Cardinal Ratzinger, he contrasts two very different fathers: Zeus and God the Father.

    If we look for a moment at pagan mythologies, then the father-god Zeus, for instance, is portrayed as moody, unpredictable, and willful: the father does incorporate power and authority, but without the corresponding degree of responsibility, the limitation of power through justice and kindness (God and the World, pp. 274-275).

    If you are the kind of father who wants your kids to obey just because you’re the father, you’re in the Zeus camp, which uses the power and authority of the role without the responsibility which limits that power through justice and kindness.  This father uses domination and fear to lord it over the kids and demands obedience.  Consequently, because they don’t like the master/slave relationship, the kids usually have a temper problem and find ways to rebel.  Or as Protestant apologist Josh McDowell has aptly put it, “Rules without relationship leads to rebellion.”  The master/slave idea is found more in Islam, a word which means submission. Allah is not a loving Father—in fact, this idea is blasphemous to a Muslim.  Allah is an all-powerful God who must be obeyed.

    God the Father as our Model

    Zeus shows us how not to be a good father.  The Pope Emeritus says that Scripture helps us know of “a God who shows us what it really means to be ‘father’; and it is the Gospel, especially, which reveals to us this face of God as a Father who loves” (General Audience, January 30, 2013). The Father uses power and responsibility with justice and kindness, which is a more relational approach. As Cardinal Ratzinger, he unpacks this idea:

    The Father as he appears in the Old Testament is quite different [from Zeus], and still more in what Jesus says about the Father: here, power corresponds to responsibility; here we meet a picture of power that is prop­erly directed, that is at one with love, that does not dominate through fear but creates trust. The fatherhood of God means devotion toward us, an acceptance of us by God at the deepest level, so that we can belong to him and turn to him in childlike love. Certainly, his fatherhood does mean that he sets the standards and corrects us with a strictness that manifests his love and that is always ready to forgive (God and the World, pp. 274-275).

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  • The God Workout: Why Gyms and Hymns are Suffering The Same Fate

    via Catholic Stand 

    by Gabriel Garnica

    gabriel garnicaChrist warned us that following Him is heavy lifting, but that the ultimate prize of eternal salvation is worth the effort. Apparently, fewer and fewer people want to do heavy lifting, either in church or at the gym because, in case you have not noticed, gyms and churches suffer from the same problem of missing “members”.

    According to general statistics, somewhere between 67% to 80%  of people who sign up for gym memberships end up never going regularly, if at all. Likewise, statistics tell us that similar percentages of Catholics do not attend Mass regularly, if they go at all.  Just as loads of people show up in gyms around New Year’s eager and ready to trim and shape up their physical body, only to slack off and disappear the rest of the year, so too, loads of Catholics slide into the pews on Easter Sunday, only to slack off and disappear for the rest of the year as well.

    Why do people drag themselves to gyms and churches on a few occasions a year, only to magnify their apathy by not bothering to return?  My contention is that, in both cases, there are actually four types of reasons behind this tragic pattern.

    The Flash in The Pan

    Some people sincerely feel, deep down inside somewhere, that their physical and moral lives need shaping up. They work up the courage and drive to “sign up” for this shaping up by showing up at their local gym or church. However, their motivation to follow through is simply not there. They want the quick fix, the easy ride, or the notion of taking charge more than the long-term, persistent, and blood and sweat reality of following through on their initial drive.

    Physical and moral health is not a television sitcom or glitzy pill ad, where problems melt away without ups and downs. If Christ showed us anything, it is that following His example is not for the squeamish, lazy, or inconsistent.  This society, however, with its video game and digital mentality, has turned instant results and quick solutions into a religion itself, leaving patient persistence, integrity, personal responsibility, and proactive determination in the dust.

    The Virtual Member

    Some people like being a “member” of a gym or parish as a social feather in the cap or as some flimsy token of connection and involvement, but, when push comes to shove, they are more interested in the title “member” than the requirements and demands of membership.  After all, it is so much easier to reap the benefits of virtual, make-believe membership than to toil through the rigors of real, day-to-day membership, isn’t it?

    The Selfie Sculptor

    Many people approach the church or gym with the notion of re-shaping, re-defining, or re-inventing themselves, but only on their terms and convenience. They do not so much want to become better as to become better in their world. Thus, I want to lose weight, but without having to follow tedious exercises or diets.  Therefore, I want to improve my prayer life or get closer to God, but without having to being told by anyone what or how to pray or how to bring God more into my life.

    You should not tell me what I can and can’t eat any more than you should tell me how to confess my sins, or when I should not partake of the Eucharist.  I want to shape my life my way, without a set of rules, menus, or recipes by others.

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  • Malaysia Airlines passenger jet reportedly shot down over Ukraine

    via Fox News

    A Malaysian Airlines passenger plane with 295 aboard was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in Ukraine near the Russian border, according to multiple reports.

    The airline, which saw one of its fleet disappear over the Indian Ocean in March, confirmed only that “an incident” had occurred involving the Boeing 777, which was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam.

    “Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam,” read a tweet from the airline. “The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace. More details to follow,” read a tweet from Malaysia Airlines’ account.

    Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said he has directed the country’s Ministry of Defense to investigate the incident, according to a message on his Twitter account. He said he could not confirm that the plane was shot down.

    But multiple reports, including from Russia’s Interfax news agency, said the plane was shot down at cruising altitude. Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister told The Associated press that the plane, carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew people onboard, was shot down.

    Gerashenko says on his Facebook page the plane was flying at an altitude of 33,000 feet when it was hit Thursday by a missile fired from a Buk launcher. A similar launcher was seen by Associated Press journalists near the eastern Ukrainian town of Snizhne earlier Thursday.

    The adviser also told Russian news agency Interfax that all onboard have been killed.

    The border area where the plane apparently went down, near the city of Kremenchuk, has been embroiled in the larger dispute between Ukraine and ethnic Russian separatists. Fighting has intensified in recent months in the region. A day before, according to the Ukrainian government, a Russian military plane shot down a Ukrainian fighter jet in Ukrainian airspace.

    Pentagon Spokesman Col. Steve Warren said he was aware of reports of the downed passenger jet in Ukraine,but did not have further information.

    A senior White House official said President Obama has been briefed on the incident. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said whether it was intentional or accidental it is an “international incident” when a passenger jet is shot down. McCaul said he believed only a military grade weapon could have downed the plane.

    The Boeing jets are equipped with twin Rolls-Royce Trent engines, typically cruises at 35,000 feet at speeds up to 639 miles per hour.

    On March 8, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, also a Boeing 777 and carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew on a route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappeared somewhere over the ocean. It has not been found.

  • America’s Other Border Crisis

    via Truth & Charity

    by Micah Murphy

    Micah MurphyWhile millions of Americans share their concerns about our southern border and the rapid influx of illegal immigrants, Catholics have been sharing their views more than most I’ve seen, with a sharply divided approach between our theological need to care for the less fortunate – in this case the orphan and the foreigner – and a genuine concern for the safety of our social and economic infrastructures, which, collapsed, would do no good for anyone, much less illegal immigrants. What has gone largely unnoticed by the Catholic populace and the American citizenry in general, however, is our other border crisis, in which myriad foreigners are crossing into our country on an hourly basis at a terrifying rate, threatening to destroy not only our social and economic infrastructures, but our culture and the very soul of our country. They’ve had a presence in our country since before even the Vikings arrived, but they are foreigners nonetheless. To make matters worse, the vast majority of our politicians are in collusion with them and we, the American people, have given them aid countless times.

    No, I’m not talking about the Canadians.

    I’m talking about demons.

    Native to heaven, but banished to hell, they are migrants in our world, satan 2using us as pawns in their ongoing conflict with our mutual Creator. Yet their suddenly increased numbers in our own country, markedly higher in influence than just a century ago, indicates a border crisis unparalleled in our national history. In these last hundred years, most of which was a century handed over to the devil, demons have plagued our country, dragging us into two world wars and a whole series of startling conflicts since and several economic depressions and recessions. For those, perhaps, their actions have been noted, though perhaps not so much by the historians of the last few decades. The worst blow they’ve dealt, though, has been done in stealth, hidden from most and gone unnoticed, because this foreigner is also an enemy who wishes nothing more than to destroy us.

    The great war of demons against America is fought on many fronts, but if you could pin down their general battle strategy, it would be this: blind the humans. This blindness is not physical. Demons know well the fortune given to their cause in our first Fall, when our nature was turned upside down and our souls subjugated to our bodies. The foreigner calls it “blessed concupiscence” but we ought to know better. It’s been plaguing every human interaction since that first sin. Now it hides our blindness from us, for we fallen men focus primarily on the physical, and in the arrogance of our physical sight, insist that we see. But we see nothing. Most men never even open the eyes of their souls to see the campaign waged against them.

    The demons have blinded us. They’ve turned our attention away from spiritual to physical sight, and we do not see the war they wage on our souls by means of philosophies washed over our national consciousness and changing us, in the course of a century, from a Christian nation to a pagan one: nationalism, objectivism, sexualism, materialism, secular humanism, secular messianism, commercialism, scientism, liberalism, liberal capitalism, socialism, moral relativism, protestantism, transhumanism, and a thousand more subphilosophies, each with its own idol-god at the center, and that idol, ultimately, is the self.

    If the promised final judgment came today, the trumpets would blow and we would be shocked as the demons were revealed around us, their words of pride and self-worship ringing in our ears. We would look around and realize that these foreigners to our land were so numerous, so ubiquitous, that this country was no longer ours, but theirs.

    Yet we know that Christ is victorious. He has already won the war and the only conflicts now playing out on the battlefield are fought by despondent demons seeking a few casualties on their way back to hell. If only we were not blind, we would see this and rush to the safety of our Savior, Christ the Victor.

    If only we were not blind.

    Wake up, America! Be not so distracted by the foreigner at your gate that you overlook the foreigner in your midst working for your destruction. Give your lives to Christ and reclaim this American culture for Him before it is too late. Replace the empty self-seeking philosophies of your last century with the the Way, the Truth, and the Life promised to you in the Gospel. Live as He would live, totally, holding back nothing for yourselves, that you may drive out the enemy and put God in charge of your nation.

    Only then will you handle the illegal immigrant crisis – and every other problem America faces – with grace and truth. Only then will you be everything you long to be.

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 17, 2014 – Hour 1

    Kresta in the Afternoon – July 17, 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 17, 2014 – Hour 2

    Kresta in the Afternoon – July 17, 2014 – Hour 2

    + Segment #1 of 3

    Project Pedro Pan and Today’s Manufactured Border Crisis

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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

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