Today on Kresta in the Afternoon – August 22, 2013
Talking about the “things that matter most” on August 22
4:00 – Kresta Comments
4:20 – Egypt: The Latest Large-Scale Example of Islam’s New War on Christians
Raymond Ibrahimis the author of the book Crucified Again: Exposing the New War on Christians. Nowhere is this more on display than in Egypt. Report after report after report over the past few weeks out of Egypt are detailing horrific acts of violence directed towards the countries’ Christian minority by the Muslim Brotherhood. Ibrahim writes about these acts and many more in his book which detail the conditions Christians have been subjected to around the world. As the Brotherhood fights to regain control from the military, the outlet of their rage has been Egypt’s many Coptic Christians who are struggling to survive after 2 long years of persecution. He joins us today.
5:00 – Pope Francis to Consecrate the World to Mary Oct. 13 – Is This the Consecration Called for in Fatima That Some Say Never Took Place?
Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at a Vatican ceremony on October 13. The “Marian Day” ceremony, organized by the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, will be held on the anniversary of the final appearance of the Virgin Mary at Fatima. For the occasion, the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be brought from the shrine in Portugal to the Vatican, for public veneration on October 12 followed by the consecration ceremony the following day. Some are asking if this is related to the Blessed Mother’s call for the consecration of Russia. Wasn’t that done by Blessed John Paul II? Jimmy Akin is here to shed some light on this.
5:20 – “Science” Writer Wants Wesley Smith Booted From National Review. Why?
Hank Campbell, the founder of Science 2.0, wants our friend Wesley Smith booted from National Review. Apparently he is “anti science” because he wrote a piece opposing three-parent IVF based on moral and ethical concerns. From Campbell’s tirade: “But there is no reason National Review should be letting an anti-science fear monger take up this charge against science yet again. Conservatives claim to be more rational so there is no reason to embrace the irrational Discovery Institute, yet Wesley J. Smith, Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism and quasi-philosophical lawyer is being encouraged to mask his anti-science agenda under the guise of ethics.” Wesley responds.
5:40 – Growth in the Spiritual Life: If Pope Emeritus Benedict Is Doing It You Should Too
Yesterday we learned from the Guardian newspaper that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said that his resignation in February was prompted by God, who told him to do it during a “mystical experience”. He reportedly said: “God told me to” when asked what had pushed him to retire to a secluded residence in the Vatican gardens. Despite some ridiculous false dichotomies in the story, it raises the question of growth in the spiritual life – from the Pope to the pew. Dan Burke joins us.