Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – October 14, 2013
Talking about the “things that matter most” on October 14
4:00 – The Bad Catholic’s Guide to the Catechism: A Faithful, Fun-Loving Look at Catholic Dogmas, Doctrines, and Schmoctrines
Masquerading behind the guise of the old-fashioned Catechism that generations of Catholic school kids in plaid skirts or clip-on ties had to memorize, John Zmirak has written a candid handbook which provides a witty take on the Catechism. Objections from relativist, New Atheist, dissenting Catholic, and other points of view are featured, with intellectually sound questions and bracingly funny answers. Penned by a Yale-educated author who worked both in the mainstream, secular media as well as for Catholic outlets, the study reveals the whole range of contemporary criticisms aimed at the Church—and how to answer them in kind. John joins us.
5:00 – What Should We Expect in the Government Shutdown / Debt Ceiling Debacle?
As the government shutdown continues, the debt ceiling deadline looms and no progress in Washington apparent, Americans are worried about what the impact will be in their lives. Economic analyst George Schwartz helps us sort it out
5:20 – PBS Correspondent Prescribes Monastic Wisdom for U.S. Congress
In the face of government shutdown and unprecedented political dysfunction, PBS correspondent and Chicago Public Radio commentator Judith Valentesuggests that how we got to this place has very little to do with politics and very much to do with habits of the mind and heart. The solution? Members of Congress should read The Rule of St. Benedict, the sixth-century classic guide to monastic living, for advice on how to extricate themselves from this mess. She is here to explain why.