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Catholic in America: JPII feast day recalls Church-led ‘bloodless revolution’

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The Michigan Catholic

October 30, 2014

Al Kresta

On October 22 I celebrated St. John Paul II’s feast day with my radio listeners. The liberation of Eastern Europe came up and I was back in 1989-91. I hadn’t thought I would outlive communism and the Cold War. To friends I’d joke that Sally and I named our first two children Alexis (1981) and Nicholas (1984) just in case the Russians took over. “See, comrades, both our first-borns have Russian names.” It always got just a few laughs. But, lo and behold — ding, dong, Soviet style communism was dead just like the wicked old witch.

Back in 1989, however, my listeners were ho-hum about the faith bubbling Continue Reading

Matthew Shepard – An Al Kresta Interview with Stephen Jimenez

October 24, 2014

Catholic in America: They’ll know we are Christians by our love

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The Michigan Catholic

October 16, 2014

Al Kresta

A Protestant leader coordinating mission projects for Southeast Asia told me that “division and disunity among Christians” was undermining his proclamation of the Gospel. Two years before, Pope St. John Paul II declared the same in “That They May be One.” Protestant or Catholic, disunity sabotages evangelization.

The hostile reaction to Cardinal Dolan becoming grand marshal of the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade is instructive. Was this prudent? Good Catholics disagree. How we Continue Reading

Cosby – An Al Kresta Interview with Mark Whitaker

October 7, 2014

Catholic in America: Parade Flap Exposes Anger, Bitterness Unbecoming of Catholics

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The Michigan Catholic

October 3, 2014

Al Kresta

Like Queen Esther, our time is thrust upon us. In this new moment of American Catholic history, we need a new evangelization born from a new evaluation of our mission field. Earlier priests expected to be chaplains to a fairly stable American Catholic community. Today’s priests realize they are missionaries to a confused, if not corrupt, generation. Laity have awakened to their co-responsibility for the Church. It’s a great but challenging time to be Catholic in America. My next two columns reflect on this new environment by observing the controversy surrounding New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The cardinal archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, will be the parade’s Continue Reading

Ave Maria Radio to Provide Free Religious Audio Programming to Prison Inmates

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September 18, 2014

Weston, MA–(PR.com)– Liberty Quest Foundation led by Executive Director P.J. McMann has announced that its Streaming Faith Initiative will be receiving support from the famous Ave Maria Radio program. The Streaming Faith initiative was created specifically to address the lack of religious programming and music being offered to inmates in the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP).

Ave Maria Radio is a listener supported 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that employs Continue Reading

Fall Membership Drive – September 8-12, 2014

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September 8, 2014

Join us this week for the 2014 Fall Membership Drive, Monday through Friday, September 8-12, from 7 am to 7 pm each day as we continue the work of the New Evangelization.  Our continuing theme is Build the Church, Bless the Nation.

You can pledge online here: http://www.avemariaradio.net/support/donate-now/

Or call: 1-877-288-1077.

 

Catholic in America: Decency and honesty … not too shabby

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The Michigan Catholic

September 5, 2014

Al Kresta

Too often, it seems that the common decency and intellectual honesty that earlier generations expected from adults is no longer valued in our world more concerned with entertainment, consumerism, self-presentation and impression management. So three incidents of decency and honesty pleased me last week. Maybe they will correct some widely, if carelessly held assumptions.

First, do you often hear complaints from friends, co-workers, talk show hosts, Continue Reading

Catholic in America: How Catholics should process the death of Robin Williams

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The Michigan Catholic

August 22, 2014

Al Kresta

After Robin Williams’ suicide, I interviewed a film critic and an aspiring filmmaker about Williams’ often troubled life. The interviews were respectful, even charitable, but not gushing or whitewashing.

Nevertheless, emails objecting to the favorable comments started almost immediately. Every time a public figure dies, some Christians complain that Continue Reading

Follow your bishop, every one of you…

August 20, 2014

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Follow your bishop, every one of you, as obediently as Jesus Christ followed the Father. Obey your clergy too as you would the apostles; give your deacons the same reverence that you would to a command of God. Make sure that no step affecting the Church is ever taken by anyone without the bishop’s sanction. The sole Eucharist you should consider valid is one that is celebrated by the bishop himself, or by some person authorized by him. Where the bishop is to be seen, there let all his people be; just as, wherever Jesus Christ is present, there is the Catholic Church – Ignatius of Antioch, in his Letter to the Smyrneans 8:2, written in 110 AD.

 

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