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Kresta in the Afternoon – November 24, 2021 – Hour 1

Kelley Nikondeha explores adoption as a sacrament of belonging.


New Lawsuit against McCarrick

A former Catholic priest who had previously accused Theodore McCarrick of sexual abuse has filed a new lawsuit against him and the Archdiocese of Newark. Michael Reading says that he wrote to the Archdiocese three years ago and never heard back. Reading initially wanted to remain anonymous, but decided to use his real name to encourage other victims to come forward. He was ordained in 1986 by McCarrick but remained a priest for only seven years and says he feels the priesthood was taken away from him. Matthew Bunson joins us

Matthew Bunson is Executive Editor and Washington Bureau Chief for EWTN News and a Senior Fellow at St Paul Center for Biblical Theology. He’s the author or co-author of more than 50 books including the first English-language biography of Pope Francis and The Encyclopedia of Catholic History. Follow him on twitter at MattBunson. Register Radio airs Saturdays at 7 pm and Sundays at 11 am.

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Adoption as a Sacrament of Belonging  

The idea of adoption is deeply rooted in Scripture. Moses was adopted by the Pharaoh’s family and Jesus himself was adopted by his foster father, Joseph. Kelley Nikondeha is very familiar with the concept; she was adopted as a child and is now an adoptive mother. She joins us with a reflection on adoption and the mystery of belonging to God’s family.

Kelley Nikondeha is the author of Adopted: The Sacrament of Belonging in a Fractured World. She’s codirector and chief storyteller for Communities of Hope, a community development enterprise in Burundi, and cofounder of Amahoro Africa, an ongoing conversation between theologians and practitioners within the African context.


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