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  • “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 16, 2014— Hour 1

    “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 16, 2014— Hour 1

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    Kresta Comments

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    Pope Francis Weds 20 Cohabiting Couples

    • Description: Pope Francis made headlines this weekend by holding a mass wedding ceremony for 20 cohabiting couples. Predictably, the mainstream media used this as further proof of Francis’ alleged “progressivism.” TIME magazine proclaimed the ceremony as a “hint of coming changes for the Church” and CBS said it was another step Francis’ “push for inclusion.” Contrary to the claims of the media, the marriages performed this weekend were legitimate and in line with Church tradition. The Church is strictly against cohabitation; however, cohabiting couples are allowed to marry in the Church provided they meet certain requirements. Ed Peters, a professor of Canon Law at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, is with us to talk about it.
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    The Catholic League and the St. Patrick’s Day parade

    • Description: In recent years the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade has come under fire for “excluding” gay rights groups. This year the parade announced it would allow one gay rights group to march under their own banner, and is open to more groups doing so in the future. News outlets failed to mention that gay rights groups were not exclusively targeted. Parade organizers had a widespread ban against political groups marching in the parade, and also prohibited pro-life groups from marching under their own banner. Despite the change in parade policy, there are no pro-life groups scheduled to march in the 2015 parade. Parade organizers claim that no groups applied, but Catholic League President Bill Donohue says this is because there was no announcement of the policy change. Bill joins us to talk about the controversy and why the Catholic League is done with the parade.
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      • Bill Donohue
        Bill is the president of the Catholic League. He is the author of five books, the most recent being “Why Catholicism Matters: How Catholic Virtues Can Reshape Society in the 21st Century.” He is on the board of advisors for the Washington Legal Foundation and several other organizations.
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  • “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 16, 2014— Hour 2

    “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 16, 2014— Hour 2

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    Kresta Comments: The Satanic Temple Comes to Detroit/ Media hype over sensational headlines

    • Description: The Satanic Temple, an atheistic satanic "church," recently announced that it is opening a chapter in Detroit. On Sunday, Al debated the Temple's leader, Jex Blackmore, on Fox 2 Detroit's Let it Rip. Al asserts that the Satanic Temple is little more than an attention-seeking sideshow. We will play highlights from the debate and Al will give his comments. From there, Al discusses the media hype over sensational headlines, including how the media has covered the Satanic Temple. He also discusses media sensationalism over Francis’ decision to wed cohabiting couples and NFL superstar Adrian Peterson’s accusations of child abuse.
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    Kresta Comments: The Satanic Temple Comes to Detroit/ Media hype over sensational headlines (continued)

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    Kresta Comments: The Satanic Temple Comes to Detroit/ Media hype over sensational headlines (continued)

  • “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 16, 2014

    Talking about the Things That Matter Most on September 16

    4:00 – Kresta Comments

     

    4:20 – Pope Francis Weds 20 Cohabiting Couples 

     

    Pope Francis made headlines this weekend by holding a mass wedding ceremony for 20 cohabiting couples. Predictably, the mainstream media used this as further proof of Francis’ alleged “progressivism.” TIME magazine proclaimed the ceremony as a “hint of coming changes for the Church” and CBS said it was another step Francis’ “push for inclusion.” Contrary to the claims of the media, the marriages performed this weekend were legitimate and in line with Church tradition. The Church is strictly against cohabitation; however, cohabiting couples are allowed to marry in the Church provided they meet certain requirements. Ed Peters, a professor of Canon Law at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, is with us to talk about it. 

     

     

    4:40 –The Catholic League and the St. Patrick’s Day parade

     

    In recent years the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade has come under fire for “excluding” gay rights groups. This year the parade announced it would allow one gay rights group to march under their own banner, and is open to more groups doing so in the future. News outlets failed to mention that gay rights groups were not exclusively targeted. Parade organizers had a widespread ban against political groups marching in the parade, and also prohibited pro-life groups from marching under their own banner. Despite the change in parade policy, there are no pro-life groups scheduled to march in the 2015 parade. Parade organizers claim that no groups applied, but Catholic League President Bill Donohue says this is because there was no announcement of the policy change. Bill joins us to talk about the controversy and why the Catholic League is done with the parade. 

     

     

    5:00 – Kresta Comments: The Satanic Temple Comes to Detroit/ Media hype over sensational headlines  

     

    The Satanic Temple, an atheistic satanic “church,” recently announced that it is opening a chapter in Detroit. On Sunday, Al debated the Temple’s leader, Jex Blackmore, on Fox 2 Detroit’s Let it Rip. Al asserts that the Satanic Temple is little more than an attention-seeking sideshow. We will play highlights from the debate and Al will give his comments. From there, Al discusses the media hype over sensational headlines, including how the media has covered the Satanic Temple. He also discusses media sensationalism over Francis’ decision to wed cohabiting couples and NFL superstar Adrian Peterson’s accusations of child abuse.  

  • No Scandal Here: The 20 Couples Married by Pope Francis Were Legit

    Two authorities on Christian marriage refute media reports that criticized the Pope’s presence at a Sept. 14 Mass.

    via the National Catholic Register

    Pope Francis’ witnessing of marriages between Catholics who cohabited or who have had annulments is not a change, but is part of the Church’s effort to bring people to Jesus Christ, said two authorities on Christian marriage.

    “I think there is a perception out there, especially in some media circles, that Pope Francis is trying to undermine what the Church has taught and what the Church has practiced,” John Grabowski, a professor of moral theology at The Catholic University of America, told CNA Sept. 15.

    “I see absolutely no evidence of that. When he’s pressed on issues concerning the Church’s teaching on marriage, on sexuality, he is very firm, saying he is ‘a son of the Church’,” Grabowski continued. “What he wants to do is simply put the Church’s focus on mercy, on an encounter with Christ as the heart of its life.”

    On Sept. 14, Pope Francis celebrated the marriages of 20 couples from the Diocese of Rome. In his homily, he told them that Jesus Christ “will bring them healing by the merciful love which pours forth from the Cross, with the strength of his grace that renews and sets married couples and families once again on the right path.”

    Some media reports have focused on whether some of the couples had annulments or had lived together before marrying. Time magazine claimed that the marriages “hint at coming changes” on divorce and remarriage. The New York Times claimed that the weddings mean that Pope Francis “looks past tradition.”

    However, Grabowski said he saw no concrete evidence that the Pope is “instituting any kind of sweeping changes.”

    In fact, the Pope’s actions in marrying cohabiting couples reflect common Catholic practice.

    “It’s not just Pope Francis, it’s the whole Church who wants to encourage people who are living in a way that contradicts their baptismal dignity to stop living that way,” the professor said.

     

    ‘Objectively, Morally Wrong’

    Catholic teaching holds that cohabitation is “objectively, morally wrong” and on a practical level undermines the prospects of success for weddingmarriage. Studies indicate that couples who cohabit before marriage show more propensity to divorce than couples who do not.

    Grabowski noted the U.S. bishops’ 1999 document on marriage preparation and cohabiting couples.

    That document noted the destructive impact of cohabitation and the steps couples can take to change their situation before marriage. These steps included ceasing a sexual relationship until the wedding and going to confession “to try to begin their marriage on a new footing so that this harmful practice doesn’t end up undermining their chance at a happy, successful marriage,” Grabowski said.

    Msgr. Joaquín Llobell, author of the book Marriage Procedures in the Church, stressed that marriage and the family “are the first means of God to make us happy here on Earth and to take us to Heaven.”

    He explained that the Catholic faith sees a distinction between a divorce and a recognition of an invalid marriage, commonly known as an annulment.

    Civil divorce “breaks a valid marriage.” By contrast, to annul a marriage doesn’t “break that which existed.” Rather, it is a declaration from the Church that a marriage “was never valid” to begin with.

    A man with a previously annulled marriage “will be getting married for the first time” because that previous union was not valid due to a defect in him or in the woman with whom he attempted to enter a martial union. These defects can include matters of intention, like the rejection of having children as a purpose of marriage, or conditions such as mental illness that prevent a true marriage from being joined.

     

    Church Is Profoundly Merciful

    Msgr. Llobell is a canon law professor who has taught at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross and has served on the tribunal for the Apostolic Signatura.

    “What Pope Francis has said most often since becoming Pope is that God is merciful, that we humans exist because God has created us as a manifestation of God’s mercy. Therefore the Church, which is the instrument that God gives us to save us, cannot not be merciful. It is always profoundly merciful,” the Opus Dei priest told CNA ahead of the Sunday weddings.

    He said the Church is also merciful in cases of alleged marriage nullity, though these cases are “complicated.”

    If the Church thinks a marriage is valid, it “cannot but say the truth to its child: ‘Your marriage isn’t invalid and therefore you can’t get married a second time’.”

    “And that is said with love, explaining why, and with a mercy that is compatible with the truth.”

    The marriage of cohabiting couples should also not be misinterpreted, Grabowski advised.

    He said that a Church marriage for a cohabiting couple is “not a validation of cohabitation” but “a removal of cohabitation.”

    “It’s enabling them to move out of a state that objectively contradicts their Christian profession and their Christian baptism,” he said.

    The professor noted that canon law “speaks of the freedom of the baptized to marry” and that the Church and its ministers cannot “put any obstacles in the face of that.” He said individual priests who have barred cohabiting couples from marrying in their parish have been corrected by their bishops.

    This does not mean that Catholics want to encourage couples to cohabit, he explained, adding, “We don’t want to impinge or impede the freedom of the baptized to marry and to move out of what is an objective state of sin.”

  • “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 15, 2014— Hour 1

    “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 15, 2014— Hour 1

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    Teachable Moments: Using Everyday Encounters with Media and Culture to Instill Conscience, Character and Faith.

    • Description: Never have Christian families been so challenged by the world around them to instill and instruct their children in the tenets of their faith. Moral relativism literally seeps into every facet of family life and saturates our popular culture. A ubiquitous media presence that defines our daily experience also is defining the attitudes and behaviors of those who consume it. Yet within this pervasive secular culture, Christian families encounter “teachable moments,” those unplanned but unmatched opportunities to put their faith into action and live out the values and virtues embodied in Jesus Christ. When looking for teachable moments, parents, and coaches must approach each day with intentionality, seeking out and capitalizing on opportunities to incorporate life lessons into every day experiences amid the culture. Author Marybeth Hicks joins us to discuss her latest book.
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      • Marybeth Hicks
        Marybeth Hicks is a weekly columnist for The Washington Times and the founder and editor of OntheCulture.com, a blog for American women about the things that matter most. A frequent commentator on cultural issues, she has appeared on national television outlets including Fox News Channel’s Hannity, and Fox and Friends, the CBS Evening News, the Christian Broadcasting Network’s 700 Club, and on dozens of national and regional radio programs. She currently serves on the advisory board of the Parents Television Council, an organization seeking to promote decency on the airwaves.
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    Teachable Moments (continued)

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    Teachable Moments (continued)

  • “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 15, 2014— Hour 2

    “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 15, 2014— Hour 2

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    From Communist to Free-Market Inner-City Povery Fighter

    • Description: As Founder of the Freedom & Virtue Institute, Ismael Hernandez has been working to raise those in inner-city poverty out of their trap. Ismael is here to examine strategies to improve the socio-economic conditions of inner cities in North America. Fragile urban infrastructures are often vulnerable to patterns that impede human flourishing. He presents an alternate vision for personal and communal uplift based on local entrepreneurial initiative.
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      • Ismael Hernandez
        Founder of the Freedom & Virtue Institute. He grew up in Puerto Rico as the son of a committed Marxist and a founding member of the Socialist Party. When he came to America to attend graduate school, his experiences began to slowly shatter his preconceived notions about this country. He was embraced by Americans and given opportunities he could never have imagined. He began to read writings of and about America’s Founding Fathers and learned the principles of America’s origins. At this point he began to believe in the truth of freedom and reject the lies of socialism. Ismael finished his Masters Degree in Political Sciences and soon after, he became the executive director of the African Caribbean American Catholic Center in the Catholic Diocese of Venice.
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    From Communist to Free-Market Inner-City Povery Fighter (continued)

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    From Communist to Free-Market Inner-City Povery Fighter (continued)

  • “Kresta in the Afternoon”—September 15, 2014

    Talking about the Things that Matter Most on September 15

    4:00 – Teachable Moments: Using Everyday Encounters with Media and Culture to Instill Conscience, Character and Faith.

     

    Never have Christian families been so challenged by the world around them to instill and instruct their children in the tenets of their faith. Moral relativism literally seeps into every facet of family life and saturates our popular culture. A ubiquitous media presence that defines our daily experience also is defining the attitudes and behaviors of those who consume it. Yet within this pervasive secular culture, Christian families encounter “teachable moments,” those unplanned but unmatched opportunities to put their faith into action and live out the values and virtues embodied in Jesus Christ. When looking for teachable moments, parents, and coaches must approach each day with intentionality, seeking out and capitalizing on opportunities to incorporate life lessons into every day experiences amid the culture. Author Marybeth Hicks joins us to discuss her latest book.

     

    5:00  - Hope for the Inner City

     

    As Founder of the Freedom & Virtue Institute, Ismael Hernandez has been working to raise those in inner-city poverty out of their trap. Ismael is here to examine strategies to improve the socio-economic conditions of inner cities in North America. Fragile urban infrastructures are often vulnerable to patterns that impede human flourishing. He presents an alternate vision for personal and communal uplift based on local entrepreneurial initiative.

     

  • “Kresta in the Afternoon” — September 12, 2014 — Hour 1

    “Kresta in the Afternoon” — September 12, 2014 — Hour 1

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    Kresta Comments: Breaking Down Obama's ISIS Speech (part 2)

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    A Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions and Insights from Catholic Teaching

    • Description: Many managers who believe themselves to be religious are all too willing to "check their religion at the door" of their workplaces. They may simply be ignorant of the implications of their faith for their business practices. Catholic teaching on business and economics has been described (with intentional irony) as the Church's "best kept secret." The Catholic Church has over the years developed extensive and detailed guidance for many areas of business. But this guidance is often buried within lengthy teaching documents that may not be easily accessible to the busy executive. Answers to specific moral questions may be tough to find. We talk to Andrew Abela who has assembled the relevant quotations from recent Catholic social teaching as responses to these questions.
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      • Dr Andrew Abela
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          • A Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions and Insights from Catholic Teaching
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    A Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions and Insights from Catholic Teaching (continued)

  • “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 12, 2014— Hour 2

    “Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 12, 2014— Hour 2

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    Desire of the Everlasting Hills

    • Description: This film provides intimate and candid portraits of three Catholics trying to navigate the waters of self-understanding, faith, and homosexuality. It takes humility and courage to face certain questions about our lives. One such question is, “How do I know if I am designing my life well? By what standard can I come to a conclusion?” This question is closely linked with another, “What is the purpose of my life? What does it mean to be fulfilled and at peace?” And these are the central questions around which the film turns. One of the people featured in the film is Dan Mattson, a gregarious artist who spent his life hiding a deep sense of isolation from those who loved him. Dan joins us.
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    Desire of the Everlasting Hills (continued)

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    Kresta Comments: Breaking Down Obama's ISIS Speech (part 2)

  • Five Simple Ways Catholics can Make a Difference

    via the Integrated Catholic Life

    by Randy Hain

    randy hain“Think about the possibilities if we all made a sincere daily commitment, no matter how small, to make a positive difference in the lives of those around us.”

    Do we sometimes feel overwhelmed in the face of the relentless assault on the Church, our beliefs and our families by the media and modern culture? Is it difficult to stand up for what we believe? Do we ever feel like we can’t make a difference? Many Catholics I encounter are struggling through daily battles to live out their faith and protect their loved ones… all in the midst of very difficult economic climate. It would be easy to throw in the towel and give up or remain silent, but that is not an option for us. We are called to do more. We are called to be holy: “Therefore in the Church, everyone whether belonging to the hierarchy, or being cared for by it, is called to holiness, according to the saying of the Apostle: ‘For this is the will of God, your sanctification.’” (Lumen Gentium, Second Vatican Council, 39)

    Part of our challenge is getting past feeling overwhelmed. We are not able to tackle everything at once, so let’s make it simple and focus on what we can do. We need to work on ourselves and pursue lives of personal holiness. Our ultimate destination is Heaven and we need to live our lives on earth in a way that will help us get there. So, what can we do?

    First of all, we can’t stand on the sidelines and watch. We also must believe that one person can make a difference; consider the examples of Pope St. John Paul II, St. Therese of Lisieux, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, St. Josemaria Escriva and St. Paul to name a few. Our brave acts, no matter how small or large, can have a profound influence on others if we are simply willing to make the effort.

    At times it seems we have lost our way and forgotten or ignored the teachings of the Church. Maybe we have forgotten to put our trust in God and rely on Him. “Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground.” (Ephesians 6:10-13) I love the thought of putting on the “armor of God” as we fight the battles ahead!

    5 Simple Ways Catholics Can Make a Difference

    I am involved with a group of Catholic business leaders that meets every month. When we first started gathering in 2007, we had dreams of ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????taking on the world and making a real difference through our Catholic faith! But we soon realized that we had much work to do in getting our spiritual lives in order. We understood after much prayer and reflection that we had to be humble and work on surrendering and conforming to Christ before we could make a positive difference in the lives of others. Here are five simple ways we have learned to make a difference in our lives and the lives of those around us:

    • Knowing what is necessary for spiritual growth. We will not grow in our faith without daily prayer. We have to make prayer time a priority and stop making excuses. “The first rule for prayer, the most important first step, is not about how to do it, but to just do it; not to perfect and complete it but to begin it. Once the car is moving, it’s easy to steer it in the right direction, but it’s much harder to start it up when it’s stalled. And prayer is stalled in our world.” – Peter Kreeft
    • Remember we are called to lead lives of holiness. As unpopular and out of step with our modern culture as this may be, we are all called to become saints. “The call to holiness is rooted in Baptism and proposed anew in the other Sacraments, principally in the Eucharist. Since Christians are reclothed in Christ Jesus and refreshed by his Spirit, they are ‘holy.’ They therefore have the ability to manifest this holiness and the responsibility to bear witness to it in all that they do. The apostle Paul never tires of admonishing all Christians to live ‘as is fitting among saints’ (Ephesians 5:3).”
    • Live as a Catholic; speak as a Catholic. We can’t be Cafeteria or Cultural Catholics. We are called to live authentic Catholic lives and be true to our beautiful faith. “To acknowledge God before men is to be a living witness to his life and to his words. We want to fulfill our daily tasks, to carry out everything we do, according to the doctrine of Jesus Christ, and we should be disposed to make our faith transparent in every one of family and professional obligations. Let us stop and think for a moment our work, of our colleagues, of our friendships: are we seen as people whose lives are totally consistent with our faith?”
    • We can’t serve God AND the world. We can’t have it both ways. There is no way to pursue a life of holiness and worry about chasing illusory pleasures and the things of this world that don’t matter. We can’t serve God and the world at the same time.
    • Be a light for Christ to others. One of the most profound ways to affect others is to radiate joy and let people see Christ at work in us. Our personal example can be the catalyst that helps lead someone into the Church. “Do everything without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like lights in the world, as you hold on to the word of life, so that my boast for the day of Christ may be that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.” (Philippians 2:14-16)

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