Kresta in the Afternoon – July 3, 2014 – Hour 1

+  Decision Point: A Confirmation Program from the Dynamic Catholic Institute

  • Description: For too long we have watched young people walk away from the faith. The tragedy is, most of them have never had the genius of Catholicism presented to them in a compelling way. So they have walked away, completely unaware of what they were turning their backs on. Decision Point is an entirely new way of teaching the Faith to young Catholics. It was developed because the old ways of teaching aren’t working. Matthew Kelly, founder of the Dynamic Catholic Institute, joins us to discuss the Decision Point program and his methods for teaching Catholic youth.
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    • Matthew Kelly
      Matthew Kelly has dedicated his life to helping people and organizations become the-best-version-of-themselves®. Born in Sydney, Australia, he began speaking and writing in his late teens while he was attending business school. Since that time, more than four million people have attended his seminars and presentations in more than fifty countries. Matthew is also active as a Catholic speaker and author. Raised Catholic, he has been saddened by the lack of engagement among Catholics and founded The Dynamic Catholic Institute to research why Catholics engage or disengage and explore what it will take to establish vibrant Catholic communities in the 21st Century.
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+  Ireland’s Mass Grave Hoax

  • Description: Over the past month, the public has been treated to a series of news stories alleging that Irish nuns threw almost 800 babies into a septic tank outside a home for “fallen women” and children in the 20th century. As it turns out, the “mass grave” story is a hoax. Catholic League President Bill Donohue discusses the hoax in “Ireland’s ‘Mass Grave’ Hysteria.” We talk with Bill about his article and the media frenzy that surrounded this event.
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    • Bill Donohue
      William A. Donohue began his teaching career in the 1970s working at St. Lucy’s School in Spanish Harlem. In 1977, he took a position as a college professor teaching at La Roche College in Pittsburgh. In 1980, Bill was awarded his Ph.D. in sociology from New York University. Bill is the author of five books and many articles. His first book, The Politics of the American Civil Liberties Union, was published in 1985. His second book, The New Freedom: Individualism and Collectivism in the Social Lives of Americans, was written while Bill was a Bradley Resident Scholar at The Heritage Foundation; it appeared in 1990. Bill’s third book, Twilight of Liberty: The Legacy of the ACLU, was published in 1994; a new afterword to this book was published in 2001. His fourth book, Secular Sabotage: How Liberals are Destroying Religion and Culture in America, was published in 2009. Bill’s latest book, published by Image, a Random House imprint, is Why Catholicism Matters: How Catholic Virtues Can Reshape Society in the 21st Century.
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+  Christians expelled from site of the Last Supper: What Christian Holy Sites in the Middle East Are Facing Challenges?

  • Description: A mob of ultra-Orthodox Jews occupied the Upper Room in Jerusalem earlier this month, preventing Christian pilgrims from celebrating Pentecost there. The building is on land that belongs to the State of Israel, which has banned all Christian churches from celebrating liturgies there. John Paul II and Pope Francis are the only people who have been allowed to celebrate on this site. We talk with Steve Ray about the rise in protests against Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land by Orthodox Jews.
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