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Kresta in the Afternoon – December 23, 2020

Kresta in the Afternoon – December 23, 2020

Talking about the Things That Matter Most

2020 Countdown Day 3

4:00 – #21: The Other Pandemic: The Lockdown Mental Health Crisis

Over the last 9 months there’s been a lot of discussion about the physical effects and economic impacts of COVID-19. But one major issue has been largely overlooked – mental health. Data shows that nearly half of Americans have reported mental health fallout from the pandemic, including 25% of young adults who have contemplated suicide. Did it have to be this way? We talk with Dr Aaron Kheriaty.


4:20 – #20: What Atheism Can’t Deliver

In recent years atheism has become ever more visible, acceptable, and influential. Atheist apologists have become increasingly vociferous and confident in their claims: that a morality requiring benevolence towards all and universal human rights need not be grounded in religion; that modern science disproves the existence of God; and that there is nothing innately religious about human beings. Christian Smith responds to these arguments.


5:00 – #19: China’s Catholic Leviathan: Jesuits and the Sino-Vatican Agreement

The Vatican-China deal has been renewed through October 2022. The agreement was renewed during one of most turbulent eras of China’s Catholic history, and opinions range from buoyant optimism to alarm and distrust.  At first glance it appears that the Church in China is eddying into disorder and increased suffering, but while much there is unsettling the majority of China’s Catholics are still able to attend Mass, pray their daily rosary, and draw many others into the Church. We’ll discuss the lives of Chinese Catholics past and present with Anthony Clark.

5:40 – #18: McCarrick Report: No Smoking Gun, but Massive System Failure

For nearly three years now Catholics have demanded to know how Theodore McCarrick was able to rise to such a lofty position. The report released today does not contain a “smoking gun” that would provide the answer, but does show how he was able to count on “members of the club” to let him slide by. George Weigel has more.