Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on November 20, 2018
4:00 – Kresta Comments: Should We Withhold Money from Bishops?
We’ve received a lot of mail since yesterday’s open line, with listeners both supporting and opposing the idea of withholding money from diocesan donations until the bishops can sort out the mess we’re in. Al responds to some of the feedback and offers some more thoughts.
4:20 – Evangelical Catholics Respond to the Crisis
George Weigel follows Catholic news closely but decided not to attend, in his words, the “circus” of the Fall Assembly – and it proved to be a good decision. Gospel-centered Evangelical Catholics across the country are feeling fury and betrayal that so little concrete action was taken. What are the roots of this anger? And what role does “Evangelical Catholicism” play in all this? George joins us
5:00 – Hildebrand’s Battle against Hitler
How does a person become Hitler’s enemy number one? Not through espionage or violence, it turns out, but by striking fearlessly at the intellectual and spiritual roots of National Socialism. Dietrich von Hildebrand was a German Catholic thinker and teacher who devoted the full force of his intellect to breaking the deadly spell of Nazism that ensnared so many of his beloved countrymen. We’ll talk about his life and influence with John Henry Crosby, who also has information about a special deal on his book.
5:20 – The Populist Rebellion Rolling the Church
The scandals of McCarrick, the Vigano claims, and now the inaction at the Fall Assembly have revealed a Church facing a crisis of leadership. The bishops have been left in an impossible position: they cannot do much without appearing to defy Rome, but further inaction does nothing but further alienate their flock. The roots of these tensions are complex, but can be traced to a populist movement that has a different understanding of authority in the Church. We talk more with RR Reno.