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Ave Maria Radio's Online Only Membership Drive

Ave Maria Radio is conducting an online only membership drive this month aimed at raising much-needed funds and increasing its membership numbers. The goal is to get at least 250 new people to pledge their support and join a growing army of members who are making Ave Maria Radio a national powerhouse for the proclamation of the Gospel and the teachings of the Catholic Church. By becoming a new member, you can be a part of this spirited movement of faith that broadcasts the salvation of Christ to people around the globe each and every day.

If everyone visiting this website made a tax-deductible donation right now – and there are hundreds of thousands of you – Ave Maria Radio would certainly meet its financial goals for the year in just 29 days! Think about it – the more you’re able to give, the nearer Ave Maria Radio gets to achieving its goals.

So do it now. Let’s put more people on the pathway to heaven. Become a new member today! Just click the donate button and make a difference! Stay tuned to this page to see our progress as the Ave Maria Radio online-only membership drive continues.

Please use the form below to contribute to Ave Maria Radio’s February Online Membership Drive.

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MIKE AQUILINA

Book Review

“Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing Catholicism’s 21st-Century Opponents,” by Al Kresta. Our Sunday Visitor, 2013 (www.osv.com; 800-348-2440). 304 pages. $14.95.

When I was very young, I toured a newsroom, and I remember seeing a card at someone’s desk. It read: “Is it true? Is it kind?”

Those questions have always summed up the profession of journalism for me. Honesty and charity are defining qualities of the best in the business.

They define Al Kresta, and they shine throughout his new book, “Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing Catholicism’s 21st-Century Opponents” (Our Sunday Visitor).

Kresta is a veteran broadcast journalist and host of the daily “Kresta in the Afternoon” talk show, which airs on more than 220 stations as well as on Sirius satellite radio.

His fans (I confess, I am one) wait upon his wit and pithy, memorable phrases. They will not be disappointed by “Dangers to the Faith,” and I suspect their numbers will swell.

It is an eminently useful book, addressing challenges to the Catholic faith most commonly encountered in the media, in the classroom and in the workplace. Kresta presents the charges, almost always in the words of those making the charge, and then he provides the Catholic response. Many of the charges are based on misunderstandings, urban legends or bigotry, and Kresta is expert at exposing these for what they are.

What makes him especially effective, though, is that he manages to do this in a way that’s always fair, always kind and scrupulously truthful.

The key, I think, is that he looks to the source of the charges and sees “opponents,” not “enemies.”
“This is a work about opponents to the Catholic faith,” he writes. “We owe it to them, as a mark of decency and common humanity, to represent their positions in ways that they would recognize as fair and accurate.” Then he follows through. He assumes good will. He goes not for the jugular, but for conversion. Some of the opponents come off looking quite virtuous, if badly mistaken.

“Dangers” is structured as a handbook, easily browsed to find quick answers to the zinger someone threw at you today. Why did the Catholic Church brutally suppress all but the four canonical Gospels? Why is the Catholic Church opposed to genetic research? What does the pope have against science?….

Read the rest at: http://diopitt.org/pittsburgh-catholic/fair-truthful-look-opposing-arguments

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