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Kresta in the Afternoon – December 23, 2020 – Hour 2

2020 Kresta in the Afternoon Countdown

#19: China’s Catholic Leviathan: Jesuits and the Sino-Vatican Agreement (2 segments)

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.

Anthony Clark

Anthony E. Clark is a professor of Chinese history at Whitworth University and the author of China’s Saints: Catholic Martyrdom During the Qing, 1644-1911. He is also the host of the EWTN television series The Saints of China: Martyrs of the Middle Kingdom.

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China continued religious crackdown during renewal of Vatican deal

China’s Catholic Leviathan: Jesuits and the Sino-Vatican Agreement

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#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.

George Weigel

George Weigel is a New York Times bestselling author of many books, most recently The Next Pope: The Office of Peter and a Church in Mission as well as Witness to Hope and The Irony of Modern Catholic History. He’s a distinguished senior fellow of Washington’s Ethics and Public Policy Center. Visit

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‘Who’s Who’ profiles of key figures in the McCarrick saga

JPII biographer says ‘pathological’ McCarrick ‘lied to’ the pope

McCarrick, not John Paul II, is the story of the report

The McCarrick Report: No Smoking Gun, but Massive System Failure

A reader’s guide to McCarrick report: Beware of bad guys, smoking guns

Full McCarrick Report

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