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Kresta in the Afternoon – January 29, 2015

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on January 29, 2015

4:00 – Catholic Schools Produce Better Citizens

We celebrate Catholic Schools Week by talking to Nicole Garnett. Nicole is the author of “Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools’ Importance in Urban America.” She details how Catholic schools promote the development of social capital—the social networks and mutual trust that form the foundation of safe and cohesive communities. She also demonstrates how the loss of Catholic schools triggers disorder, crime, and an overall decline in community cohesiveness.

4:20 – Kresta Comments: Is Julianne Moore her Own Creation? & Do Catholics Value Life More than God? 

Acclaimed actress Julianne Moore recently said that she doesn’t believe in God and that structure is imposed. “We impose order and narrative on everything in order to understand it. Otherwise, there’s nothing but chaos.” She also attributed her success to her ability to “be at the center of your own narrative and create your own life.” Would Moore feel this way if she weren’t a glamorous and successful actress? Al has some thoughts. Al also discusses the US Bishops’ recent statements on the death penalty as well as the significance of the death penalty’s inclusion in Mosaic law.

4:40 – Thomas Merton should have been a Franciscan

Saturday would have been the 100th birthday of Thomas Merton, also known as Fr. Louis. Merton’s autobiography, “The Seven Storey Mountain,” sent scores of readers flocking to monasteries and was included on National Review’s list of the 100 best non-fiction books of the 20th century. Merton was a Trappist monk, but within his teachings there is a distinct Franciscan influence. We speak with Dan Horan about why Merton should have been a Franciscan.

5:00 – The Church Rests on Peter

In the Book of Matthew, Jesus tells Peter, “You are rock, and on this rock I will build my Church.” Dr. Tim Gray is here to explain how St. Peter is the cornerstone of Catholicism.

5:20 – Kresta Comments: Is Julianne Moore her Own Creation? & Do Catholics Value Life More than God?

5:40 – Kevin Costner: “’Black or White’ is a Film Made for Our Time”

“Black or White” is the story of a grandfather who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When her paternal grandmother seeks custody, the little girl is torn between two families who love her deeply. Both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness and understanding. Star Kevin Costner joins us with his experiences from a story where nothing is as simple as black or white.


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