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Kresta in the Afternoon – July 22, 2021 – Hour 1

Al breaks down the Motu Proprio on the Traditional Latin Mass, talks with Dr. Carlos Eire about the protests in Cuba, and Scott Hahn previews the Defending the Faith Conference.

Kresta Comments: Asking the “Rite” Questions about the Motu Proprio

Many US bishops have issued statements granting temporary permission to celebrate the Latin Mass while they review the Motu Proprio. Understanding the whole situation requires us to ask the “rite” questions. Al begins doing that today.

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“This Moment is Unprecedented” Cuban Scholar Weighs in on Protests

Dr. Carlos Eire is Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University, where he specializes in the history of late medieval and early modern Europe. He was born in Cuba in 1950 and at the age of 11 he fled to the US without his parents as one of the 14,000 Cuban children airlifted by Operation Peter Pan. He tells his story in his memoirs Waiting for Snow in Havana and Learning to Die in Miami. He is also the author of Reformations: Early Modern Europe and other books.

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Receiving God’s Unshakeable Kingdom

It looks as though God is shaking the heavens and the earth. The Church is facing severe crises. Our nation is more divided than at any time in recent memory.  Western culture continues to forget the Church that birthed her. Trust in our institutions is at its lowest recorded levels.  But we are a people who have inherited an unshakeable Kingdom and serve an unshakeable King.  How do we live faithfully and bear witness to what cannot be shaken? Scott Hahn joins us to invite you to the Defending the Faith Conference, where we’ll be talking about this.

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Defending the Faith Conference

Dr. Scott Hahn is the author of more than 40 books including Hope to Die: The Christian Meaning of Death and the Resurrection of the Body. He’s the Fr. Michael Scanlan Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990. He is the Founder and President of the St. Paul Center, an apostolate dedicated to teaching Catholics to read Scripture from the heart of the Church.  Learn more about the Defending the Faith Conference at

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