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“Kresta in the Afternoon”—October 29, 2014

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on October 29, 2014


4:00 – A Quick Word: People Helping: Secularists and Christians – The Difference



4:10 – Kresta Comments: Does Pope Francis Disagree With JPII and Benedict on Evolution?

Eyebrows are once again being unnecessarily raised over something Pope Francis said. Addressing the Papal Academy of Sciences, he said, “God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life…Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.” Al breaks down Francis’ comments and compares them to statements on evolution by the popes’ predecessors.



4:20 – Kresta Comments: How Is Grief over Miscarriage Affected by the World’s Denial that Babies in the Womb are Human?

Last week we discussed the healing process after the tragedy of a miscarriage. A listener brought up an excellent question: how is the pain of a miscarriage affected by the culture’s denial that an unborn child has a right to life? Many people would claim that the life inside the mother’s womb was not human, so the mother’s loss is insignificant. Al gives his thoughts.



4:40 – It’s Time for Catholics to Embrace Halloween


 It’s almost Trick or Treating time again. What should Catholics do about Halloween? Is it a pagan ritual saturated in demonic influences? Is it a secular corruption of a Catholic holiday to honor the saints? Or is it something else? Fr. Steve Grunow joins us to explain how and why Catholics should embrace Halloween. 



5:00 – A Quick Word: People Helping: Secularists and Christians – The Difference



5:10 – Exorcisms, ESP and the Occult in Movies—What’s a Catholic to Do?

Every October seems to feature at least one major horror movie and this year is no exception. Based on the board game of the same name, Ouija is a film about a group of teens who try to communicate with their deceased friend and end up facing unimaginable terror. Horror movies rarely receive good reviews from critics, yet they almost always seem to financially succeed. What’s the deal with horror films? Do they have any artistic value? Are they accurate? Do they open the door to demonic influence? Should Catholics ever watch them? We sit down with Patrick Coffin and Steven Greydanus to answer all these questions and more. 

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