Kresta in the Afternoon – August 2, 2019 – Hour 1

+  Kresta Comments: Should the Church Stay Out of Politics?

  • Description: Al continues his series of commentaries on the Church and politics. We frequently hear people claim that the Church should stay out of politics, or that you can’t legislate morality. While it is possible to keep the institutions of Church and State separate, you can’t keep politics and religion entirely separate because humans are fundamentally religious by nature. Al has more.

+  The Embattled Religious Order that Made Catholicism Global (2 segments)

  • Description: Wednesday was the feat of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order. At the start of the nineteenth century, the Jesuit order seemed fated for oblivion; it had just been restored as a religious order and had about six hundred aged members. But a century later, the Jesuits numbered seventeen thousand men and were at the vanguard of the Catholic Church's expansion around the world, especially the US. We trace their history with John McGreevy.
  • Segment Guests:
    • John McGreevy
      John McGrevy is the author of several books, including American Jesuits and the World.
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    • American Jesuits and the World: How an Embattled Religious Order Made Modern Catholicism Global

      At the start of the nineteenth century, the Jesuits seemed fated for oblivion. Dissolved as a religious order in 1773 by one pope, they were restored in 1814 by another, but with only six hundred aged members. Yet a century later, the Jesuits numbered seventeen thousand men and were at the vanguard of the Catholic Church’s expansion around the world. This book traces this nineteenth-century resurgence, showing how Jesuits nurtured a Catholic modernity through a disciplined counterculture of parishes, schools, and associations. Drawing on archival materials from three continents, American Jesuits and the World tracks Jesuits who left Europe for America and Jesuits who left the United States for missionary ventures across the Pacific. Each chapter tells the story of a revealing or controversial event, including the tarring and feathering of an exiled Swiss Jesuit in Maine, the efforts of French Jesuits in Louisiana to obtain Vatican approval of a miraculous healing, and the educational efforts of American Jesuits in Manila. These stories reveal how the Jesuits not only revived their own order but made modern Catholicism more global. The result is a major contribution to modern global history and an invaluable examination of the meaning of religious liberty in a pluralistic age. (learn more)

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