Kresta in the Afternoon – August 22, 2019 – Hour 1

+  Fr Perrone Speaks

  • Description: Effective July 5 of this year, Fr. Eduard Perrone was temporarily restricted from public ministry due to what the Archdiocese of Detroit called a “credible allegation” of sexual abuse of a minor. At the same time, the Archdiocese maintained that a presumption of innocence remains and the civil authorities have decided not to pursue the case. Fr. Perrone has maintained his innocence from the beginning and recently passed a polygraph test. He joins us.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Fr. Eduard Perrone

+  Responding to the New Humanitarian Religion (2 Segments)

  • Description: We spoke a few months ago with Daniel Mahoney about the new religion of humanitarianism has begun to corrupt Christianity, reducing it to an inordinate concern for Social Justice. He joins us again with a further look at how Christians should respond.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dan Mahoney
      Daniel Mahoney is the author of The Idol of Our Age: How the Religion of Humanity Subverts Christianity. He holds the Augustine Chair in Distinguished Scholarship at Assumption College and is a specialist in French political philosophy, anti-totalitarian thought, and the intersection of religion and politics. He is the author of several other books including The Conservative Foundations of the Liberal Order.
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    • The Idol of Our Age: How the Religion of Humanity Subverts Christianity

      This book is a learned essay at the intersection of politics, philosophy, and religion. It is first and foremost a diagnosis and critique of the secular religion of our time, humanitarianism, or the “religion of humanity.” It argues that the humanitarian impulse to regard modern man as the measure of all things has begun to corrupt Christianity itself, reducing it to an inordinate concern for “social justice,” radical political change, and an increasingly fanatical egalitarianism. Christianity thus loses its transcendental reference points at the same time that it undermines balanced political judgment. Humanitarians, secular or religious, confuse peace with pacifism, equitable social arrangements with socialism, and moral judgment with utopianism and sentimentality. With a foreword by the distinguished political philosopher Pierre Manent, Mahoney’s book follows Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in affirming that Christianity is in no way reducible to a “humanitarian moral message.” In a pungent if respectful analysis, it demonstrates that Pope Francis has increasingly confused the Gospel with left-wing humanitarianism and egalitarianism that owes little to classical or Christian wisdom. It takes its bearings from a series of thinkers (Orestes Brownson, Aurel Kolnai, Vladimir Soloviev, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn) who have been instructive critics of the “religion of humanity.” These thinkers were men of peace who rejected ideological pacifism and never confused Christianity with unthinking sentimentality. The book ends by affirming the power of reason, informed by revealed faith, to provide a humanizing alternative to utopian illusions and nihilistic despair. (learn more)

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