Kresta in the Afternoon – December 6, 2017 – Hour 1

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  • Description: On December 4, 1674 Fr Jaques Marquette and fellow explorer Louis Joliet established the first European dwelling at the mouth of the Chicago River. The settlement would eventually become the city of Chicago. Fr. Martin also founded settlements in Sault Ste Marie and St. Ignance, Michigan, and he and Joliet were the first Europeans to explore and map the northern portion of the Mississippi River. He's just one of the many priests who helped build Western Civilization. Fr. William Slattery joins us with more.
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    • Fr. William Slattery
      Fr. William Slattery is the author of Heroism and Genius: How Catholic Priests Helped Build - and can Help Rebuild - Western Civilization. He was ordained a priest in St. Peter's Basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1991. He's also the author of "The Logic of Truth: St Thomas Aquinas' Epistemology and Antonio Livi's Alethic Logic."
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    • Heroism and Genius: How Catholic Priests Helped Build—and Can Help Rebuild—Western Civilization

      "Every chancellery in Europe, every court in Europe, was ruled by these learned, trained and accomplished men—the priesthood of that great and dominant body." — President Woodrow Wilson, The New Freedom With stubborn facts historians have handed in their verdict: from the genius of Christianity and the cultures of the Jews, Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Germanic peoples, the Catholic Church built a new and original civilization, embodying within its structures the Christian vision of God and man, time and eternity. Its construction and maintenance, amid attrition and cultural earthquakes, is a saga spread over seventeen hundred years. Although Catholic priests do not hold a monopoly on the struggles or the achievements involved, nevertheless, from A.D. 300 to 1000, because they numbered so many men of heroism and genius in their ranks, and due to their leadership positions, they became the pioneers and irreplaceable builders of a new culture and Christian socio-political order. Heroism and Genius presents some of these formidable men: Fathers of Western Culture, of free-enterprise economics, and of the institution of chivalry; leaders of nations, statesmen, and defiers of tyrants; music composers, pioneers of universal education, and architects of some of the world’s loveliest buildings; and, enigmatically, the clandestine revolutionaries behind the explosion of the culture of romantic love bonded to Christian marriage whose aura still enchants the air of the West. (learn more)

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