Kresta in the Afternoon – February 19, 2019 – Hour 2

+  Benedict's Life and Thought (full hour)

  • Description: Benedict XVI's sudden resignation in 2013 will go down as one of the most shocking moments in recent Church History. Many saw it as a sign of the Church's decline, but he intended it as a seed sown in the hope of bringing the Church a younger, more vigorous leadership in the face of daunting challenges. We talk with Fr Joseph Fessio
  • Segment Guests:
    • Fr. Joseph Fessio
      Fr Joseph Fessio is the founder and editor of Ignatius Press. He earned his doctorate in Theology from the University of Regensburg, his thesis director was Joseph Ratzinger.
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    • Benedict XVI: His Life and Thought

      In these pages Benedict XVI shares his reasons for retiring from the papacy in 2013 in an interview with the author. Many saw his astonishing retirement as a sign of the Church's decline, but he intended it as a seed sown in the hope of bringing the Church a younger, more vigorous leadership in the face of daunting challenges. Among those challenges are the financial and sexual scandals that continue to undermine the Church's mission. When Ratzinger was elected Pope in 2005, he opened a path of purification for the Church, while calling upon the Western world to return to its Christian roots and to build a new humanism for the twenty-first century, and his call for renewal is still relevant. Widely recognized as one of the most important theologians and spiritual leaders of our time, Joseph Ratzinger served throughout the papacy of John Paul II as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Both men had witnessed how atheistic philosophies and war had ravaged twentieth-century Europe, and they shared in the effort of revealing to modern man his need for God, for redemption in Jesus Christ. (learn more)

    • Teaching and Learning the Love of God: Being a Priest Today

      This inspiring collection of homilies delivered by Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) over six decades offers deep theological and historical insights on the meaning of the life and the witness of a Catholic priest.   When Pope Benedict XVI inaugurated the Year for Priests in 2009, he did so in conjunction with celebrating the 150<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the death of John Vianney, the patron saint of all parish priests. Benedict's purpose for that special year is the same purpose of this book of homilies--to deepen the commitment of all priests to interior renewal for the sake of a stronger and more incisive witness to the Gospel in today's world. As St. John Vianney would often say, "The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus." This touching expression makes us reflect on the immense gift that priests represent, not only for the Church but for all mankind.   Contemporary men and women need priests to be distinguished by their determined witness to Christ.  These homilies are meant to illuminate and to inspire priests to renew their commitment to "teaching and learning the love of God". The homilies cover a wide variety of important topics on the priesthood, all deeply rooted in Scripture, including acting in persona Christi, becoming an offering with Christ for the salvation of mankind, being there for God's mercy, and witnessing Christian joy. (learn more)

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