Kresta in the Afternoon – February 25, 2019 – Hour 1

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+  The Abuse Crisis and the Future of the Church

  • Description: Ever since the McCarrick news broke last summer, faithful Catholic have begged their leaders to answer how the Church got into this mess and how they plan to fix it. Sadly, the 3-day meeting in Baltimore and 4-day meeting in Rome failed to produce much of substance. How can we help our kids stay faithful during such a time? How can we explain the mess to them? What is the future of the Church? John Dejak joins us with a preview of an upcoming conference that addresses these key issues.
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    • John Dejak
      John DeJak is President of Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor. He's the author of "With God in America: The Spiritual Legacy of an Unlikely Jesuit." Visit and sign up for the conference in our slider at or at
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    • With God in America: The Spiritual Legacy of an Unlikely Jesuit

      In 1963, following twenty-three years of hard labor and abuse in Russian prison camps, Walter J. Ciszek, S.J., finally returned to America. Had he come back a bitter man, or a man of diminished faith, it would have been hard to fault him. But he didn’t. For the remainder of his years, until his death in 1984, Fr. Ciszek’s grace, faith, and wisdom touched—often in profound and lasting ways—everyone who came into contact with him. With God in America is a collection of previously unpublished writings on Ciszek’s post-imprisonment life and thoughts. The contents—which include articles he wrote, speeches he delivered at retreats, letters he sent to people he was counseling, and interviews with individuals who knew him personally—present a man unbroken by all that he had endured and eager to share God’s love with others. From Ciszek’s first days back home in the States to his final words before his death, With God in America demonstrates that saintliness isn’t primarily about acting heroically in dramatic or devastating circumstances, but about honoring the ordinary, everyday aspects of life as treasured gifts from God. (learn more)

+  Oscars Recap: Green Book Wins Big on Quiet Night

  • Description: Green Book took home Best Picture at last night's hostless Oscars. The film is based on the Negro Motorist Green Book, a mid-20th century guidebook that helped African-American travelers find motels and restaurants that would serve them. The selection has been criticized by some who see the film as a whitewashed version of events. Other big winners were Alfonso Cuaron, who won Best Director for Roma, Rami Malek, Best Actor in Bohemian Rhapsody, and Olivia Colman, Best Actress in The Favourite. We get a recap from Steven Greydanus.
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    • Steven Greydanus
      Steven Greydanus is a Film critic for the National Catholic Register. He's a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and the Co-host of Reel Faith for New Evangelization Television. He's also a Permanent Deacon in the Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Visit
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