Kresta in the Afternoon – February 25, 2019 – Hour 2

+  Vatican Flunks the McCarrick Test (2 segments)

  • Description: In his opening address to the Vatican Summit last week, Pope Francis established a very clear task: “The holy People of God look to us and expect from us not simple and predictable condemnations, but concrete and effective measures to be undertaken. We need to be concrete.” It was a stern demand and a high bar going forward. By the end of the gathering, Catholics were still angry and victims lamented what they described as yet another missed opportunity. The Vatican summit feels incomplete, with "battle plans" and "reflection points" taking the place of real discussion of the causes of the whole mess. Matthew Bunson joins us.
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    • Dr. Matthew Bunson
      Matthew Bunson is a Senior Contributor to EWTN News and the National Catholic Register and a Senior Fellow at St Paul Center for Biblical Theology. He’s the author or co-author of more than 50 books including the first English-language biography of Pope Francis and The Encyclopedia of Catholic History. Follow him on twitter at MattBunson. Register Radio airs Saturdays at 7 pm and Sundays at 11 am.
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+  Do We Need Women Deacons?

  • Description: A Vatican commission studying women deacons has concluded its research and now awaits comment from Pope Francis. What is the history of female leaders in the Church? Do we need women deacons? We talk with Fr. Dwight Longenecker.
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    • Fr. Dwight Longenecker
      Fr. Dwight Longenecker was raised in an Evangelical home in Pennsylvania. In 1995 Fr. Dwight and his family were received into the Catholic Church and in 2006 he was ordained as a Catholic priest under the special pastoral provision for married former Anglican clergy. He's the author of many books including The Mystery of the Magi. Visit
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    • Mystery of the Magi: The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men

      Modern biblical scholars tend to dismiss the Christmas story of the “wise men from the East” as pious legend. Matthew’s gospel offers few details, but imaginative Christians filled out the story early on, giving us the three kings guided by a magical star who join the adoring shepherds in every Christmas crèche. For many scholars, then, there is no reason to take the gospel story seriously. But are they right? Are the wise men no more than a poetic fancy? In an astonishing feat of detective work, Dwight Longenecker makes a powerful case that the visit of the Magi to Bethlehem really happened. Piecing together the evidence from biblical studies, history, archeology, and astronomy, he goes further, uncovering where they came from, why they came, and what might have happened to them after eluding the murderous King Herod. In the process, he provides a new and fascinating view of the time and place in which Jesus Christ chose to enter the world. The evidence is clear and compelling. The mysterious Magi from the East were in all likelihood astrologers and counselors from the court of the Nabatean king at Petra, where the Hebrew messianic prophecies were well known. The “star” that inspired their journey was a particular planetary alignment―confirmed by computer models―that in the astrological lore of the time portended the birth of a Jewish king. The visitors whose arrival troubled Herod “and all Jerusalem with him” may not have been the turbaned oriental kings of the Christmas carol, but they were real, and by demonstrating that the wise men were no fairy tale, Mystery of the Magi demands a new level of respect for the historical claims of the gospel. (learn more)

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