Kresta in the Afternoon – January 16, 2019 – Hour 2

+  A History of "Bad Shepherds" (full hour)

  • Description: During times of crisis, it's important to have an understanding of history that keeps things in perspective. Without this, it's easy to think that any bad situation is "the worst things have ever been." This applies to the current challenges facing the Church. While we certainly don't want to minimize the magnitude of these problems, we should also keep in mind that the Church has struggled with corrupt leadership since the beginning, and has managed to grow despite it. We'll talk more with Rod Bennett.
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    • Rod Bennett
      Rod Bennett is the author of Bad Shepherds: The Dark Years in which the Faithful Thrived while Bishops did the Devils Work. He previously was the editor of Wonder Magazine and his writings have appeared in national publications such as Catholic Exchange and Our Sunday Visitor.
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    • Bad Shepherds: The Dark Years in Which the Faithful Thrived While Bishops Did the Devil’s Work

      Shocked to find corruption widespread in the ranks of their shepherds today, too many good Catholics are tempted to leave the Church, unaware that ever since the days when Jesus’ own treasurer, Judas Iscariot, had his hand in the till, the Good Shepherd and His faithful followers have regularly been betrayed by bad shepherds. In these eye-opening pages, Church historian Rod Bennett introduces a number of those bad shepherds, including Bishop Eusebius of Nicomedia, who regularly sold out the Church to the Roman emperor; Pope Stephen VII, who so hated his late predecessor that he had him dug up, put on trial, and flung into the Tiber; Benedict IX, who bought and sold the papacy (twice!); and Pope John XII, whose debauchery rivaled that of the corrupt emperor Caligula. Those were very bad shepherds indeed, but while they did the Devil’s work, good Catholics not only survived — they thrived. They outlasted their bad shepherds, preserved in their ranks the Faith of our fathers, and served in each instance as the foundation for a cleansing of the House of God and a vigorous renewal of the Faith. These enlightening pages demonstrate that  it can happen again! (learn more)

    • Church Fathers: From Clement of Rome to Augustine

      Following his best selling book, Jesus of Nazareth, and his talks published in Jesus, the Apostles, and the Early Church, Pope Benedict'sChurch Fathers presents these important figures of early Christianity in all their evangelical vitality, spiritual profundity, and uncompromising love of God. Benedict tells the true story of Christianity's against-all-odds triumph in the face of fierce Roman hostility and persecution. He does this by exploring the lives and the ideas of the early Christian writers, pastors, and martyrs, men so important to the spread of Christianity that history remembers them as "the Fathers of the Church". This rich and engrossing survey of the early Church includes those churchmen who immediately succeeded the Apostles, the "Apostolic Fathers": Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, and Irenaeus of Lyon. Benedict also discusses such great Christian figures as Tertullian, Origen, Cyprian of Carthage, the Cappadocian Fathers, as well as the giants John Chrysostom, Jerome, and Augustine. This book is a wonderful way to get to know the Church Fathers and the tremendous spiritually rich patrimony they have bequeathed to us. (learn more)

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