Kresta in the Afternoon – January 21, 2019 – Hour 1

+  What did the Vatican know about Maciel, and When?

  • Description: Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, prefect for the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, has disclosed that the Vatican had documentation on the abuses of Fr Marcial Maciel as early as 1943. We get more from Ed Pentin.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Edward Pentin
      Edward Pentin is the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He has also reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review. Edward is the author of “The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family”, published by Ignatius Press. Follow him on Twitter @edwardpentin
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+  Teaching with Authority (2 segments)

  • Description: What gives the Church authority? We claim to possess the fullness of Christian truth, but getting to the truth on some matters of doctrine or morals can be a challenge—with different popes, documents, and theologians treating them with different levels of authority and shades of meaning. This can lead not only to personal confusion but—increasingly in our day—conflict and disagreement among Catholics.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Jimmy Akin
      Jimmy Akin is the author of many books, most recently Teaching with Authority: How to Cut Through Doctrinal Confusion and Understand What the Church Really Says. He’s the Senior Apologist for Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to Catholic Answers Magazine, and a weekly guest on “Catholic Answers Live.” Visit
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    • Teaching with Authority: How to Cut Through Doctrinal Confusion & Understand What the Church Really Says

      Teaching with Authority is a unique, valuable, and long-overdue resource for all Catholics as well as those inquiring about the Faith. It will help deepen your understanding of what the Church teaches by showing you (maybe for the first time) how and why and where it does. Not another catechism or Catholicism for beginners book, Teaching with Authority isn t about understanding specific teachings of the Faith (even the complicated and misunderstood ones) but rather about understanding Catholic teaching itself. Where does the Church s teaching authority come from? How do we weigh dogmas versus practices, doctrines versus disciplines, conciliar declarations versus papal interviews? How do we sort through the many kinds of ecclesial documents and determine their relative authority and relevance? And, in an age when accusations of heresy fly regularly across social media, with competing sides eager to paint the other as unfaithful to Catholic tradition or to the current pope, Jimmy also tackles the issues of incredulity, apostasy, and schism showing you how to recognize different forms of dissent and respond to them fittingly. (learn more)

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