Kresta in the Afternoon – January 9, 2017 – Hour 2

+  Catholics Confronting Hitler (2 segments)

  • Description: A popular narrative is that the Church did nothing to resist the horrors of Hitler's Nazi Regime. This ridiculous slander is patently false. Resistance to Hitler engaged churchmen and laypeople at all levels and was often undertaken in collaboration with Protestants and Jews. The Church paid a high price in many countries for its resistance, with hundreds of churches closed down, bishops exiled or martyred, and many priests shot or sent to Nazi death camps. Peter Bartley joins us.
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    • Peter Bartley
      Peter Bartley, was born in England and educated at Plater College, Oxford, receiving a degree in Political Science. He has written for various UK publications, and is the author of two other books, The Gospel of Jesus: Fact or Fiction? and Mormonism: The Prophet, the Book, the Cult.
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    • Catholics Confronting Hitler: The Catholic Church and the Nazis

      Written concisely and in chronological order, this book offers a comprehensive account of the response to the Nazi tyranny by Pope Pius XII, his envoys, and various representatives of the Catholic Church in every country where Nazism existed before and during WWII. Peter Bartley makes extensive use of primary sources letters, diaries, memoirs, official government reports, German and British. He quotes the works of several prominent Nazis, of churchmen, diplomats, members of the Resistance, and ordinary Jews and gentiles who left eye-witness accounts of life under the Nazis, in addition to the wartime correspondence between Pius XII and President Roosevelt. This book reveals how resistance to Hitler and rescue work engaged many churchmen and laypeople at all levels, and was often undertaken in collaboration with Protestants and Jews. The Church paid a high price in many countries for its resistance, with hundreds of churches closed down, bishops exiled or martyred, and many priests shot or sent to Nazi death camps. Bartley also explores the supposed inaction of the German bishops over Hitler's oppression of the Jews, showing that the Reich Concordat did not deter the hierarchy and clergy from protesting the regime's iniquities or from rescuing its victims. While giving clear evidence for Papal condemnation of the Jewish persecution, he also explains why Pius XII could not completely set aside the language of diplomacy and be more openly vocal in his rebuke of the Nazis. (learn more)

+  Remembering Fr. Michael Scanlan

  • Description: Fr. Michael Scanlan, the former president of Franciscan University of Steubenville, passed away on Saturday after an extended illness, at age 85. Fr. Scanlan is credited with revitalizing the Catholic and Franciscan mission of the university when he began his tenure in 1974. He established the school's much-loved faith households, kick started the extremely popular summer youth conferences and developed several new academic programs. Deacon Keith Fournier joins us to discuss his influence.
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    • Deacon Keith Fournier
      Deacon Keith A. Fournier is a Senior Contributor to The Stream and the Founder and Chairman of Common Good Foundation and Common Good Alliance. He is a human rights lawyer and public policy advocate who served as the first and founding Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice in the 1990’S. He has long been active at the intersection of faith and culture and serves as Special Counsel to Liberty Counsel. He is also the Editor in Chief of Catholic Online.
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