Kresta in the Afternoon – July 18, 2019 – Hour 1

+  Reclaiming Priestly Celibacy (2 segments)

  • Description: The sexual misconduct crisis has some wondering if it’s time to reconsider priestly celibacy. We’ll talk with Fr. Carter Griffin about the importance of celibate priesthood and how a priest exercises Spiritual fatherhood.
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    • Fr. Carter Griffin
      Fr. Carter Griffin is the author of Why Celibacy?: Reclaiming the Fatherhood of the Priest And is a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington. Since 2011 he has been engaged in the formation of seminarians at Saint John Paul II Seminary in Washington, DC. Fr. Griffin is a graduate of Princeton University and a former line officer in the United States Navy.
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    • Why Celibacy?: Reclaiming the Fatherhood of the Priest

      "The Church today demands a profound renewal of celibate priesthood and the fatherhood to which it is ordered." Priestly celibacy, some say, is an outdated relic from another age. Others see it as a lonely way of life. But as Fr. Carter Griffin argues in Why Celibacy?: Reclaiming the Fatherhood of the Priest, the ancient practice of celibacy, when lived well, helps a priest exercise his spiritual fatherhood joyfully and fruitfully. Along the way, Griffin explores:

      • the question of optional celibacy
      • some pitfalls of celibate paternity
      • the selection and formation of candidates for celibate priesthood
      • why biological fathers are also called to spiritual fatherhood
      • the powerful impact of celibacy on the Church and the wider culture
      In a critical moment for the Catholic priesthood, Fr. Griffin brings light and hope with a new perspective on the Church's perennial wisdom on celibacy. (learn more)

+  Register Recap: Two Stories that Tells Us A Lot About Cathedrals

  • Description: If you've been to Europe you've seen breathtaking examples of centuries-old cathedrals, towering towards the heavens. What would a 21st-century cathedral look like? The newly-dedicated Christ Cathedral in California may provide an answer. Matthew Bunson was at the dedication and he joins us, and we also get the latest on the fire that blazed at Notre Dame in Paris.
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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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