Kresta in the Afternoon – July 3, 2018 – Hour 1

+  Australia Attempts to Break the Seal of the Confessional

  • Description: A new law in Australia requires religious organizations to fall under the legal requirements of the Reporting Conduct Scheme. This means it is illegal for priests to fail to report the confession of a child sex abuse crime, which could force priests to choose between jail time and excommunication. The Seal of the Confessional is sacred - so sacred that priests have died for it in the past. Fr Roger Landry joins us.
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    • Fr. Roger Landry
      Fr Roger Landry works for the Holy See's Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations in New York. He writes for many Catholic publications and is the author of Plan of Life: Habits to Help You Grow Closer to God.
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    • Plan of Life: Habits to Help You Grow Closer to God

      There is no better time to change your life than to change it right now, says Father Roger J. Landry, and Plan of Life is the guide you'll need. Landry discusses how people form habits, and how in particular you can form holy habits, habits that will bring you closer to Jesus. It represents a "treasure chest" of practices to help you grow happier, holier, and closer to God every day. Using passages and descriptions from the Bible, Landry first introduces you to the Holy Spirit, who will be your guide and companion throughout the book. He then introduces ways that this book will jumpstart your life through the six pillars of holiness training advocated by Saint John Paul II: grace, prayer, Sunday Mass, Confession, listening to the Word of God, and proclaiming that Word. This book is meant for teens to older adults of all educational levels who aspire to spiritual growth; it's also a great aid for parents and grandparents who need help in teaching children and young people how to grow in God. There are many Catholics who are not familiar with having a plan of life that includes these basic elements. Many Catholics would like to grow spiritually, but don't know where to start and welcome this kind of practical, doable approach: this is what they've been looking for! (learn more)

+  Remembering Thomas Craughwell

  • Description: The literary world has lost another figure with the death of Thomas Craughwell. Tom appeared on our program a few years ago to discuss the story of the search for St Peter's bones and had recently completed a new book on military chaplains. Paul Kengor joins us with a tribute.
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    • Dr. Paul Kengor
      Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College. He is author of over a dozen books, including his most recent, "A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century," and "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism."
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+  A Look Back: Thomas Craughwell on Relics

  • Description: Articles like a finger, a lock of hair, a crucifix, a chalice-if such items belonged to a saint, they are considered to be relics and as such are venerated by the Catholic Church. Anyone who thinks that relics are remnants of the Middle Ages should log on to eBay. On any day of the week the online shopper will find a thriving business in the sale of these items, ranging from the dust from the tomb of Christ to splinters of the True Cross to bone fragments of countless holy men and women. We discussed this strange story with Thomas Craughwell a few years ago; today, as a taste of his style, we listen again.
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    • Thomas Craughwell
      Thomas Craughwell was the author of several books, including St Peter's Bones and Saints Preserved: An Encyclopedia of Relics
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    • St. Peter’s Bones: How the Relics of the First Pope Were Lost and Found . . . and Then Lost and Found Again

      In this fascinating account of the search for the remains of the world's first pope, none other than Peter, the chief apostle of Jesus, Thomas J. Craughwell takes us on one of the most exciting archaeological finds of the twentieth century. In 1448 a team of architects and engineers brought Pope Nicholas V unhappy news: the 1,100-year-old Basilica of St. Peter suffered from so many structural defects that it was beyond repair. The only solution was to pull down the old church--one of the most venerable churches in all of Christiandom--and erect a new basilica on the site. Incredibly, one of the tombs the builders paved over was the resting place of St. Peter. Then in 1939, while reconstructing the grottoes below St. Peter's Basilica, a workman's shovel struck not dirt or rock but open air. After inspecting what could be seen through the hole they'd made in the mausoleum's roof, Pope Pius XII secretly authorized a full-scale excavation. What lay beneath? The answer and the adventure await. In this riveting history, facts, traditions, and faith collide to reveal the investigation, betrayals, and mystery behind St. Peter's burial place. (learn more)

    • Saints Preserved: An Encyclopedia of Relics

      A finger, a lock of hair, a crucifix, a chalice—if such items belonged to a saint, they are considered to be relics and as such are venerated by the Catholic Church. Anyone who thinks that relics are remnants of the Middle Ages should log on to eBay. On any day of the week the online shopper will find a thriving business in the sale of these items, ranging from the dust from the tomb of Christ to splinters of the True Cross to bone fragments of countless holy men and women. In Saints Preserved: An Encyclopedia of Relics, author Thomas J. Craughwell takes us on an exhilarating journey through the life and death of more than three hundred saints and along the way enlightens us about the sometimes strange bits and pieces that the saints left behind. Including entries on the famous (Saint Peter, Saint Francis, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux) and the not so famous (Saint Foy, Saint Sicaire, Saint Chrysogonus), Saints Preserved also features information on such notable relics as the Holy House where Jesus, Mary, and Joseph lived; the Crown of Thorns; the Holy Grail; and the seven places that claim to possess the head of Saint John the Baptist—among them a mosque in Damascus. Moreover, this book includes major relics that are enshrined in the United States—for example, the complete skeleton of the Roman martyr Saint Vibiana enshrined in a cathedral in Los Angeles. From the extraordinary Aachen relics to the remains of Saint Zita, Saints Preserved is an indispensable compendium for spiritual seekers, history buffs, and anyone interested in deepening their understanding of the Catholic faith. (learn more)

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