Kresta in the Afternoon – March 28, 2018 – Hour 1

+  How are Things in Flint?

  • Description: The new Netflix series Flint Town chronicles the water crisis in Flint, Michigan that captured national attention during the 2016 election but has largely fallen by the wayside since then. Despite the lack of attention, the crisis is ongoing and the US Supreme Court recently green-lighted two class action lawsuits against state and local officials. The local Catholic Churches have been very active in helping the community and are doing great work. Fr James Mangan gives us a look at how it's going.
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    • Fr. James Mangan
      Fr James Mangan is a parochial vicar at St. Matthew's Church in the Catholic Diocese of Lansing. Learn more at

+  Why did Henry VIII Divorce Catherine? (2 segments)

  • Description: On March 30, 1533 King Henry VIII divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, after 24 years of marriage. The fallout from the divorce and his split from Rome led to the formation of the Church of England, the death of Thomas More and other martyrs and sent shockwaves through history. Why did he do it? Was he motivated by lust, a thirst for a son, or something more? We'll talk with Stephanie Mann.
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    • Stephanie Mann
      Stephanie A. Mann is the author of Supremacy and Survival: How Catholics Endured the English Reformation, available from Scepter Publishers. She resides in Wichita, Kansas and blogs at
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    • Supremacy and Survival: How Catholics Endured the English Reformation

      The persecution of Catholics began in 16th century England and tested the Church for over 250 years. Penal laws labeled Catholic believers as traitors and brought fines, imprisonment, and even execution. Prominent persons such as Thomas More, Edmund Campion, and Margaret Clitherow were martyred, while others quietly endured suspicion or harassment to teach and pass on their faith to others, but died peacefully in their beds. The official persecution slowly subsided as threats to England's external power waned in the 17th and 18th centuries. In the 19th century, intellectual converts such as John Henry Newman and Henry Manning brought the merits of Catholicism a new respect in the eyes of Protestant public opinion. This enabled the unfolding of a wide-ranging apologetic that would fall to 20th century figures such as G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, and Ronald Knox. This book tells the story of the Catholic Church's survival and restoration in one land. It serves both as a lesson and a warning of the risks to faith and freedom when absolute power is given free reign. (learn more)

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