Kresta in the Afternoon – May 3, 2019 – Hour 2

+  Kresta Comments: Has Pope Francis Committed Heresy?

  • Description: An open letter published this week accuses Pope Francis of committing heresy. Has he? What is the definition of heresy? What are the limits of Papal infallibility and how does it play into this conversation? Al takes a look.
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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)

+  Final Avengers Film Dominates Box Office

  • Description: Avengers: Endgame, the culmination of a 10-year buildup for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, premiered last weekend to massive numbers. It grossed more than $350 million in the US box office and has currently made more than $1.7 billion worldwide. We take a look at the film, along with its strange connection to Teresa of Jesus, with Steven Greydanus.
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    • Deacon Steven Greydanus
      Steven Greydanus is the creator of Decent Films and the film critic for the National Catholic Register. He's a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Newark. He co-hosts Reel Faith with David DiCerto. Visit
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+  Can a Secularist Culture Rebuild Notre Dame?

  • Description: In the weeks since the fire that ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral, millions of dollars have been raised towards the rebuilding effort. Some have suggested it should be designed in accordance with more modern tastes, or take into account France's largely secular culture. What is the role of the Cathedral in French and Catholic culture? We talk with Sam Gregg
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    • Sam Gregg
      Sam Gregg is Director of research at the Acton Institute and the author of several books including “The Commercial Society” and “The Modern Papacy.”
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