Kresta in the Afternoon – May 7, 2019 – Hour 2

+  Pope Francis and Heresy (continued from yesterday)

  • Description: We pick up our conversation with Jimmy Akin, looking at the open letter regarding Pope Francis and heresy.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Jimmy Akin
      Jimmy Akin is the author of many books, including Teaching with Authority: How to Cut Through Doctrinal Confusion and Understand What the Church Really Says. He’s the Senior Apologist for Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to Catholic Answers Magazine, and a weekly guest on “Catholic Answers Live.” Visit
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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)

+  As another class heads to college, can we help them stay rooted in their faith?

  • Description: Yet another study shows declining trends in US Church attendance. A Gallup report released last month shows that only half of Americans say they belong to a church or religious body, down 69% in the last two decades. These trends are especially noticeable among younger generations. Newman Connection is trying to change that through its work with college students. Matt Zerrusen joins us.
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    • Matt Zerrusen
      Matt Zerrusen is president and co founder of Newman Connection. Visit
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+  The Legacy of Leonardo da Vinci

  • Description: It’s been 500 years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the man widely regarded as the “Universal Genius.” What kind of man was he? How was he motivated by his insatiable curiosity about the created world? We take a look with Walter Isaacson.
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    • Walter Isaacson
      Walter Isaacson, University Professor of History at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, and editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Leonardo da Vinci; The Innovators; Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made
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    • Leonardo da Vinci

      He was history’s most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve JobsEinstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history’s most creative genius. His creativity, like that of other great innovators, came from having wide-ranging passions. He peeled flesh off the faces of cadavers, drew the muscles that move the lips, and then painted history’s most memorable smile. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper. Isaacson also describes how Leonardo’s lifelong enthusiasm for staging theatrical productions informed his paintings and inventions. Leonardo’s delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it—to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different. (learn more)

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