Kresta in the Afternoon – May 8, 2017 – Hour 2

+  Does Trump's Religious Executive Order Do Enough?

  • Description: Last Thursday, on the National Day of Prayer, President Trump issued an executive order to protect religious liberty. He vowed to find solutions to conflicts that have prompted religious institutions to file challenges against federal regulations. Reception to the order has been mixed. Progressive activists immediately labeled it a "license to discriminate," while the USCCB called it a good first step. Ryan Anderson, however, calls it a disappointment and doesn't believe it goes far enough. He joins us to explain why.
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    • Ryan Anderson
      Ryan Anderson is the author most recently of Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination. He's a Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation and the founder and editor of the Public Discourse. Visit and follow him on twitter at RyanTAnd.
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+  Lessons from Church Cardinals (2 segments)

  • Description: Three of the Church’s most well-known Cardinals: Francis Cardinal Arinze, Robert Cardinal Sarah and Gerhard Cardinal Muller, have recently authored books on the Catholic faith and the state of the Church. We’ll take a look at all of them with Fr. Joseph Fessio.
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    • Fr. Joseph Fessio
      Fr Joseph Fessio is the founder and editor of Ignatius Press. He earned his doctorate in Theology from the University of Regensburg, his thesis director was Joseph Ratzinger.
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    • The Cardinal Müller Report: An Exclusive Interview on the State of the Church

      This is an exclusive interview of Cardinal Muller, the head of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and one of the most outstanding Catholic figures in theology today. As a theologian, he strives to give God's answers to men's questions. As the Prefect of the CDF, he has a privileged perspective on the worldwide state of the Church on doctrinal, moral and theological matters, and the questions Catholics and others have today on those matters. But what questions do our contemporaries have? And what answers do they demand from the believer? People today do not see their lack of faith as a tragedy, but what does worry them profoundly is their lack of hope, for which making matters worse they try to make up with shallow substitutes like optimism. The key question today therefore is one of hope. And they wonder whether there is hope for the "now," they wonder whether they can find it in Christianity and they wonder, above all: What is the foundation of Christian hope? This interview with Cardinal Muller therefore takes hope as its basic subject: it is a "report on hope." It is an in-depth discussion of hope in relation to faith and love, and in relation to Jesus Christ, the Church, the family, and contemporary society. (learn more)

    • The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise

      In a time when technology penetrates our lives in so many ways and materialism exerts such a powerful influence over us, Cardinal Robert Sarah presents a bold book about the strength of silence. The modern world generates so much noise, he says, that seeking moments of silence has become both harder and more necessary than ever before. Silence is the indispensable doorway to the divine, explains the cardinal in this profound conversation with Nicolas Diat. Within the hushed and hallowed walls of the La Grande Chartreux, the famous Carthusian monastery in the French Alps, Cardinal Sarah addresses the following questions: Can those who do not know silence ever attain truth, beauty, or love? Do not wisdom, artistic vision, and devotion spring from silence, where the voice of God is heard in the depths of the human heart? After the international success of God or Nothing, Cardinal Sarah seeks to restore to silence its place of honor and importance. "Silence is more important than any other human work," he says, "for it expresses God. The true revolution comes from silence; it leads us toward God and others so as to place ourselves humbly and generously at their service." "This book shows Cardinal Sarah to be one of the most spiritually alert churchmen of our time." --Bishop Robert Barron, Creator and Host,Catholicism film series Cardinal Robert Sarah's profound exploration of the silence in which we hear the still, quiet voice of God, and thus come to know the truth about ourselves, is a powerful challenge to the cacophony of our times and a summons to a more Gospel-centered way of life." --George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies, Ethics and Public Policy Center "Cardinal Sarah provides an incomparable help to contemporary man, so that he may practice the silence which is necessary to hear the voice of God and so to know himself and the world in their deepest truth, beauty, and goodness." --Cardinal Raymond Burke, Author, Hope for the World "Noise, as C.S. Lewis'devil Screwtape famously said, is the music of hell. Cardinal Sarah offers us a richly engaging, elegantly written reflection on the importance of recovering silence in our own lives, and through silence, rediscovering the presence of God, the beauty of creation, and the nature of our mission as disciples." --Most Rev. Charles Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia "Cardinal Robert Sarah has once again powerfully spoken a message desperately needing to be heard in our contemporary society. I pray that many will read this treasure chest of wisdom." --Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco "It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of this profound, uniquely beautiful book." --Michael D. O Brien, Author, Father Elijah: An Apocalypse (learn more)

    • Marian Veneration: Firm Foundations

      The Blessed Virgin Mary is venerated by many followers of Jesus Christ as an important part of their practice of the faith. Believing that she is the Mother of God because her Son is the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, who for our salvation took on human nature, Christians of both East and West honor Mary in various ways. They strive to imitate her as a great model of Christian discipleship. Cardinal Arinze wrote this book for both those devoted to the Blessed Mother and those who do not yet know or understand her. Based on the Scriptures, the teachings of the Church, and the sacred liturgy, the cardinal provides a solid foundation for Marian veneration one that can benefit all Christians, regardless of their church affiliation. "An extraordinary blend of rigorous scholarship and filial devotion, Marian Veneration gives all the reasons why the Virgin Mary is and always will be at the heart of Christianity. This book will serve as a reference work for generations to come." --Fr. Donald Calloway, M.I.C., Author, Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon (learn more)

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