Kresta in the Afternoon – October 23, 2019 – Hour 2

+  Social Science Apologetics: Sins Against the Sixth Commandment

  • Description: Pope Francis is well-known for his criticisms of clericalism - the tendency for clergy to act as if they are deserving of special treatment. On his trip back from Africa he said : “One dimension of clericalism is the exclusive moral fixation on the Sixth Commandment. Once a Jesuit, a great Jesuit, told me to be careful in giving absolution, because the most serious sins are those that are more angelical: pride, arrogance, dominion. … And the least serious are those that are less angelical, such as greed and lust. We focus on sex and then we do not give weight to social injustice, slander, gossip and lies.” We talk with Greg Popcak, also looking at what studies have revealed about those who commit marital infidelity.
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    • Dr. Greg Popcak
      Dr. Gregory Popcak is the director of The Pastoral Solutions Institute, a Catholic tele-counseling practice providing marriage & mental health counseling services to Catholics worldwide. Together with his wife Lisa Popcak, he is the author of over 20 books on relationships and spirituality. You can hear Dr. Greg and Lisa each weekday at 10am E/9C on their radio program More2Life, which is produced by Ave Maria Radio and carried by the EWTN Radio Network.
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+  A Pro-Life Novelist Shares his Story

  • Description: You may remember Scott Lloyd, who during his time in the Trump administration refused to use his position to procure abortions for immigrant teens. What you may not know is he has also published a novel, drawn from real-life experience, about the reality facing college students coping with an unplanned pregnancy. He joins us.
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    • Scott Lloyd
      Scott Lloyd previously served in the Trump Administration's Office of Refugee Resettlement. He and his family were subjected to attacks from abortion advocates after he refused to use his office to procure abortions for immigrant teens. He returned to the private sector by his own choice and has now published his first novel, The Undergradate.
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    • The Undergraduate

      The rule for students at Montpelier is simple: party hard; nurse your hangover, and graduate into your place in America’s best and brightest. But Will Ferguson is not one for rules. When he drinks, he goes all out – generally until he blacks out, leading to many escapades he can brag about later. No big deal…except one night’s drunken bender ends with a very unwanted pregnancy for Kristen, Will’s occasional friend-with-benefits.A typical college life of wild campus parties, morning after remorse, a semester abroad in Italy, and high expectations comes to a crashing halt as Will must come to grips with Kristen’s reluctant and pained decision to have an abortion -- and for his part in bringing her to such desperation. Crushed and lost, he turns, haltingly, to the Catholic faith that he has ignored since childhood. The Undergraduate is Less Than Zero for the Millennial generation – a painfully relatable tale of how privileged youth can be torn asunder by the sudden intrusion of adult responsibility and burning questions of moral culpability. Will’s journey stands in for the struggle so many who are raised with impossibly high standards for success, a sad tolerance for delayed adulthood, and a shallow sense of morality. Will’s search for redemption is not just personal; it’s the hero quest of an entire generation. (learn more)

+  Was Moses a Stutterer?

  • Description: It's one of the most iconic scenes of the Old Testament - God speaking to Moses through the burning bush, calling him to lead His people out of Egypt. And Moses resisted - "I am not eloquent…I am heavy of mouth and heavy of tongue." Many Biblical scholars have interpreted this to mean Moses was a stutterer. Was he? We take a look at the influence of Moses - and other famous stutterers - with Gerald McDermott.
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    • Dr. Gerald McDermott
      Gerald R. McDermott is Anglican Chair of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School. He's the author or editor of 17 books including Famous Stutterers: Twelve Inspiring People Who Achieved Great Things while Struggling with an Impediment. He is also a stutterer.
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    • Famous Stutterers: Twelve Inspiring People Who Achieved Great Things while Struggling with an Impediment

      Moses, Aristotle, Civil War hero Joshua Chamberlain, King George VI, Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, distinguished historian Peter Brown, TV journalist John Stossel, Senator's wife Annie Glenn, ABC correspondent Byron Pitts, novelist John Updike. For all of these accomplished persons, stuttering was an enormous difficulty. None had a sure-fire remedy. Most had to blunder and stumble through. The persistence and courage they displayed tells us that there might be ways we too can survive and achieve--despite our own difficulties. (learn more)

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