Kresta in the Afternoon – August 3, 2018 – Hour 2

+  Taking Action against the Abuse Scandal (2 segments)

  • Description: What can the Church do to clean up the mess of the ongoing abuse and financial scandals? How can the laity get involved? Fr. Gerald Murray has some ideas. We also discuss the changes to the Catechism on the death penalty
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    • Fr. Gerald Murray
      Fr Gerald Murray is the pastor of holy Family Catholic Church in Manhattan. He was awarded a Doctorate in Canon Law in 1998, and then served briefly as a Judge on the Metropolitan Tribunal. He has appeared on EWTN, Fox News, MSNBC and many other outlets and previously served in the US Naval Reserve Chaplain Corps.
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+  Pope Francis and Capital Punishment

  • Description: The Vatican has announced that the Catechism will be changed to declare the death penalty “inadmissible,” due to the “inviolability and dignity of the person.” Why has Church teaching allowed for the death penalty up until now? What did the Fathers and Doctors of the Church have to say on the matter? We talk with Ed Feser.
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    • Ed Feser
      Edward Feser is co-author of By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment.
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    • By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment

      The Catholic Church has in recent decades been associated with political efforts to eliminate the death penalty. It was not always so. This timely work reviews and explains the Catholic Tradition regarding the death penalty, demonstrating that it is not inherently evil and that it can be reserved as a just form of punishment in certain cases. Drawing upon a wealth of philosophical, scriptural, theological, and social scientific arguments, the authors explain the perennial  teaching of the Church that capital punishment can in principle be legitimate—not only to protect society from immediate physical danger, but also to administer retributive justice and to deter capital crimes. The authors also show how some recent statements of Church leaders in opposition to the death penalty are prudential judgments rather than dogma. They reaffirm that Catholics may, in good conscience, disagree about the application of the death penalty. Some arguments against the death penalty falsely suggest that there has been a rupture in the Church's traditional teaching and thereby inadvertently cast doubt on the reliability of the Magisterium.  Yet, as the authors demonstrate, the Church's traditional teaching is a safeguard to society, because the just use of the death penalty can be used to protect the lives of the innocent, inculcate a horror of murder, and affirm the dignity of human beings as free and rational creatures who must be held responsible for their actions. By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed challenges contemporary Catholics to engage with Scripture, Tradition, natural law, and the actual social scientific evidence in order to undertake a thoughtful analysis of the current debate about the death penalty. (learn more)

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