Kresta in the Afternoon – August 3, 2020 – Hour 2

  • Description: Our guest hosts today are Bruce and Kris McGregor.

+  The Suffering and Faith of Damien of Molokai

  • Description: In a series of social media posts last week, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed a statue honoring Fr Damien of Molokai in the US Capitol is part of “patriarchy and white supremacist culture” because he was chosen to represent the state of Hawaii. He is, of course, best known for his mission to the Hawaiian leper colonies that eventually led to him dying of the disease. Matthew Bunson joins us.
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    • Dr. Matthew Bunson
      Matthew Bunson is Executive Editor and Washington Bureau Chief for EWTN News and a Senior Fellow at St Paul Center for Biblical Theology. He’s the author or co-author of more than 50 books including the first English-language biography of Pope Francis and The Encyclopedia of Catholic History. Follow him on twitter at MattBunson. Register Radio airs Saturdays at 7 pm and Sundays at 11 am.
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    • Saint Damien of Molokai: Apostle of the Exiled

      Azure skies, lush vegetation, and sugar-white beaches: Hawaii brings such idyllic scenes to mind. But Hell invaded Paradise when the incurable disease leprosy was discovered there. An 1865 law segregated lepers by forcibly exiling individuals even children to the island of Molokai. It was onto these forlorn shores that Father Damien de Veuster stepped in the spring of 1873. Saint Damien of Molokai is the riveting account of how a humble Congregation of the Sacred Hearts priest found his vocation in caring for these outcasts. The poorly educated son of a hardworking, religious Belgium farm family, Damien was thought to be ill suited for the priesthood. However, the desire to serve God burned so fiercely in him that he took his vows at the age of twenty. missionary to Hawaii, Damien soon volunteered to become the permanent chaplain to Molokai. There, victims of horrible disfigurement with the promise of a lingering death, the lepers led a harsh existence. Father Damien became their caregiver, companion, and champion. In so doing, he brought hope to the hopeless, ironically losing his own life to their affliction. In an age in which an increasing number of people suffer their own personal exile on account of illness, handicap, or emotional distress, the shining example of Father Damien shows the true power of one person and how, when anchored in God's love, one person can impact the world even among the horrors of decay and slow death. (learn more)

+  Answering the Claim that Jesus just “Taught them to Share”

+  Sex and the Catholic Feminist: New Choices for a New Generation

  • Description: Since the 1960s, we have seen our culture transformed by the sexual revolution. As we’ve discussed before, it was boosted by propaganda from publications like Cosmo magazine. Sue Ellen Browder shares her experiences with the movement.
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    • Sue Ellen Browder
      Sue Ellen Browder is the author of Subverted: How I helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement and the new book Sex and the Catholic Feminist.
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    • Sex and the Catholic Feminist

      In Sex and the Catholic Feminist, Browder challenges the notion that you can't be a feminist and believe in God. She echoes John Paul II's call for Catholics to embody a "new feminism," a radical new view of women's dignity. Her goal in this book is to "follow one golden thread of feminism in America—the pro-life thread—to show why it has been ignored by the media and left out of public conversation for fifty years." For Browder, the pro-life movement is about more than abortion and contraception; it's about loving and respecting all human life. While tracing the history of feminism in America, Browder discovered at the core of these various feminist movements a search for personhood. Where do women place their identity and find their fulfillment? Browder ultimately concludes that in our noisy, consumerist society, placing one's identity anywhere other than in God will prove disappointing and unfulfilling. "My hope is that some thoughts presented here will spark a new conversation and help heal one of the deepest political divisions in our nation." — Sue Ellen Browder (learn more)

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