Kresta in the Afternoon – December 12, 2018 – Hour 2

+  No More Victims: Seeking Justice for Abuse Survivors (full hour)

  • Description: We’ve talked a bit about the No More Victims initiative, which helps victims of clerical sexual abuse get the justice they deserve. We sit down for a roundtable discussion with Jason Negri, Dr. Janet Smith and Dr. Eileen Aveni to look at the work the group is doing.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. Eileen Aveni
      Eileen Aveni is a psychotherapist in private practice in both Michigan (via video platform) and Virginia. She specializes in the treatment of trauma, abuse and dissociation, including extreme abuse, ritualistic abuse, mind control, torture, and spiritual abuse. She also treats complex grief and loss, depression, sexual identity issues, and family issues. She has been a supervisor, trainer, and consultant to professionals, law enforcement, churches, missionary organizations, and community leaders in the U.S. and internationally for over 30 years. She was co- founder and Clinical Director of a Christian mental health clinic in Ann Arbor, MI for many years. She is a Board Member of Survivorship.org, and was the 2016 Chair of the Ritual Abuse and Mind Control Special Interest Group of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. She speaks internationally to professional and lay audiences and has been regularly featured on radio and television. She is a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, the National Center for Crisis Management, the American Association of Christian Counselors, and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.
      • Dr. Janet Smith
        Janet E. Smith, PhD is the author of several books and many articles. She served three terms as a consultant to the Pontifical Council on the Family and also served as a member of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission, III for 8 years. She has received two honorary doctorates and several other awards for scholarship and service. Prof. Smith has appeared on the Geraldo show, Fox Morning News, CNN International, CNN Newsroom, AlJazeera and has done many shows for various series on EWTN. More than two million copies of her talk, “Contraception: Why Not” have been distributed.
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        • Jason Negri
          Jason Negri serves as the Executive Director for No More Victims. A graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville and the inaugural class of Ave Maria School of Law, Jason has been a practicing attorney for 15 years. He has taught education law and business law at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, and is presently the elected Treasurer of Hamburg Township, Michigan. He is a nationally-recognized speaker on the practical and ethical aspects of end of life planning and is the author of the booklet Twenty Answers on End of Life Issues, published in 2014 by Catholic Answers Press.
      • + Resources Mentioned Available in Our Store:

        • Why Humane Vitae is Still Right

          After half a century, how has the teaching of Pope Paul VI on marriage and birth control, presented in his encyclical Humanae Vitae (On Human Life), held up? Very well, says philosopher Janet Smith and her colleagues in Why Humanae Vitae Is Still Right.  A sequel to Smith's classic Why Humanae Vitae Was Right, this new volume shows how the ethical, theological, spiritual, and sociological case for Paul VI's controversial document remains strong—indeed, how it's in some ways even stronger today, following Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body and in light of the problems caused by the sexual revolution. In addition to essays by Dr. Smith herself, the book features contributions by other renowned experts and scholars such as Mary Eberstadt (author of the best-selling Adam and Eve after the Pill), Therese Scarpelli CoreyMichael WaldsteinChristopher WestObianuju Ekeocha (author of the best-selling Target Africa), Maria FedorykaDeborah SavageDerek DoroskiAngela LaFranchiWilliam NewtonJoseph AtkinsonMichele M. Schumacher, and Peter Colosi, among others. Why Humanae Vitae Is Still Right includes the Krakow Document composed under the supervision of Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (later, Pope John Paul II), which provided research by moral theologians and other experts that helped to shape what became John Paul II's Theology of the Body. (learn more)

        • The Smoke of Satan: How Corrupt and Cowardly Bishops Betrayed Christ, His Church, and the Faithful . . . and What Can Be Done About It

          The sex-abuse scandal, which has erupted anew in 2018, poses the greatest challenge that the Catholic Church has faced since the Reformation. In The Smoke of Satan, veteran Catholic journalist Philip Lawler explains why the crisis is even more severe than when it first commanded headlines in 2002, and how the failure of Church leaders goes all the way to the Vatican. In this unflinching look at the crisis threatening the Church and her members, Lawler:

          • Shows how the sex-abuse scandal is not a question of pedophilia, but of homosexual activity within the clergy.
          • Explains how Catholic bishops havedeveloped a habit of covering up serious problems, to avoid the serious divisions that have developed within the faith since Vatican II.
          • Demonstrates a catastrophic rupture in Church unity, causing a breakdown in morale and discipline among priests, bishops, and laity, paving the way for the current crisis.
          • Reveals the growth of a faction within the Vatican that is ready to make peace with secularism.
          • Details the charges in the explosive “Vigano testimony,”— and the efforts by Vatican officials including Pope Francis himself to ward off a thorough investigation.
          • Concludes with a program for reform, led by faithful lay Catholics, demanding a new policy of candor and a forthright proclamation of Church teaching.
          This crisis, brought about by the failures of corrupt and cowardly bishops and clerics, has been allowed to fester long enough. It is well past time for serious action to be taken at every level before more lives are ruined, more souls are lost, and more fractures divide the Church. In these pages, Lawler details the problems besetting the Church…and lays out a clear plan to overcome them in order that the Church and Her members may once again thrive and bring souls to Christ. (learn more)

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