Kresta in the Afternoon – February 26, 2019 – Hour 2

+  A Vatican Meeting Programmed for Failure (2 segments)

  • Description: We continue our coverage of the disappointing Vatican Summit. Why are bishops so hesitant to define the root causes of the problems? Why don't the give us the specific names and decisions that got us into this mess? Why do they continue to hide between such cliched talking points as we saw in the 21 points? What are they afraid of? Do they think we're buying it? We talk with Phil Lawler.
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    • Phil Lawler
      Philip Lawler is editor of Catholic World News and author of The Smoke of Satan: How Corrupt and Cowardly Bishops Betrayed Christ, His Church, and the Faithful… and What Can Be Done About It as well as Lost Shepherd: How Pope Francis is Misleading his Flock.
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    • The Faithful Departed: The Collapse of Boston’s Catholic Culture

      Faithful Departed traces the rise and fall of the Catholic Church in Boston, showing how the Massachusetts experience set a pattern that echoed throughout the United States as religious institutions lost influence in the face of rising secularization. The collapse of Catholicism in Boston became apparent with the explosion of the sex-abuse crisis. Lawler shows that the sex-abuse scandal was neither the cause nor the beginning of Catholicism's decline in Boston. (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)

    • Lost Shepherd: How Pope Francis is Misleading His Flock

      Faithful Catholics are beginning to realize it’s not their imagination. Pope Francis has led them on a journey from joy to unease to alarm and even a sense of betrayal. They can no longer pretend that he represents merely a change of emphasis in papal teaching. Assessing the confusion sown by this pontificate, Lost Shepherd explains what’s at stake, what’s not at stake, and how loyal believers should respond. (learn more)

+  Jussie Smollett and the Issue of Identity Politics

  • Description: Chicago Police have announced they have more evidence that Jussie Smollett staged the alleged racist and homophobic attack he claims was carried out by two men wearing MAGA hats. What does this bizarre case reveal about our nation's struggle with identity politics? We talk with Rev Greg Livingston.
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    • Rev. Greg Livingston
      Rev Greg Livingston is the Interim Pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Chicago and the President of Coalition for a New Chicago. Follow him on twitter at @glivingston.
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