Kresta in the Afternoon – January 12, 2009 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – Losing God: Clinging to Faith Through Doubt and Depression

    Depression is far more common in our churches than many of us realize, and too often our churches unintentionally make the suffering even worse. Matt Rogers tells his story of struggle, doubt and depression, which lasted for four long years. He shows us that we are complex beings - physical and emotional as well as spiritual. As Rogers points out again and again, our theology should line up with this complexity and thus address the whole person. Matt will bring hope to those who carry the weight of depression . . . and it will help the rest of us to share and lift the emotional burden others carry instead of adding to it.

    Second Topic - Cardinal Declares Capitalism Dead: “Communism had died in 1989 and capitalism has died in 2008”

    Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor of Britain made an astonishing claim at a lavish fund-raising dinner this weekend. The Cardinal, dressed in his full clerical regalia, said in a speech at a black tie dinner that he had worried whether the dinner should go ahead because of the troubled economic times. He went on to say that in 1989, with the collapse of the Berlin wall, that "communism had died". In 2008, he said, "capitalism has died". The remark caused astonishment in the ballroom, and now across the pond. Fr. Robert Sirico of the Acton Institute responds.

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