Kresta in the Afternoon – January 23, 2009 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – Pope prepared to lift excommunication of SSPX bishops

    According to multiple reports from reliable Vatican-watchers, Pope Benedict XVI will soon lift the decree of excommunication imposed upon four traditionalist bishops who were consecrated by the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1988. Italian journalists report that the Pope's action will be made public within a matter of days. The move would be a major step toward reconciliation with the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX). SSPX leaders-- including the bishops living under the decree of excommunication-- have consistently stated that before ending their break with the Holy See, they would insist on the removal of that excommunication and the right of every Catholic priest to celebrate the Mass using the traditional rite. With the publication of Summorum Pontificum in 2007, Pope Benedict fulfilled the latter condition; lifting the excommunication would satisfy the former SSPX demand. Still to be resolved, however, would be the serious disagreements over the authority and interpretation of Vatican II documents. Fr. Peter Stravinskas is here to share his thoughts.

    Second Topic – From Rock Bottom to the Mountaintop of the Lord

    Father Donald Calloway had been a runaway youngster who was immersed in everything from drug abuse to theft. He was into drugs, sex, smoking, and drinking – all by the age of 11. But his life took a radical change and today, just 15 years later, he is an ordained priest and a vocations director for the Marians of the Immaculate Conception in Steubenville, OH. He tells us his story.

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