Kresta in the Afternoon – July 1, 2020 – Hour 1

  • Description: Our Guest Host today is Matthew Bunson.

+  Is there only one way to depict Jesus?

  • Description: Activist Shaun King has called for the removal of statues that depict Jesus as a white man, claiming they are a tool of white supremacism. The historical Jesus certainly didn’t have fair skin or blue eyes, but throughout history cultures have depicted Christ in a way that was relatable to their own experience. We’ll take a look with art historian Liz Lev.
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    • Liz Lev
      Elizabeth Lev is an art historian living in Rome, where she teaches Baroque and Renaissance art as well as Christian Art and Architecture at Duquesne University. She's the author of How Catholic Art Saved the Faith: The Triumph of Beauty and Truth in Counter-Reformation Art.
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    • How Catholic Art Saved the Faith: The Triumph of Beauty and Truth in Counter-Reformation Art

      Not long after Martin Luther's defiance of the Church in 1517, dialogue between Protestants and Catholics broke down, brother turned against brother, and devastating religious wars erupted across Europe. Desperate to restore the peace and recover the unity of Faith, Catholic theologians clarified and reaffirmed Catholic doctrines, but turned as well to another form of evangelization: the Arts. Convinced that to win over the unlettered, the best place to fight heresy was not in the streets but in stone and on canvas, they enlisted the century's best artists to create a glorious wave of beautiful works of sacred art Catholic works of sacred art to draw people together instead of driving them apart. How Catholic Art Saved the Faith tells the story of the creation and successes of this vibrant, visual-arts SWAT team whose war cry could have been art for Faith's sake! Over the years, it included Michelangelo, of course, and, among other great artists, the edgy Caravaggio, the graceful Guido Reni, the technically perfect Annibale Carracci, the colorful Barocci, the theatrical Bernini, and the passionate Artemisia Gentileschi. Each of these creative souls, despite their own interior struggles, was a key player in this magnificent, generations-long project: the affirmation through beauty of the teachings of the Holy Catholic Church. Here you will meet the fascinating artists who formed this cadre's core. You will revel in scores of their full-color paintings. And you will profit from the lucid explanations of their lovely creations: works that over the centuries have touched the hearts and deepened the faith of millions of pilgrims who have made their way to the Eternal City to gaze upon them. Join those pilgrims now in an encounter with the magnificent artworks of the Catholic Restoration artworks which from their conception were intended to delight, teach, and inspire. As they have done for the faith of so many, so will they do for you. (learn more)

+  St. John Paul II’s Letter to Women Affirmed the Feminine Genius

  • Description: In 1995, in response to an upcoming UN conference on Women, in which abortion-rights advocates were expected to push for a declaration of abortion as a universal human right, Pope John Paul II declared the Year of the Woman. He wrote and spoke on the subject throughout the year, highlighted by his “Letter to Women” published in June of that year that expanded on the themes of the feminine genius he detailed in his 1988 encyclical Mulieris dignitatem. What is this idea of the feminine genius? We’ll talk about it with Pia de Solenni.
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    • Pia de Solenni
      Pia de Solenni is a moral theologian who formerly served as the chancellor of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange in Californica. She’s an alumna of the Pontifical University of ST Thomas Aquinas and in 2001 received the Award of the Pontifical Academies. Follow her on Twitter @piadesolenni
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+  Supreme Court Strikes down Louisiana Abortion Law

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