Kresta in the Afternoon – July 20, 2010 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – New Vatican Norms Issued: More Important Than You Think?

    The Holy See Press Office has published a revised edition of the 2001 norms dealing with clerical abuse of minors and other “exceptionally serious” crimes against faith and morals. While the norms dealing with sex abuse have dominated Catholic news outlets, the secular press has zeroed in on the inclusion of “the attempted ordination of a woman” among the revised Vatican norms for “extremely serious” crimes. Fr. Peter Stravinskas is here to look at the revised norms and makes the case that both of these story lines are quite important.

    Second Topic – Kresta Comments – Papal Infallibility

    140 years ago this week, the Vatican I Council voted 533 to 2 in favor of "papal infallibility" as defined that "the Roman Pontiff, when he speaks ex cathedra, that is, when in discharge of the office of pastor and teacher of all Christians, by virtue of his supreme apostolic authority he defines a doctrine regarding faith or morals to be held by the universal Church . . . is possessed of that infallibility with which the divine Redeemer willed that his church should be endowed. Al has a defense of papal infallibility.

    Third Topic – Orthoscopy: Clear Vision to See What We Ought To Do

    Does our society have only fifty years left in its existence? While some spread doom and gloom claiming that our civilization is about to come to an end, Deacon Joe Hulway presents a more positive outlook in his first work, Orthoscopy. He maintains that we are merely stuck in a painful adolescent stage of societal development - that many of our problems result because we prefer to act like teenagers and not adults. It is a time of rebellion and can be one of great danger unless we clear our vision to see the paths that lead to maturity. The author draws upon his life experiences as a parent, an engineer, a manager, an ordained minister, and a youth leader to offer reflections to guide you to have clearer vision for finding the truth. He demonstrates the value of faith, encourages us all to be philosophers, points out the dangers of applying labels to ourselves and to others, and examines the value of asking good questions.

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