First Topic – Kresta Comments: End of the World Set for May 21, 2011?
If there had been time, Marie Exley would have liked to start a family. Instead, the 32-year-old Army veteran says she has less than six months left, which she'll spend spreading a stark warning: Judgment Day is almost here. Exley is part of a movement of Christians loosely organized by radio broadcasts and websites, independent of churches and convinced by their reading of the Bible that the end of the world will begin May 21, 2011. To get the word out, they're using billboards and bus stop benches, traveling caravans of RVs and volunteers passing out pamphlets on street corners. Al has some comments.
Second Topic – Green Bay bishop becomes first in US to approve Marian apparitions
Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay has approved the Marian apparitions seen by Adele Brise in 1859, making the apparitions of Mary that occurred some 18 miles northeast of Green Bay the first in the United States to receive approval of a diocesan bishop. Bishop Ricken made the announcement during Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. More than 250 invited guests filled the shrine chapel to hear Bishop Ricken read the official decree on the authenticity of the apparitions. He also issued a second decree, formally approving the shrine as a diocesan shrine. We talk about this apparition with Jimmy Akin of Catholic Answers.
Third Topic – Father John Harvey, founder of Courage, dead at 92
Father John Harvey, the founder of the Courage apostolate, died on December 27 in Maryland at the age of 92. Born in Philadelphia, John Harvey made his first vows as an Oblate of St. Frances de Sales in 1938, and was ordained in 1944. In 1980, with encouragement from Cardinal Terence Cooke of New York, Father Harvey founded Courage, a group dedicated to helping loyal Catholics cope with a same-sex attraction, living chastely in accordance with Church teachings. Under his leadership Courage grew to include more than 100 chapters around the world. Father Harvey is the author of The Homosexual Person. He remained active as director of Courage until 2008, when at the age of 90 he handed over leadership responsibilities to Father Paul Check. He appeared many times on Kresta in the Afternoon and we take this opportunity to pay him tribute.