Kresta in the Afternoon – October 29, 2018 – Hour 2

+  Dietrich von Hildebrand: Defender of Humane Vitae (2 segments)

  • Description: In an essay published just months after Humane vitae was promulgated, Dietirch von Hildebrand became one of the first Catholic intellectuals to publicly defend the encyclical, which to that point had faced strong resistance, even in traditionally Catholic countries. We look at what Hildebrand said with John Henry Crosby.
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    • John henry Crosby
      John Henry Crosby is a translator, writer, critic and cultural entrepreneur. With the held of Dietrich von Hildebrand's widow Alice, he spent a year translating Dietrich's book Aesthetics. He established the Hildebrand Project to renew the culture, drawing on the continuing vitality of Hildebrand's thought and witness. He hosted "He Dared Speak the Truth," a 14-part series on the life of von Hildebrand. Visit
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    • The Encyclical Humanae Vitae: A Sign of Contradiction: An Essay on Birth Control and Catholic Conscience

      Dietrich von Hildebrand’s The Encyclical Humanae Vitae: A Sign of Contradiction was published mere months after Pope Paul VI promulgated the eponymous encyclical. The much-anticipated encyclical quickly proved to be among the most contentious papal documents ever published; the uproar against it was immediate, intense, and widespread—even, perhaps especially, among Catholic intellectuals and clergy in Western countries. It was in this milieu that Dietrich von Hildebrand published his The Encyclical Humanae Vitae: A Sign of Contradiction, and in doing so, became one of the first Catholic intellectuals of public stature to defend the encyclical. “To read The Encyclical Humanae Vitae: A Sign of Contradiction by Dietrich von Hildebrand some five decades later is a very consoling experience,” writes Tracey Rowland, in her foreword to the book. “It bears testimony to the fact that at least one Catholic married man had the necessary spiritual and intellectual capital to make the right judgment call and explain it within the broader context of the Church’s understanding of the sacrament of marriage and the work of the human conscience.” (learn more)

+  Roe v Wade and the Catholic Vote

  • Description: There’s no doubt that Roe v Wade was the most significant political moment of the last generation, and it’s influenced how Catholics vote ever since. Steven Millies joins us with a look at how Catholics have thought and voted since the decision.
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    • Steven Millies
      Steven P. Millies is the author of Good Intentions: A History of Catholic Voters' Road from Roe to Trump and an associate professor of public theology and director of The Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
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    • Good Intentions: A History of Catholic Voters’ Road from Roe to Trump

      The 2016 presidential election was unlike any other in American history. Polls tell us that millions of American Catholics who care about moral issues and who descended from immigrants supported Donald Trump. Why didn't Trump's rhetoric on immigration and his promises to close the borders trouble more American Catholics? In a first, Steven P. Millies here uncovers the history of how and why the so-called "Catholic Vote" went the way it did in 2016 and offers some practical reflections on ways to put Catholic faith to better use in American politics (learn more)

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