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Kresta in the Afternoon – November 12, 2020 – Hour 1

+  Kresta Comments: Bearing the McCarrick Cross

+  Where do the Election Lawsuits Stand?

+  Opposition Ousted: China Seizes Control of Hong Kong’s Legislature

Kresta in the Afternoon – November 12, 2020 – Hour 2

+  Direct to My Desk: Understanding the Charismatic Renewal (full hour)

  • Description: What is the Charismatic Renewal? It's a revival of the gifts of the Holy Spirit described in St Paul's letter to the Corinthians and other places. They've always been present in the Church but at times have been overlooked. Mary Healy walks us through the history of the Renewal and what the Church has taught.
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    • Dr. Mary Healy
      Mary Healy is a Professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. She’s the general editor of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture and is the author of two of its volumes: the Gospel of Mark and the Letter to the Hebrews. She is also the author of Men and Women are from Eden: A Study Guide to John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and serves on the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. She was appointed by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Biblical Commission.
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Kresta in the Afternoon – November 11, 2020 – Hour 1

+  Kresta Comments: The Blind Spots of Secularism

  • Description: People who profess religious faith are often accused of having "blind spots" that alter their view of reality. But secular people can suffer from the same problem - and we see it in how they often overlook the major religious aspects of stories. Al explains.

+  Understanding World War I as a Religious Crusade (2 segments)

  • Description: Today the world is recognizing Armistice Day, marking the ending of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I. With a total death toll of more than 40 million and incalculable damage and devastation, many have said the so-called “Great War” is really the “Futile War.” Philip Jenkins sees it a different way – as a religious crusade that was an extension of World War II. He joins us.
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    • Philip Jenkins
      Philip Jenkins is Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University, where he Co-Directs the Program on Historical Studies of Religion. He’s the author of many books including The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade and more recently Fertility and Faith: The Demographic Revolution and the Transformation of World Religions
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    • The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade

      The Great and Holy War offers the first look at how religion created and prolonged the First World War. At the one-hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the war, historian Philip Jenkins reveals the powerful religious dimensions of this modern-day crusade, a period that marked a traumatic crisis for Western civilization, with effects that echoed throughout the rest of the twentieth century. The war was fought by the world's leading Christian nations, who presented the conflict as a holy war. Thanks to the emergence of modern media, a steady stream of patriotic and militaristic rhetoric was given to an unprecedented audience, using language that spoke of holy war and crusade, of apocalypse and Armageddon. But this rhetoric was not mere state propaganda. Jenkins reveals how the widespread belief in angels and apparitions, visions and the supernatural was a driving force throughout the war and shaped all three of the major religions—Christianity, Judaism and Islam—paving the way for modern views of religion and violence. The disappointed hopes and moral compromises that followed the war also shaped the political climate of the rest of the century, giving rise to such phenomena as Nazism, totalitarianism, and communism. Connecting numerous remarkable incidents and characters—from Karl Barth to Carl Jung, the Christmas Truce to the Armenian Genocide—Jenkins creates a powerful and persuasive narrative that brings together global politics, history, and spiritual crisis as never before and shows how religion informed and motivated circumstances on all sides of the war. (learn more)

Kresta in the Afternoon – November 11, 2020 – Hour 2

+  A Daring Rescue Led Me to Mary - and She Brought me to Jesus (2 segments)

  • Description: Darren Geist's journey to baptism began with a plunge into the water - but it wasn’t one he planned. He was awakened one night by a crash and found a car had plunged into a canal near his home. As he dove into the water, moments stretched into eternity and after he emerged he began to reconsider everything he believed. He soon felt a call from Mary that - as a borderline atheist - he couldn't begin to understand. He shares his story.
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    • Darren Geist
      Darren Geist is a lecturer at Princeton University and a practicing attorney. He and his wife Lauren are the parents of three children.
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+  Kresta News Roundup: Hong Kong Official Resign, More on McCarrick

Kresta in the Afternoon – November 10, 2020 – Hour 1

+  Kresta Comments: McCarrick report released

+  McCarrick Report: No Smoking Gun, but Massive System Failure

  • Description: For nearly three years now Catholics have demanded to know how Theodore McCarrick was able to rise to such a lofty position. The report released today does not contain a “smoking gun” that would provide the answer, but does show how he was able to count on “members of the club” to let him slide by. George Weigel has more.
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    • The Next Pope: The Office of Peter and a Church in Mission

      The Catholic Church is on the verge of a transition of great consequence. As Catholic theologian, historian, and papal biographer George Weigel notes, the next pope will probably have been a teenager or a very young man during the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965); he may even have been a child during those years. Thus the next pope will not have been shaped by the experience of the Council and the immediate debates over its meaning and reception like Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis. The next pope, Weigel writes, "will be a transitional figure in a different way than his immediate predecessors. So it seems appropriate to ponder now what the Church has learned during the pontificates of these three conciliar popes—and to suggest what the next pope might take from that learning." Drawing on his personal discussions with John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis, as well as his decades of experience with Catholics from every continent, George Weigel examines the major challenges confronting the Catholic Church and its 1.3 billion believers in the twenty-first century: challenges the next pontificate must address as the Church enters new, uncharted territory. To what is the Holy Spirit calling this Church-in-transition? What are the qualities needed in the man who will lead the Church from the Chair of Saint Peter? Taking lessons from the pontificates of John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis, George Weigel proposes  what the Catholic leaders of the future, especially the next pope, must do to remain faithful to the Holy Spirit's summons to renewed evangelical witness, intensified missionary fervor, and Christ-centered reform in the wake of grave institutional failures, mission confusion, counter-witness, and the secularist challenge to biblical faith. (learn more)

+  McCarrick Report: How Should Catholics Feel Today?

Kresta in the Afternoon – November 10, 2020 – Hour 2

+  McCarrick Report: Who Knew What When?

+  McCarrick Report: Reactions from a Doctor who is Featured

  • Description: We’ve spent today talking with guests who have read the McCarrick report and offered their thoughts from a third-party perspective. Dr. Rich Fitzgibbons is able to provide a different angle: he is directly referenced in the report. He joins us.
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    • Dr. Rick Fitzgibbons
      Richard Fitzgibbons, M.D., is the author of Habits for a Healthy Marriage: A Handbook for Catholic Couples. He has treated and written about excessive anger and other psychological conflicts in marriage, children and priesthood for 40 years. He is the co-author of Forgiveness Therapy which initiates a new system of psychotherapy. He is married with three children.
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    • Habits for a Healthy Marriage: A Handbook for Catholic Couples

      Drawing on his forty years as a marriage and family psychiatrist, Dr. Fitzgibbons presents a book that can bring self-knowledge and healing to struggling marriages. It will help couples to identify and resolve the major emotional conflicts that weaken their relationships and hurt their marriage. It is very timely because of the epidemics of selfishness, anger, pornography and infidelity in marriage today. This work is unique because it draws upon the field of positive psychology, which focuses on growth in virtues by the spouses. It is the first book on strengthening marriages by a mental health professional that incorporates the luminous writing of St. John Paul II on marriage and empirically proven forgiveness therapy. The book demonstrates the benefits from a commitment to a mission of personal growth in acknowledging one's fault, receiving and giving forgiveness and cultivating virtues. This healing process is both fulfilling and demanding. Whether you are newly engaged, recently married, or married for many years, the conflict-resolving strategies described in this book―the habits of a healthy marriage―can help you to protect your relationship from the emotional storms that often lead to quarrelling and mistrust, and sometimes to separation and divorce. (learn more)

+  Kresta Comments: Can we find good in this mess?

Kresta in the Afternoon – November 9, 2020 – Hour 1

+  Kresta Comments: What will the bishops say?

+  Pfizer says vaccine is 90% effective: Is Relief in Sight?

+  Coverage of the Election Results show the Media hasn’t learned anything

  • Description: During the 2016 election, the mainstream press spent months assuring themselves that America would never elect a man like Donald Trump. After his victory, they pledged to “soul search” and “better understand America,” then spent the next four years repeating the same mantras – Donald Trump is a lying racist, as is anyone who supports him. We’ve seen even more of the same over the last week. Teresa Tomeo joins us.
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Kresta in the Afternoon – November 9, 2020 – Hour 2

+  What Happened in Pennsylvania?

  • Description: On Tuesday night, Pennsylvania seemed to be leading heavily towards Trump, especially since several “Trump counties” were yet to report their votes. But over the next couple days the balance shifted and the state was eventually called for Biden. Is there cause for suspicion? Paul Kengor weighs in.
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    • Dr. Paul Kengor
      Paul Kengor is author most recently of The Devil and Karl Marx. He’s professor of political science at Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., and senior academic fellow at the Center for Vision & Values. Dr. Kengor is author of over a dozen other books, including A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism, and Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.
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+  More Election Thoughts from a Catholic Philosopher

  • Description: Deal Hudson, a Catholic writer and philosopher, weighs in on the political and social climate in America following the election.
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    • How to Keep From Losing Your Mind: Educating Yourself Classically to Resist Cultural Indoctrination

      Liberal education is nothing other then the aquistion of a free mind. Unfortunately, too many of us have a mind shackled by ideologies and moved by outside forces. We’re pulled and pushed by trends and the prevailing culture. Higher education has become ridiculously expensive and is producing graduates whose minds are anything but free, filled as they are with the prejudices of their teachers. Only when we break these shackles and habitually exercise a free mind can we call ourselves liberally educated. In How to Keep from Losing Your Mind, Deal Hudson will show you how to avoid the false open-mindedness and groupthink of the modern “-isms” promoted by the PC arbiters of our cultural milieu. Instead you’ll learn to:

      • Form the habit of reconsideration, the key to a truly open mind
      • Entertain doubts about your own immediate opinions
      • Argue coherently from first principles, instead of repeating ideological talking points
      • Recognize prejudice and propaganda
      • Avoid sloganeering and engage in real thought
      This book will enable every person to rise above the shouting, the name-calling, and the brutal incivility of public discourse and rediscover the pleasure and benefit of contemplating the meaning and noble aims of human life. (learn more)

+  Kresta Comments: Finding Justice in Injustice

Kresta in the Afternoon – November 6, 2020 – Hour 1

+  Kresta Comments: What do we know about voter fraud allegations?

+  God's Mercy in the Old and New Testaments (2 segments)

  • Description: A clichéd view of the scriptures portrays the God of the New Testament as loving and forgiving, and the God of the Old Testament as jealous, petty and vengeful. But in the Old Testament we find the word “mercy” roughly 250 times, making it the fourth most-used noun in the Old Testament. God’s Mercy and justice are intimately woven into both testaments. We’ll take a look with Fr Daniel Moloney
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    • Fr. Daniel Moloney
      Fr Daniel Moloney is the author of Mercy: What Every Catholic Should Know.
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    • Mercy: What Every Catholic Should Know

      In Mercy: What Every Catholic Should Know, Fr. Daniel Moloney covers a broad range of topics regarding mercy that are prevalent for our society today. Beginning from an unexpected perspective in the first half of the book, Fr. Moloney approaches mercy from a political point of view, explaining how mercy is in fact truly and intimately interwoven with politics and power. Through this lens, he touches upon pertinent topics such as legal punishments, the death penalty, and self-defense. He also assesses the clergy scandals, laying out why they occurred, what went wrong in how they were dealt with, and how the Church can improve moving forward for the greater glory of God. He eloquently explains how mercy is not synonymous with leniency, but is an act of responding to a privation, a lack of something which ought to be there. Sometimes the road to this may have to be tough love for the good of all involved. Fr. Moloney invites the reader to wrestle with the supposed contradiction of God saying that he is merciful, yet killing and punishing his creation. Moloney ultimately resolves this apparent contradiction by highlighting God's identity as the loving Father, explaining how, similar to good earthly fathers, sometimes the most loving route to take in truly loving your children and bringing them to their ultimate good is through the course of tough love. God is always good and loving, and his justice and mercy go hand-in-hand. (learn more)

Kresta in the Afternoon – November 6, 2020 – Hour 2

+  Can the Church Save Marriage?

  • Description: Mark Regnerus has studied extensively marriage rates in the US and beyond and has discovered something troubling. Matrimony rates are in decline, even among Conservative Christians, and many churches seem to be doing more burying that marrying – even in pre-Covid times. Can the Church save marriage? We’ll talk with Dr. Regnerus.
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    • Mark Regnerus
      Mark Regnerus is a professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. His research is in the areas of sexual relationship behavior, marriage, family and religion. He's the author of more than 40 articles and book chapters and four books, including Cheap Sex and the Transformation of Men, Marriage and Monogomy. Look for his new book, the Future of Christian Marriage, this fall and visit him at markregnerus.com
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+  The Foundations of Missionary Discipleship (2 segments)

  • Description: In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus tells us that the greatest commandment is to Love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Following this commandment is the foundation of becoming a missionary disciple. Fr John Bartunek joins us looking at what it truly means to be in Christ and how you can equip yourself to love God and neighbor as a missionary disciple.
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    • Fr. John Bartunek
      Fr. John Bartunek is the author of several books, most recently 60 Days to Becoming a Missionary Disciple. He comes from an Evangelical background and became a member of the Catholic Church in 1991. He provided spiritual support on the set of the Passion of the Christ. His other books include The Better Part and Spiritual but Not Religious: The Search for Meaning in a Material World.
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