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Our Church leaders need courage and clarity


Al Kresta, the CEO of Ave Maria Radio and host of the syndicated Kresta in the Afternoon radio show, is urging Catholic priests and bishops to teach Catholic doctrine with courage, clarity, and kindness, despite hostility of the popular culture.

“Expect people to misunderstand you. Be as kind as you can but never back away from Church teaching,” he told LifeSiteNews co-founder John-Henry Westen at the recent Legatus awards event, adding that unpopular Church teachings on sexuality are not “arbitrary impositions. … It’s for human flourishing. It’s for good. God created us to experience Him in this age and in the age to come.”

Raised in a Catholic family which practiced but rarely discussed the faith, Kresta rebelled through high school and graduated “with a suspended sentence for heroin possession hanging over my head.” The rebellion continued as he spent five years as a street musician while he explored a “New Agey” concept of Jesus. Then reality set in and he started university, and began studying the New Testament at the same time.

He realized “this was clearly not the Jesus” of the New Age. … He’s  not who I thought He was.” In March 1974 after a series of “providential encounters… the grace of my baptism kicked in,” he said, and Kresta embraced the New Testament Jesus.

Read more at LifeSite News.

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