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Kresta in the Afternoon – October 28, 2020 – Hour 1

+  Kresta Comments: Correcting some Falsehoods

+  How Did Secularism Become a Religion? (2 segments)

  • Description: Why did the 20th Century see more martyrs than all previous Christian centuries combined? What happens when we let the State, rather than the Church, become our mother? What’s the most important virtue for young people today? We’ll look at all this and more with Fr. George Rutler, examining how Secularism is becoming a religion.
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    • Fr. George Rutler
      Fr. George Rutler is the author of many books, most recently A Crisis in Culture: How Secularism is Becoming a Religion. He is the pastor of the Church of St Michael in New York City and was ordained to the priesthood at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York by His Eminence Terence Cardinal Cooke in 1981. Since 1988 his weekly television program has been broadcast worldwide on EWTN and he has lectured and given retreats in many nations.
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    • A Crisis in Culture

      In this timely and penetrating book, Fr. George Rutler shows how the West's decades-long cultural assault against Christianity is finally reaching its inevitable conclusion: the self-destruction of our culture and society. Fr. Rutler sees the past thirty years as a moral cold war between Christians and those for whom personal behavior is of lesser concern than one s good intentions. He explains how relativism and its consequent dictatorship of feeling spun civilization on its head by denying the relevance and the very existence of God. Indeed, it seeped into the remotest corners of society and, over time, led our entire culture into a full-on rebellion against our Creator. The good news is that Fr. Rutler believes we can emerge from the rubble of civilization, but first there must be a battle between those who are inspired by God and those who are haunted by Him. This deadly winter which has already begun descending will be followed by the peace and joy of spring, but only if we turn our hearts to the Lamb of God. In these fascinating pages, you'll also learn:

      • Why the Catholic Faith is the only means by which civilization can be restored
      • Why the twentieth century saw more martyrs than all previous Christian centuries combined
      • What happens when we let the government, rather than the Church, become our Mother
      • Why, after so much slow disintegration, we are still waiting for true renewal in the Church
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Kresta in the Afternoon – October 28, 2020 – Hour 2

+  Pope Francis Will Appoint 13 New Cardinals (1.5 segments)

  • Description: Pope Francis has announced that Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C. will be among 13 new churchmen to be elevated to the College of Cardinals at a cardinal-making consistory on Nov. 28 — the seventh of Francis’ pontificate. Matthew Bunson gives us a look at their names.
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    • Matthew Bunson
      Matthew Bunson is Executive Editor and Washington Bureau Chief for EWTN News and a Senior Fellow at St Paul Center for Biblical Theology. He’s the author or co-author of more than 50 books including the first English-language biography of Pope Francis and The Encyclopedia of Catholic History. Follow him on twitter at MattBunson. Register Radio airs Saturdays at 7 pm and Sundays at 11 am.
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    • The Next Pope: The Leading Cardinal Candidates

      When Pope Francis' pontificate has passed, it's very likely that one of the nineteen cardinals featured in these pages will be elected to become the next Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church, the spiritual leader of over a billion Catholics and the most influential and widely respected moral and religious figure in the world. Yet outside the Vatican walls, despite the considerable roles that some of these men play in the Church and in the world, few of them are known by the public or even by their brother cardinals. Hence this book, an engrossing and thoroughly documented instrument through which a future pope may be known in that sphere that matters most: his life and service, first as a priest, and then as a bishop. Written by the National Catholic Register's longtime Rome correspondent, Edward Pentin, in collaboration with an international team of qualified scholars, these encyclopaedic pages present you with the fruit of years of research. Each cardinal profile begins with a brief biography that sketches the major points of his ecclesiastical life. Then comes a detailed, richly footnoted report and assessment of his three fundamental roles as a successor to the apostles: his sanctifying role as a priest, his governing role as a bishop, and his prophetic role as a teacher. As an important bonus, these pages also carefully document many of the candidates' published views on moral and theological issues currently debated in the Church and in the public arena, as such views often reveal most efficiently the individual s true character and deepest held beliefs. Finally, each profile concludes with a summary, recapitulating the main points brought to light by the thorough research, giving readers and tomorrow's cardinal electors a fair and accurate picture of the man who may soon become The Next Pope. (learn more)

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+  My Protestant Husband Led Me Back to the Catholic Church (1.5 segments)

  • Description: Becky Carter was raised in a Catholic home but never took her faith seriously - so when she fell in love with a non-Catholic, she had no qualms about leaving a Church she never felt a part of to begin with. After their marriage Becky and her husband began searching for a church where they could feel at home, and her husband's research eventually led them to the church of her childhood. She shares her story.
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    • Becky Carter
      Becky Carter, co-host of Thriving in the Trenches podcast and is mother to five strong-willed children. She and her family returned to the Catholic Church after running away from it for 17 years. The years of searching for the truth have led her to be a fierce defender of the Faith.
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Kresta in the Afternoon – October 27, 2020 – Hour 1

+  Direct to My Desk: Confronting a Church – and World – in Crisis (full hour)

  • Description: On today's program we're setting aside the full two hours to talk with Ralph Martin of Renewal Ministries about a Church in Crisis and how faithful Catholics can overcome challenges in the Church and World to evangelize the discipled and undiscipled. Give us a call at 877-574-7825 to join the conversation!
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    • Ralph Martin
      Ralph Martin is the President of Renewal Ministries and the author of many books, most recently A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward as well as The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints. He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization and directs the Graduate Theology Programs in Evangelization at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Visit him at renewalministries.net.
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    • A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward

      Nearly forty years ago, Ralph Martin's bestselling A Crisis of Truth exposed the damaging trends in Catholic teaching and preaching that, combined with attacks from secular society, threatened the mission and life of the Catholic Church. While much has been done to counter false teaching over the last four decades, today the Church faces even more insidious threats from outside and within. In A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward, Martin offers a detailed look at the growing hostility to the Catholic Church and its teaching. With copious evidence, Martin uncovers the forces working to undermine the Body of Christ and offers hope to those looking for clarity. A Church in Crisis covers:

      • polarization in the Church caused by ambiguous teachings
      • initiatives that accommodate the culture without calling for conversion
      • Vatican-sponsored partnerships with organizations that actively contradict the teaching of the Catholic Church
      • and the recycling of theological errors long settled by Vatican II, Pope St. John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI.
      Powerfully written, A Church in Crisis reminds all readers to heed Jesus' express command not to lead His children astray. With ample resources to encourage readers, Ralph Martin provides the solid foundation of Catholic teaching both Scripture and Tradition to fortify Catholics against the errors that threaten us from all directions. (learn more)

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    • Will Many Be Saved?: What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization

      The question of whether and how people who have not had the chance to hear the gospel can be saved goes back to the beginnings of Christian reflection. It has also become a much-debated topic in current theology. In Will Many Be Saved? Ralph Martin focuses primarily on the history of debate and the development of responses to this question within the Roman Catholic Church, but much of Martin's discussion is also relevant to the wider debate happening in many churches around the world. In particular, Martin analyzes the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, the document from the Second Vatican Council that directly relates to this question. Contrary to popular opinion, Martin argues that according to this text, the conditions under which people who have not heard the gospel can be saved are very often, in fact, not fulfilled, with strong implications for evangelization. (learn more)

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    • The Fulfillment of All Desire

      Drawing upon the teaching of seven Spiritual Doctors of the Church, Ralph Martin presents an in-depth study of the journey to God. This book provides encouragement and direction for the pilgrim who desires to know, love, and serve our Lord. (learn more)

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Kresta in the Afternoon – October 27, 2020 – Hour 2

+  Direct to My Desk: Confronting a Church – and World – in Crisis (full hour)

  • Description: On today's program we're setting aside the full two hours to talk with Ralph Martin of Renewal Ministries about a Church in Crisis and how faithful Catholics can overcome challenges in the Church and World to evangelize the discipled and undiscipled. Give us a call at 877-574-7825 to join the conversation!
  • Segment Guests:
    • Ralph Martin
      Ralph Martin is the President of Renewal Ministries and the author of many books, most recently A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward as well as The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints. He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization and directs the Graduate Theology Programs in Evangelization at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Visit him at renewalministries.net.
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    • A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward

      Nearly forty years ago, Ralph Martin's bestselling A Crisis of Truth exposed the damaging trends in Catholic teaching and preaching that, combined with attacks from secular society, threatened the mission and life of the Catholic Church. While much has been done to counter false teaching over the last four decades, today the Church faces even more insidious threats from outside and within. In A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward, Martin offers a detailed look at the growing hostility to the Catholic Church and its teaching. With copious evidence, Martin uncovers the forces working to undermine the Body of Christ and offers hope to those looking for clarity. A Church in Crisis covers:

      • polarization in the Church caused by ambiguous teachings
      • initiatives that accommodate the culture without calling for conversion
      • Vatican-sponsored partnerships with organizations that actively contradict the teaching of the Catholic Church
      • and the recycling of theological errors long settled by Vatican II, Pope St. John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI.
      Powerfully written, A Church in Crisis reminds all readers to heed Jesus' express command not to lead His children astray. With ample resources to encourage readers, Ralph Martin provides the solid foundation of Catholic teaching both Scripture and Tradition to fortify Catholics against the errors that threaten us from all directions. (learn more)

      $27.95Add to cart

    • Will Many Be Saved?: What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization

      The question of whether and how people who have not had the chance to hear the gospel can be saved goes back to the beginnings of Christian reflection. It has also become a much-debated topic in current theology. In Will Many Be Saved? Ralph Martin focuses primarily on the history of debate and the development of responses to this question within the Roman Catholic Church, but much of Martin's discussion is also relevant to the wider debate happening in many churches around the world. In particular, Martin analyzes the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, the document from the Second Vatican Council that directly relates to this question. Contrary to popular opinion, Martin argues that according to this text, the conditions under which people who have not heard the gospel can be saved are very often, in fact, not fulfilled, with strong implications for evangelization. (learn more)

      $24.00Add to cart

    • The Fulfillment of All Desire

      Drawing upon the teaching of seven Spiritual Doctors of the Church, Ralph Martin presents an in-depth study of the journey to God. This book provides encouragement and direction for the pilgrim who desires to know, love, and serve our Lord. (learn more)

      $34.95Add to cart

Kresta in the Afternoon – October 26, 2020 – Hour 1

+  Kresta Comments: Catholic Education (Faithful Citizenship series)

+  Why I'm Staying in Hong Kong

+  Kresta Comments: What We Know about Pope Francis’ Comments

Kresta in the Afternoon – October 26, 2020 – Hour 2

+  Lessons from President Carter (Full hour)

  • Description: It can be said that Jimmy Carter was the only president to live in three different centuries. His childhood on a rural farm may as well have been in the 19th century, his political career thrust him to the center of major events of the 20th, and his efforts on conflict resolution and global health set him on the cutting edge of the challenges of the twenty-first. On this improbable journey from "barefoot boy to global icon," he has remained steadfast in his faith. Jonathan Alter shares his story.
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    • Jonathan Alter
      Jonathan Alter is an award-winning historian, columnist and documentary filmmaker and is the author most recently of His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life. An MSNBC political analyst and former senior editor at Newsweek, he is also the author of three New York Times bestsellers: The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies; The Promise: President Obama, Year One; and The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope.
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    • His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life

      From one of Americas most-respected journalists and modern historians comes the first full-length biography of Jimmy Carter, the thirty-ninth president of the United States and Nobel Prize–winning humanitarian. Jonathan Alter tells the epic story of an enigmatic man of faith and his improbable journey from barefoot boy to global icon. Alter paints an intimate and surprising portrait of the only president since Thomas Jefferson who can fairly be called a Renaissance Man, a complex figure—ridiculed and later revered—with a piercing intelligence, prickly intensity, and biting wit beneath the patented smile. Here is a moral exemplar for our times, a flawed but underrated president of decency and vision who was committed to telling the truth to the American people. Growing up in one of the meanest counties in the Jim Crow South, Carter is the only American president who essentially lived in three centuries: his early life on the farm in the 1920s without electricity or running water might as well have been in the nineteenth; his presidency put him at the center of major events in the twentieth; and his efforts on conflict resolution and global health set him on the cutting edge of the challenges of the twenty-first. Drawing on fresh archival material and five years of extensive access to Carter and his entire family, Alter traces how he evolved from a timid, bookish child—raised mostly by a black woman farmhand—into an ambitious naval nuclear engineer writing passionate, never-before-published love letters from sea to his wife and full partner, Rosalynn; a peanut farmer and civic leader whose guilt over staying silent during the civil rights movement and not confronting the white terrorism around him helped power his quest for racial justice at home and abroad; an obscure, born-again governor whose brilliant 1976 campaign demolished the racist wing of the Democratic Party and took him from zero percent to the presidency; a stubborn outsider who failed politically amid the bad economy of the 1970s and the seizure of American hostages in Iran but succeeded in engineering peace between Israel and Egypt, amassing a historic environmental record, moving the government from tokenism to diversity, setting a new global standard for human rights, and normalizing relations with China among other unheralded and far-sighted achievements. After leaving office, Carter eradicated diseases, built houses for the poor, and taught Sunday school into his mid-nineties. This engrossing, monumental biography will change our understanding of perhaps the most misunderstood president in American history. (learn more)

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Kresta in the Afternoon – October 23, 2020 – Hour 1

Kresta in the Afternoon – October 23, 2020 – Hour 2

Kresta in the Afternoon – October 22, 2020 – Hour 1

Kresta in the Afternoon – October 22, 2020 – Hour 2

+  Kresta Comments: The Legacy of John Paul II

+  Lessons from John Paul II’s First 100 Years (2 segments)

  • Description: Shortly after John Paul II died, Henry Kissinger told NBC it would be difficult to find another figure who had a greater impact on the 20th century. To fully understand his impact we must remember that he was, first and foremost, a radically converted Christian disciple. George Weigel gives us an inside look at the life of this great saint.
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    • George Weigel
      George Weigel is a New York Times bestselling author of many books, most recently The Irony of Modern Catholic History as well as Witness to Hope. He's a distinguished senior fellow of Washington's Ethics and Public Policy Center. Visit EPPC.org.
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    • City of Saints: A Pilgrimage to John Paul II’s Kraków

      “Karol Wojtyła, Pope John Paul II, was a man whose life was the expression of a richly textured and multidimensional soul. The many layers of that soul took on their first, mature form in Kraków.” – George Weigel In this beautifully illustrated spiritual travelogue, New York Times bestselling author George Weigel leads readers through the historic streets of Kraków, Poland, introducing one of the world’s great cities through the life of one of the most influential Catholic leaders of all time. “To follow Karol Wojtyła through Kraków is to follow an itinerary of sanctity while learning the story of a city.” Weigel writes. “Thus, in what follows, the story of Karol Wojtyła, St. John Paul II, and the story of Kraków are interwoven in a chronological pilgrimage through the life of a saint that reveals, at the same time, the dramatic history and majestic culture of a city where a boy grew into a man, priest, a bishop—and an apostle to the world.” With stunning photographs by Stephen Weigel and notes on the city’s remarkable fabric by Carrie Gress, City of Saints offers an in-depth look at a man and a city that made an indelible impression on the life and thought of the Catholic Church and the 21st century world. (learn more)

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    • Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II

      A preeminent authority on the Catholic Church and papal biographer describes what he learned from chronicling the life of Pope John Paul II In Lessons in Hope, George Weigel tells the story of his unique friendship with St. John Paul II. As Weigel learns the pope "from inside," he also offers a firsthand account of the tumult of post-Vatican II Catholicism and the Cold War's endgame, introducing readers to the heroes who brought down European communism. Later, he shows us the aging pope grappling with the post-9/11 world order and teaching new lessons in dignity through his own suffering. A deeply humane portrait of an eminent scholar learning a saint, Lessons in Hope is essential reading for anyone seeking a fuller understanding of a world-changing pope. (learn more)

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    • Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II

      The Definitive Biography of Pope John Paul II Witness to Hope is the authoritative biography of one of the singular figures -- some might argue the singular figure -- of our time. With unprecedented cooperation from John Paul II and the people who knew and worked with him throughout his life, George Weigel offers a groundbreaking portrait of the Pope as a man, a thinker, and a leader whose religious convictions defined a new approach to world politics -- and changed the course of history. As even his critics concede, John Paul II occupied a unique place on the world stage and put down intellectual markers that no one could ignore or avoid as humanity entered a new millennium fraught with possibility and danger. The Pope was a man of prodigious energy who played a crucial yet insufficiently explored role in some of the most momentous events of our time, including the collapse of European communism, the quest for peace in the Middle East, and the democratic transformation of Latin America. This updated edition of Witness to Hope explains how this "man from a far country" did all of that, and much more -- and what both his accomplishments and the unfinished business of his pontificate mean for the future of the Church and the world. (learn more)

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