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Kresta in the Afternoon – February 25, 2020 – Hour 1

+  New poll shows Catholic divide over 2020 election tracks with deeper rifts (full hour)

Kresta in the Afternoon – February 25, 2020 – Hour 2

+  Update on Gaylord Diocesan Watch

+  Embracing our Mission in a Challenging Culture (2 segments)

  • Description: Father Gabriel Richard High School is continuing its annual Familiaris Consortio Conference series. The Theme this year is Wisdom Begins in Wonder: How Authentic Catholic Educators and Families Can Save the Culture and will feature keynote speaker Mary Rice Hasson, who will look at how we can embrace our mission in a challenging culture. She joins us.
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    • Mary Rice Hasson
      Mary Rice Hasson is the author of Get Out Now: Why You Should Pull Your Child From Public School Before It's Too Late. She's the Kate O'Beirne Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, where she researches, writes, and speaks on family policy, religion, gender, and culture.Gary Michuta is the author of several books including Why Catholic Bibles are Bigger and How to Wolf-Proof your Kids. He's a frequent guest on Catholic Radio and the creator of the Hands On Apologetics website. Visit garymichuta.com and handsonapologetics.com
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    • Get Out Now: Why You Should Pull Your Child from Public School Before It’s Too Late

      Should we stay or should we go? Millions of parents with children in public schools can't believe they're asking this question. But they are. And you should be asking it too. Almost overnight, America's public schools have become morally toxic. And they are especially poisonous for the hearts and minds of children from religious families of every faith—ordinary families who value traditional morality and plain old common sense. Parents' first duty is to their children—to their intellect, their character, their souls. The facts on the ground point to one conclusion: get out now. (learn more)

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Kresta in the Afternoon – February 25, 2020 – Hour 2

  • Description: Ave Maria Radio's flagship national production is Kresta in the Afternoon, hosted by writer/author/evangelist Al Kresta.

Kresta in the Afternoon – February 24, 2020 – Hour 1

  • Description: Our guest host today is Jerry Usher. Visit his website at https://thirdmillenniummedia.com/.

+  The ERA Died Decades Ago (So Why Are the Losers Still Fighting?)

  • Description: For nearly 50 years, the Equal Rights Amendment has been scrutinized and firmly rejected for one simple reason: It’s not about equal rights for women — and pretending otherwise will never make it so. We’ll talk about it with Sue Ellen Browder.
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    • Sue Ellen Browder
      Sue Ellen Browder is the author of Subverted: How I helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement and the new book Sex and the Catholic Feminist.
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    • Subverted: How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement

      Contraception and abortion were not originally part of the 1960s women's movement. How did the women's movement, which fought for equal opportunity for women in education and the workplace, and the sexual revolution, which reduced women to ambitious sex objects, become so united? In Subverted, Sue Ellen Browder documents for the first time how it all happened, in her own life and in the life of an entire country. Trained at the University of Missouri School of Journalism to be an investigative journalist, Browder unwittingly betrayed her true calling and became a propagandist for sexual liberation. As a long-time freelance writer for Cosmopolitan magazine, she wrote pieces meant to soft-sell unmarried sex, contraception, and abortion as the single woman's path to personal fulfillment. She did not realize until much later that propagandists higher and cleverer than herself were influencing her thinking and her personal choices as they subverted the women's movement. The thirst for truth, integrity, and justice for women that led Browder into journalism in the first place eventually led her to find forgiveness and freedom in the place she least expected to find them. Her in-depth research, her probing analysis, and her honest self-reflection set the record straight and illumine a way forward for others who have suffered from the unholy alliance between the women's movement and the sexual revolution. (learn more)

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+  Priest with brain tumor 'embraces it willingly' for victims of clergy abuse

+  The Boy Scouts’ Long Slide

Kresta in the Afternoon – February 24, 2020 – Hour 2

  • Description: Our guest host today is Jerry Usher. Visit his website at https://thirdmillenniummedia.com/.

+  Senate to Vote on Infanticide Bills

+  Why Do We Have the Papacy? (2 segments)

  • Description: On Saturday we celebrated the Feast of the Chair of St Peter. We’ll talk about the feast and why we have the papacy with Steve Ray.
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    • Steve Ray
      Steve Ray leads pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Rome and other sites. He converted to Catholicism in 1994 and is the author of “Crossing the Tiber,” “Upon this Rock” and other books. He’s the host and producer of the Footprints of God DVD series and has been to the Holy Land more than 130 times. He also writes bible studies for Catholic Scripture Study International Visit catholic-convert.com and footprintsofgodpilgrimages.com
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    • The Papacy: What the Pope Does and Why It Matters

      The Papacy explains that without the Pope's divinely guided leadership, the Church would suffer the contradictions and the divisions that many Christian groups know firsthand. The teaching passed down from the apostles would be subject to arbitrary, relative, and numerous interpretations; holiness would be only a distant ideal; and the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church founded by Jesus would break apart. In describing the Pope's important and singular role as leader and teacher, the book addresses common misconceptions and objections to the papacy. It also explains how the papacy developed and how the Pope is elected. The authors present some great Popes in history, showing the qualities and the accomplishments that made them great. They demonstrate that the Pope is important not only for Catholics, but also for non-Catholic Christians and even non-Christians. (learn more)

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Kresta in the Afternoon – February 21, 2020 – Hour 1

+  Can We Prove God Exists? (2 segments)

  • Description: Gerard Verschuuren is a well-known Catholic scientist who has outlined ways to prove God exists - but not in the way you might expect. He doesn't use science, but reason - based on the famous five medieval proofs. Just as reason gives us access to the existence of numbers, so it is reason that gives us access to the existence of God. He joins us.
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    • Gerard Verschuuren
      Gerard Verschuuren is the author most recently of A Catholic Scientists Proves God Exists. He's a writer, speaker, and consultant, working at the interface of science, philosophy, and religion. He is a human geneticist who earned a doctorate in the philosophy of science, and studied and worked at universities in Europe and the United States.
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    • A Catholic Scientist Proves God Exists

      Challenging today's accepted "wisdom," Catholic scientist Gerard Verschuuren, Ph.D., here demonstrates that the question of whether God exists is not one science can answer. Verschuuren begins by explaining the five famous medieval proofs for the existence of God -- based on reason alone -- that have survived despite nearly a thousand years of efforts to refute them. With his wise help, you'll come to see that just as reason gives us access to the existence of numbers, so it is reason that gives us access to the existence of God. (learn more)

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+  40 Days for Life Kickoff

  • Description: Ash Wednesday, February 26, will mark the start of Lent as well as the annual 40 Days for Life. The Ann Arbor Chapter of 40 Days for Life is kicking off the event with a Jericho march at Planned Parenthood this Sunday. Sandie Weathers and James Kresta join us with the details.
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Kresta in the Afternoon – February 21, 2020 – Hour 2

+  We Faced Death in Iran for Sharing the Gospel (full hour)

  • Description: Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh knew they were putting their lives on the line. Islamic laws in Iran forbade them from sharing their Christian beliefs, but in three years, they’d covertly put New Testaments into the hands of twenty thousand of their countrymen and started two secret house churches. In 2009 they were caught, arrested and sentenced to death. They share their story.
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Kresta in the Afternoon – February 20, 2020 – Hour 1

+  First Mass since Reformation to be held in Swiss cathedral

+  What does the Sermon on the Mount Mean for Christians in Business?

  • Description: The Sermon on the Mount is one of the most-studied and commented on passages in Scripture. In his Peace Message on January 1, 2017 Pope Francis said that in the Sermon, Jesus offers a manual for peacemaking. It's often seen as a guideline for authentic Christian life, but what does it say about authentic Christian business? We talk with Fr Martin Schlag.
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    • Fr. Martin Schlag
      Fr Martin Schlag is a professor at the University of St Thomas in Minnesota, where he is the Chair for Catholic Social Thought. He is a contributor and editor of A Catholic Spirituality for Business: The Logic of Gift.
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    • A Catholic Spirituality for Business: The Logic of Gift

      Spirituality and gift are notions that are en vogue. Topics such as spirituality at the workplace, spirituality management, spirituality in leadership, organizational spirituality and other related topics are trending in management literature. The "logic of gift" is also appearing more frequently, especially in attempts to rethink the way our economy works in order to include the marginalized. The expression "logic of gift" was introduced into official Catholic social teaching by Pope Benedict XVI, who presented it in association with the principle of gratuitousness, which in turn is an expression of fraternity. However, before Caritas in Veritate and ever since Marcel Mauss's groundbreaking work The Gift, the importance of gift for human relationships and for the cohesion of society had been increasingly recognized. Alain Caillé and Jacques T. Godbout further fleshed out the implication of gift for contemporary society in the context of secular social sciences, striving to overcome utilitarianism. It was the "civil economy" movement, however, that exercised greatest influence on Benedict XVI's encyclical Caritas in Veritate. This present volume reflects on the general scope of these notions for business and society. This is done by structuring the book in two parts, each dedicated to one of the two concepts. Each part has two general chapters and two that apply the notions to business and to business education. The authors are a mix of well-known emeritus professors and younger talented emerging scholars. We have also been careful to combine European with American authors. A Catholic Spirituality for Business: The Logic of Gift does not seek to provide a definitive answer to all social challenges, but to make a contribution to a better understanding of Christian spirituality and gift in connection with business organizations. The authors in this book are convinced that markets can be ethical and social, that moral change towards ethical capitalism is possible. (learn more)

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Kresta in the Afternoon – February 20, 2020 – Hour 2

+  St. Peter Damian’s battle against clerical homosexuality offers useful lessons for today (2 segments)

  • Description: It’s been almost a thousand years since St Peter Damian penned the Book of Gomorrah, but its teachings still apply today as the Church grapples with the latest in the sexual misconduct crisis. It offers a scathing analysis of the evil of sodomy, while also expressing compassion for those who have fallen into such vice and the possibility of their redemption by the aid of divine grace. Matt Hoffman joins us.
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    • Matt Hoffman
      Matthew Hoffman is a catholic journalist, scholar and author of The Book of Gomorrah and St. Peter Damian's Struggle Against Ecclesiastical Corruption. Visit him at matthewhoffman.net
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    • The Book of Gomorrah and St. Peter Damian’s Struggle Against Ecclesiastical Corruption

      "Alas, it is shameful to speak of it! It is shameful to relate such a disgusting scandal to sacred ears! But if the doctor fears the virus of the plague, who will apply the cauterization? If he is nauseated by those whom he is to cure, who will lead sick souls back to the state of health?" With these words, St. Peter Damian introduces the Book of Gomorrah, an eloquent and impassioned denunciation of a plague of homosexuality among the Catholic clergy during the 11th century. Although it was written almost a thousand years ago, the Book of Gomorrah seems addressed to our own times, associating the phenomena of clerical homosexuality and pederasty, and endorsing the imprisonment of clergy who are a danger to youth. The Book of Gomorrah offers a scathing analysis of the evil of sodomy, while also expressing compassion for those who have fallen into such vice and the possibility of their redemption by the aid of divine grace. It explains the devastating effects of the vice both spiritually and psychologically, and warns that such behavior, particularly among the clergy, will bring down the wrath of God. It also urges the permanent defrocking of clerics who are habituated to homosexual behavior and endorses the permanent confinement those guilty of child sex abuse. This new translation by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman is the most accurate and faithful available in English, and carries a foreword by Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iñiguez, Archbishop Emeritus of Guadalajara. It includes a 10,000-word biographical introduction recounting Damian's struggle against corruption in the Catholic Church, and a translator's preface that breaks new scholarly ground and resolves old controversies about the text. (learn more)

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+  Kresta Comments: We Need the Story

  • Description: We're going on two years since we the beginning of the McCarrick Scandal and Catholics are still demanding to know What Happened. Al looks at why we need to know the story and what lessons we can learn from St Peter Damian.

Kresta in the Afternoon – February 19, 2020 – Hour 1

+  Michael Novak's Christian Capitalism (full hour)

  • Description: Feb 17 is the 3-year anniversary of the death of Michael Novak. Sam Gregg knew him well and recalls a conversation just before his death, when Novak expressed concern over the resurgence of socialism. Sam joins us with a look at Novak's life and his vision for Christian capitalism.
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    • Dr. Sam Gregg
      Sam Gregg is Director of research at the Acton Institute and the author of several books including “The Commercial Society” and “The Modern Papacy.” His newest book is Reason, Faith and the Struggle for Western Civilization.
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    • Reason, Faith, and the Struggle for Western Civilization

      "Gregg's book is the closet thing I've encountered in a long time to a one-volume user's manual for operarting Western Civilization." The Stream The genius of Western civilization is its unique synthesis of reason and faith. But today that synthesis is under attack—from the East by radical Islam (faith without reason) and from within the West itself by aggressive secularism (reason without faith). The stakes are incalculably high. The naïve and increasingly common assumption that reason and faith are incompatible is simply at odds with the facts of history. The revelation in the Hebrew Scriptures of a reasonable Creator imbued Judaism and Christianity with a conviction that the world is intelligible, leading to the flowering of reason and the invention of science in the West. It was no accident that the Enlightenment took place in the culture formed by the Jewish and Christian faiths. We can all see that faith without reason is benighted at best, fanatical and violent at worst. But too many forget that reason, stripped of faith, is subject to its own pathologies. A supposedly autonomous reason easily sinks into fanaticism, stifling dissent as bigoted and irrational and devouring the humane civilization fostered by the integration of reason and faith. The blood-soaked history of the twentieth century attests to the totalitarian forces unleashed by corrupted reason. But Samuel Gregg does more than lament the intellectual and spiritual ruin caused by the divorce of reason and faith. He shows that each of these foundational principles corrects the other’s excesses and enhances our comprehension of the truth in a continuous renewal of civilization. By recovering this balance, we can avoid a suicidal winner-take-all conflict between reason and faith and a future that will respect neither. (learn more)

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