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Today on “Kresta in the Afternoon” – Aug. 22

Talking about the “things that matter most” on August 22

4:00 – Kresta Comments

4:40 – The LCWR Doubles Down on Dissent
For the third year in a row, the question of how the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) would respond to a Vatican mandate to reform the organization spiked high interest in the group’s annual assembly Aug. 12-15.And for the third year in a row, the assembly ended not with a bang, but a whimper. Some fireworks did ignite as the main speakers spent most of their energy defending positions taken by the LCWR, even openly criticizing the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), which had ordered the reform in April of 2012 after a three-year doctrinal assessment. Executive sessions that excluded non-members of LCWR also reportedly focused on the mandate. In the end, however, the LCWR National Board issued a two-paragraph statement similar to those of 2012 and 2013: LCWR would stay in the “conversation” with the CDF delegate, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle, as long as LCWR’s “mission” and “integrity” were not compromised. We talk to Ann Carey, author of Sisters in Crisis.

5:00 – Satanists Return Stolen Host to Archbishop Coakley
Oklahoma City’s archbishop voiced relief that Satanists organizing a “black mass” in the city returned a stolen host that was to be desecrated, but restated his concern that the event should happen at all. The host was given to a priest yesterday by an attorney representing Adam Daniels, who organized the black mass. We talk to Joan Frawley Desmond of the National Catholic Register who has been covering the story extensively.

5:20 – Are You Called to Be a Spiritual Director?
People around the world are starving to know the God who loves them and who made them for an eternal relationship with Him. But who will lead them? Who has the time, the training, and the desire to help souls who thirst and hunger for God? Well, maybe YOU do. Those familiar with the history of Spiritual Direction know that Spiritual Direction began among the laity in the early church and has never been the sole domain of priests. In fact, St. John Paul II was deeply influenced to the heights of sanctity through his lay Spiritual Director, Servant of God Jan Tyranowski. We talk to Dan Burke about laity and spiritual direction. We also talk about today’s memorial of the Queenship of Mary.

5:40 – When the Game Stands Tall
When the Game Stands Tall tells the journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport. But it also tells the story of boys becoming men – men of faith, brotherhood, and integrity. We talk to the real-life Coach Bob Ladouceur and his assistant coach Terry Eidson.

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