Talking about the "things that matter most" on June 29
The Best of Kresta in the Afternoon
4:00 – Meditations on the Priesthood
Following the events of the last 5 days, we take time to look at the theology, the history, and the glory of the Catholic priesthood. At ordination, a priest becomes another person, commissioned not simply to act in the name of Christ, but to be another Christ, an alter Christus. This teaching was not an original insight of the Second Vatican Council. It is the traditional teaching of the Church. In his book, Meditations on the Catholic Priesthood, Father Charles Connor helps the priest to see once again, in fresh terms, that this is truly the essence of the priesthood. He shows how, in the Eucharist the priest finds his raison d'être for being a priest, the source of all his strength in the ministry, the summit of all his prayers. The role of the Cross and suffering in the life of a priest is one of the highlights of this book. Yet the suffering of a priest is tinged with joy because he suffers along with Christ, bolstered by Jesus himself. Fr. Connor joins us.
5:00 – Challenging the Modern World
Samuel Gregg provides an insightful, cogent, and thorough analysis of the issues surrounding developments in Catholic social teaching during the pontificate of John Paul II. He compares the treatment in John Paul's social encyclicals of three topics-industrial relations, capitalism, and the relations between developed and developing countries-with the handling of these matters in the social teachings of the Second Vatican Council and Paul VI. He is here with us.
5:40 – The Ruth Institute: Making Marriage Cool
Jennifer Roback Morse founded the Ruth Institute with a vision of making marriage cool in modern society. She joins us with her director of programming, Nicole Kay, to look at Marriage as the proper context for sex and childrearing; Respect for the contributions of men to the family marriage as a lifelong commitment between one man and one woman; lifelong spousal cooperation as a solution to women’s aspirations for career and family and cooperation, not competition, between men and women.