Monday, October 8, 2012

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" - October 8, 2012

Talking about the "things that matter most" on October 8

4:00 – Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II
Vatican II was opened Oct. 11, 50 years ago this week. As Church historians have long noted, it takes a few generations for the teaching of a particular Council to substantially weave its way into the fabric of Catholic life. In other words, the time of the harvest is now! We examine “Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II”; a highly acclaimed multi-part conciliar document study series with creator Louis Verricchio.

4:30 – Columbus Day: How Religion Drove The Voyages That Led to America
500 years after he set sail, the dominant understanding of Christopher Columbus holds him responsible for almost everything that went wrong in the New World. Historian Carol Delaney is here to radically change our interpretation of the man and his mission. She argues that he was inspired to find a western route to the Orient not only to obtain vast sums of gold for the Spanish Crown but primarily to help fund a new crusade to take Jerusalem from the Muslims—a goal that sustained him until the day he died. Rather than an avaricious glory hunter, Delaney reveals Columbus as a man of deep passion, patience, and religious conviction. On this Columbus Day, we explore her work.

5:00 – Kresta Comments

5:40 – Spooky Family Films? Hotel Transylvania, Frankenweenie, and ParaNorman
As we enter October and approach Halloween, Catholic Film Critic Steven Greydanus joins us to look at 3 “spooky” family films – Hotel Transylvania, Frankenweenie, and ParaNorman.


  1. I want to go back to Al's Thursday, October 4, post-debate show.

    At the end of Hour 2 Al played this Chris Matthews rant. (It's a YouTube video. An ad comes up first, but you can skip it after a few seconds.)

    After playing the Matthews rant, Al said this: "Now, what people who get self righteous like Chris Matthews was there -- look, they grow intellectually lazy because they think that their moral status covers them. Right? So you end up saying things that really don't work very well. You have to then claim of your opponent like Mitt Romney -- you have to turn him into a demon. You've got to make it look that Mitt Romney's never had any children, or that he hates his grandmother, or he drinks the blood of children, or something like that."

    Yeah. If you drink the blood of children, then I think it's safe to say that you are some kind of demon. And clearly that's where Chris Matthews was headed.

    But ... never had any children? That makes you a demon? Oh man!

    It was a great show, Al. It was so good, in fact, that I will be posting more comments about in the future. I can't pass up the opportunity to comment on your observation that the grace of baptism worked for Tim Russert and Cokie Roberts, but not for Chris Matthews.

  2. Driving around, I just caught fragments of your interview with Carol Delaney, but towards the end of it I *think* I heard you say that Gustavo Guttiérrez sidestepped the question of Las Casas's temporary advocacy of black slavery. Not so. See esp. pp. 324-30 of the English translation of his book on Las Casas. Also, I was highly suspicious of Carol Delaney's claim to have met a "Las Casas expert" at the John Carter Library who was unfamiliar with this issue. That is highly implausible. The matter has been widely discussed for decades.