Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Today on Kresta - October 11, 2011

Talking about the "things that matter most" on Oct. 11

4:00 – A blessing for the Vatican in (really) deep disguise
Human rights lawyers and victims of clergy sexual abuse have filed a complaint urging the International Criminal Court in The Hague to investigate and prosecute Pope Benedict XVI and three top Vatican officials for crimes against humanity for what they described as abetting and covering up the rape and sexual assault of children by priests. Vatican reporter John Allen says this could be a blessing for the Vatican, albeit in (really) deep disguise.

4:20 - Living the Call: An Introduction to the Lay Vocation
Since 1965 the number of priests in the United States has fallen by some 30,000. But over that same time period, more than 30,000 laypeople have come into the employ of parishes and other Church institutions. Laypeople have stepped up to serve in a variety of new ministries, and they are relieving their pastors of many administrative burdens, enabling them to focus on their proper priestly duties. Lay teachers now outnumber nuns, brothers, and priests in Catholic schools by at least 19 to 1. In the history of the Church, laypeople have never been asked to do so much. Bill Simon Jr. calls attention to this great shift and what it means.

4:40 – ABC News: Occupy Wall Street Protests Spread Across the Country With No Unified Message
As the “Occupy Wall Street” movement enters its fourth week of protests in lower Manhattan and spreads within New York and to several other major U.S. cities, its message is becoming a bouillabaisse of views representing the many groups that have signed on, and their demands are unclear. Their causes include such diverse issues as global warming, gas prices and corporate greed -- though most seem to be fueled by the common thread of anger at the wealthy and powerful at the expense of the middle class and less fortunate. Economist Dr. Max Torres analyzes the protests.

5:00 – Direct to My Desk - Does Mitt Romney’s Mormon Faith Affect Your Vote?


  1. No. I don't want someone saying a Catholic can't be in the White House because the church is against abortion, or against contraception, so I can't hold someone else accountable. I don't believe the mormon beliefs, nor think they are Christians as they are not monotheistic. Their belief says you can achieve God status and become a god of your own world and populate the world with many women. They also believe Jesus was A son of the god of this world, not THE Son of THE God. Singular. So, yes, I have major issues with their belief, but I too have issues with Hinduism, Protestantism, Budhism, Muslim, etc, but this should not preclude the candidate. Of course, in this day and age, we are passing laws (see HHS) where they are taking rights away and forcing contraception covereage, or so called same sex marriage, which now effects adoption agencies around the US for Catholics. Shameful. ninov

  2. My issues are with candidates, not their religion. I don't beleive Romney on abortion. He's from the liberal northeast and he's too establishment. I'd prefer someone like Cain personally but the established party will likely not allow it.

  3. ninov,

    Adam was also "the son of God" (Luke 3:38). And there are others who are called "sons of God" (Genesis 6:2-4, Psalms 82:6).

    It's not clear to me what a son of God is.

    For what it's worth, check this out.

  4. Adam was a creation, Jesus is, was and always shall be and IS God and was not created. It would be the difference between a creature and a creator. Jesus is the creator, Adam is created. Also, we can't become God's of other worlds. There is one God in three persons. There will be no other Gods of any kind. This would imply differences in the gods and thus mean they aren't perfect, thus not gods. Study metaphyciscs, particularly Thomas Aquanis. All this has been debated long before mormanism came about. Mormanism is a non-monotheistic religion. (polyistic)

  5. ninov,

    Relax. I am not a Mormon, and I don't believe what Mormons believe. I grew up Catholic. I had twelve years of Catholic school education: three years at Mission San Juan Capistrano, five years at St. Cecilia in Tustin, CA, and four years at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA. I studied the Baltimore catechism, and I was an altar boy when the Mass was still in Latin.

    I'm referring to one part of your comment. You said about Mormons: "They also believe Jesus was A son of the god of this world, not THE Son of THE God. Singular."

    The fact is that Jesus is not the only person in the Bible who was called the son of God. Like I said, Adam was also "the son of God" (Luke 3:38). And there are others who are called "sons of God" (Genesis 6:2-4, Psalms 82:6).

    I know about the Trinity. Catholic teaching says that God consists of three persons, each of whom is God: the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God.

    However, not only would a Mormon disagree with you, but a Jew like Dennis Prager would disagree with you. Check out the link I provided.

    Tell me, ninov. What does "son of God" really mean?

  6. First, am relaxed, simply responding to your question with facts, not emotion, second, re-read your Catechism. Third, don't care if mormon's or Jews disagree, they have it wrong. Why would I care to change or bend my opinion for folks who don't have it right. I'm interested in the fullness of truth, not a false doctrine nor the Jews who only have the partial truth of the faith. Yes, they are my brothers and sisters, but not in full truth and full light. I'm not going to list my resume but simply suggest that you spend time reading Catholic sources on your question and not Jewish sources. Although there are truths there, it is not the fullness of truth. Why not go right to the best source The Holy Catholic Church.