Monday, May 7, 2012

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" - May 7, 2012

Talking about the "things that matter most" on May 7

4:00 – May 9, 1983: Blessed John Paul II Speaks on Galileo
This week in 1983, Blessed John Paul II reversed the Catholic Church's 1633 condemnation of Galileo Galilei's Copernican heliocentric theory of the universe. He said that the Church regretted the persecution of men such as Galileo, stating “It is through research that men attain to truth.” Al examines this event.

4:20 – MacBeth: A Literary Exploration
The Tragedy of Macbeth (commonly called Macbeth) is a tragedy by William Shakespeare about a man who commits regicide so as to become king and then commits further murders to maintain his power. The play clearly demonstrates the corrupting effect of ambition, but also deals with the relationship between cruelty and masculinity, tyranny and kingship, treachery, violence, guilt, prophecy, and disruption of the natural order. Al explores these themes of Macbeth with Dr. Henry Russell.

5:00 – “For Greater Glory”
What would you pay for the price of freedom? In the exhilarating action epic “For Greater Glory,” an impassioned group of men and women each make the decision to risk it all for family, faith and the very future of their country, as the film’s adventure unfolds against the long-hidden, true story of the 1920s Cristero War,­ the daring people’s revolt that rocked 20th Century North America. Executive Producer Pablo Barroso is with us.

5:20 – The Mexican Government Versus the Catholic Church
During his recent visit to Mexico, Pope Benedict XVI highlighted the legacy of the Cristeros War and the Mexican Martyrs of the 20th century when he illuminated the statue of Cristo Rey (Christ the King) in Leon on March 26. The statue is a memorial to the martyrs of the Calles’ government crackdown on the Catholic Church beginning with a new Constitution in 1917. President Plutarco Elias Calles ordered the first statue of Cristo Rey destroyed during the Cristeros wars of the 1920s. A later Mexican government rebuilt the statue as a gesture of good will to the Catholic Church years after the persecution ended. The story is being told in the upcoming movie “For Greater Glory” and Stephanie Mann is here to give the background.

5:40 – Napa Institute / Hawking, Chopra and God
With the incredible popularity of recent books championing agnosticism or atheism, many people might never know that such books almost completely ignore the considerable evidence for theism uncovered in both physics and philosophy over the past four decades. We talk with Fr. Robert Spitzer about Stephen Hawking, Deepak Chopra and God. We also discuss the Napa Institute and its missions and events.

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