Friday, January 25, 2013

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" - January 25, 2012

Talking about the "things that matter most" on Jan. 25

4:00 – History of the Catholic Church: From the Apostolic Age to the Third Millennium
The Catholic Church is the longest-enduring institution in the world. Beginning with the first Christians and continuing in our present day, the Church has been planted in every nation on earth. The Catholic Church claims Jesus Christ himself as her founder, and in spite of heresy from within and hostility from without, she remains in the twenty-first century the steadfast guardian of belief in his life, death, and resurrection. The teachings and redemptive works of Jesus as told in the Gospels are expressed by the Church in a coherent and consistent body of doctrine, the likes of which cannot be found in any other Christian body. The history of the Catholic Church is long, complicated, and fascinating, and historian James Hitchcock is here to tell it.

5:00 – What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense
Until recently, no society had seen marriage as anything other than a conjugal partner¬ship: a male-female union. Prof. Robert George identifies and defends the reasons for this historic consensus and shows why redefining civil marriage is unnecessary, unreasonable, and contrary to the common good. He is here to offer a devastating critique of the idea that equality requires redefining marriage.


  1. Hi Al, listening to your program on the radio. If marriage is indefinite and no longer meaning one man and one woman which children and family belong (one being the emphasis towards being one father and one mother towards children), then marriage is not hospitable to a family. If marriage is not one men and one woman, you would have to pluralize the meaning, to satisfy everyone, of marriage to any meaning where anything could be considered an emotional level.

    However, keep in mind, you have children from divorced and broken homes. Also, you have transient lives of mothers or fathers having children outside of marriage with other men and women. The children are the victims and find no identity nor the security of a loving relationship between one mother and one father.

    What is most necessary is a society built on charity and truth. You cannot justify and support marriage unless it is done through charity. Likewise, you cannot welcome those children or fallen spouses through those abused relationships in justice without at least some amendable means in law for marriage (mending the home for both spouses and their children.)
    Sadly, as well, you cannot make a one size fix all solutions with merely a law defining marriage, either. Sure, defining marriage rightly is a good start in the right direction. However, you cannot succeed in granting people a law which holds no grounds for warranting and granting those children (and fallen spouses) through relationships which have fallen apart. In other words, the definition of marriage must retain a stable platform for marriage to exist between one man and one woman; and you cannot simply make a law to simply be enforced for that, and neglect the welfare and well-being of those having fallen in those relationships without first defining the protection and guarantee through law for all life. That is, I think the right to life first, then marriage. Merely defending marriage and not the right to life is putting the carriage before the horse and becomes ineffective and possibly maliciously enforced law.

  2. The first hour with Dr. Hitchcock seems abbreviated. The first part of the MP3 is Patrick Madrid, and when it gets to Dr. Hitchcock, he's already several centuries into Church history.