Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" - July 30, 2013

Talking about the "things that matter most" on July 30

Guest Hosts Bruce and Kris McGregor

4:00 – Pope Francis Calls Us to Shake Up the World
Pope Francis had many challenges to the 3 million attendees of World Youth Day and to all reading his messages around the world. Joseph Pearce is here to talk about Pope Francis through the lens of his own life experience.

4:40 – Spousal Prayer: A Way to Marital Happiness
Deacon James Keating's newest book, Spousal Prayer: A Way to Marital Happiness affirms that the sharing of hearts is a necessary commitment in both marriage and prayer. If we can learn what the key elements to sharing the heart are and equally what the key elements to receiving the heart of another are, then we will know the greatest of intimacy in both prayer and marriage. In fact, we cannot even understand what marriage is unless we look at how Christ loved His Bride, the Church, till the end. Deacon Keating is here to discuss marriage as a deep partnership with Christ

5:00 – World Youth Day Recap – Through the Eyes of a Bishop
Bishop James Conley accompanied the youth of his Diocese for a week of inspiration, messages and challenges from Pope Francis during World Youth Day in Rio. He joins us today to share the experience and the words of Pope Francis that will stay with him. 

5:20 – Examining the Pope’s Messages at World Youth Day
Despite a week of talks, homilies, and challenges to the youth of the world, the mainstream media has reduced World Youth Day to a response of the Holy Father to one question a reporter asked him. We discussed the incredible misreporting on the Pope’s discussion of homosexuality on yesterday’s show, so today we talk about the REAL messages Pope Francis wanted to leave us with. Matthew Bunson does just that.


  1. In the NYTIMES today, in an article on gays at Georgetown:

    "According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, 62 percent of 18- to 34-year-old Catholics favor legalizing same-sex marriage, compared with 48 percent of those 35 to 54, and 39 percent 55 and over."

    Catholics in America do not support Church teaching on gays and marriage. The conservative Church message has failed to convince Catholics. The battle is lost.

    1. In some ways I preferred Benedict's hunkered-down closed Church, with its grumpy face, scolding everybody, because it was motivated by a truly intellectual stance of medieval natural law. Benedict demanded that you engage him intellectually. Francis is different. Not sure what to make of him.

    2. Pope Francis is so wise, and backs up his statements with references from scripture and church teachings, all in a refreshingly non-academic and joyful way. You've got to love him.

    3. I really admired Benedict as a an of great intellect. But I agree that Francis is far more appealing. Benedict was hard to like. Francis is a loose cannon, perhaps.

      My question is could a "rogue" Pope change Church teaching, say on women as priests, if he was determined to do so? Is that possible, however unlikely? What is the extent of the Pope's "power" to change doctrine?