Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" - September 18, 2013

Talking about the "things that matter most" on September 18

4:00 – 6:00 – Direct to My Desk
Today we open the phone lines and let you set the agenda with your questions and comments. As always, we have topics we will bring up for discussion but the show only works with your input. Some topics include the complete lack of any context when reporting in “priestly sex abuse,” an Evangelical leader saying Catholics are not Christians, the continued ignorance over the Pope’s remarks on celibacy and the trend of young people knowing less and less about religion in general. Be ready to call 877-573-7825.

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    “Long Lost” Book by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Republished

    Arlington, Virginia, Monday, September 2, 2013. In 1940, on the eve of the United States’ entry into World War II, the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979) published Freedom Under God. The all-volunteer, interfaith Center for Economic and Social Justice (CESJ) has republished a new, annotated version of this neglected classic under its “Economic Justice Media” imprint, complete with an in-depth foreword written especially for this edition, as well as a bibliography and index not included in the first edition.

    While Freedom Under God addresses the loss of true freedom throughout the world, Sheen’s special concern was freedom of religion. This is under increasing attack today. Individual life as well as marriage and the family are also in grave danger as the State continues to expand its power to fill the vacuum left by the growing powerlessness of ordinary people.

    Then-Monsignor Sheen traced the rise of totalitarian State power in the first half of the 20th century to the fact that fewer and fewer people in America and throughout the world owned capital — what Sheen called “creative wealth.” As Sheen argued, only widespread private property in capital has the capacity to restore the material foundation of true freedom.

    In conformity with the precepts of the natural law on which Sheen relied to develop his thought, CESJ adds that genuine economic reform must also comply with the three interdependent principles of Economic Justice: Participative Justice, Distributive Justice, and Harmonic Justice. Lawyer-economist Louis O. Kelso and Aristotelian philosopher Mortimer J. Adler first described these principles in Chapter 5 of their bestselling The Capitalist Manifesto (1958).

    Sheen’s warnings fell on deaf ears. Thanks to the acceptance of Keynesian economics, the wage-welfare system within a State-controlled, inflationary, debt-ridden economy has become the dominant model for economic development throughout the world.

    The world needs the wisdom of Fulton Sheen now more than ever. The republication of Freedom Under God helps introduce the work of this pivotal thinker to a new generation of readers and students.

    Fulton J. Sheen’s Freedom Under God, ISBN 978-0-944997-11-6, cover price $20.00, will soon be available on-line from Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and by special order from selected other bookstores. Quantity discounts are available for schools, religious institutions, and civic groups.


    Michael D. Greaney
    4318 North 31st Street
    Arlington, Virginia 22207
    Telephone: (703) 243-5155

    “Without property, the saint may achieve spiritual liberty, but within the present social order it is impossible for anyone short of a saint to achieve it without property.” ~ Fulton J. Sheen, Freedom under God, (1940).