Kresta in the Afternoon – July 23, 2020 – Hour 2

+  The Prophetic Power of Humane vitae

  • Description: Just over ten years ago, for the 40th anniversary of Humane vitae, Mary Eberstadt wrote "not only have the document’s signature predictions been ratified in empirical force, but they have been ratified as few predictions ever are: in ways its authors could not possibly have foreseen, including by information that did not exist when the document was written, by scholars and others with no interest whatever in its teaching, and indeed even inadvertently, and in more ways than one, by many proud public adversaries of the Church." Ten years on, that statement rings even more true. Mary joins us.
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    • Mary Eberstadt
      Mary Eberstadt is a Senior Research Fellow at Faith and Reason Institute and the author of Adam and Eve After the Pill, It’s Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies and other books.
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    • Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics

      Who am I? The question today haunts every society in the Western world. Legions of people—especially the young—have become unmoored from a firm sense of self. To compensate, they join the ranks of ideological tribes spawned by identity politics and react with frenzy against any perceived threat to their group. As identitarians track and expose the ideologically impure, other citizens face the consequences of their rancor: a litany of “isms” run amok across all levels of cultural life; the free marketplace of ideas muted by agendas shouted through megaphones; and a spirit of general goodwill warped into a state of perpetual outrage. How did we get here? Why have we divided against one another so bitterly? In Primal Screams, acclaimed cultural critic Mary Eberstadt presents the most provocative and original theory to come along in recent years. The rise of identity politics, she argues, is a direct result of the fallout of the sexual revolution, especially the collapse and shrinkage of the family. As Eberstadt illustrates, humans from time immemorial have forged their identities within the structure of kinship. The extended family, in a real sense, is the first tribe and first teacher. But with its unprecedented decline across a variety of measures, generations of people have been set adrift and can no longer answer the question Who am I? with reference to primordial ties. Desperate for solidarity and connection, they claim membership in politicized groups whose displays of frantic irrationalism amount to primal screams for familial and communal loss. Written in her impeccable style and with empathy rarely encountered in today’s divisive discourse, Eberstadt’s theory holds immense explanatory power that no serious citizen can afford to ignore. The book concludes with three incisive essays by Rod Dreher, Mark Lilla, and Peter Thiel, each sharing their perspective on the author’s formidable argument. (learn more)

    • Why Humane Vitae is Still Right

      After half a century, how has the teaching of Pope Paul VI on marriage and birth control, presented in his encyclical Humanae Vitae (On Human Life), held up? Very well, says philosopher Janet Smith and her colleagues in Why Humanae Vitae Is Still Right.  A sequel to Smith's classic Why Humanae Vitae Was Right, this new volume shows how the ethical, theological, spiritual, and sociological case for Paul VI's controversial document remains strong—indeed, how it's in some ways even stronger today, following Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body and in light of the problems caused by the sexual revolution. In addition to essays by Dr. Smith herself, the book features contributions by other renowned experts and scholars such as Mary Eberstadt (author of the best-selling Adam and Eve after the Pill), Therese Scarpelli CoreyMichael WaldsteinChristopher WestObianuju Ekeocha (author of the best-selling Target Africa), Maria FedorykaDeborah SavageDerek DoroskiAngela LaFranchiWilliam NewtonJoseph AtkinsonMichele M. Schumacher, and Peter Colosi, among others. Why Humanae Vitae Is Still Right includes the Krakow Document composed under the supervision of Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (later, Pope John Paul II), which provided research by moral theologians and other experts that helped to shape what became John Paul II's Theology of the Body. (learn more)

+  Humane vitae's response to the Population Control movement

  • Description: Obianuju Ekeocha has engaged head-on with UN officials and policies which attempt to promote so-called "reproductive health," primarily contraception and abortion, which she calls the new neo-colonialism. She joins us today.
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    • Obianuju Ekeocha
      Obianuju "Uju" Ekeocha is a native African woman, living and working in the United Kingdom as a Specialist Biomedical Scientist. She is the founder of Culture of Life Africa and an internationally acclaimed pro-life speaker and strategist who has spoken in 18 countries, as well as the United Nations. She has been featured on numerous broadcast networks, including BBC television and radio. She is the author of Target Africa: Ideological Neo-Colonialsim of the Twenty First Century. Visit cultureoflifeafrica.com
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    • Target Africa: Ideological Neo-colonialism of the Twenty-first Century

      Since the end of colonization Africa has struggled with socioeconomic and political problems. This has attracted wealthy donors from western nations, organizations and private foundations who have assumed the role of helper and deliverer. While some donors have good intentions, there are other western "progressive" donors whose gifts to Africa are often attached to their ideology of sexual liberation. These are the ideological neo-colonial masters of the 21st century who aggressively push into Africa their views on contraception, population control, sexualisation of children, feminism, homosexuality and abortion. The author, a native of Africa, shows how these donors are masterful at exploiting some of the heaviest burdens and afflictions of Africa such as maternal mortality, unplanned pregnancies, HIV/AIDS pandemic, child marriage and persistent poverty. This exploitation has put many African nations in the vulnerable position of receiving funding tied firmly to ideological solutions that are opposed to the cultural views and values of the people. Thus many African nations are put back into the protectorate positions of dependency as new cultural standards conceived in the west are made into core policies in African capitals and the new redefined terms of the west become applied within various African ministries. This book reveals a problematic facet of neo-colonialism that is rarely seen or talked about. Drawing from a broad array of well-sourced materials and documents, it tells the story of foreign aid gifts with strings attached, the story of Africa targeted and recolonized by wealthy powerful donors. (learn more)

+  Self-Gift: The Heart of Humane vitae

  • Description: The Church’s teaching on sexuality is based on the dignity of the human person as a being created in the Image and Likeness of God. This gift of life enables us to enjoy the marvelous goods of the world while also anticipating and striving for eternal life. We discuss the good news at the heart of Humane with John Grabowski.
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    • John Grabowski
      John Grabowski is an associate professor of Moral Theology and Ethics at The Catholic University of America. He and his wife were appointed to the Pontifical Council for the Family by Pope Benedict XCI in 2009. he is also serving as a theological advisor to the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family and Youth. In 2015 he was appointed by Pope Francis to serve as an expert at the Synod of Bishops on the Family.
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