Monday, August 22, 2011

Today on Kresta - August 22, 2011

Talking about the "things that matter most" on Aug. 22

4:00 - Five common misconceptions about Islam among Catholics
Muslims often claim that Islam is a misunderstood religion. This is partially true, insofar as many people do not understand the nature of Islam or what it teaches. Catholics are called to proclaim the Gospel to all people, including Muslims. However, it can be difficult to communicate Christ to a Muslim if one does not understand what the Muslim believes. The fact that Muslims have been aggressively proselytizing Catholics and other Christians has added to the confusion about Islamic theology. Let’s take a look at five common misconceptions about Islam among Catholics. Catholic Islam scholar Andrew Bieszad is our guide.

5:00 – A Guide to the New Translation of The Mass
Remarkable change is taking place this year in Catholic Churches across the United States. The publication of the third Roman Missal, which goes into effect Advent 2011, has presented parish educators with a unique moment to catechize the lay faithful on one of the most basic and foundational aspects of our faith: the Mass. Much is changing with this new Missal, and parishioners will need to learn new responses, a new Gloria, and a new Creed, among other changes. They will hear the priest using liturgical phrases and responses different from those they have heard for the past forty years. Dr. Edward Sri is author of A Guide to the New Translation of The Mass and joins us today.

5:40 – 2012 Eucharistic Congress in Ireland
A Eucharistic Congress is an international gathering of people which aims to promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church, to help improve our understanding and celebration of the liturgy and to draw attention to the social dimension of the Eucharist. The 50th Eucharistic Congress will be held next year in Ireland and our Ireland correspondent Gareth Peoples has prepared a report for us.


  1. Al

    I only had a chance to hear part of your discussion with Dr. Sri. When I was 8 years old I started to serve the Latin Mass. I was well trained. I have no great need to go back to a more "mysterious" form of worship.

    That said, at eight I found it curious that the Church chose to repeat the words of the only person in the gospel to successfully keep Jesus out of his house. Indeed, there is much to learn from this episode. However it is not a welcoming prayer for a time when we should be more than welcoming. We should be yearning and open.

    This has never been the right prayer. IMHOP

    Ken Dolph

  2. I for one, attend the extrordinary (Latin) Mass but mostly the New Mass and have been spending a lot of time studying the new translation. There is much I like. When you read V2, you realize what we are doing today is not really called for. Too many changes were done. I look forward to these changes and the more high brow language. It is after all, the God of the universe we are worshiping. I think He can handle it. Can we? I hope for a blend of the two Masses someday for a thrid rite that replaces both current rites.

  3. Show suggestion - there is more to the new translation than the language. The behind the scenes rubrics are changing. See Rubric 160 now and the new text. This will give you a huge indication of what is changing. Can you do a show on these very important, but not so visible changes that will occur. God bless and keep up the great shows!