And as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, "Paul, you are mad; your great learning is turning you mad." But Paul said, "I am not mad, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking the sober truth."Father Frank Pavone was on Ave Maria Radio yesterday, September 19. He was interviewed by Al Kresta on his show "Kresta in the afternoon". What you should know about Al is that he has been the driving force behind Ave Maria Radio since its founding and that he is currently the President and CEO.
– Acts 26:24-25
Here's some more relevant information. Ave Maria Radio's programs are carried by 160 stations and reaches an estimated 800,000 people a week. The "Kresta in the afternoon" program is Ave Maria's "flagship national production". And Ave Maria Radio claims to be "the largest producer of Catholic radio programming in the United States."
So that tells me two things. One, that Father Frank can't possibly have found a bigger soap box to stand on to defend himself in the Catholic world than this, with the exception of EWTN where he has his own weekly pro-Life show. And two, Al Kresta wants us to know that he fully supports Father Frank in his struggle to maintain his full-time ministry at Priests for Life.
The interview is available online. There is an archive at Ave Maria, but I couldn't get that link to work for me. But I found the same show posted on Al Kresta's blog which is where I found the following YouTube recordings of the show. The interview lasts for 40 minutes and answers many of the questions that people have been asking around the Catholic blogosphere. So if you are really interested in learning the answers, then it's well worth a listen.
Of course this is a one-sided discussion because we don't have the participation of Bishop Zurek. But that is by his own choice. He immediately disappeared after his letter became public. And he left no publicly available information as to his whereabouts. He simply announced that he would be out-of-town for two weeks.
Here is the interview.
Thursday, September 22, at 9:15am ET Father Pavone will be the guest on Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo. This is another show that originates from Ave Maria Radio. It is also carried by EWTN radio. There is more information about Father Frank's upcoming media schedule in his newsletter which is dated September 19.
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Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.