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A podcast all about Catholic ministry and life, with a slight bias towards youth and young adult ministry. Join Jack Regan and Lizzie Wakeling for polite seasoned banter on a variety of different topics. Get in touch on Twitter/ Facebook @CatholicBants

A podcast all about Catholic ministry and life, with a slight bias towards youth and young adult ministry. Join Jack Regan and Lizzie Wakeling for polite seasoned banter on a variety of different topics. Get in touch on Twitter/ Facebook @CatholicBants


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A podcast all about Catholic ministry and life, with a slight bias towards youth and young adult ministry. Join Jack Regan and Lizzie Wakeling for polite seasoned banter on a variety of different topics. Get in touch on Twitter/ Facebook @CatholicBants




#19 - Don't Baptise Your Grandchildren in the Bath!

Jack & Lizzie start their new series on the sacraments by looking - quite naturally - at Baptism. What is it? And how does it change us? What does it mean to be baptised people? The book Jack mentioned isn't called 'What's in a name?' at all, but rather The Power of the Name, by Kallistos Ware


#18 - Trump, Mandela, God's Love, and a Few Other Things

Jack and Lizzie continue with the Discovery Course from CCO. They also talk about Trump, Biden, politics, Covid, Snow and why Lizzie's mic sounds funny. Enjoy...


#17 - Who Needs a Plan Anyway?

In a rare unplanned episode, Jack and Lizzie discuss vaccine ethics, Catholic humour, ecumenical councils, 'Catholic guilt' and the Primary of Conscience. Note that this episode was recorded before the new Covid rules were announced and Lizzie (poor Lizzie!) was put in to Tier 4. To get in touch we are @CatholicBants on Twitter or Facebook. Here's the stuff we mentioned: Unvirtuous Abbey Facebook Page O Come, Emmanuel (Folk Angel)


#16 - Totally and Utterly Fratelli Tutti

This week, Jack and Lizzie discuss the latest Encyclical from Pope Francis. Yeah, it's like a really long letter where the Pope teaches us stuff - and this one's really good. It's got a lot to say about the world we live in. So, sit back as Jack and Lizzie talk about Francis, Trump, Biden, Nukes, War, Politics, and - of course - banter! Here's the YouTube video Jack was on about!


#15 - The Overwhelming, Never Ending, Reckless Love of God

We're back! Admit it - you've missed us, right? In this first episode of the new season, Jack and Lizzie go through the 'Discover Course' from CCO and talk about the Love of God. Despite the title, the episode isn't actually really about the aforementioned Cory Asbury song, but here is the video Jack refers to.


[Summer Break]

Just a quick one to explain that we're on a summer break and we'll be back in September with some great new content. To be honest, that explanationpretty much nails it, but you should probably listen to this very short trailer anyway. I mean, it's only six minutes of your life, it makes us look more popular and, you know... banter! Have a good summer you lovely people. As ever, we're on Facebook/ Twitter @CatholicBants and if you're feeling lovely, go give us a nice Five Star review!


#14 - Six Days a Priest (with Father Tom Kent)

In possibly our most awesome episode yet, we're joined by a brand new priest. Father Tom Kent was ordained on Saturday July 11th, just six days before we recorded. He sat down to speak to us about his journey, his training, what it's like being a priest and whether (as Jack suggested) he looks at bread in a different way now he's got the power to turn it in to Jesus..? A really moving interview, and a great insight into faith and priesthood! As ever, get in touch on Twitter or Facebook...


#13 - More Stuff That's Wrong (Mythbusters, Part Two)

This time, we take a look at some common myths about the Catholic Church that we might hear from our non-Catholic-but-still-Christian friends. Do we worship Mary? Do we think confession is like a carwash? Do we think the bible doesn't matter that much? Do we think there's a scorecard up in Heaven? The answer is clearly NO. Wanna see how we get there? As ever, get in touch on Twitter or Facebook @CatholicBants and if you're feeling nice, go give us a Five Star review.


#12 - So Darn Holy (Our Favourite Saints)

This week, Jack and Lizzie talk about sainthood and a few of their favourite saints. These are the guys and girls we talk about: The big ones: St John Paul II St Bernadette St Therese of Lisieux St Michael the Archangel St Philip Howard St John Bosco And the ones we briefly touched on: St Clement of Alexandria St Wilfrid St Augustine St Thomas Aquinas St Dymphna St Blaise (not spelled 'blaze' as Jack thought when he was typing this!) St Anthony St Catherine of Sienna St...


#11 - Things That Are Wrong (Mythbusters, Part One)

Join Jack and Lizzie as they take apart some commonly held - yet totally untrue - assumptions about the Catholic Church. Did the Church help Hitler? Do we hate the gay community? Is the Church full of abusers? Are we anti-women? I mean, it's not the most laugh-out-loud episode, clearly, but hopefully still worth your while. As ever, get in touch on Twitter or Facebook - @CatholicBants, and if you're feeling nice head to the iTunes store (or wherever) and give us a Five Star review. Here's...


#10 - When Love Conquered Death (Proving the Resurrection)

Jack and Lizzie talk about whether or not we can prove and defend the resurrection. I mean, we can, of course, but it's kinda fun seeing how they get there! They also talk about what it means to have a relationship with the Risen Christ, and a few other random things like escape rooms! As ever, get in touch on Twitter @CatholicBants and if you feel like it, give us a nice 5* review. Here's the stuff we mention: The Chosen The Remote Escape Room The Art of Forming Young Disciples Pope...


#9 - When We Pay It Forward (Evangelisation - with Father David King)

This week, we're joined by our first guest, the brilliant Father David King, who gets in on the banter and talks to us about life as a priest in the lockdown, about his journey to faith and, most of all, about evangelisation. How can we reach other people and let them know how amazing this whole Jesus thing is? What is evangelisation really about? And, what do vampires have to do with it all? Hit play and find out! As ever, get in touch on twitter @CatholicBants, and if you're feeling nice...


#8 - When JPII Drops the Mic (Theology of the Body)

Join Jack and Lizzie as they bite off way more than they can chew in an unusually theology-heavy podcast looking at Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body. What does it mean to be human? Why do we have bodies? What is sexuality really all about? And how does that link to the Trinity, the Church, the Incarnation, and, well basically everything!? As ever, get in touch on Twitter @CatholicBants, and if you like this stuff, why not do us a sold and give us a nice Five Star review so that we...


#7 - When Man Plays at Being God (Ethics, basically...)

Following on from the last episode on Faith & Science, we take a look at some of science's darker accomplishments and how we decide which tools to use, which to use sparingly, and which to keep in the drawer. It's a good one. I mean, I'm biased, but still... We look at things like 'double effect', abortion, nukes, warfare, drones, AI, and a few other bits. We also have our usual random banter that holds the whole thing together like UHU! Here is the book Jack was talking about -...


#6 - When Faith and Science Make Friends

We're celebrating the fact that we're still in lockdown by asking if faith and science are compatible..? I mean... (spoiler alert...) they are. They totally are. But it's worth having a listen to see how we get there! Also - check out 'Easter Journey 2020' a beautiful set of reflections for young people, which Lizzie is involved in - One more thing before I hit 'Publish'. A small mistake in the pod - Einstein had nothing to do with the 'God of the...


#5 - When the Church went on lockdown

In this - shorter than usual - episode, we reflect on what it means to be a Catholic Christian in this time of Covid-19, Lockdown, and online Mass streaming. We try to look for the positives, try to help you to make sense of it, and offer a few tips for staying connected and looking after yourself and each other. Yes, even amid a global pandemic, there is still time for banter! As ever, if you want to get in touch @CatholicBants This is the YouTube channel we mentioned where Jack watched...


#4 - When we invest in young people, awesome things happen

This week Jack and Lizzie shamelessly retreat into very familiar territory as they talk about youth ministry. What is youth ministry? Who is it for? What's working? What's not? And who is likely to win this year's Champion's League. Okay, well not the last one, but definitely the others. Enjoy! As ever, you can get in touch by Emailing or by reaching out on Twitter @CatholicBants, or just by talking to us since we're guessing most of our listeners right now are people...


#3 - When we sing, we pray twice

For Episode 3, we’re talking about songs. Mostly Christian ones, but we’ve thrown in a few wildcards as well. If you want to get in touch, we’re on Twitter @CatholicBants. Here – before you ask - are the songs we discuss with some links. Enjoy… Our God Reigns - Daughter of God - Bread of Life - How Great Thou Art, Sounds of Salvation -...


#2 - When we read, we get a bit smarter

We're back for Episode 2, and we're talking about books! Catholic books, Christian (but not Catholic) books, and books that make us think. Follow us on Twitter @CatholicBants Here, in no particular order, the books we discussed... Rebuilt, Fr Michael White and Tom Corcoran Forming Intentional Disciples, Sherry Weddell Divine Renovation, Fr James Mallon Renew Your Wonders, Damian Stayne Mass Exodus, Stephen Bullivant Building a Discipling Culture, Mike Breen Sexual Morality in a...


#1 - When Lizzie met JP2

In this first episode, we look at all things World Youth Day. As 2020 approaches, Catholic youth officers the world over will be starting to prepare for the tri-annual (ish) Catholic mega festival, so what better place to start.