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36: St. John Paul II and Ronald Reagan: The Friendship That Changed History—Dr. Paul Kengor

Most people are unaware of the mutual admiration and friendship John Paul the Great had with President Reagan. With differing on Christian teachings, they were acutely aware they had the same Teacher. Both survived close-up attempts at assassination, both immediately forgave their attackers, and both were passionate about bringing down the godless Soviet Communist leviathan that Reagan tagged, “the evil empire.” Their partnership, based on moral authority and transcendent truth, did bring...

Duration: 00:49:08

35: Why Capital Punishment is Justified–Edward Feser

Fog of confusion has settled over the Catholic Church on a number of fundamental teachings in the last 50 years. This is the certainly the case with capital punishment. Countless Catholics have been led to believe that “the death penalty” is morally equivalent to abortion, and many documents from the episcopal level have appeared urging Catholics to vote against laws supporting it. The late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin of Chicago tried to square the circle with his “seamless garment”...

Duration: 00:51:31

34: Forced Speech Comes to Canada? Dr Jordan Peterson and Senator Don Plett

The question mark is facetious. More and more men of good will around the world are waking up to what happened on June 2017. That was the day Bill C-16 got Royal assent and became law in Canada. It adds “gender expression” and “gender identity” as a protected ground to the Canadian Human Rights Act and to the Criminal Code provisions dealing with hate propaganda, incitement to genocide, and aggravating factors in sentencing. Trans-lation? Misgendering someone (say, a “non-binary” or...

Duration: 01:07:11

33: Marxism vs Catholicism, with Tim Stanley

British historian, journalist, and broadcaster Tim Stanley sees connections among ideas and movements. Take the modern conservative movement, for instance. He produced a documentary for the BBC titled How Marx Made the Right in which he credits Karl Marx as a major causal factor in the rise of the Right in the 20th century. In this interview, you’ll gain insight into life as a Catholic convert working in the public maw of secular Great Britain (or the “U.K.” as the more nondescript...

Duration: 00:56:40

How the Natural Law Sort of Explains Everything—John Lawrence Hill

It’s the moral law written in your heart. It’s thing you can’t not know. And it underpins civil law and morality. It’s the natural law. Starting with the Greeks, and “baptized” by St. Thomas Aquinas, natural law is the fundamental way that we operate morally. Rooted in God’s eternal law, natural law has to do with what rational beings must do, and avoid doing, to perfect themselves. This can get pretty nerdy fast. Fortunately, this episode’s guest (a former atheist who became a Catholic...

Duration: 00:45:01

31: Let’s Drop the “Gaydentity” Label with Dan Mattson

It’s the third rail of both the world and the Church. Anyone who touches it risks social electrocution in the form of the argument-stopping (?) accusation of bigotry and hatred. It’s homosexuality. Regarding homosexual behavior, the teaching of the Catholic Church, following the Bible, is abundantly clear. Implementing it in a human and pastoral way, however, can be a challenge. Dan Mattson’s up for it. Drawn into the gay lifestyle for many years and rescued by the bracing message of...

Duration: 00:44:37

30: Fake vs. Real News from “the Vatican” with Edward Pentin

Fake vs. Real News from “the Vatican” with Edward Pentin The mainstream media love to quote “Vatican sources,” or “the Vatican,” or “the Holy See today said…” What is “the Vatican” and who speaks for it? I sat down with, to my mind, the best Vaticanista journalist writing today, Edward Pentin, the British-born Rome correspondent for The National Catholic Register, and author of The Rigging of a Vatican Synod: An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the...

Duration: 00:45:04

29: How Art Became a Tool for Political Correctness With Sohrab Ahmari

Iranian-born atheist Sohrab Ahmari has had an unlikely path to the Catholic Church, He announced his intentions to convert upon learning that Father Jacques Hamel was murdered on the altar of his quiet Normandy parish church in July 2016, and was received into the Church some months later. Ahmari is a London-based editorial writer and editor for the Wall Street Journal, and he has a new book that will help you understand how modern art (really post-modern, but you knew that) became...

Duration: 00:44:10

28: Marcus Daly– Mercy and the Denial of Death

Marcus speaks with a quiet authority, with the air of a contemplative craftsman. Founder of Marian Caskets, his avocation in life is now his family business. He makes beautiful wooden caskets. Moved by the funeral rites of Pope John Paul II in 2005, particularly the plain wooden casket of the late great Holy Father, Marcus took on a life of service to the bereaved and, by his intercession as he works, the deceased themselves. He joined me to talk about the carved messages in these...

Duration: 00:47:28

27: My Parents' Divorce Still Hurts, with Leila Miller

We live in an age of divorce parties, Hallmark Cards that celebrate divorce, and sit-com plots that revolve around the “hilarious” hi jinx that ensue when the ex comes over. The necessary premise for this age is the notion that kids don’t really suffer because of divorce, not really, right? The kiddos are resilient, right? Mommy and daddy were so unhappy, until that boo boo was fixed, right? Wrong, says author and married mother of eight, Leila Miller. The 70 courageous men and women in...

Duration: 00:46:51

26: Dana Gioia-The Great Poetry Revival

Dana Gioia is a poet, a librettist, the Judge Widney Professor at the University of Southern California. As the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Dana was unanimously confirmed twice by the Senate to lead the NEA from 2003 through 2009. He has been given ten honorary degrees and won numerous awards, including the 2010 Laetare Medal from Notre Dame University. In 2015, Gioia was named the Poet Laureate of California by Gov. Jerry Brown. This is one of those conversations...

Duration: 01:06:41

25: Todd Komarnicki- Confessions of a Hollywood Writer

Todd Komarnicki is a natural raconteur. He knows well how to distill vast amounts of story information into a resonant format that, well, works. This skill has been honed over many years and helps explain why he’s a sought after screenwriter and movie producer (start the list with Elf, Resistance, and Meet Dave). His latest film is Sully, directed Clint Eastwood, starring Tom Hanks about Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, the “miracle on the Hudson” pilot. Another of his films it the...

Duration: 00:39:07

24: A Secular Jew Comes to Christ

I’ve been watching and listening to Andrew Klavan for a few years and always admired his communication chops. He has something to say and he says it well. Two of his novels have been adapted into movies, True Crime, directed by Clint Eastwood, and Don’t Say a Word starring Michael Douglas. In the interview you’ll find out how and why he came to Christ; the unique challenges faced by Jewish finders of Christian truth; and why commentary on culture is more important today than ever. Few...

Duration: 00:40:30

23: Adam Minihan and David Niles: On Being a Catholic Man

There’s manhood, and then there’s Catholic manhood. How does the Catholic adjective condition the manhood subject? In this free-wheeling interview with the creators of the popular new podcast, The Catholic Man Show, co-hosts Adam Minihan and David Niles explore the seldom navigated waters of the ways in which the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Faith brings virtue and courage to men today. The feminist movement was in some ways a reaction to the fact that me were getting an F in...

Duration: 00:41:01

22: Archbishop Charles Chaput: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia speaks with the same direct, guile-free way he writes. As a pastor of a large American city, he knows his audience: They are largely post-Christian, cynical about “organized religion,” and don’t abide clichés and easy grace. Archbishop Chaput (pronounced SHAP-you) is also a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi tribe, the second Native American to be consecrated a bishop in the United States and the first Native American archbishop. You might say...

Duration: 00:35:52

21: Father George Rutler on church music: Back to the Future?

If you’re like me, you enjoy complaining about bad church music. Whether it’s the stuff the Glory and Praise collections, or the St. Louis Jesuits, or the Marty Haugen/David Haas Monster – most of what passes for hymns of Christian worship at suburban parishes today is dreck: saccharine, sentimental, and syrupy, not to mention mostly unsingable (unless you have vast experience belting out Broadway power ballads). Well, there is good news, and Father George Rutler announces it in his new...

Duration: 00:31:58

20: The Enduring Perils of Divorce With Dr. Diane Medved

God says he hates divorce (Malachi 2:16). Jesus tells his followers that Moses only permitted divorce because of the hardness of their hearts, and that divorce and remarriage constituted adultery (Matthew 19). Yet our culture has become more and more pro-divorce since no fault divorces laws were first passed (under Gov. Ronald Reagan in 1969). Divorce has lost its stigma. Dr. Diane Medved has written a comprehensive antidote to the “grass is greener” propaganda with her latest book, Don’t...

Duration: 00:32:17

19: Smart Phones: Our Kids’ Drug of Choice With Dr. Nicholas Kardaras

Smart phones have given rise to a nation of zombies. You see them everywhere, staring vacantly at their glowing screens in restaurants, amusement park line-ups, in churches, park benches, and family dining room tables. In his book Glow Kids, Dr. Nicholas Kardaras has laid his finger on a growing problem that few are willing to tackle let alone diagnose and treat. Some people even argue that glowing screens might even be good for kids as a form of interactive educational tool. This...

Duration: 00:45:44

18: Father Sean Kilcawley - The Spiritual and Emotional Costs of Porn Use

Father Sean speaks with a firm, quiet authority about pornography. It’s not just because he’s a priest of the High Priest Jesus Christ, nor that he’s the Theological Advisor to Integrity Restored (www.integrityrestored.com). It’s also because, starting at a very young age, he got ensnared by the shiny darkness of compulsive porn use. His counsel is therefore personal, experiential. In this revealing interview, he recalls the disturbing but ultimately healing experience of meeting a former...

Duration: 00:46:37

17: Clay Olsen: Fighting the New Drug Called Porn

Clay Olsen is a man on a mission. The organization he cofounded and now leads, fightthenewdrug.org, is dedicated to education young people of all ages understand the nature of pornography addiction but also the emotional and social harms occasioned by even “moderate” or “occasional” porn use. FTND is not faith-based and doesn’t rely on religious principles to engage the phenomenon. It’s all about the science of how porn affects the brain and the quality of relationships. And it is filled...

Duration: 00:32:33

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