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The Patrick Coffin Show podcast features weekly interviews with A-list influencers and outliers in the effort to recover the Judeo-Christian roots of the culture. Patrick is the Canadian-born former host of Catholic Answers Live, and he has raving fans around the world. He injects these fascinating interviews with his own distinctive blend of depth and levity. If you’re tired of politically correct mediaspeak, you want to see God back in the public square, and you’re not allergic to having a laugh, this is the place to be.

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The Patrick Coffin Show podcast features weekly interviews with A-list influencers and outliers in the effort to recover the Judeo-Christian roots of the culture. Patrick is the Canadian-born former host of Catholic Answers Live, and he has raving fans around the world. He injects these fascinating interviews with his own distinctive blend of depth and levity. If you’re tired of politically correct mediaspeak, you want to see God back in the public square, and you’re not allergic to having a laugh, this is the place to be.

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Rank #1: 61: Dr. Jordan Peterson On Catholicism, Suffering, Evil, and the Origin of “Bucko”

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Jordan Peterson has been called “the most influential public intellectual in the Western world right now” by the New York Times, “the world’s most sought after psychologist” by Psychology Today, and “rock star” by most every other pundit—admiringly by fans, sarcastically by critics.

Whatever he is, Jordan Bernd Peterson is crushing it. As of this writing, his YouTube channel has close to 800,000 subscribers; his videoed lectures on the interface between psychology and the biblical narrative are virally shared; his Patreon account snags over $70,000 per month; and his live lectures and debates sell out everywhere.

But what recently supercharged his notoriety (?) was his patient take-down of England’s Channel 4 presenter Cathy Newman during a contentious interview about the so-called gender pay gap. If you missed that slow-motion car wreck, it’s here. As of this writing, it generated over six million views and pushed a worldwide audience in his direction very quickly—and providentially, just in time for the release of his new book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.

In this interview (my fourth with him, the first in person), I get into some of the questions I many of my listeners have had about his worldview. Is he a Christian? Agnostic seeker? Lapsed Catholic academic trying to climb back home? We go there.

Peterson’s Bible exegesis approaches the sacred text from surprising angles, mainly drawn from Jungian insights into archetypes and mythopoetic interpretations of the events and players of salvation history. He is a gifted storyteller with an intense way of getting to the inner truths of the outer stories.

If you’re looking for black and white answers that bear the whiff of complete certainty, try a dogmatic theologian. Peterson is acutely allergic to tossing out glib answers to questions he believes need to be deeply pondered before wading into premature answers. In sense, many of his lectures seem to be orally delivered first drafts of something he might write down later and polish. He clarifies his own thinking as he goes.

For people (especially mothers and fathers) who are concerned about the aggressive neo-Marxist social engineering on college campuses and about the rise of the dictatorship of relativism, Peterson’s courage and perseverance in the face of intense pushback from defenders of the academic status quo is downright inspiring.

12 Rules for Life is not short, and is not for everyone. His eponymous rules embody the kind of tough love messaging that was common in say, pre-1960s America. In a post-modern era of politically correct bromides beloved by feminists and their beta male cheerleader, Peterson offers strong lye, albeit peppered with an offbeat sense of humor. He knows that some medicine now and again needs a spoonful of sugar to go down.

 

In this episode, you will learn
  • How his role in the battle for free speech in Canada with the passage of Bill C-16, which criminalized “misgendering” someone, ended up launching his new career as a social critic and surrogate father to millions of millennials.

  • Why PTSD is as much about the realization of the evils of which one is capable as about life-threatening experiences one has had.

  • His thought process in analyzing the foundational miracle of Christianity, the Resurrection of Christ.

  • The ways in which the West is still in something of a hangover from Soviet Communism.

  • How suffering can be an introduction to experiences of profound meaning and sensitivity to the pain of others.

  • The enduring influence of his father (and former teacher) Walter Peterson.

  • Why failing to speak up against evil is far more costly than actually doing so.

 

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Feb 06 2018

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Rank #2: 89: Dear Troubled Catholics—Dr. Ralph Martin

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The Grand Jury Report, released on August 14, destroyed any residual belief that the “long Lent of 2002” was somehow “a thing of the past.” It is devastating, and essentially concludes that the Catholic Church is a criminal syndicate that exists to protect the predators who lead it. This on the heels of the Theodore “Uncle Ted” McCarrick scandal, and the Chilean bishop scandal (badly botched by Pope Francis), the collosal problem of homosexual corruption in Nicaragua under Cardinal Maradiaga, and sundry financial malfeasance.

Catholics everywhere are disgusted, demoralized, and prone to feelings of despair.

Enter Dr. Ralph Martin with a prescription of hope. He wrote a perceptive and, I believe, prophetic, Letter to fellow troubled Catholics in the newsletter put out by Renewal Ministries, of which he is the president. What is needed—badly—is a sense of perspective and hope. Not “optimism,” not “moving forward,” and certainly not “lamenting the tragedy.”

It’s not a tragedy. It’s a series of sexual crimes and sins that cry to heaven for vengeance. Where is the Lord Jesus in all this? Ralph Martin, seminary professor, writer, and TV/Radio host, and longtime renewal leader, cuts to the quick.

 

In this episode you will learn:
  • How to frame the scandal in its historical context
  • What the scandal is really about (hint: it’s not “pedophile priests”)
  • The need to double-down on prayer and fasting for the Church
  • Why we need to stop “protecting the Church’s image”
  • Why this crisis resembles the way God punished faithless Israel
  • The main reason for hope as we survey the wreckage

 

Resources recommended in this episode:

Dear Troubled Catholics letter from Ralph Martin

The Fulfillment of All Desire by Ralph Martin

Crisis of Truth: The Attack on Faith, Morality and Mission in the Catholic Church by Ralph Martin

 

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Has this series of scandals led you to deepen your relationship with Christ? If not, why not?

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Aug 21 2018

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Rank #3: 04: Dr. Jordan Peterson vs Political Correctness

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Where does free speech end and totalitarianism begin? Don't buy into the ever-expanding variety of new pronouns for transgendered or “non-binary" persons? Learn the cost of standing up to the PC bullies with Dr. Jordan Peterson.

Feb 03 2017

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Rank #4: 152: Hauntings, Possessions, and Exorcisms—Adam Blai

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Perhaps because of movies like The Exorcist and TV shows like Ghost Hunters, one wonders if more people believe in demons than in angels.

Demonologist Adam Blai has devoted his life to training exorcist priests and lecturing on the different levels of demonic activity: temptation, oppression, infestation, and (the much rarer) possession. His sometimes harrowing experiences are found in his book, Hauntings, Possessions, and Exorcisms, which is part autobiography and part field manual.

The devil and his angels are real, but they are on a strong leash held by Jesus Christ. We need the grace of Christ to ask for more virtue, and greater faith, so we can live daily in victory over our common enemy.

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Oct 30 2019

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Rank #5: 34: Forced Speech Comes to Canada? Dr Jordan Peterson and Senator Don Plett

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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 “trans person”) in Canada is now against the law, alongside hate propaganda, and incitement to genocide. Its defenders are playing a game called antics with semantics as to whether it compels speech. We’ll see what the real world punishments are soon enough.

I sat down with the highest profile critic of Bill C-16, University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson, and Sen. Don Plett of Manitoba, one of the few Canadian Senators who opposed the bill’s passage. Was this bill adequately debated? How does it manifest Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mandate to institutionalize what is essentially a totalitarian impulse? What’s really going on here?

In this two-guest conversation, Dr. Peterson and Sen. Plett tell us what might constitute the next right step in abolishing and rolling back the effects of the law that imposes an extremist agenda on 9.75% of Canadians. America, you may be next.

Elections matter, almost as much as culture.

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Aug 01 2017

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Rank #6: 92: Has Pope Francis Changed the Church?—Ross Douthat

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Sep 11 2018

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Rank #7: 29: How Art Became a Tool for Political Correctness With Sohrab Ahmari

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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 corrupted by identity politics and hard Left messaging. The book is titled The New Philistines  and if you’re looking for the answer as to why beauty is not (primarily) in the eye of the beholder, this is a conversation worth hearing. Theatre, movies, books, painting, even architecture: art is now mainly driven by PC-driven concerns.

So much of contemporary art is ugly, politicized, and incoherent. And that’s supposed to be its charm!

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Jun 27 2017

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Rank #8: 46: Can You Prove God Exists? —Dr. Edward Feser

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A recent Pew Research Center poll found that the number of atheists has doubled in the United States. Atheism is definitely in the rise.

Is God’s existence a matter of faith only? Is there a way we can come to a certain knowledge of God apart from the Bible or the Church’s teaching?

If you have friends or family who say they stopped believing in God, this is the interview to share with them. Philosopher and writer Dr. Edward Feser is the author of The Last Superstition, Aquinas, and other books of philosophy. This special episode of The Patrick Coffin Show, taped before a live audience at St.John the Baptist church in Costa Mesa, CA.

In this episode, you’ll learn:
  • The right questions to ask atheists
  • That there are strong reasons for believing in God apart from divine revelation
  • Science itself cannot disprove God
  • How to really listen to the atheist objection and provide a great answer in reply

Dr. Feser is the man that professor emeritus of Oxford, Dr. Richard Dawkins, does not want to debate. You can see why in this lively exchange. Feser is sharp, clear, funny, and engages the issues in a way that resonates with young people especially.

Resources mentioned in this episode: Other recommended resources:

Don't miss next week's episode: Part II of this event -- the robust Q&A session afterward!

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Question of the week:

  • What tone should we adopt when talking to an atheist?

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Oct 24 2017

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Rank #9: 114: The Slow Death of Manhood—Dr. Taylor Marshall and Timothy Gordon

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Self-described feminist singer Paula Cole had a hit single in 1996 titled “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone,” in which she bemoaned the dearth of real men (“Where is my John Wayne; where is my prairie song; where is my happy ending; where have all the cowboys gone?”)

Something happened to men in the last 50 years. They stopped being men and became guys, and now, in tragic numbers, feckless soy boys.

Dr. Taylor Marshall and Tim Gordon of the smashing TnT podcast (Taylor Marshall and co-host Tim Gordon) and YouTube channel join me to talk about the death of men and how it has affected the behavior of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. What would a resurrection of men look like?

 

In this episode you will learn
  • Why we need to stop validating the word feminism (namely its toxic meaning) with some kind of nice adjective, like “Christian feminism,” “new feminism.”
  • The roots of the crisis of masculinity
  • How this crisis manifests itself in the disappointing behavior of so many priests, bishops, and cardinals
  • Why the biblical analogy of Christ as Bridegroom and the Church as Bride remains the fundamental truth of the relationship between the sexes
  • The basic distinction between masculine and feminine, and why the sexes are not “equal” but complementary.
  • The true meaning of submission in Ephesians 5 and why it doesn’t mean subjugation

 

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What do you think is the best one-word synonym for masculinity? Femininity?

Feb 05 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #10: 165: The Devil vs Rules for Discernment—Dan Burke

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Dan Burke lives life literally on the edge of life. The author and former COO of EWTN News (and founder-director of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation) has suffered many life-threatening maladies resulting in hospital trips, surgeries, and sundry set-backs.

He teaches the art and science of spiritual direction and appreciation of the Catholic mystical tradition for ordinary Catholics, including seminarians and priests. In a sense, Burke is on a mission to help people understand that the spiritual battle is real, and rages daily in and around us. How equipped are you for this battle?

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Jan 28 2020

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Rank #11: 36: St. John Paul II and Ronald Reagan: The Friendship That Changed History—Dr. Paul Kengor

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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 down the Soviet Union and all its pomps and works. Yes, there were other players in that drama, and one of them is Ven. Fulton Sheen. Another is Our Lady of Fatima.

That’s right. Fatima. As you’ll find out, not only did President Reagan learn about Fatima and its prophetic message about the spread of Russia’s errors from his dear friend the Polish Pope, he (Reagan) identified his life work in some way as being involved in a divine plan, which he nicknamed “DP.”

The fascinating details are found in Kengor’s definitive double biography, A Pope and President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20the Century.

This is a really interesting conversation with a natural born story teller and historian, Paul Kengor, complete with plenty of sidebar excursions into Things Sheen.

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Aug 15 2017

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Rank #12: 40: From Ex-Gay Porn Actor to Catholic Street Evangelist—Joseph Sciambra

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Joseph Sciambra says porn made him gay. At least, it was a major causal factor in his dark journey from shy Catholic kid to appearing in amateur gay porn and doing degrading things in leather bars. Joseph has told his story to anyone, any media outlet, willing to listen. Including Howard Stern, on whose raunchy show Joseph appeared as a guest in 2013.

But Catholic media? Not so much. Perhaps that his backstory is so dark and raw, that the redemption part of the story takes longer to land. Perhaps it’s that Sciambra is committed to focusing laser-like on the astonishing inroads made by LGTB activists in parishes and dioceses across the country.

Few writers provide as much brutally candid insights into the homosexualist movement, the bodily, psychic, and spiritual wounds that attend homosexual acts, and the widespread failure of Catholic leaders to acknowledge the room’s neon elephant.

In this interview, you’ll learn a new way to approach the “gay topic” from someone who is committed to reaching those still in the lifetstyle through his street ministry, “Jesus Loves Gay Men.”

Three questions for you to ponder and comment below,

-Why do you think he’s found it hard to get invited to Catholic conferences when evangelicals are willing to collaborate with his ministry?

-What are you thoughts on how the “LGBT” agenda has been so successful in embedding itself at the diocesan level in places like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Newark, NJ?

-Have you ever thought you faced a seemingly insurmountable obstacle to success — yet somehow found a way?

Find out more at his blog/website, www.josephsciambra.com.

Sep 12 2017

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Rank #13: 105: Staunching the Church Bleed—Dr. Taylor Marshall

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Before we get too rah-rah about the “springtime for Christianity” and “the new evangelization,” we need to pay attention to the truth of things. On the ground. Right now. It’s grim. Each year, six times as many Catholics leave the Church as enter it.” By the age of 24, those that leave are already gone and invariably don’t come back. The reasons vary.

Dr. Taylor Marshall, founder of the New Saint Thomas Institute, has not only crunched the numbers but devised a practical solution to this ecclesial bleed out. It’s called Catholic Life Prep. Parents and their teen-aged kids now have a one-stop-shop resource that hits the problem of CFL (collegiate faith loss) head on and provides a massive counter-response of faith, reason, and evangelical passion. Do NOT miss this one.

 

In this episode you will learn:
  • The leading cause of young people losing the Faith
  • The historical context for the bleed-out
  • Why parents should not blame themselves (unless they shirked their duty to hand on the Faith)
  • The role of both natural law and Scripture to answer objections to the Catholic worldview
  • Why fathers are indispensable to the process of passing on the truths and the example of the Faith
  • What kinds of intellectual tools professors use to destroy students’ Christian faith and how to counter them

 

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Dec 11 2018

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Rank #14: 12: Dr. Anthony Esolen: Who Burned Down the Culture, Why, and Now What?

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Tony Esolen speaks with the urgency and verbal economy of a prophet. No words are wasted and the point of the conversation is ever before him. The professor of Renaissance English Literature and the Development of Western Civilization 

at Providence College in RI, is a translator and a sage of things cultural and authentically Catholic. He’s also a connoisseur of classic movies.

Following a strong series of articles and books on marriage, sexual sanity, and Catholic social teaching, his latest book is titled Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture.

And what a wallop it packs.

Our interview used the themes and arguments in the book as jumping off points for a discussion that ranged from the long journey from boy-to-manhood to the origins of the culture crisis, to the evergreen problem of Why Johnny Can’t Read. Few writers today combine erudition with humor, insight, and a Christian spirit.

Feb 28 2017

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Rank #15: 101: Setting The Record Straight—Milo YIiannopoulos

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It’s been over a year since professional polemicist Milo Yiannopoulos more or left public life after losing three gigs in a row: his Breitbart editor position, his Simon & Schuster publishing deal (for his book Dangerous), and his plum CPAC speaker slot.

A massive plummet from the heights of internet fame (infamy?)

So what really happened? What did he say on those 2015 and 2016 podcasts that surfaced last February? More importantly, what did he mean? And does he have any regrets?

Milo, like probably 99% of the population, Catholic or otherwise, has gaps between what he professes and what he lives. St. Paul describes the phenomenon well in Romans 7:19, “For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.” Certainly, going ahead with an attempted marriage to his boyfriend puts him at odds with the teaching of the Catholic Church.

He has a new book out titled, Diabolical: How Pope Francis Has Betrayed Clerical Abuse Victims Like Me—and Why He Has To Go. Many of his followers, and obviously his enemies, want to know why someone who is Openly Gay [™] and civilly married to his boyfriend is qualified to criticize the Pope. They also want a close look at the man himself, in his own words, as distinct from the hysterical rumor mill about him.

 

In this episode you will learn:
  • Milo’s childhood Catholic roots and the origin of the surname Yiannopoulos
  • The facts about his abuse at the hands of a priest, who since committed suicide
  • How he manages to reconcile his homosexual lifestyle with the Church he professes to love
  • What his real opinions are regarding homosexuals
  • Why he is passionate about “Making the Vatican Straight Again” (a chapter in his book)

 

Resources recommended in this episode:   Question of the week

In what ways do you make the perfect the enemy of the good?

 

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Nov 13 2018

1hr 49mins

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Rank #16: 162: From Chaplain to the Queen to Catholic Convert—Gavin Ashenden

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His official title was Honorary Chaplain to the Queen (QHC), kind of a big deal for any Anglican clergyman. Then Rt. Rev Gavin Ashenden held the position from 2008 until 2017, when he left following, inter alia, a public liturgical reading in a Glasgow cathedral from the Quran that denied the divinity of Christ. 

A good Protestant, he protested. And then he parted ways with the established church.

The rest of the story is told in this interview with England’s highest-profile Catholic convert, received into the Catholic Church in December 2019.

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Jan 07 2020

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Rank #17: 88: The Fascinating Rise of the Horror Genre—Dr. E. Michael Jones

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Ever wonder about the origins of scary movies and disturbing novels? E. Michael Jones, founder and editor of Culture Wars www.culturewars.com magazine and the author of over a dozen books on Catholic faith and culture, locates the horror genre in the chaotic wake of the Enlightenment.

The first horror novel is considered to be Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Or the Modern Prometheus. Most people are unaware of the severely dysfunctional, occultic, and thoroughly Enlightenment family context in which Mary Shelley was raised and into which she married (her family history and that of her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley’s read like a bad novella).

These people embraced the political and sexual revolution ignited by the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. Bad consequences were the result. Much of this trauma and chaos got internalized by writers and artists and the horror genre was born, beginning with Frankenstein and then extended by Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

 

In this episode you will learn:
  • Why the hidden history of horror in film and fiction is tied to revolution, first, the French, then the Russian, and then the Sexual Revolution
  • How artists who rationalized their own sexual misbehavior told stories that covertly revealed the cost of disobeying the dictates of conscience
  • The connection between The Creature of the Black Lagoon (1854) and The Shape of Water (2017)
  • The role that abandonment from the Christian, hence reasonable, view of sexual expression played in the rise of the horror films of the 70s and 80s
  • The way in which many horror films are actually highly moralistic
  • How Dracula is a reworked version of Christianity (hint: it’s all about the meaning of blood—shedding vs sucking)

 

Resources recommended in this episode:

Monsters From the Id: The Rise of Horror in Film and Fiction by E. Michael Jones

Libido Dominandi: Sexual Liberation and Political Control by E. Michael Jones

Degenerate Moderns: Modernity as Rationalized Sexual Misbehavior by E. Michael Jones

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Aug 14 2018

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Rank #18: 73: Does the Church Hate Gays? Father Mike Schmitz

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You may have seen Father Mike in one of his popular Ascension Presents video commentaries. His topics—delivered in his energetic and telegenic style—tend toward what’s currently trending but he always anchors his subject (living together, chastity, celebrity culture, movie and TV examples, etc.) in the timeless teachings of the Church. From what I can see, there is no topic territory that is off limits, including the teaching on homosexuality—the forbidden topic par excellence in today’s climate of political correctness and confusion.

Which brings me to this week’s episode, in which Father Mike and I talk about his new book, Made For Love: Same-Sex Attractions and the Catholic Church https://amzn.to/2J8Ikxj. It’s all about balance, understanding, and having the courage to put the focus where it belongs: on compassion that is yet unafraid to speak the truth.

The issue of homosexuality has been massively co-opted by the secular media and by so-called pro-gay factions with Christianity. The result is widespread confusion: what exactly is the Catholic teaching? Where is it in the Bible? How to respond to family members and friends who “come out”? Is it possible to be biblically faithful and pastorally attuned to peoples’ real needs?

 

In this interview, you will learn:
  • Why the Church makes the careful distinction between inclination and behavior, or between unbidden temptation and chosen sin.
  • How best to respond to a loved one who a loved one who “comes out” to you
  • How our culture of relativism makes it doubly hard to have a conversation about objective morality, especially when it comes to something this emotion-charged
  • The way in which Father Mike’s relationship with his same-sex attracted brother provides a model for imitation
  • Why identifying as “gay” represents a terrible reduction of the dignity of the human person
  • Why the legal reality of “gay marriage” is best understood as a matter of redefinition and has nothing to do with sexual behavior, per se.
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May 01 2018

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Rank #19: 57: The Truth About Medjugorje, Part I—Donal Foley

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On June 24, 1981, a clear Wednesday afternoon, some young people went up Podbrdo Hill near the small hamlet of Medjugorje in then Yugoslavia. When they came down, they told people they saw “the Gospa,” (Croatian for “Our Lady”). A few more joined them, and it happened again.

And again. And again.

Today, three decades later, the six teen-aged seers are middle-aged adults and are still getting these visitations with their alleged secrets and signs. A global movement supporting these visions has been selling the phenomenon as real, in the face of the official stance of the Catholic Church.

What is the official stance? What is the truth about Medjugorje? I spoke with British historian and researcher Donal Foley about the whole story behind the visions, about the assessment by the local bishops (and every official commission that ever investigated the seers’ claims), and about the criteria the Church uses to approve or condemn private apparitions.

There are undoubtedly good fruits associated about some of the more disturbingly bad fruits of Medjugorje. We can start with that: there are good fruits, and that is GREAT. There is much more to the story, including some very bad fruits.

His book Medjugorje Revisited: 30 Years of Visions or Religious Fraud? is a must-read for anyone interested in the most popular unapproved apparition in history. It is the definitive account. (Full disclosure: I wrote the Preface).

There are three groups of people on the Medjugorje spectrum: 1) true believer zealots; 2) sarcastic naysayers; and 3) the much larger group in the middle—people who are either on the fence, ignorant of the details, or who don’t care one way or the other. This two-part series is meant for that much larger middle group.

One American theologian told me privately, “Medjugorje is not only unapprovable; it’s a giant tar baby. Whoever touches it gets sticky tar all over himself.” So why am I doing it anyway? Clickbait? Attention? Not even close. As I’m sure my comment box will reflect, that first group, the fanatics—mercifully small in number—will provide lots of “attention,” all of it hostile and negative. They cannot can’t abide any information getting out there that contradicts almost four decades of propaganda.

The Medjugorje Movement dominates the publishing and internet world, fleeces good people of millions of dollars based on half-truths and outright lies, and people have a right to know a fuller account of the story. In the scores of books and websites that peddle the  phenomenon, you will not find references to its serious problems, and so pilgrims are kept largely in the dark. This is a problem.

I have dear friends whom I love and respect who believe the Blessed Virgin Mary continues to appear to the seers. There’s no soft way to say that the Church has never wavered in the official judgment, however, starting with the late Bishop Pavao Zanic, and now Bishop Ratko Peric of the Diocese of Mostar-Duvno (to whom the Church gives the right and duty to judge apparitions). The Latin phrase is non constat de supernaturalitate, meaning, “it is not established that anything supernatural is happening.” It is a negative judgment, and the Church has never wavered in giving it.

Why negative? Medjugorje enthusiasts are quick to claim that it simply means something like, “Wait and see the final approval; in the meantime, go there so you, too, can discover that the Blessed Mother is appearing.” That logic won’t work, for the same reason that if a man asks a woman to marry him and she replies, “Let me get back to you” -- that’s a no. He’s only engaged after she says yes.

The fact that more than one commission has been set up by Church authorities stems not from “doubt about the disbelieving local bishop,” nor did the Vatican “take it out of his hands.” The Movement repeats this mantra frequently. The real reason for additional commissions is disobedience to the judgment itself, as the local Ordinaries have been dealing with fanatical attachment to the visions from the get-go.

Despite the spiritual bullying that some of the zealots employ, it is perfectly fine for Catholics to disbelieve the claims of Medjugorje, as even approved apparitions like Fatima and Lourdes are not binding on the faithful.

As this is being written, the results of the investigative Ruini Commission (chaired by Cardinal Camillo Ruini of Rome and initiated by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009) have been on the desk of Pope Francis for two years. A rumor floated around the internet last year that the Commission is set to approve “the first seven” apparitions—a rumor based on information leaked to a pro-Medjugorje Italian journalist)

In addition to my interview this week with Donal Foley, interested readers need to read this summary regarding that first week in late June, 1981, compiled by Bishop Ratko Peric. The summary is based on the taped interviews with the seers. It’s devastating evidence against the claims of Medjugorje, particularly the first seven apparitions.

Please note that this is not an “anti-Medjugorje” position. It’s a pro-Catholic one. As with most disputes in the Church, this one is about authority. The legitimate authority of the local bishop, His Excellency Ratko Peric, has been rejected, derided, and, in one instance, through a physical attacked. Not exactly a good fruit.

I pray this conversation with Mr. Foley will be of great value to you and I highly recommend his comprehensive book on the matter, and also his Marian Apparitions, the Bible, and the Modern World.

 

In this episode you will learn
  • The long history of disobedience by the Franciscans serving in the local Diocese.
  • The official judgment of the Church, what it means, and why it is so.
  • The disturbing, occultic elements of the visions of Medjugorje you won’t read about in pro-Medjugorje websites and books.
  • Why ex-Franciscan friar Tomislav Vlasic, the original self-described spiritual director of the seers, was defrocked in 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI (this is the man of whom “the Gospa” told the seers, “Thank Tomislav very much for he is guiding you very well. Go in the peace of God, my angels!” —February 28, 1982)
  • Why the Church does not bind the faithful even to approved private apparitions.

 

Resources mentioned in this episode

Marian Apparitions, the Bible, and the Modern World by Donal Foley 

Medjugorje Revisited: 30 Years of Visions or Religious Fraud? By Donal Foley 

The Medjugorje Deception: Queen of Peace, Ethnic Cleansing, Ruined Lives by Dr. E. Michael Jones

VERY IMPORTANT TO READ: Bishop Ratko Peric, the local Ordinary has compiled the following summary of the first week of apparitions here:

http://md-tm.ba/clanci/first-seven-days-apparitions-medjugorje

 

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Jan 09 2018

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Rank #20: 159: How to Distract-Proof Your Brain—Nir Eyal

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Do you find yourself distracted all day by the pings and dings of your smartphone, by the lure of that Amazon Prime movie, or hilarious kitten videos on YouTube, or your favorite news commentary, or the funny pages, or making a hot coffee before you “really get down to work”?

Stop me if this sounds like you, because it certainly sounds like me.

Fortunately for the distracted brethren of this world, a practical guide to distract-proofing your brain is now available. New York best-selling author Nir Eyal has put 5 years of research into one place.  It's called Indistractible: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life.

Nir does not spout platitudes or make generalizations. He provides practical tools that build the kind of habits that enable you to stay on task and to use your time wisely and deliberately. Lots of objective data to back it all up as well.

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Dec 17 2019

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