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CTS Publisher’s Desk

Welcome to CTS Publisher’s Desk, the podcast for Catholic readers where we discuss important Catholic issues with CTS authors.

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Praying the Our Father in Lent - With Carl E. Olson

In this first episode of the new season, we discover the significance of praying the Our Father during Lent, as we talk to CTS author and editor of Ignatius Insight, Carl E. Olson. Learn how praying the Our Father can deepen your appreciation of the Eucharist, and how it reminds Christians that we are not made for this world. Carl E. Olson is the author of Praying the Our Father in Lent, available to order from CTS. 


16 Feb 2021

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How can faith improve mental health?

The current pandemic has brought the issue of mental health to the realm of public conversation, but what role can faith play in struggles with mental health? Fr Billy Swan, a regular contributor to Word on Fire and a parish priest in Ireland, explores this issue in today's podcast, examining saints who suffered from mental health problems, the impact of Christian faith on mental health, and the hope that faith has to offer. Fr Billy Swan is the author of the CTS publication Finding God: Faith and Mental Health and a priest of the Diocese of Ferns in Ireland. He holds a degree in chemistry and worked for a number of years for a pharmaceutical company before entering seminary. He was awarded a Licentiate and Doctorate in Systematic Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome and served for four years as the Director of Seminary Formation at the Pontifical Irish College. He is currently based at St Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Fr Swan is a regular contributor to the Word on Fire blog and has a deep interest in the relationship between faith and science, the New Evangelization, early Irish Christianity and priestly formation.


14 Nov 2020

Rank #2

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Helping Young People Discover the Catholic Faith - With Fr Michel Remery

How do you help young people discover the Catholic faith? Fr Michel Remery, who is responsible for Youth Ministry in Luxembourg, explains how to combine both the digital continent and the physical world to bring the Catholic faith alive for young people, while relating his own experiences of sharing his own enthusiasm for the faith with young people.  Fr Michel Remery is the author of the CTS book Online With Saints. Click here to order and find out more.


19 Oct 2020

Rank #3

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Why does the Directory for Catechesis Matter Today?

What is the Directory for Catechesis and why does it matter for us today? Discover why this new Vatican Document is relevant to our modern culture and its particular value for catechists and schools in this interview with Dr Petroc Willey. Dr Willey is Professor of Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, formerly worked at the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham, and is one of the Consultors for the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, which promulgated the new Directory.


12 Aug 2020

Rank #4

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Spreading the Gospel in the Modern World - With Hannah Vaughan-Spruce

What does catechesis look like in our ever-changing world? We chat to Hannah Vaughan-Spruce, CTS author of "A Handbook for Catechists", about the new Directory for Catechesis and the importance of the changes made since the last edition. What does catechesis look like in a digital culture? How can catechists facilitate an encounter with God? Why is it important to have catechists who have experienced the love of God in their lives? What is the role of parents, grandparents, and godparents in catechesis? We explore these questions and more! ----------  As well as being the author of A Handbook for Catechists, today's guest Hannah Vaughan-Spruce is the Executive Director of Divine Renovation UK, the author of the Confirmation course Transformed in Christ, and a study on why Catholics leave the Church.  ------------  Order your copy of the Directory for Catechesis here: https://bit.ly/38RW2Cx Get A Handbook for Catechists here: https://bit.ly/32ggPhU


20 Jul 2020

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Catholics and Our Common Home - With Sr Margaret Atkins

As we celebrate the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis' encyclical on caring for the environment Laudato Si, we talk to Sr Margaret Atkins, author of Catholics and Our Common Home, about Laudato Si, whether the Catholic Church is doing enough to care for the environment, how Catholics should feel about the impact of technology on the environment, and whether Laudato Si casts light on the COVID-19 crisis.  Get your copy of Laudato Si and Catholics and Our Common Home here: https://bit.ly/2BaD1P2 ----------------------------------------------  Sr Margaret Atkins is a member of the community of Augustinian Canonesses of the Mercy of Jesus. After studying Classics and Theology, she taught Theology at Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds, before joining her community in 2005. She has a very long-standing interest in the relation between faith and ecology, and published her first CTS pamphlet Must Catholics Be Green? in 1995.


17 Jun 2020

Rank #6

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What is the Ordinariate? - With Fr James Bradley

Today we're talking to Fr James Bradley, a priest of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, about the Ordinariate and what it means to be part, the difference between the Ordinariate and Anglicans who converted prior to Pope Benedict’s Anglicanorum Coetibus, how the Ordinariate preserves Anglican patrimony including in music, the gift of the vernacular in the liturgy, and the future of the Ordinariate.Fr James Bradley is Assistant Professor of Canon Law at the Catholic University of America and was until recently priest in charge at the parish of the Holy Family in Southampton. He has degrees in Music, Theology, and Canon Law, and is a long time collaborator with and friend of the CTS. CTS has been a great supporter of the Ordinariates and we have published all the liturgical books of the Ordinariate Use of the Roman Rite including the Divine Worship Missal, the Book of Occasional Services and most recently the Book of Pastoral Care of the Sick and Dying.


21 May 2020

Rank #7

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Whatever Happened to the Year of the Word? - With Fr Robert Taylerson

At the end of last year, the Bishops of England and Wales launched a special Year of the Word. In this episode, we talk to Fr Robert Taylerson about all things Scripture, including the importance of St Jerome, how to choose a translation of the Bible, how God speaks to us through Scripture today, Lectio Divina and more. Fr Robert Taylerson is a parish priest in Birmingham Archdiocese and a Lecturer in Spirituality at Maryvale Institute. Get your copy of Year of the Word: The God Who Speaks leaflet by Fr Robert Taylerson here: https://bit.ly/yearofthewordleaflet


13 May 2020

Rank #8

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How to Attend the Extraordinary Form With Dr Joseph Shaw

In this episode we talk to Dr Joseph Shaw, Chairman of the Latin Mass Society, about the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. Dr Shaw talks about what you're supposed to do when attending the Extraordinary Form, how to engage with the Mass, whether you need to understand Latin, veiling, and why we should be proud of the Traditional Latin Mass. Get your copy of “How to Attend the Extraordinary Form” by Dr Joseph Shaw now: https://bit.ly/3cZbLk9


29 Apr 2020

Rank #9