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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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Cover image of The Patrick Coffin Show | Interviews with influencers | Commentary about culture | Tools for transformation

The Patrick Coffin Show | Interviews with influencers | Commentary about culture | Tools for transformation

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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.

Rank #1: 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
48 mins
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Rank #2: 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 #3: 22: Archbishop Charles Chaput: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World

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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 he comes from a non-immigrant family.

I spoke with him about his latest book, Strangers in a Stranger Land: Living the Catholic Faith In a Post-Christian World, a sort of follow-up to the thesis he laid out seven years ago in First Things journal essay, “Catholics and the Next America.” That America is here. Ignited Catholics eager to spread the gospel…not so much.

Chaput has been called “alarmist” by the usual suspects in the lamescream media. Christian realist is more accurate. As Christian leaders go, His Excellency is hard-headed and soft-hearted, not the other way around. You’ll find this a conversation worth sharing after you enjoy it yourself.

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May 09 2017
35 mins
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Rank #4: 02: Michael Medved: Is God a Co-Founder?

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Was the founding of America a matter of random political and military forces, or was God in the "design mix"? If so, how directly? Michael Medved, author and national radio host provides example after example of Providence in rise of the Republic.

Feb 01 2017
50 mins
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Rank #5: 19: Smart Phones: Our Kids’ Drug of Choice With Dr. Nicholas Kardaras

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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 interview will shed light on the causal connection between smart phone use and school shootings, lethargy, and general anger management issues (notice how kids react when their visual drug is taken from them!) Parents, teachers, and pastors, listen up!

Apr 18 2017
45 mins
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Rank #6: 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.

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Oct 24 2017
42 mins
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Rank #7: 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)

 

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

 

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Nov 13 2018
1 hour 49 mins
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Rank #8: 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
46 mins
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Rank #9: 140: This Irish Woman vs Google—Gemma O’Doherty

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I don’t know what it is about courageous people who stand up for the truth of things come what may—including being banned, censored and lied about—but I’m drawn to them. 

Gemma O’Doherty is one of them. 

The multi-awarded Irish journalist and filmmaker, and foundress of Anti-Corruption Ireland, has made a career going after said corruption in the Garda (national police force), the Government, and the intertwining among these institutions and the Church, or in her words, “the cosy cartel that exists between the press, power, and the police in this country.” 

To this day, she has never run out of material. 

Given the Golden Boot Award from The Irish Independent, Ireland’s largest daily newspaper (owned by Clinton crony billionaire Denis O'Brien), Gemma took to YouTube, with the same unPC tenacity that characterized her style.

And then parent company Google took both her channels down for violations of—wait for it—corporate “hate speech” rules. This can happen when you a) are a practicing Catholic, b) won’t be boxed into a single “conservative” box; and c) have a thing or two to say about uncontrolled immigration.

Aug 06 2019
1 hour 42 mins
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Rank #10: 23: Adam Minihan and David Niles: On Being a Catholic Man

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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 manhood. Unfortunately, the proverbial baby was chucked with the famous bathwater and men today need to hear the differenced between true authority and false authoritarianism -- which is the difference between servant leadership and tyranny.

Adam and David are real mensches, young dads, and they play well off one another. I know you’ll enjoy this exchange of manly ideas and ideals.

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May 16 2017
41 mins
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Rank #11: 31: Let’s Drop the “Gaydentity” Label with Dan Mattson

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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 chastity, Mattson’s story is living proof of a number of things: that one’s deepest identity is as a son or daughter of God the Father, not as a “gay person;” that no one is exempt from the call to chastity, which frees us from the slavery of impurity; and that the Church is very close to those with same-sex attraction.

Dan, a professional musician, tells his riveting, powerfully honest story in Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay: How I Reclaimed My Sexual Reality and Found Peace  and in this interview, he expounds on the important details. Dan Mattson subverts all the stereotypes, with his joie de vivre and earthy sense of humor. I recommend that you share this one with friends, family members, and pastors who are looking for a winsome presentation of an authentic Catholic anthropology regarding homosexuality.

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Jul 11 2017
44 mins
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Rank #12: 32: How the Natural Law Sort of Explains Everything—John Lawrence Hill

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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 in 2009) is gifted at breaking natural law down into bite-sized morsels.

 John Lawrence Hill teaches constitutional law at Indiana University, and has a new book titled After the Natural Law: How the Classical Worldview Supports Our Modern Moral and Political Values

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Jul 18 2017
43 mins
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Rank #13: 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
44 mins
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Rank #14: 71: What Is a Real Man? Gordon Dalbey

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I have been reading Rev. Dalbey’s books with great profit since the mid-90s. One of the first Christian leaders to address the crisis of masculinity, Dalbey has laid his hand on an urgent and increasingly obvious problem: men don’t know how to be men.

The source of the problem is multiform: the throwaway divorce culture, the failed Sexual Revolution, the epidemic of pornography, bad or non-existent modeling from one’s own father, and a sense of shame that gets covered over by excessive pride.

What is your relationship like with your father? How has it contributed to the man you are, for better or worse? Did your dad teach you how to pray? Talk to you about sex in a healthy way?

Do you struggle to be real—in all that that implies? How has a rules-based approach to religion insinuated itself into your relationship with Christ our Savior?

Gordon Dalbey has your back, and most probably understands your heart.

 

In this interview, you will learn:
  • How the enemy likes to foment confusion about manhood and masculine identity.
  • Why so many men fall for the false substitutes of portfolio size, power, and pornography, and how to find a way out
  • What the Bible says about the meaning of “male and female He made them” (Gen 5:2)
  • The ways in which the father, not the mother, instills and imparts male identity in young boys
  • The source of the war over “gender” and how to recognize the error at the heart of it
  • A way of renewing your faith in God as Father and Christ as divine Brother
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Apr 17 2018
45 mins
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Rank #15: 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
49 mins
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Rank #16: 41: Answering the Lies about “Hitler’s Pope —Ronald Rychlak

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 Venerable Pope Pius XII was the pope from 1939 to his death in 1958, straddling an extremely dangerous and unstable time in modern history. He was universally lauded as a hero after World War II for his brave and often risky strategy to counter the reckless Reich machine controlled by Adolph Hitler. Many Jews in particular wrote glowing tributes to this Pope, born Eugenio Pacelli.

But a funny thing happened in 1963. A mediocre communist playwright named Rolf Hochhuth came out with an off-off-off Broadway play called The Deputy in which the Holy Father was portrayed as the Fuhrer’s lackie.

That was the beginning of a PR campaign to smear the late great pope’s person and legacy. Professor of Law at Ole Miss, Ron Rychlak has specialized in telling the truth and countering the bold lies about Pope Pius XII. Rychlak’s work has been praised by an eclectic array of scholars and leaders, including the Jewish Gary Krupp and Rabbi Eric Silver.

If you’ve ever been tongue-tied when you hear solemn nonsense about “Hitler’s Pope,” this is the interview for you. Professor Rychlak has written or edited books that make good use of his legal mind with lots of meticulous research, including the very readable, Hitler, the War, and the Pope

No one has a better grasp of the facts, and your grasp will get stronger after hearing this.

Enjoy and share!

Sep 19 2017
41 mins
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Rank #17: 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
51 mins
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Rank #18: 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
43 mins
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Rank #19: 33: Marxism vs Catholicism, with Tim Stanley

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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 nomenclature goes) and into the importance of participating in the process of public story telling, which is another way of describing the media’s “news coverage” function: facts + value = story.

Tim earned his PhD in history at Trinity College, Cambridge, and has taught US history at Sussex, London and Oxford. Reticent to be called conservative, he says,  “I prefer traditionalist - the Amish seem to know what they're doing.” Either way, he speaks clearly about the need to preserve the foundations of the great thing called western civilization.

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Jul 25 2017
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Rank #20: 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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Feb 05 2019
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