The Art of Catholic with Matthew Leonard
About This Show
Join internationally-known Catholic author and speaker Matthew Leonard for joyful, passionate (and often humorous) explanations of the deep truths of the faith, as well as interesting interviews with Catholic luminaries. This is the art of living. This is the Art of Catholic. MatthewSLeonard.com.
Most Recent Episode
068: Left…Right…Catholic: Solving the Problems of Environment, Economics, & Morality
This podcast has never shied away from “difficult” issues. I’m about to prove that again.
We’re going to talk about nature. And by that I don’t just mean creation. I also mean human nature. My guest is Dr. Ben Wiker, author an incredible new book titled “In Defense of Nature: The Catholic Unity of Environmental, Economic, and Moral Ecology.”
He’s a genius at showing how the respect and care for one, necessarily leads to the respect and care for the other…and vice versa.
If that sounds all (tree)huggy/feely, trust me…it’s not. I’m not that guy. (I haven’t even worn Birkenstocks since the 90s.)
What we’re talking about is a massive issue between Left and Right, Liberal and Conservative.
To bridge the gap, this episode exposes the fact that there is real unity in nature, unity between the physical and spiritual realms.
And that unity has consequences.
(If that seems obvious to you, just wait. I’m betting that you’re going to have some serious “Holy Toledo!” moments during this episode.)
Among other things Dr. Wiker and I discuss:
* What is catholic ecology? (Yes, I intended a small “c”.)
* Who was Francis Bacon and why his bacon should be cooked
* The connection between landfills and sin (Not gonna lie. This one threw me at first.)
* The evil underbelly of (the religion of) recycling
* How contraceptive principles actually apply to food
* a.k.a. “Why you’ll never look at Fruit Loops the same way again”
* Why sometimes what’s good for the economy is not good for you
This is an episode that doesn’t pull any punches.
But it does provide a common foundation from which we can approach a very serious and damaging divide. So put a bowl of granola in one hand and a gun in the other, lean back, and enjoy!
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