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27 minutes | Jan 24, 2022
David Closson: Amid all the confusion, what is your worldview?
"Every philosophy of life, every worldview, every religion has to answer four basic questions: Why is there something rather than nothing? What's gone wrong in the world? Is there any hope? Where is all this headed?" said David Closson, director of the Center for Biblical Worldview at the Family Research Council, which is based in Washington, D.C. "Increasingly, even those who would call themselves professing Christians don't understand those basic questions. And that's one of the reasons we have the Center for Biblical Worldview. It's to remind pastors and to remind churches, and Christian parents, why they have to take this job of discipleship very seriously." See resources from Closson, including "Year in Review: 10 Stories from 2021" and "Biblical Principles for Pro-Life Engagement." Follow him @DavidClosson on Twitter.
27 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
Brock Martin of FOCUS: The goal of SEEK22 is to foster Christian community
“The truth is, every single human being has been created by God for a relationship with Him. So the more the world tries to strangle out that reality, the brighter somebody saying, 'Hey, you were created to be unbelievably incredible, you were created to be a great saint' — the more that truth rings true in men's and women's hearts," said Brock Martin, director of regional evangelization for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). FOCUS “is a Catholic collegiate outreach whose mission is to share the hope and joy of the gospel with college and university students,” according to the Colorado-based organization, which cites a presence on more than 160 college campuses across the U.S., plus international locations. Its SEEK22 conference takes place online Feb. 4 — 6, with registration details at seek.focus.org. Follow @FOCUScatholic on Twitter, and the hashtag #SEEK22.
27 minutes | Jan 12, 2022
Michael Lichens: What we can learn from Marian apparitions
Marian apparitions are "proof positive, right there — in the flesh, so to speak — that God didn't just make us and leave us alone. He is still involved in us and His mother still prays for us," said Michael J. Lichens, editor at Catholic Exchange and the editor of the recent book, "The World of Marian Apparitions: Mary's Appearances and Messages from Fatima to Today" by Wincenty Łaszewski (Sophia Institute Press). Lichens also discusses the care taken by the Church in evaluating and approving apparitions.
27 minutes | Jan 6, 2022
Joey Pontarelli: In divorce, the kids are not O.K. and here’s why
“Intuitively, a lot of people know that divorce is this ugly, painful thing. But so often we focus more on the parents who are going through the divorce (rather) than the children. When it comes to the children, the cultural belief is that, 'They'll be fine, they're resilient.' The truth is: they won't be fine and they're not as resilient as you think,” said Joey Pontarelli, founder and president of RestoredMinistry.com and author of "It's Not Your Fault: A Practical Guide to Navigating the Pain and Problems from Your Parents' Divorce." See also a Denver Catholic interview in 2021 with Pontarelli, "Ministry seeks to help children of divorce become ‘Restored.'" Follow him @RestoredHelp on Facebook.
27 minutes | Dec 29, 2021
Cathy Ruse: Parents fight back — radical Sex Ed in schools (Part 2 of 2)
“Today's Sex Ed is anti-human, I argue. It goes against what is best for the human person. And, of course, it's a lie. The truth is, every child is born in exactly the right body. Institutionalized, politicized sex education can never replace a healthy dialogue between parents and their children about the goodness and beauty of married love. Every person is made in God's image and likeness, unique and unrepeatable. We are created for each other, male and female, by God's design, to cooperate with Him in creating new life," said Cathy Ruse, Esq., who gave the Gospel of Life Presentation on Oct. 22, 2021, at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish in Centennial, Colo. The event was sponsored by Respect Life Denver. Listen to Part 1 of the podcast at this link. For the full video presentation, go to https://vimeo.com/639728100. Ruse is a "longtime governor of the Ave Maria School of Law and has been a frequent lecturer for the Blackstone Legal Fellowship," according to her biography at Dominion Law Group LLP.
27 minutes | Dec 23, 2021
Cathy Ruse: Parents fight back — radical Sex Ed in schools (Part 1 of 2)
"And that's when I learned that right down the street a spiritual battle was raging over the bodies and souls of the next generation. And the sexual left was winning. And the other side, my side, wasn't even on the battlefield. But I am convinced, thanks be to God, that that is about to change," said Cathy Ruse, Esq., who gave the Gospel of Life Presentation on Oct. 22, 2021, at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish in Centennial, Colo. The event was sponsored by Respect Life Denver. For the full video presentation, go to https://vimeo.com/639728100. Ruse is a "longtime governor of the Ave Maria School of Law and has been a frequent lecturer for the Blackstone Legal Fellowship," according to her biography at Dominion Law Group LLP. Hear a previous Respect Life Radio interview with Ruse, titled, "Kids as lab rats in a Sex Ed social experiment."
27 minutes | Dec 16, 2021
Christopher Bedford: Fighting for freedom while under siege
“We have all the tools to resist this kind of thing, all the tools to understand that we're children of God, not just cogs in a machine that fit into your scientific database, all the tools to say that, 'No, our church will remain open...,'" said Christopher Bedford, senior editor at The Federalist, who recently wrote an article titled, "How COVID Lockdowns Handed Global Warming Extremists The Tools To Crush Freedom." Bedford is also a founding partner of RightForge.com and author of "The Art of the Donald: Lessons from America's Philosopher-in-Chief" (Threshold Editions). Follow him @CBedfordDC on Twitter.
27 minutes | Dec 9, 2021
Casey Chalk: How to help Christians persecuted in Muslim lands
"We need to view the persecuted Church as our brothers and sisters in Christ. When we go to Communion, we can remember them, we can unite our prayers to their prayers, and their sufferings before Christ. The more that we do that — and really make...a spiritual communion of it and devote our prayers to it — the more that we will recognize them as those who are certainly deserving, not only of our prayers, but all the help that we can muster," said Casey Chalk, a contributor for publications including The Federalist, and author of "The Persecuted: True Stories of Courageous Christians Living Their Faith in Muslim Lands" (Sophia Institute Press). Hear a previous Respect Life Radio interview with Chalk, "How 'woke' parenting feeds kid's victimhood." Follow him at CaseyChalk.com.
27 minutes | Dec 2, 2021
Ralph Martin: Misunderstanding the mission of the Catholic Church
"It's easy to get the impression these days that the main thing the Catholic Church is concerned about is getting people vaccinated or climate change or the Amazon, things like that," said Ralph Martin, president of Renewal Ministries. "Quite honestly, the primary mission of the Church isn't to save the Amazon, it's to save people from hell. It's to boldly proclaim Jesus Christ as the Savior of the whole world." Martin, a professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, is the author of books, including "A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward" (Emmaus Road Publishing). He recently posted a video commentary, "A Startling Warning from a Surprising Source," regarding remarks from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Hear a previous Respect Life Radio interview with Martin, "The biggest crisis in the world revealed."
27 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
Katie Gorka: The great parent revolt and what comes next
"It just seems like some of our teachers and administrators and school board members have become so arrogant about their role and feel that they can supersede the role of the parents. And so we are seeing just tremendous pushback," said Katie Gorka, director of the Feulner Institute’s Center for Civil Society and the American Dialogue at The Heritage Foundation. Her commentaries include "Solving the Civics Crisis Begins at Home," as well as "Healing the Family and Saving the Country" and "The Great Parent Revolt." Follow her @GorkaKatie on Twitter.
27 minutes | Nov 18, 2021
Exorcist Msgr. Rossetti: Go to confession to cast out demons
"If there's anyone listening to this who has not been to confession recently, you should definitely go...The most powerful thing that the Church offers to cast out demons is the confessional. Plus Mass, of course, and the Eucharist. So, go to confession," said Monsignor Stephen J. Rossetti, Ph.D., author of "Diary of an American Exorcist: Demons, Possession, and the Modern-Day Battle Against Ancient Evil" (Sophia Institute Press). According to his online biography, he "has been an exorcist for the Archdiocese of Washington for over 12 years. He is a priest of the Diocese of Syracuse and is also the President and Founder of the St. Michael Center For Spiritual Renewal," which features his Exorcist Diary.
27 minutes | Nov 11, 2021
Jennifer Bauwens: What it really means to follow the science
"We're hearing all the time in the media, 'Follow the science, follow the science.' But the reality is that a lot of the people who are saying that aren't actually following the scientific method and the tenets of the scientific method. So, I wanted to unveil the mystery behind what science actually is, and talk about what constitutes good science from bad science," said Jennifer Bauwens, Ph.D., director of the Center for Family Studies at the Family Research Council. She recently published an issue analysis, "Follow the Science: Does Anyone Know Where We Are Going?" (Part 1 of 2).
27 minutes | Nov 4, 2021
Christopher Malloy: Fancy theology could get you to hell
"Just stick with the Catechism, that's what Cardinal Burke's been saying... Fancy theology could get you to hell...Good theology that's fancy or sophisticated, that's fantastic. But a lot of it just wants to be cool," said Christopher Malloy, Ph.D., associate professor of theology at the University of Dallas and author of "False Mercy: Recent Heresies Distorting Catholic Truth" (Sophia Institute Press). Follow him @cmalloy70 on Twitter.
27 minutes | Oct 28, 2021
David Ditch: The trouble with Pres. Biden‘s budget
"One of the things this bill really wants to do is to enact a federal micromanagement of as many sectors of the economy as possible," said David Ditch, a policy analyst in the Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget at The Heritage Foundation. Among his recent columns is "Biden’s Absurd 'Zero Cost' Claim—$3.5T Is Real Money and It’s Coming Out of Your Pocket." Follow him @DavidADitch on Twitter.
27 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
John Martignoni: Helping Catholics learn and defend their faith
"First and foremost, my target are the Catholics because Catholics don't know their faith as well as they should, on average," said John Martignoni, founder of Bible Christian Society, longtime former host of EWTN Radio's Open Line and author of Blue Collar Apologetics (Sophia Institute Press), as well as director of the Office of New Evangelization and Stewardship for the Diocese of Birmingham, Ala. "I use the hook of, 'Hey, I can teach you how to answer those questions that you've been getting from your non-Catholic brother-in-law or your neighbors or your coworkers.'" For more, see a recent EWTN Bookmark show with Martignoni and his Bible Christian Society Facebook page.
27 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Katherine Beck Johnson: Optimism that Roe v. Wade will fall
The U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming review of a 2018 Mississippi law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks "very much has the potential to undo all of the damage that Roe (v. Wade) and Casey (v. Planned Parenthood) have done and we are incredibly optimistic about it," said Katherine Beck Johnson, an attorney who is research fellow for legal and policy studies at the Family Research Council. Beck's recent commentaries include "Explainer: What is Happening with Texas' New Pro-Life Law" and "Mississippi Boldly Leads the Fight to Overrule Roe." Follow her @_katherinebeck on Twitter. The Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council also has available a publication, "The Best Prolife Arguments for Secular Audiences." More than 62 million "Babies Have Been Killed in Abortions Since Roe v. Wade in 1973," according to LifeNews.com, based on estimates from the National Right to Life Committee.
27 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
Timothy Gordon: A Christian feminist is a contradiction in terms
The patriarchy "is Christianity in a very real sense. So, when feminists say they want to do away with the patriarchy — down with it — or Marxists say this, of any stripe, they're talking about Christianity. And the funny part is, Christians and Catholics and conservatives being the great losers we are...culturally...we don't know it that when they say, 'Hey, down with the patriarchy,' they're talking about Christianity. But they do," said Timothy J. Gordon, author of "The Case for Patriarchy" (Sophia Institute Press). Follow him @timotheeology on Twitter.
27 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Frank Cronin: How to know that God exists, without exception
"The truths of the Church are truths, they're not just 'the Church truths.' They have worked this out, not only from a faith standpoint, but from a factual standpoint. One of the startling realities can be that: not only do I know that God exists, but I can prove it...factually and without exception. When you hear the case, you cannot disagree with this. All you can do is deny it. It's right there. It's so clear," said Frank Cronin, author of "The World According to God: The Whole Truth About Life and Living" (Sophia Institute Press). Learn more about Cronin's book and his reversion to the Catholic faith by watching his interview on EWTN's "The Journey Home."
27 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
Andrea Picciotti-Bayer: Civil liberties hinge on religious freedom
"Our civil liberties hinge on our respect for religious freedom," said Andrea Picciotti-Bayer, an attorney focused on civil rights and director of the Conscience Project. "These ideologies demand conformity; they don't allow for dissent. And in that respect, it's very contrary to the American tradition of pluralism and allowing for vibrant debate and disagreement on a range of issues. If you don't allow that, and if people's voices who are inspired by faith are silenced, we've really got a totalitarian situation brewing right now." Picciotti-Bayer is a legal analyst for EWTN News and columnist for the National Catholic Register, with which the Conscience Project has launched the "Religious Freedom Matters" podcast. Follow her @BayerPicciotti on Twitter.
27 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
Fr. Brian Mullady: Receiving and retaining God‘s grace
"For a person to be fully alive, as a human being, grace is absolutely necessary," said Father Brian Mullady, O.P., author of books, including "Grace Explained: How to Receive — and Retain — God's Most Potent Gift" (Sophia Institute Press). "One of the reasons I wrote the book is because [in] giving parish missions around the country, I found out that most Catholics are clueless now as to what sanctifying grace means for them...The Council of Trent was very clear that said justification by grace means the forgiveness of sins, yes, but also the sanctification and renewal of the interior person. So they don't realize they can have a relationship or friendship with the Holy Trinity."
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