Halloween is Catholic. Halloween was instituted by the Catholic Church despite the popular mis-historical theories of its origin.Â Halloween is a slang word for All Hallows Eve. In other words Halloween is the Vigil of All Saints Day, a very ancient Catholic Holy Day that originally honored Catholic Martyrs.Â In recent centuries our Halloween rituals have become debased by a secular overlay of horror movies and a tradition of destructive behavior. This podcast sets the record straight and concludes with a suggestion of how our parishes might revive the authentic devotional heart of Halloween.
There is lots of juicy gossip about the â€śSecret Archivesâ€ť of the Vatican. Do they exist?Â If they do exist what scandalous stories are being concealed by the Catholic Church in these hidden archives? Â Who gets to see them? Do responsible historians have access? Maybe this is one more coverup by the Catholic hierarchy. Listen to a rambling reflection on this subject. This is Part 1. A following Podcast will reveal some surprises about what is stored in the Vatican.
This a an urgent message to those that feel like leaving the Catholic Church because of the current abuse scandal and coverup.Â Even a sinful priest coveys valid sacraments. One cannot leave the priests and yet retain access to Godâ€™s real gift of the sacraments of the Catholic Church.
This is the second part of a podcast that uses forgotten history to explain how the current abuse scandal acts could occur. This is not a defense. It is a dissection, an brief attempt to use authentic but. largely unknown history to reveal some of the root causes for these sins that have marred the reputation if the Catholic clergy.
Those that would leave the Catholic Church because of the current abuse scandal should consider that, in a way, their souls are also their children. Ideally our souls and our children live on after our deaths. What would our child-soulâ€™s future life be like after being denied the sacraments? Even a sinful priest coveys valid sacraments. One cannot leave the priests and yet retain access to Godâ€™s real gift of the sacraments of the Catholic Church. This a an urgent message to those that feel like leaving the Catholic Church because of the current abuse scandal and coverup. Going beyond that message this two part podcast uses forgotten history to explain how such sinful acts could occur. This is not a defense. It is a dissection, an brief attempt toÂ use authentic but. largely unknown history to reveal some of the root causes for these sins that have marred the reputation if the Catholic clergy.
Enjoy a few quiet moments of listening to these peaceful and reverentÂ bits of writing that reveal the matchless Catholic culture at its most reverent and yet most substantial..Â
Included are profound thought of Hildegard von Bingen, John Donne the metaphysical poet, the freshness of Saint Patrick breastplate and the unique Gerard Manley Hopkins.
A devout Protestant minister just observed to me that the Reformation had the good effect, in the 16th and 17th centuries,Â of an unprecedented spread ofÂ Christianity caused by the flight of persecuted Christians from Europe.Â TheyÂ ventured to the New World and other distant regions. Once again the huge achievements of Â Catholic missionaries before 1500 were unknown byÂ a well-educated Christian. Â If you want to feel overwhelmed by the straightÂ record,Â listen to these stories of the early Franciscans, Jesuits, other Â clergy, and one great Catholic layman. They were giants full of courage, toughness, and profoundÂ reverence.
History may not repeat itself but it does rhyme.Â The dilemma of our decomposing culture and our shattered society todayÂ is being fueled by ideologies very similar to the mass insanity that infected the French culture in the zany 1700s. You cannot ignore the past because it isnâ€™t even over.
She is on her way back. Gaia the earth goddess has many followers of late.
But Gaia has another face, a terrifying one. Romantic fantasies about primitive religions are common. One fantasy is thinking there is aÂ benefit from merging all religions. This arises in part because what is commonly believed about various tribal religions is false. There is a false belief in the superiority of the exotic. The concept of the Noble savage is not just false , it is much worse that false. It is a damaging superstition.
Persecution of Catholicism and other religions continues in China. The severity of it is seldom reported accurately by our major news outlets. The record must be known. Listen to the astounding story of Chinese Bishop Ignatius Kungâ€™s mighty faith. He endured a life sentence for his faithfulness to the chair of Peter. Listen to the words Bishop Kung shoutedÂ as he stood before a large stadium of Chinese people who had come to seeÂ him ridiculed and confessing his betrayal of the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China. Listen to his sermon spoken at the end of his life. It was directed to you and me.
Fake News about the Catholic Church appears everyday in our instantly cycling news. Sometimes the best crafted disinformation survives for decades or centuries no matter how often disproven. Â Really delicious lies last. Was there a woman Pope?Â Was Pope Joan real ? Of course not ! Yes, there is a lot of evidence about Pope Joan, all negative. All completely disproving the story. However so many want it to be true that the the lie lives on.
If it wasnâ€™t displeasing enough to our British friends that so much of their â€śEnglish Literatureâ€ť was written by the Irish, now it turns out that Shakespeare was a Catholic ! Wellâ€¦maybe very very probably a Catholic. There is a lot of evidence. Listen to a bit of it. There is also an interview with the brilliant Joseph Pearce who has written several books on this subject.
Â Â Â Unbelievable things do happen. Attila The Hun was a savage and merciless marauder, a tyrant that ruled a tribal empire. During his reign, he was one of the most feared enemies of the Roman Empire,Â What do you think would probably happen when Attila invaded Rome and faced off against Saint Pope Leo I? You might be surprised. Listen to an astounding eyewitness account of a face to face confrontation that changed the course of history.
Castaways, Castaways, Castaways All ! We have been marooned by the retreating tide of Christianity. Our country cannot survive long without its culture. Our culture cannot survive long without its cultâ€¦its Christianity.Â Like the novel Robinson Crusoe we have been edited into a secular version of ourselves.Â A culture that has been deliberately secularized has been eviscerated.
Rewritten and changed into something else! Even inverted !Â The novel â€śRobinson Crusoeâ€ť has been the repeated victim of the literary crime of secularization of a great Christian novel.Â Before the end of 1719, the book had already run through four editions, and it has gone on to become one of the most widely published books in history.Â The original is a powerful story of conversion and redemption. It has been often adapted for movies usually in sadly distorted form. Listen to the eye-opening truth of what happened to â€śRobinson Crusoeâ€ť.
Isabella was praised as â€ś The Catholic Queenâ€ť, or even more praised as simplyÂ â€śThe Catholicâ€ť. It is often said that there was never a more accomplished Queen. Under her rule Spain became the most cultured and advanced country in the world. It had the most sensible and humane justice system. She banned slavery. Under her rule Spain reformed the Catholic Church long before the Reformation thus avoiding the bloody sectarian wars of the rest of Europe. Isabelle was lovely, serene, wise, and devout. She believed in Columbus when few others did, and thus opened up the half of the world to the rescuing gospel of Christ and the gift of salvation through His sacraments.
Women and The Catholic Church. How has the Catholic Church affected the status of women?Â Surprise ! The Catholic Church has done more to elevate the status of women than any other entity in history.Â Isnâ€™t it well known thatÂ the Catholic Church is an old fashioned remanent of inflexible Patriarchy ? Hasnâ€™t the Catholic Church stood athwart the path of the progressive liberation of women blocking the way and yelling â€śStop ! â€ť ?Â Mythbusting again, Chuck brings an authoritatively documented rebuttal of common misconceptions about how it happened that, in some societies, women have risen to take their place as equals today. It was, in great part, the influence of Catholicism.
The Catholic Church has done more to elevate the status of women than any other entity in history. What !!! Isnâ€™t it well known thatÂ the Catholic Church is an old fashioned remanent of inflexible Patriarchy ? Hasnâ€™t the Catholic Church stood athwart the path of the progressive liberation of women blocking the way and yelling â€śStop ! â€ť ?Â Mythbusting again, Chuck brings an authoritatively documented rebuttal of common misconceptions about how it happened that, in some societies, women have risen to take their place as equals today. It was, in great part, the influence of Catholicism.
It's a big surprise to many people when they first hear about the unappreciated accomplishments of monks and monasteries. What a rich inheritance we have received from our cutural ancestors , the monks. This is part 2 of 2 podcasts in which Chuck reveals a whole list of cultural foundations that we owe to the monks.
What Good are Monks? A Protestant friend asked this question and I was rendered speechless. Where do you begin to describe the thanks we owe to monks for the stupendous gifts they gave us? They created and provided a great part of of what we think of as our civilization. They created the university system, the foundations of science, theÂ foundations of modern agriculture, etcetera. Listen and be amazed at this forgotten history. It is a big subject so this is part one of two podcasts.