Setting the Record Straight - My Christmas Gift to you - 12/15/18

December 15, 2018

Change of pace. This is a Christmas-time sharing  of thoughts music, and stories from Chuck Coughlin to the treasurable listeners of breadboxmedia.com.  Want a Christmas spirit recharge? Try Chuck’s Catholic Christmas story, “Cow Music.”.

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Setting the Record Straight - Wayfarer - a Christmas Story - 12/8/18

December 10, 2018

“Wayfarer”. The word literally means someone who travels on foot. Listen to a Christmas story about a mischievous young man who is expelled from Berea college in Kentucky during the Christmas break. He sets out on foot. It is snowing. His life is shattered. He is ashamed, miserable, and not sure where to go. His wandering takes him to a place where he finds the broken  is now unbroken.

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Setting the Record Straight - Colonial America’s Abuse of Catholics - 12/1/18

December 1, 2018

This is our uncomfortable and ignored history. In the British Colonial Empire there was widespread abuse of Catholics. This commonly  included slavery, ethnic and religious cleansing, and even the kidnapping of young Irish Catholic girls to “provide solace for slaveholders”. Incredibly most of the immigrants to the thirteen colonies in the 17th century were white Irish slaves. This widespread abuse in the colonies of Catholics because they were Catholics by the British Theocracy continued for centuries. In the French Canadian colonies an entire population of free Catholics were deported on crowded ships and suffered a 60% mortality rate. Many of the surviving were sold into slavery. Christmas was declared “too Papist” and declared illegal for centuries. Why don’t we recall all this. Perhaps it became impolite to speak of it until now.

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Setting the Record Straight - Giving Gratitude - 11/24/18

November 24, 2018

You may not look like a child anymore, yet there is still a child hiding inside you. Listen with that  child to these brief and poignant Thanksgiving stories. You will find that the people in all of these stories find reasons to be grateful to God. The first few are children’s tales, the last two are for all ages.

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Setting the Record Straight - Mozart A Devout Catholic? It Fits. - 11/17/18

November 17, 2018

Have you ever listened to Mozart? Not the music but what he said in his many letters. Just listen to him! “I have always had God before my eyes!”  And this. "If you thought how lucky were those who received the Eucharist, and at the communion the music spoke in quiet joy from the hearts of those kneeling there . Benedictus qui venit…”.  When he set the words of the Mass to music, he wrote,”…it comes to you and moves your soul!”

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Setting the Record Straight - The Gaucho Priest, The Pope and the Tango - Part Two - 11/11/18

November 12, 2018

The Tango is a dance born from a Catholic sensibility, a balancing of desire against order. It was created in the La Plata region of South America. The Tango was born out of the cultural mix of the Gaucho’s European origins, the Catholic theology of the body, the artistic ferment in the societies of Buenas Aires and Montevideo, and Christendom’s creation of the romantic partnered dance.  All this arose upon the ruins of the New World’s most advanced and literate mission culture, that of the brilliant Guarani tribes that was developed under the nurturing of Jesuits before being destroyed by invasions of slavers.

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Setting the Record Straight - The Gaucho Priest, The Pope, and The Tango - Part One - 11/10/18

November 10, 2018

Gauchito Gil is famous. Who is Gauchito Gil? Shrines to his honor and stories of his miracles are all over Argentina. Is he a saint? Well, sort of.  However just a few weeks ago Pope Francis did cannonize an Argentinian saint, a man known as The Gaucho Priest. What does the Tango have to do with all this…and with Catholicism?  Find out in Part One and Two of “The Gaucho Priest,The Pope, and The Tango”.

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Setting the Record Straight - The Failure of Liberation Theology - 10/27/18

October 27, 2018

In the 1950s and the 1960s liberation theology was practiced throughout Latin American and beyond. What happened? Saint Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI happened ! Listen to their powerful words spoken as they dismantled Liberation Theology. The Church experienced a reformation once again

 

    Liberation theology was is (or was) a synthesis of Catholic Theology and Marxist  socio-economic philosophy that emphasizes  concern for the poor and the political liberation for oppressed classes. That may sound attractive but the problem was  that its practitioners emphasized the  "Preferential option for the poor" over the true mission of the Church which is the more encompassing liberation of mankind’s fallen nature, from sin, though the sacraments.

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Setting the Record Straight - The Wanderin’ Wafayin’ Archives - 10/20/18

October 21, 2018

Charming tales of the early Church can be gleaned from what is left of the Secret Archives of the Vatican. The precious Archives were under constant danger of being stolen or sacked. Some times the Popes had to flee with them on a mule train as is told in the extant “Book Of Mules and Other Conveniences For The Trip Of Paul III To Other Places”. Along the way Chuck relates the story of “Saint Francis and The Wolf of Gubbio”. 

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Setting the Record Straight - Halloween Was Illegal When It Was Catholic - 10/13/18

October 14, 2018

Halloween is Catholic. Halloween was instituted by the Catholic Church despite the popular mis-historical theories of its origin.  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.  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.

 
 
 
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Setting the Record Straight - What Are The Secret Archives Of The Vatican? - 9/29/18

September 29, 2018

There is lots of juicy gossip about the “Secret Archives” of the Vatican. Do they exist? If they do exist what scandalous stories are being concealed by the Catholic Church in these hidden archives?  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.

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Setting the Record Straight - To Those That Would Leave The Catholic Church - Part 2

September 23, 2018

This a an urgent message to those that feel like leaving the Catholic Church because of the current abuse scandal and coverup.  Even a sinful priest coveys valid sacraments. One cannot leave the priests and yet retain access to God’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.

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Setting the Record Straight - To Those That Would Leave The Catholic Church - 9/15/18

September 17, 2018

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-soul’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 God’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 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.

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Setting the Record Straight - Quiet and Reverent Catholic Writing - 9/9/18

September 10, 2018

Enjoy a few quiet moments of listening to these peaceful and reverent  bits of writing that reveal the matchless Catholic culture at its most reverent and yet most substantial.. 

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.

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Setting the Record Straight - Explorers-Adventurers-Anthropologits-Missionaries - 9/1/18

September 1, 2018

A devout Protestant minister just observed to me that the Reformation had the good effect, in the 16th and 17th centuries, of an unprecedented spread of Christianity caused by the flight of persecuted Christians from Europe. They ventured to the New World and other distant regions. Once again the huge achievements of  Catholic missionaries before 1500 were unknown by a well-educated Christian.  If you want to feel overwhelmed by the straight record, listen to these stories of the early Franciscans, Jesuits, other  clergy, and one great Catholic layman. They were giants full of courage, toughness, and profound reverence.

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Setting the Record Straight - Secular Madness vs. The Sacred - 8/25/18

August 27, 2018

History may not repeat itself but it does rhyme.  The dilemma of our decomposing culture and our shattered society today  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 isn’t even over.

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Setting the Record Straight - Ol’Time Religion - 8/18/18

August 18, 2018

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 a  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.

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Setting the Record Straight - How is it for Catholics in Communist China? - 8/11/18

August 11, 2018

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 Kung’s mighty faith. He endured a life sentence for his faithfulness to the chair of Peter. Listen to the words Bishop Kung shouted  as he stood before a large stadium of Chinese people who had come to see him ridiculed and confessing his betrayal of the People’s Republic of China. Listen to his sermon spoken at the end of his life. It was directed to you and me.

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Setting the Record Straight - Was There a Pope Joan? - 8/4/18

August 4, 2018

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.  Really delicious lies last. Was there a woman Pope?  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.

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