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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Setting the Record Straight - Shakespeare was Catholic ? Oh No ! 7/28/18

July 30, 2018

If it wasn’t displeasing enough to our British friends that so much of their “English Literature” was written by the Irish, now it turns out that Shakespeare was a Catholic ! Well…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.

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Setting the Record Straight - Attila The Hun’s Shocking Vision - 7/21/18

July 22, 2018
Attila The Hun’s Shocking Vision.
 

    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,  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.

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Setting the Record Straight - After Thoughts On Being Shipwrecked - 7/9/18

July 13, 2018

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 cult…its Christianity.  Like the novel Robinson Crusoe we have been edited into a secular version of ourselves.  A culture that has been deliberately secularized has been eviscerated.

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Setting the Record Straight - Shipwrecked with Robinson Crusoe - 6/30/18

June 30, 2018

Rewritten and changed into something else! Even inverted !  The novel “Robinson Crusoe” has been the repeated victim of the literary crime of secularization of a great Christian novel.  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.  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 “Robinson Crusoe”.

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Setting the Record Straight - Amazing Isabella ! 6/23/18

June 23, 2018

Isabella was praised as “ The Catholic Queen”, or even more praised as simply  “The Catholic”. 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.

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Setting the Record Straight - Women ! - Part 2 - 6/16/18

June 16, 2018

Women and The Catholic Church. How has the Catholic Church affected the status of women?  Surprise ! The Catholic Church has done more to elevate the status of women than any other entity in history.  Isn’t it well known that  the Catholic Church is an old fashioned remanent of inflexible Patriarchy ? Hasn’t the Catholic Church stood athwart the path of the progressive liberation of women blocking the way and yelling “Stop ! ” ?  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.

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Setting the Record Straight - Women ! - Part 1 - 6/9/18

June 9, 2018

The Catholic Church has done more to elevate the status of women than any other entity in history. What !!! Isn’t it well known that  the Catholic Church is an old fashioned remanent of inflexible Patriarchy ? Hasn’t the Catholic Church stood athwart the path of the progressive liberation of women blocking the way and yelling “Stop ! ” ?  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.

 

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Setting the Record Straight - What Good Are Monks Pt. 2 - 6/2/18

June 2, 2018

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.

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Setting the Record Straight - What Good Are Monks? Partt 1 - 5/26/18

May 26, 2018

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, the  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.

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Setting the Record Straight - Confounding Heretics With Corpus Christi - 5/19/18

May 19, 2018

All over the world there will be bold public processions this week which bear the Eucharist in a monstrance for all to witness an amazing truth; the Presence of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, appearing on earth in this place and moment in that Eucharist.  In the USA, May 31st, 2018 is the Feast of Corpus Christi (“Body Of Christ”).

    Just as many could not believe their eyes when they saw Christ who had risen from the dead, there are many today who doubt the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Too many Catholics are shy, even apologetic, about sharing their conviction that, when we receive the Eucharist, we are touched by Christ’s physical Body and Blood. (“Touch me and see…” Luke 24:39). This intimate contact usually happens inside our churches.  

    Corpus Christi processions go outside of our churches as bold public proclamations of the truth of the Presence. That intent was made plain by Pope Urban IV who established the Feast of Corpus Christi seven-hundred-and-fifty-four years ago with the Bull, “Transiturus de hoc mundo”. With clarity he wrote: ”…we think suitable and worthy that, at least once a year – especially to confound the lack of faith and the infamy of heretics – a more solemn and honorable memory of this Sacrament be held.”

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Setting the Record Straight - Three Christians Rescued From North Korea - 5/14/18

May 14, 2018

It was a handwritten note. One of the three men who had been rescued from North Korea handed it to Mike Pence, our Vice President as soon as he met him. It was Thursday May 10th, 2018. The Vice President had gone to welcome them home. He read the note. It was the 126th Psalm. Why were these men imprisoned? They had something in common that was fatally dangerous to the North Korean government. They were Christian Evangelists. The note began, “Psalm 126:1-3.

When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion. We were like men that dreamed…”

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Setting the Record Straight - The Miracles of John’s Bedbugs and Peter’s Talking Dog - 5/4/18

May 7, 2018

Amusing stories of miracles performed by saints. But these stories are mostly forgotten today, perhaps because, in this skeptical age they seem unimportant and a bit embarrassing to Catholics. Yet, given God’s powerful authenticated miracles , they seem to be certainly possible Perhaps they are true, partly true, or perhaps they are just invented tales.  They are called hagiographies, that is, biographies that put the saint in a very flattering light.  Hagiographies make the subjects seems like saints. Whether these particular miracles happened or not, they were saints for other reasons.

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Setting the Record Straight - The Eucharist War - 4/28/18

April 30, 2018

It is necessary for you to enter the Adoration Chapel.

 

    Evil is often done by ordinary men.  Evil is banal. If you haven’t realized  this then you have not been awake to the domain of pain which we inhabit.  We are in great peril, teetering on the cliff  edge of chaos. But since some cannot admit it their vision reaches only to the the curtains of their dreams. They ignore the chaos beyond the window.  

 

    A rational materialist sees what is happening and hardens or despairs. An ordinary man may commit astoundingly evil acts under the influence of a faulty ideology.   When one does believe, however, and realizes the truth of the Presence, one will perceive that the depravity of the world will finally be healed. When we merge with the Presence order assembles out of chaos. This podcast was inspired by the work of the phenomenal Jordan Peterson.

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Setting the Record Straight - The Phenomenal Jordan Peterson Phenomenon - 4/21/18

April 23, 2018

Jordan Peterson has created a sensation. He is a Canadian Professor of Psychology whose Book “12 rules For Life” is the #1 Best Seller on Amazon. He gives numerous  sold-out lectures on college campus. Pay attention, because this rebellious and brilliant academic, whose religious preference is hidden, may be the one of most effective evangelists for Catholicism today.   One of his basic messages is that we must recognize the fallen nature of humanity. And confront it. And understand that we are inhabited by Eden’s snake. Check out the “You Tubes” of Peterson’s devastation debates and gentle yet fiery lectures. There is no one like him.

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Setting the Record Straight - Mule Trains and Papal Bulls - 4/13/18

April 15, 2018

Stories! Did you ever hear how the Vatican Archives were packed up and sent went wayfaring for years on a mule train? More than once. Where did the term Papal “Bulls” come from?  Pope Innocent III makes an appearance as well as a most humble Pope who lived in a little cottage. Listen to two moral tales  about Saint Francis; one old  and one new.

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Setting the Record Straight - The Slavery Weed - 4/6/18

April 6, 2018

No matter how often slavery is abolished it sprouts up again and again like a weed. But when and where was slavery abolished? Well…the full answer is complicated. Slavery was abolished over and over again in various locations. A simplified answer might be that it was opposed and/or abolished frequently in a lot of places, most often in a time and place where the Catholic Church was influential.  Most educated people know about the achievements of Wilberforce and Lincoln. But those two men were late to the game of abolishing slavery. Under Catholic emperors the late Roman Empire abolished slavery a millennium-and-one-half before Wilberforce. All this leads to “Another Daring Proposition”from Setting The record Straight”. Catholicism did more to abolish slavery than any other entity.

 

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Setting the Record Straight - True Cross - 4/1/18

April 1, 2018

Does The Catholic Church posses authentic relics that are fragments of the True Cross of Christ? Listen to Chuck describe the fascinating series of historical events that can be assessed in arriving at an answer to this question. This is a story that needs to be told.

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Setting the Record Straight - Paul Claudel’s Thoughts on The Apostles Creed - Part 5 of 5 - 3/22/18

March 22, 2018

In Heaven we will inhale God. and He will inhale us. For this Lent Chuck has returned again to the profound and beautiful thoughts of Paul Claudel on The Apostles Creed. Here is a Catholic writer that deserves being rediscovered. Yet Claudel remains almost totally unknown, even to Catholics. Listen to the profound insights of Paul Claudel on the last two phrases of the Creed. 

 

 

 

They are: I Believe in…

 

The Resurection of the Body,

And Life Everlasting

 

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