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Catholic Answers Focus - What Was the Star of Bethlehem?

Catholic Answers Focus - What Was the Star of Bethlehem?

December 29, 2021

Was it a comet? Was it a shooting star? Do we have any clues as to the nature of the Star of Bethlehem? Jimmy Akin brings some fascinating speculations about what the star might have been.

Catholic Answers Focus - A Very Pagan Christmas

Catholic Answers Focus - A Very Pagan Christmas

December 23, 2021

The most wonderful time of year — the tree, the lights, the cider — oh, and don’t forget the stories about how Christmas is a pagan holiday basically stolen by Christians. Jimmy Akin joins us to get to the root of some of the claims made about the hidden paganism of Christmas.

Catholic Answers Focus - Latino Catholicism Is Huge. It Deserves Better Apologetics

Catholic Answers Focus - Latino Catholicism Is Huge. It Deserves Better Apologetics

December 16, 2021

Deacon Charlie Echeverry from the Living the Call podcast joins us for a discussion of the opportunities available to better serve the Latino Catholic community. He explains how an apostolate such as ours — and maybe yours — can help bring the Church together in the US and make things less difficult for Catholic families in the future.

Catholic Answers Focus - Is China Policy a New Investiture Controversy?

Catholic Answers Focus - Is China Policy a New Investiture Controversy?

December 15, 2021

Drawing on his book, Light From Darkness: Nine Times the Catholic Church Was in Turmoil and Came Out Stronger Than Before, historian Steve Weidenkopf answers our questions about the current Vatican deal with China. Is the agreement to let the Chinese government have a say about bishop appointments a return to the days of the Investiture Controversy?

Catholic Answers Focus - What Modern People Can Learn from St. Joseph

Catholic Answers Focus - What Modern People Can Learn from St. Joseph

December 10, 2021

Joe Heschmeyer — author of A Man Called Joseph: Guardian for Our Times — joins us to wrap up the year of St. Joseph. We dig into the fascinating history of his veneration, and ask why he seems such a perfect father-figure for modern people.

Catholic Answers Focus - Four Things Pro-Choice People Get RIGHT

Catholic Answers Focus - Four Things Pro-Choice People Get RIGHT

December 1, 2021

Monica Doumit, the Director of Public Affairs and Engagement for the Archdiocese of Sydney, is one of the clearest pro-life voices on Earth. Here’s what happens when we ask her to admit some of the things pro-choice people are right about.

Catholic Answers Focus - Vox FAILS with Monogamy “Explainer”

Catholic Answers Focus - Vox FAILS with Monogamy “Explainer”

December 1, 2021

Vox Media’s series of explainer videos failed badly when it tried to use science to suggest that monogamy doesn’t really fit with human nature. We asked Dan Kuebler, Professor of Biology and Dean of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences at Franciscan University, to help us understand monogamy in a more adult way, using both scientific and moral arguments.

Catholic Answers Focus - What Vatican II ALMOST Taught About Sex Changes

Catholic Answers Focus - What Vatican II ALMOST Taught About Sex Changes

November 24, 2021

In the second part of our discussion with Father Hugh Barbour about Catholic Faith and the transgender movement, he brings out a forgotten document from Pope John XXIII. The document was never promulgated by the Second Vatican Council, but it says a great deal about how the Church thinks about sex, and sex “reassignment.”

Catholic Answers Focus - Aquinas on Transgenderism

Catholic Answers Focus - Aquinas on Transgenderism

November 11, 2021

Thomas Aquinas, the Church’s greatest theologian, had lots to say about the nature of the human person. So what would he say about the modern transgender movement? We asked Father Hugh Barbour.

Catholic Answers Focus - The Jewish Roots of Praying for the Dead

Catholic Answers Focus - The Jewish Roots of Praying for the Dead

November 4, 2021

The Jews of Jesus’ time, like Jews today, prayed for the dead. Apologist Joe Heschmeyer looks at how Jesus and the early Church responded to this widespread practice and finds strong evidence that the Lord intended his Church to continue it.

Catholic Answers Focus - Netflix’s Midnight Mass: Four Views of Death

Catholic Answers Focus - Netflix’s Midnight Mass: Four Views of Death

October 27, 2021

Netflix goes heavy Catholic in its series Midnight Mass. But does it get the Catholic view of death right? Apologist Joe Heshmeyer joins us for a discussion of the various takes on death presented in Midnight Mass.

Catholic Answers Focus - Forgiveness: Jesus Gave Amazing Power to Priests

Catholic Answers Focus - Forgiveness: Jesus Gave Amazing Power to Priests

October 27, 2021

Some Christians miss or explain away the amazing gift that Jesus gave his Church when he told the Apostles, “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven…” This unique moment is given to us in John 20:23. Karlo Broussard joins us to explain why the most obvious reading is the right one — Christ gave the Apostles the power to forgive sins.

Catholic Answers Focus - You’re Doing Catholic Politics Wrong

Catholic Answers Focus - You’re Doing Catholic Politics Wrong

October 14, 2021

Catholics in politics are big in the news these days. But a truly Catholic politics might not be what you think. We talk about the meaning of politics form a Catholic perspective with theologian Andrew Willard Jones author of new book, The Two Cities: A History of Christian Politics.

Catholic Answers Focus - Disney’s Loki Confronts Ultimate Questions

Catholic Answers Focus - Disney’s Loki Confronts Ultimate Questions

October 6, 2021

Loki now has his own TV show on Disney+, and the god of mischief raises serious issues of atheism, polytheism, freewill, and conversion. We get Joe Heschmeyer’s take on all of it from a Christian perspective.

Catholic Answers Focus - St. Peter’s Vs. Modernism

Catholic Answers Focus - St. Peter’s Vs. Modernism

September 29, 2021

Being entirely objective, the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome is the best building in the world! We ask Duncan Stroik, the founder of the Sacred Architecture Journal, to explain why this is, and why churches, and other buildings today, don’t match it.

Catholic Answers Focus - The Surprising Thing That Brings Jesus Joy

Catholic Answers Focus - The Surprising Thing That Brings Jesus Joy

September 23, 2021

Do you have trouble with the Sacrament of Reconciliation? Not sure about? Don’t know quite what to say? Father Hugh Barbour gives a brief lesson on what really happens in confession, and offers tips on how to make confessing part of your life.

Catholic Answers Focus - Final Judgment Cheat Codes

Catholic Answers Focus - Final Judgment Cheat Codes

September 16, 2021

Father Hugh Barbour explains what Jesus meant when he said the measure with which we measure will be measured back to us. Is he really going to judge us the way that we judge others? If so, its time to get to work on all that judgment, gossip, and resentment.

Catholic Answers Focus - The One Thing Jesus Asks You to do for Him

Catholic Answers Focus - The One Thing Jesus Asks You to do for Him

September 9, 2021

More than anything, the devil hates to see you at Mass. And Jesus was clear that he, personally, desired you there. Father Hugh Barbour is back, and he explains why the Mass must be at the center of every Christian life.

Catholic Answers Focus - The Jordan Peterson Effect: Opening Minds to the Bible

Catholic Answers Focus - The Jordan Peterson Effect: Opening Minds to the Bible

September 1, 2021

Catholic Scholar Christopher Kaczor finds a great deal to admire in Jordan Peterson and his followers. But is Peterson’s work a fully-satisfying body of thought, or is it more of a doorway to deeper satisfactions for the mind? We discuss Kaczor’s new book — Jordan Peterson, God, and Christianity: The Search for a Meaningful Life.

Catholic Answers Focus - Is My Soul Immortal?

Catholic Answers Focus - Is My Soul Immortal?

August 26, 2021

The author of Purgatory Is for Real tackles a tough philosophical question — is my soul made to last forever? If so, how do we know this? If not, what could happen that would destroy the life of my soul?

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