Setting the Record Straight - Why Not Consider The Images Option - 9/14/17

September 14, 2017

The "Image Option" is not a altertantive for the famous Benedict Option proposed in the recent book by Rod Dreher. The Image Option is to be enacted concurrently with and sometimes in conjunction with The Benedict Option. It is not a retreat and preserve strategy but is a daring advance and convince strategy. The key is to take advantage of technology's magnification of the power of images. It is a rebirth of the courageous Old Evangelization that saved the souls of almost half the world. Best of all is the fact that contains the seed. 


Setting the Record Straight - Smashing Statues: the New Iconoclasts - 9/7/17

September 7, 2017

Is the current attack on statues just a fad? Statues of famous people who have fallen out of favor are being removed, stored away, defaced, or just smashed. Symbols are power. Art has power. People take images seriously. Listen to the remarkable history of iconoclasm, the breaking of images. 


Setting the Record Straight - See Monks, Be Monks - The Benedict Option - 8/31/17

August 31, 2017

Have we already lost the Culture war? "Yes" says Rod Dreher in his powerful book *The Benedict Option* which is a NYT best seller. If we lost then what do we do now? Dreher advises that we might follow the example of the early monks, who, as Rome collapsed, followed Benedict and his famous Rule. They retreated into Christian enclaves and preserved authentic Christianity for the future generations. Is there no other option? Listen to Chuck offer another more hopeful way. 


Setting the Record Straight - How The Church Raised the Status Of Women - 8/23/17

August 24, 2017


Is the Catholic Church the patriarchy that suppressed women through the centuries? Listen and find out who the greatest champion of women has been. Actually no other entity in world history has done as much to raise the status of women as the Catholic Church.


Setting the Record Straight - The Hidden History of the English Reformation - 8/17/17

August 17, 2017

Another myth busted!

Was there a separate Catholic Church in England 600 years before the arrival of St. Augustine of Canterbury. Many Brits believe it but it is way off from the truth. And the truth is splended. 


Setting the Record Straight - What Did the Early Church Look Like to Other Romans Part 3

August 9, 2017

It's year 20 A.D. and you are there in the Roman empire. When you walk by a Catholic Church what do you see? What are those Catholics in there up to? The record needs to be set straight on the bold and annoying existence of the peculiar entity known as the Catholic Church in the early centuries. Spoiler Hint : It was a well organized entity and disciplined in doctrine. 




Setting the Record Straight - Who Murdered the Archbishop? - 8-4-2017

August 2, 2017

It wss a clash between Saint Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, and King Henry II of England. Listen to the hair-raising story about one of the most infamous battles in the long history of collusions between secular power and sacred power. Hear how two former friends rush towards an almost inevitable fate. But who is the murderer? 


Setting the Record Straight - What Did the Early Church Look Like to Other Romans - 7-23-17

July 24, 2017

What Did the Early Church Look Like to Other Romans 


Setting the Record Straight: Is Catholic Art A Distraction?

March 10, 2017

Protestant friend observed that a statue of the Blessed Mother was a distraction from true exercise of the Christian faith.

Listen to how I answered him.

Setting the Record Straight -  Trying to Understand Islam versus Catholicism

March 3, 2017
Why can't we all just get along? Listen to a quick survey of 14 centuries of interaction between the two largest religions. 
There are some valuable lessons to be learned.