Catholic Answers Focus

Catholic Answers Focus

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Catholic Answers Focus highlights in-depth conversations with Catholic leaders, newsmakers, and unsung heroes of faith. With a wide array of topics and guests, and compelling commentary on current events, Catholic Answers Focus has something for everyone.
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13 December 2021

#403 Is China Policy a New Investiture Controversy? - Steve Weidenkopf

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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? Cy Kellett: Is the China deal a repeat of the investiture controversy? Steve Weidenkopf is next. Cy Kellett: Hello, and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers podcast for living, understanding and defending your Catholic faith. The long history of…
09 December 2021

#402 What Modern People Can Learn from St. Joseph - Joe Heschmeyer

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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. Cy Kellett: Turns out St. Joseph has a lot to teach modern people, Joe Heschmeyer is next. Hello, and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers podcast for living, understanding and defending your Catholic faith. I’m Cy Kellett your host. And please raise your hand if the following applies to you. You didn’t really do much to observe t…
01 December 2021

#401 Four Things Pro-Choice People Get RIGHT - Monica Doumit

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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. Cy Kellett: Pro-choice arguments actually get a lot right. Monica Doumit is next. Cy Kellett: Hello, and welcome to Focus, the Catholic answers podcast for living, understanding and defending your Catholic faith. And we’re not exactly going to be defending the Catholic faith at this time. We wanted to talk with one of our … well, you can p…
24 November 2021

#400 Vox FAILS with Monogamy “Explainer” - Dan Kuebler

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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. Cy Kellett: What can science really tell us about monogamy? Dr. Dan Kuebler is next. Cy Kellett: Hello, and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers podcast for living, understanding, and defending your Catholic faith. I’…
17 November 2021

#390 What Vatican II ALMOST Taught About Sex Changes - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.

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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.” Listen to the first part here: Aquinas on Transgenderism Cy Kellett: What the Second Vatican Council almost said about sex changes. Father Hugh Barber next. Cy Kellett: Hello, and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers Podcast for Living, Understanding and Defending Your Cat…
10 November 2021

#389 Aquinas on Transgenderism - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.

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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. Cy Kellett: What would Thomas Aquinas say about transgenderism? Father Hugh Barbour is next. Cy Kellett: Hello, and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers podcast for living, understanding and defending your Catholic faith. So much talk about transgenderism these days, and it finally occurred to us, I wonder what Thomas Aquinas would have to say about that? And so we decided, we’ll ask a Th…
03 November 2021

#388 The Jewish Roots of Praying for the Dead - Joe Heschmeyer

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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. Cy Kellett: God’s people have always prayed for the dead. Joe Heschmeyer is next. A shocking change occurred when in the 16th century some Christians began to teach that we could not or should not pray for the dead. Jesus never said any such thing, nor did the apostles or the gospel writers, which raises a question. Cy Kellett: If the Jews pra…
27 October 2021

#387 Netflix’s Midnight Mass: Four Views of Death - Joe Heschmeyer

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Netflix goes heavy Catholic in its series Midnight Mass. But does it get the Catholic view of death right? Apologist Joe Heschmeyer joins us for a discussion of the various takes on death presented in Midnight Mass. Cy Kellett: Catholic take on Netflix’s Midnight Mass, Joe Heschmeyer is next. Hello and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers podcast for living, understanding, and defending your Catholic faith. I’m Cy Kellett, your host, and one thing that we know in this movie era, in this era of the moving image, the Catholic church looks good on film. And they did it again in a n…
21 October 2021

#386 Forgiveness: Jesus Gave Amazing Power to Priests - Karlo Broussard

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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. Cy Kellett: Did Jesus give the church a sacrament of confession or not? Karlo Broussard is next. Cy Kellett: Hello, and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers podcast for living, understanding, and defending your Catholic faith. I’m Cy K…
13 October 2021

#385 You’re Doing Catholic Politics Wrong - Andrew Willard Jones

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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. Cy Kellett: What is the place of the church in politics? Andrew Willard Jones is next. Hello, and welcome to Focus, The Catholic Answers podcast for living, understanding and defending your Catholic faith. I’m Cy Kellett your host. Before we start, let me just review where we are as Catholics in the public …