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More than nine hundred years after it was first written, this unfinished work of a scholar saint still has the power to move our minds and hearts and set us thinking on the really important questions of life. Summa Theologica or simply the Summa as it is known, was written some time between 1265-74. It is a work that has had a profound and enduring influence on Western thought and literature. Designed to provide answers to Catholic theologians about the teachings of the Church, Thomas Aquina ...
 
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Opus Dei found unwelcome fame and undeserved notoriety at the hand of the infamous but hugely successful novelist Dan Brown. It has returned to the public stage this week, not in the form of the imaginative parody the Da Vinci Code presented, but because of the pope’s most recent letter. Entitled ‘Ad charisma tuendum’ “For the safeguarding of the p…
 
I’d just like to start this episode off with a moment of total honesty in which I reveal to you that one of my biggest fears is fish. I can’t stand them. I don’t swim in the ocean, I don’t swim in the lake, I don’t go to aquariums with my kids. Even talking about fish is making my skin crawl. But today’s episode is all about the beauty, mystery, an…
 
Every so often the debate over Mary having other children comes up. Tim Staples, author of Behold Your Mother, joins us to debunk this claim.Cy Kellett:Tim Staples, Catholic apologist. Thank you for being with us on Catholic Answers Focus.Tim Staples:It is great to be with you, Cy Kellett.Cy Kellett:I stress Catholic apologist because I want to cha…
 
Tik Tok seems pretty sure that the God of the ancient Hebrews had a wife, an idea that perhaps would debunk the Jewish story of covenant with the One Lord God. We asked Jimmy Akin, author of The Bible Is a Catholic Book to evaluate the merits of the whole “God had a wife” idea.Cy Kellett:Senior apologist, Jimmy akin. Thanks very much for being here…
 
This summer, I’m focusing in on the topic of friendship with other women, and in this third episode of the series, I’m sitting down with Elizabeth Vargas. Elizabeth is the recipe developer and photographer behind the blog “Elizabeth’s Table”. She was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, studied Economic Consulting and Business Analytics at India Un…
 
Have you seen the recent images from the James Webb Telescope? Catholic convert and Harvard astrochemist, Karin Öberg joins us to examine the recent images and what they tell us about God, the beginnings of our universe, and bug people.Cy Kellett:Hello, and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers Podcast for living, understanding, and defending your…
 
Ann Widdecombe, the former Conservative Cabinet Minister and MEP for the Brexit Party, speaks to fellow Catholic convert Dr Gavin Ashenden, in this 14th episode of the Merely Catholic podcast series for the Catholic Herald about the future of the Church of England to which they both once belonged. Miss Widdecombe says Anglicanism is terminally affl…
 
Seventh Day Adventists claim that the Sabbath was changed from Saturday to Sunday centuries after the life of Jesus. Joe Heschmeyer, author of The Early Church was the Catholic Church, joins us to debunk this claim.Cy Kellett: Apologist, Joe Heschmeyer, thank you for being here with us on Catholic Answers Focus.Joe Heschmeyer:The pleasure is mine.C…
 
This summer, I’m focusing in on the topic of friendship with other women, and in this second episode of the series, I’m sitting down with Lindsay Schlegel. Lindsay is a daughter of God who seeks to encourage, inspire, and lift others up to be all they were created to be. She is also the author of Don’t Forget to Say Thank You: And Other Parenting L…
 
The actor and political activist Laurence Fox joins Dr Gavin Ashenden to discuss the sinister ideologies behind the seemingly relentless quest to destroy faith, family, freedom, marriage and the innocence of children in society today. In this 13th episode of Merely Catholic, the podcast series for The Catholic Herald, Fox sets out the reasons why h…
 
What do Joel Osteen, Kenneth Copeland, and Jesse Duplantis have in common? They all promote a form of Christianity that preaches a good and easy life. Tim Staples breaks down the reasons why the prosperity gospel is dangerous and exposes the pitfalls of this theology.Cy Kellet:Tim Staples, Catholic Apologist, thanks for being with us.Tim Staples:It…
 
In the 12th episode of the Merely Catholic podcast series for The Catholic Herald, Dr Gavin Ashenden talks to the highly distinguished European political scientist Professor John Loughlin, a Fellow at Blackfriars, Oxford, an Emeritus Fellow and former Tutor at St Edmund's College, former Director of the Von Hügel Institute, and a Senior Fellow and …
 
Is hell empty? Michael Lofton joins us to answer the question that seems to be surrounded by controversy in many Catholic circles.Cy Kellett:Will hell ever be empty? Michael Lofton 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 confessing to …
 
This summer, I’m focusing in on the topic of friendship with other women, and in this first episode of the series, I’m sitting down with Kiki Rocha. Kiki is a Catholic woman on a mission to rebuild culture. She is an overcomer, and it is through her story of resilience that she has found her calling to coach women in wholeness by cultivating their …
 
Former inmates often struggle adjusting to everyday life. In this episode, we talk to Joe Gilbreath, founder of RiseUp Industries and Mike Lucero on bringing hope to those adjusting to life after prison.riseupindustries.orgCy Kellett:Taking Jesus seriously about visiting prisoners. Folks from Rise Up Industries, next.Cy Kellett:Hello, and welcome t…
 
Dr Gavin Ashenden is joined from Chicago by Melissa Villalobos, the recipient of the miracle that led to the canonisation of Cardinal St John Henry Newman in 2019, for the 11th episode of the Merely Catholic podcast series for the Catholic Herald. They discuss the possible ramifications of the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v Wa…
 
With the Supreme Court weighing in on abortion, all the old pro-choice arguments are being dragged out again, and they haven’t gotten any stronger. Trent Horn breaks down some of them with us.Cy Kellett:Are clever pro-choice arguments really that clever? Trent Horn is next.Cy Kellett:Hello and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers podcast for livi…
 
BONUS EPISODE God Is Present to YouFor the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 24), Sister Regina Marie Gorman reflects with us on the ways God remains ever-present to us. The joy of that presence is the key to every life.Cy Kellett:Is it really possible to live in intimacy with God? Sister Regina Marie Gorman is next.Cy Kellett:Hello, and wel…
 
Father Dwight Longenecker returns to Merely Catholic for the tenth episode of the podcast series for the Catholic Herald, this time talking to Dr Gavin Ashenden about the English Catholic inheritance and what it means to both Britain and the world in the early 21st century. In this fascinating conversation, Father Longenecker, fresh from a pilgrima…
 
PETA has an ongoing campaign against “speciesism,” saying humans have no right to use animals. But is speciesism—even though it sounds like “racism” or “sexism”—really such a bad thing?Cy Kellett:Is being a speciesist as bad as being a racist? Dr. Logan Gage is next.Cy Kellett:Hello, and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers podcast for living, un…
 
Have you ever secretly (or not so secretly) wondered if you’re doing this whole womanhood thing right?Are you tired of the secular rhetoric that tries to tell you how you should act and who you should be?And are you wondering what the church really teaches about Catholic femininity - but also a little worried about diving deeper into what the churc…
 
Our Sacred Heart series is now available! We got to talk with your host, Fr. John Eckert, to hear about the program, and get some tips on how to better love Christ's Sacred Heart. ✅ Sign up at Good Catholic: https://bit.ly/3HuXhZU 🕒 In this Pod: 0:00 - Welcome 1:00 - Why the Sacred Heart Matters 3:06 - What if I don't feel God's Love? 9:13 - What's…
 
Dr Gavin Ashenden talks to the multi-talented Edmund Adamus about his work with A Fertile Heart, an easy-to-follow Relationships and Sex Education programme which is faithful to the teachings of the Catholic faith, and about his forthcoming role with the Sovereign Order of Malta. In this ninth episode of Merely Catholic, the podcast series for the …
 
Apologist Pat Flynn, from the Philosophy for the People podcast, gets down to basics with us to defend the idea that we can, indeed, know things with certainty. This defense of knowledge helps when we are confronted with the argument that no one really knows anything for sure.Cy Kellett:How can we even know anything? Pat Flynn is next.Cy Kellett:He…
 
It’s common to hear the feast of Pentecost referred to as the birthday of the Church because it marks the day when the Apostolic Church received the Holy Spirit in a definitive and powerful way. But is this the same as birth, or is something else happening at Pentecost? Father Hezekias Carnazzo, founder of the Institute for Catholic Culture, is our…
 
“I like to read, but I have no idea what books to read.” “I sometimes pick up a self-help book or a spiritual book, but right now, reading other books with my schedule just feels selfish.” “I haven’t liked reading since I was a little kid” “I know there are good books out there, but I don’t know where to start, so I just pick up a bestseller that l…
 
Dr Jules Gomes, the Rome correspondent of Church Militant, joins Dr Gavin Ashenden for this eighth episode of our Merely Catholic podcast series for the Catholic Herald. They reflect on the new appointments to the College of Cardinals which mean that almost two thirds of its members have now been appointed by Pope Francis. Dr Gomes identifies the w…
 
One strategy used by those who want to denigrate the Bible is to say it doesn’t meet Christian standards of what is acceptable in the media. It’s a clever move, but is it true that the Bible is too sexy and violent for respectable reading? Cy Kellett :Should the Bible be reserved for mature audiences only? Trent Horn is next. Cy Kellett :Hello, and…
 
In the seventh podcast of the Merely Catholic series, Dr Gavin Ashenden talks to Ralph Martin about the ‘all-out civil war’ that has broken out in the Catholic Church largely between those who wish to accommodate contemporary mores and those who believe the Church must hold fast to the teaching of two millennia. Dr Martin, an esteemed U.S. theologi…
 
Some Christians claim that Peter, the man, is not the rock on which Jesus builds his Church, but Peter’s profession of faith is. Actually, no. Apologist Suan Sonna explains why.Cy Kellett: Did Jesus really found the Catholic church with a pun? Suan Sonna is next.Cy Kellett: Hello, and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers Podcast for living, under…
 
What does it mean to run a business as a Catholic woman? What does success look like? What does integration look like? How do you discover your gifts and talents and steward those well? In today’s episode, I sit down with Elise Crawford Gallagher. She’s the owner and CEO of Ringlet, a company that equips women to blaze their own path to business su…
 
The leak of a draft opinion that Roe vs Wade may be soon overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court has inflamed political tensions throughout America and led to attacks on Catholic churches and the disruption of Masses. The judgement is not only controversial because it created the federal legal framework for the 62 million abortions in the United State…
 
An argument has been spreading that Francis is not the pope because Benedict retained some of the papal powers. We ask apologist Michael Lofton to explain the munus/ministerium debate.Cy Kellett:What about the theory that Pope Benedict resigned only part of the papacy? Apologist Michael Lofton is next.Cy Kellett:Hello and welcome to Focus, the Cath…
 
In the fifth of our Merely Catholic podcast series, Dr Gavin Ashenden is joined from Jerusalem by Father Dwight Longenecker, the acclaimed U.S. author and speaker. They discuss Easter in the Holy Land as well as mounting tensions between Christians in the West and the increasingly secularised societies in which they find themselves. The worldliness…
 
Ever wished for a killer proof to convince all of Twitter that God exists? Logan Gage, head of the philosophy department at Franciscan University, says there is actually a better strategy. Maybe just point to the variety of evidence, and help others to see it.Cy Kellett:I know you want it, but you don’t need that one killer argument to prove God’s …
 
Does it ever seem like life just kind of happens to you? You log onto Instagram or look around at the women in your small group or in the pew beside you at church and it just seems like everyone else figured it out. Meanwhile, you’re in the dark, wondering how people do it all, how some people have this adulting thing down. What’s their secret? Did…
 
Chris Check, president of Catholic Answers, joins us for a Cinco de Mayo bonus episode to discuss some of the struggles faced by the Catholic Church in 20th Century Mexico. It’s a dramatic story with astonishing heroes and heroines, and nasty villains, one of whom called himself, “The personal enemy of God.”……
 
Dr Gavin Ashenden speaks to Father David Palmer, chaplain to Nottingham University, about shocking sexual blasphemy in a children’s book which has divided staff at a Catholic school in south London. Father Palmer, who was last year “cancelled” after he expressed forthright Catholic views over social media, discusses the decision by the Archdiocese …
 
It looks like Roe v. Wade is finally about to be overruled. What does it mean that the news has been leaked? What does the draft decision say? Joe Heschmeyer joins us to discuss what appears to be very happy news.Cy Kellett:Apparently, Roe v. Wade will be overturned. Joe Heschmeyer is next.Cy Kellett:Hello, and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answer…
 
Do you remember how simple it was to make and keep girlfriends when you were really young? All you had to do was wear the same pair of tennis shoes as a classmate or gal on the playground and man, you were set. Best friends forever. But the further we grow away from kindergarten classrooms and recess camaraderie, the more complicated friendship wit…
 
For the third podcast in our Merely Catholic series, Dr Gavin Ashenden is joined from Chicago by Melissa Villalobos, the mother whose inexplicable healing from a potentially fatal haemorrhage provided Pope Francis with the miracle required to recognise Cardinal John Henry Newman as a saint. Melissa, the Catholic Herald 2019 “Catholic of the Year”, …
 
Good apologetics is not just a quest to have the right answer. It is, instead, one tool in a larger struggle to win souls. This means that it involves spiritual battle. Our guest, Dan Burke, explains spiritual battle for apologists.Cy Kellett:You want to defend the church? Don’t neglect your own spiritual life. Dan Burke is next.Cy Kellett:Hello, a…
 
I dress rehearse disaster on the regular. If I’m driving in the car with my girls and we’re having fun bopping along to Ellie Holcomb, it’s so easy for me to spiral into thinking “what if we get in a car wreck” because everyone knows that the scene in the movie right before the car wreck is that closeup shot of a family getting along great in the c…
 
“What weight do we give to the teaching of Jesus Christ and the Apostles?” In the second episode of our Merely Catholic podcast series Dr Gavin Ashenden talks to Cardinal George Pell about dangers inherent in conforming to contemporary fads and ideologies. Bishops presiding over the German Synodal Path would be embarking on an “absolutely disastrou…
 
Catholics can use to Scripture to defend the fact that Jesus empowered the Church with a permanent magisterium, but our guest, Suan Sonna, says we should also just use some common sense when we explain the magisterium to Protestant Christians.Cy Kellett:Does the church actually have the authority to speak for Jesus? Suan Sonna is next.Cy Kellett:He…
 
“When they came to Jesus, they saw he was already dead, and so instead of breaking his legs one of the soldiers pierced his side with a lance; and immediately there came out blood and water.” With these words, St John, a witness to the crucifixion, describes the effusion from the side of Jesus Christ on the first Good Friday. In this inaugural epis…
 
Rod Bennett’s new book, These Twelve, helps us see Jesus’ mission through the eyes of the Apostles. For Holy Week, Bennett reflects on what the Apostle’s experienced as Jesus continued to teach them even as he suffered his passion.Cy Kellett:Holy Week through the eyes of the apostles. Rod Bennett is next.Cy Kellett:Hello, and welcome to Focus, the …
 
For the best spirited thinking on religious affairs today, join Gavin Ashenden and his guest on the Catholic Herald's podcast Merely Catholic. Every week we will reflect on what's happening in the Christian world and shed some light on the most important cultural, spiritual and moral issues of the day. Hit that subscribe button wherever you listen …
 
Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson share a few thoughts on what makes a good “faith” movie as we discuss their excellent new film Father Stu. After that we get the lowdown on the real Father Stu from his friend and fellow priest Father Bart Tolleson.Cy Kellett:Finally a great movie about the priesthood. Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson and Father Bart Tolleson,…
 
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