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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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In the 27th episode of Merely Catholic, the podcast series for The Catholic Herald, Dr Gavin Ashenden reflects on the gulf between the so-called “spirit of Vatican II” and the contents of the documentation agreed by the participating Church fathers. He is joined by Catholic commentator Mark Lambert, author of a popular blog called De Omnibus Dubita…
 
The Lord wants to draw you ever closer to himself. He wants to transform you, and in doing so, transform every single relationship in your life—he’s leaving no stone unturned. But growing in deeper relationship involves the hard and holy work of examining both sides of the struggles and the joys, the good memories and the awful memories in those re…
 
As the Anglican Bishop of Oxford, Steven Croft, makes the case for the Church of England allowing same-sex marriage, Father Dwight Longenecker, the acclaimed U.S. author and speaker, talks to Dr Gavin Ashenden about what is understood by marriage in the Catholic Church. This 26th episode of Merely Catholic, the podcast series for the Catholic Heral…
 
In his Letter to Artists, St. Pope John Paul II said that “Human beings, in a certain sense, are unknown to themselves.” Jesus reveals who God is, but he also fully reveals us to ourselves. Yet we often find ourselves asking “Who am I” and “What is real”? John Paul II goes on to say that “humanity in every age, and even today, looks to work of art …
 
Catholic author Joseph Pearce was strongly sceptical of claims that William Shakespeare was secretly a Catholic until he began to examine the evidence and followed where it led. Now an author of three books in support of the Bard’s Catholicism, Pearce tells fellow convert Dr Gavin Ashenden, in this 25th episode of Merely Catholic, the podcast serie…
 
Katherine Bennett, a South London school teacher of more than 20 years’ experience, lays bare the crisis of faith convulsing Catholic education as teachers increasingly capitulate to a radical secular consensus. In this 24th episode of Merely Catholic, the podcast series for the Catholic Herald, she tells Dr Gavin Ashenden of how such new and destr…
 
In this 23rd episode of Merely Catholic, Dr Gavin Ashenden speaks to former Conservative minister Ann Widdecombe about the tectonic shifts in her (former) party's leadership. They also discuss the role that religion plays in modern politics, and whether the apparent drive for a more secular parliament is having a dampening effect on politicians who…
 
What does it mean to think deeply as Catholic women today? When you hear that question, do you worry that it means spending endless hours reading and writing academic papers? Do you wonder if pursuing the intellectual life isn’t for you because you don’t consider yourself a thinker? Or have you thought that maybe the intellectual life is for anothe…
 
JRR Tolkien’s masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, is arguably the most read book in the world today. It is also a myth infused by the author’s deep Catholic understanding, imagination and faith. In this 22nd episode of the Merely Catholic, the podcast series for The Catholic Herald, Dr Gavin Ashenden talks to Tolkien aficionado Ferdie Rous, the man…
 
Today’s episode contains a conversation on sexual addiction and healing. If you listen around little ears, you might want to grab a pair of headphones. No one intends to get addicted to pornograpy, masturbation, or other disordered sexual desires. And it doesn’t help that we live in a world that has ingrained into our minds the idea that pornograph…
 
Dr Gavin Ashenden talks to the journalist Simon Caldwell about his debut novel, The Beast of Bethulia Park, in this 21st episode of Merely Catholic, the podcast series for The Catholic Herald. The book, due to published by Gracewing later this month, has been described as a “wonderful” psychological thriller underpinned by Catholic themes. It tells…
 
Giorgia Meloni has stunned the liberal West by her election as Prime Minister of Italy after openly espousing the values of traditional marriage and the family, of Catholic Christianity and of womanhood and patriotism. Should her election be seen as a sign of hope? Dr Gavin Ashenden thinks so. But in this 20th episode of Merely Catholic , the podca…
 
There is something so challenging and good in St. Paul’s words to the Romans when he tells them (and us) to both rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn. Grieving is hard. And accompanying others who are grieving is hard and holy work.So how can we grieve as Catholic women, especially when grieving the loss of someone so dear …
 
Can King Charles III continue the legacy of his mother by serving as an exemplary Christian monarch or will he find common cause with a secularist society against Christian values, particularly morality and the right to life? In this 19th episode of the Merely Catholic podcast series for the Catholic Herald, Dr Gavin Ashenden talks to Pierpaolo Fin…
 
Dr Gavin Ashenden, a former Royal Chaplain, offers his own insightful and extremely well-informed perspectives on the death of a Queen and the coming of a King in this 18th episode of Merely Catholic, the podcast series for the Catholic Herald. Queen Elizabeth II, recalls Dr Ashenden as he reflects on Her Majesty’s personal faith, was a perfectly d…
 
About a year ago, when I’d find myself with nothing left to give, I started asking Jesus for His Sacred Heart. I asked him to give me his heart to love those around me, because my little heart was so exhausted. But in the back of my head, I wondered if Jesus was disappointed in me for not being able to love well, for having to return to him over an…
 
This is a fascinating conversation between Dr Gavin Ashenden and the Rev. Calvin Robinson, the mixed race Anglican cleric cancelled by his own bishop for expressing the opinion that the Church of England is not “institutionally racist”. Rev. Robinson, now a popular GB News presenter, reveals in this 17th episode of the Catholic Herald’s Merely Cath…
 
Join Host Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, panelists Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Scott Hahn, and special guest Fr. Gerald E. Murray, a diocesan priest in the Archdiocese of New York, and Co-Author of the new book "Calming the Storm: Navigating the Crises Facing the Catholic Church and Society", as they discuss how to navigate the confusion in our culture today.…
 
The Rt Rev. Mark Davies, the Bishop of Shrewsbury, talks to Dr Gavin Ashenden about the visit of the relics of St Bernadette of Lourdes to England, Scotland and Wales that runs from Friday September 2nd to Tuesday November 1st. In this 16th episode of the Merely Catholic podcast series for the Catholic Herald, Bishop Davies explains precisely what …
 
Has every conversation in this miniseries on friendship has left you whispering “But that won’t work for me"?Today, I’m sitting down with Lea-Anne Virnig. Lea-Anne is a writer and speaker passionate about inspiring women to live in the freedom of their identity in Christ. She helps women cultivate their magnanimity and grow in holiness through whol…
 
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…
 
Join Host Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, panelists Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Scott Hahn, and special guest Fr. Carter Griffin, Rector at St. John Paul II Seminary, and Author of the new book "Cross Examined: Catholic Responses to the World's Questions", as they discuss how Catholics can prepare to discuss confusing or unpopular Church teachings.ORIGINAL AIR…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
Join Host Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, panelists Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Scott Hahn, and special guest Noelle Mering, Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and Author of the new book "Awake, Not Woke: A Christian Response to the Cult of Progressive Ideology", as they discuss our response to a dangerous and increasingly self-destructive worldvie…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
“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…
 
Join Host Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, panelists Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Scott Hahn, and special guest Mike Aquilina, Executive Vice President of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and Author of the new book "Friendship and the Fathers: How the Early Church Evangelized", as they discuss how the Church Fathers can help us combat loneliness in the …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Join Host Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, panelists Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Scott Hahn, and special guest Mark Hart, Executive Vice President of LifeTeen International and author of the book "Unleashing the Power of Scripture: A Guide for Catholics", as they discuss how to approach reading Scripture and why it matters to our life of faith.ORIGINAL AIR DATE…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
Join Host Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, panelists Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Scott Hahn, and special guest Dr. Bob Schuchts, Founder of the John Paul II Healing Institute and Author of the new book "Be Transformed: The Healing Power of the Sacraments", as they discuss how the grace and power of the sacraments can heal our deepest wounds.ORIGINAL AIR DATE: M…
 
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”, …
 
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…
 
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