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Podcast title The Catholic Culture Podcast
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Description Musician and writer Thomas V. Mirus explores Catholic arts & culture with a variety of notable guests. Dedicated to the Holy Family. An extension of CatholicCulture.org.
Updated Tue, 22 Oct 2019 22:34:21 +0000
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Episodes

1. Episode 52—Off-Broadway Play Accurately Portrays Conservative Thought: Zoology or Spiritual Wisdom?
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In the new off-Broadway play Heroes of the Fourth Turning, playwright Will Arbery (son of two Wyoming Catholic College professors) offers a nuanced, accurate portrayal of the way conservatives talk to each other when progressives aren’t around. The characters are instantly recognizable to anyone who has spent time among well-educated Catholic conservatives. The play has attracted positive attention from both secular and Catholic media.

Is Heroes a zoological exhibit for progressives to gape at, or something deeper? Is it ultimately more unsettling to a perceptive Catholic viewer, for whom Arbery’s troubled characters might function as an indictment of a Catholic conservatism that can be focused more on ideas and temporal concerns than on the reality of Christ?

And if so, does the play itself recognize the nature of the problem? That is, does it deal substantively with its characters’ Catholicism, or, like some of those characters, does it merely use certain Catholic ideas in the service of temporal political debates? Having seen Heroes of the Fourth Turning, Thomas Mirus and James Majewski discuss.

Links

Heroes of the Fourth Turning https://www.playwrightshorizons.org/shows/plays/heroes-fourth-turning/

C. C. Pecknold’s review: https://catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2019/10/01/an-extraordinary-play-that-challenges-progressives-and-conservatives-alike/

Rod Dreher’s commentary: https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher-tags/heroes-of-the-fourth-turning/

Theme music: “Franciscan Eyes”, written and performed by Thomas Mirus.



2. Episode 51 - Bringing Melody Back to Pop Music - The Duskwhales
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Indie rock trio The Duskwhales formed almost 10 years ago at a small Catholic high school in Virginia. Over that decade, four albums and three EPs, they have forged a distinctly melodic sound in contrast to today’s joyless pop milieu. Their vocal harmonies hearken back to The Beatles and The Beach Boys, while their organ-heavy instrumentation (no bass player in their live shows) sets them apart from contemporary rock bands. In this 10-year career retrospective they discuss their musical output so far, the importance of their friendship and faith to their survival and continual artistic growth as a band, the loss of melody and retro clones in modern pop music, and more. You’ll hear clips from their eclectic discography, including their new EP, Take It Back.

The Duskwhales are Seth Flynn (vocals, guitar), Brian Majewski (keyboards, vocals), and Chris Baker (drums, vocals). All music used with permission.

Links

Buy The Duskwhales’ music https://theduskwhales.bandcamp.com

Follow them https://www.facebook.com/TheDuskwhales/

Episode 5 on The Duskwhales' EP Hospital Dreams https://www.catholicculture.org/podcast/index.cfm?id=5

Interview with The Duskwhales' Sorrowful Mysteries https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/otc.cfm?id=1473

Dr. Kurt Poterack on melody https://www.getprinciples.com/a-people-without-melody/ and rhythm in popular music https://www.getprinciples.com/the-rhythm-of-popular-music/ and McCartney’s “Yesterday” https://kpoterackblog.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/yesterday/



3. Episode 50—A Catholic Composer in Queen Elizabeth’s Court, Pt. II—Kerry McCarthy
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One of England’s greatest composers, William Byrd is a fascinating and complicated figure of Catholic musical history. A musician in the Royal Chapel of Queen Elizabeth, he associated with the highest ranks of the Anglican establishment while writing music on the side for secret Catholic masses.

In part two of this interview, singer and scholar Kerry McCarthy discusses the high level of amateur musicianship in Byrd's England, his attitude towards music as revealed in his writings, his approach to text-setting and relationship with contemporary poets, and Renaissance rhythm. An overview is given of more of the genres Byrd worked in, from keyboard and consort music to motets and Mass propers.

In this episode you will hear the following pieces by Byrd (all used with kind permission from the groups named):

Fantasia in A minor for keyboard, performed by Olga Pashchenko https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DiebzF-UJ4

In nomine #5 for consort, performed by The Rose Consort of Viols on Byrd: Consort and Keyboard Music, Songs and Anthems https://www.amazon.com/Byrd-Consort-Keyboard-Music-Anthems/dp/B0000013UP

Tristitia et anxietas, performed by Gallicantus on The Word Unspoken https://music.apple.com/us/album/word-unspoken-sacred-music/533746884?app=itunes&ls=1

Ave verum corpus, performed by Ensemble ZENE on Via Dolorosa https://www.highresaudio.com/en/album/view/pd88hj/ensemble-zene-bruno-kele-baujard-purcell-byrd-scarlatti-lotti-allegri-via-dolorosa 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioBgfmzRLUE

Links

Part I of this interview https://www.catholicculture.org/podcast/index.cfm?id=49

Kerry McCarthy, Byrd https://global.oup.com/academic/product/byrd-9780195388756?cc=us&lang=en&

Olga Pashchenko https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfXOSSr0MB_fvePKrSfCQug

The Rose Consort of Viols https://www.alisoncrum.myzen.co.uk/roseconsortweb/index.htm

Gallicantus http://www.gallicantus.com/

Ensemble ZENE https://www.ensemblezene.com/



4. Episode 49 - A Catholic Composer in Queen Elizabeth's Court, Pt. I - Kerry McCarthy
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One of England's greatest composers, William Byrd is a fascinating and complicated figure of Catholic musical history. A musician in the Royal Chapel of Queen Elizabeth, he associated with the highest ranks of the Anglican establishment while writing music on the side for secret Catholic masses. In this first of two episodes on Byrd, singer and scholar Kerry McCarthy sets Byrd in the context of the musical and religious upheavals of post-Reformation England. She discusses how he navigated English court circles as well as his secret Catholic activities, including his three masses.

In this episode you will hear the following pieces by Byrd (all used with kind permission from the groups named):

Fantasia #2 for consort, performed by The Rose Consort of Viols on Byrd: Consort and Keyboard Music, Songs and Anthems https://www.amazon.com/Voces8-Tapestry-BRUCKNER-BYRD-MONTEVERDI/dp/B006UTDFE8

Rejoice Unto the Lord, performed by The Rose Consort of Viols with Tessa Bonner on the same album

Agnus Dei from the Mass for four voices, performed by VOCES8 on A Choral Tapestry https://www.amazon.com/Voces8-Tapestry-BRUCKNER-BYRD-MONTEVERDI/dp/B006UTDFE8

Agnus Dei from the Mass for five voices (Gesualdo Six) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWFjvqNHgEY

Links

Kerry McCarthy, Byrd https://global.oup.com/academic/product/byrd-9780195388756?cc=us&lang=en&

Interview with Barnaby Smith of VOCES8 https://www.catholicculture.org/podcast/index.cfm?id=24

VOCES8 http://www.voces8.com/

The Gesualdo Six https://www.thegesualdosix.co.uk/

The Rose Consort of Viols https://www.alisoncrum.myzen.co.uk/roseconsortweb/index.htm



5. Episode 48 - Authority and Submission as Gift in Christian Marriage - Mary Stanford
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“Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands.”

These words of St. Paul in Ephesians 5 have been a continual source of discomfort to modern Catholics, and most priests would rather explain this teaching away or avoid discussing it altogether. For the faithful Catholic, however, treating Scripture and Church teaching as something embarrassing is not an option, nor is relativizing and redefining it into oblivion. Ephesians 5 is the crucial source for how marriage, so badly damaged by the Fall, has been redeemed and supernaturalized in the Cross of Christ.

In this episode, Mary Stanford explains how we can understand and even come to love this teaching which so repels our egalitarian age. She brings to the table her study of Pope St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and the thought of Edith Stein, as well as decades of experience as a wife and mother.

 

Links

Mary Stanford’s article “The Dynamic of the Gift: Authority and Submission in Christian Marriage” https://www.hprweb.com/2013/01/the-dynamic-of-the-gift-authority-and-submission-in-christian-marriage/

 

Some of the teaching sources mentioned in this episode:

1 Cor 11:3, Ephesians 5, Colossians 3:18-19, Timothy 2 and 3, Titus 2:5, 1 Peter 3:1-7

Pope Leo XIII, Arcanum divinae sapientiae, 1880 https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=4858&repos=1&subrepos=0&searchid=1947264

Pope Pius XI, Casti connubii, 1930 https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=3370&repos=1&subrepos=0&searchid=1947266

Pope St. John Paul II, Mulieris Dignitatem https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=3381&repos=1&subrepos=0&searchid=1947268



6. Episode 47 - Our Lady's Habit: Wearing and Loving the Brown Scapular - Fr. Justin Cinnante, O.Carm.
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Many Catholics have worn the Brown Scapular at some point in their lives. Some of those people stopped wearing it for one reason or another. Others have continued to wear it but perhaps don’t appreciate its true depth as a sign of consecration to Mary. Even less known is the fact that the Scapular is a miniature version of the Carmelite habit (which is itself Our Lady’s habit); those who wear it are part of the Carmelite family, right back to the Prophet Elijah!

In this show Fr. Justin Cinnante, a Carmelite friar, explains the Marian and Carmelite origins and dimensions of the Scapular as well as the promises associated with it. Whether you wear the Scapular, used to but don’t anymore, or have never been enrolled in it, this episode will give you many reasons to love the Garment of Grace.

Links

Buy a Brown Scapular https://www.sistersofcarmel.com/brown-scapulars-brown-scapular-of-our-lady-of-mount-carmel/

Fr. Justin on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/fatherjustinocarm/



7. Episode 46 - Sing With Your Children - Roundabout
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Emma and Cecilia Black grew up in a large family that sang together constantly. Now these two sisters from Grand Rapids, Michigan, have made an album of folk songs for children. They want people to know that any family can start singing together, without special training or equipment.

Here Emma and Cecilia, who record under the name Roundabout, discuss the ethos of folk music, which is about participation rather than consumption. They amusingly disabuse us of the notion that folk music is always squeaky-clean and wholesome. Finally, they touch on the problems with commercial children’s music, in contrast to their album, Singsong Pennywhistle, which is engaging and accessible without being musically and lyrically dumbed-down.

All songs used with permission from Roundabout.

Links

https://www.roundaboutfolk.com

Buy Singsong Pennywhistle https://www.roundaboutfolk.com/music

Folk music resources https://www.roundaboutfolk.com/why-folk



8. Episode 45 - Libertarianism vs. Natural Law
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Thomas discusses his libertarian past, explains why he abandoned that political philosophy, and summarizes an article on the topic by the Catholic philosopher Edward Feser. Feser, himself an ex-libertarian who has written books on Hayek, Nozick and Locke, argues that the libertarian view of self-ownership and private property rights cannot be reconciled with classical natural law theory, and lays out a proper natural law theory of private property rights and taxation.

Links

The article https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/social-philosophy-and-policy/article/classical-natural-law-theory-property-rights-and-taxation/E5AF0E3F9E3B29FDFF940E4CAA728721

Feser’s collected writings on why he stopped being a libertarian http://edwardfeser.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-road-from-libertarianism.html

Feser on Hayek https://www.claremont.org/crb/article/hayeks-tragic-capitalism/

Episode 7: Inflation Is a Sin—Guido Hülsmann https://www.catholicculture.org/podcast/index.cfm?id=7



9. Episode 44 - Catholics Need Poetry. But Do We Want It? - Dana Gioia
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Dana Gioia is one of the greatest Catholic poets working today. In this interview he discusses how Catholic attitudes toward the arts have changed in recent generations, and the revival of interest in poetry in the culture as a whole. Dana reads a few of his poems, discusses how Catholicism has made his poetry “simpler, more emotionally direct, and more unabashedly musical,” and even gives poets some tips on collaboration with musicians and composers. Dana and Thomas wrap up by discussing the role of the critic and highlighting a modern Catholic poet Dana thinks should be better known.

Links

The Catholic Writer Today and Other Essays https://www.wisebloodbooks.com/store/c4/Wiseblood_Essays_.html

99 Poems, New and Selected https://www.graywolfpress.org/books/99-poems

Dana Gioia’s website www.danagioia.com

Dana reads his poems on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6dDuuRPo6HXxn69LMLrwyw

Jazz pianist Helen Sung and Dana Gioia discuss their album Sung With Words https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZWhKguBJGg



10. Episode 43 - Teaching Children Self-Knowledge Through the Liberal Arts - Matthew Mehan
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Mr. Mehan’s Mildly Amusing Mythical Mammals (M5) is a book of poems intended as an introduction to the liberal arts for children, helping them to grow in self-knowledge, virtue, and the art of charitable rhetoric. It is written in the ancient form of the beast fable, with each of Matthew Mehan’s twenty-six alphabetical poems accompanied by a beautiful oil painting by John Folley. In this interview Matthew discusses the book, the role of poetry in aesthetic, moral and spiritual education, and related topics such as the lost social art of memorizing and reciting poems.

Links

Sample and buy M5 https://www.mythicalmammals.com/

Online Great Books referral link (25% off first three months – use code catholicculture) https://hj424.isrefer.com/go/ogbmemberships/tmirus/

Episode 27 with OGB founder Scott Hambrick https://www.catholicculture.org/podcast/index.cfm?id=27

Learn more about OGB https://onlinegreatbooks.com/



11. Episode 42 - The Missionary of Wall Street - Stephen Auth
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Stephen Auth is a highly successful investment manager on Wall Street. In his spare time, he hails down strangers on the streets of Manhattan and convinces them to go to confession.

Links

Steve Auth, The Missionary of Wall Street: From Managing Money to Saving Souls on the Streets of New York https://www.sophiainstitute.com/products/item/missionary-of-wall-street



12. Episode 41 - The Neo-Colonial West Is Forcing Abortion on Africa - Obianuju Ekeocha
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Western governments and NGOs are pushing the Sexual Revolution on Africa, using strings-attached development aid. Of all the funds from Western nations going to “development” in Africa, the majority are for population control. Obianuju Ekeocha is raising awareness about this form of neo-colonialism in which rich Westerners force their anti-culture on African peoples, because for them a better Africa is one with fewer Africans. One organization, Marie Stopes International, is even performing abortions in countries where they are illegal.

Links

Watch Strings Attached https://www.amazon.com/Strings-Attached-Obianuju-Ekeocha/dp/B07N5DSSN7

Target Africa: Ideological Neo-Colonialism in the Twenty-First Century https://www.ignatius.com/Target-Africa-P2384.aspx

Culture of Life Africa http://cultureoflifeafrica.com/

Connect the Dots With Obianuju https://www.youtube.com/user/COLAfrica

https://twitter.com/obianuju



13. Episode 40 - Tolkien and Aquinas - Jonathan S. McIntosh
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Tolkien is well known to have been concerned with the internal consistency of his fictional world, from geography to history to language. But he was also concerned with another sort of consistency: metaphysical consistency, not only within the work but between his work and reality (because he did not see the storyteller's task as providing an alternative to reality but an extension of it). Scholars have debated the nature of Tolkien's metaphysics; Jonathan S. McIntosh contends that the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas provides the most fruitful metaphysical lens with which to examine Middle-Earth.

Links

The Flame Imperishable: Tolkien, St. Thomas, and the Metaphysics of Faërie https://angelicopress.org/product/the-flame-imperishable/

Jonathan's Flame Imperishable blog https://jonathansmcintosh.wordpress.com/



14. Episode 39 - Composing Liturgical Music That's Noble, Accessible... and Sacred - Paul Jernberg
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Paul Jernberg is a composer of sacred music and director of the Magnificat Institute, which offers education in the patrimony of Catholic liturgical music. He tells Thomas about his career, including an interesting digression about gospel music and its relation to Catholic liturgy, the criterion of “noble accessibility” in liturgical music, and what Roman Catholic composers can learn from the ancient Eastern chant traditions.

This episode contains selections from Jernberg’s Mass of St. Philip Neri, used with permission. If you would like to hear more episodes with music throughout, please send Thomas feedback at podcast@catholicculture.org.

Links

http://www.pauljernberg.com/

Purchase the Mass of St. Philip Neri album http://www.pauljernberg.com/preview

Magificat Institute of Sacred Music https://magnificatinstitute.org/

Paul Jernberg, “The Logos of Sacred Music” https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/articles.cfm?id=535

Jernberg on David Clayton’s Way of Beauty Podcast:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5xpu6Ldr-A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIAK-o5JIL0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NxbTo4BO4Q



15. Episode 38 - The Sacred Monster - Matthew K. Minerd
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The name of Garrigou-Lagrange has long been a byword for a fusty, rigid Thomism of days gone by, allegedly more concerned with centuries of accretions built up by scholastic commentators than with the original teaching of the Angelic Doctor himself. Only in traditionalist circles was his name still spoken with respect.

But recent years have seen a wider reevaluation of this French Dominican priest and theologian, and a new translation of his work The Sense of Mystery: Clarity and Obscurity in the Intellectual Life shows that Garrigou has been unfairly dismissed as a purveyor of airless theology.

The translator of this work, Matthew K. Minerd, joins the podcast to discuss Fr. Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange’s legacy and some of the book’s central themes. These include mystery from on high and from below (not only spirit but also matter is mysterious), the importance of common sense for philosophy, the different senses in which we use the word “to be”, the supernaturality of faith, and the eminence of the Deity beyond any of His attributes insofar as we know and name them by reason.

Through all these topics it becomes abundantly clear that only by preserving the distinction between natural and supernatural can theology remain itself.

Links

Buy The Sense of Mystery: Clarity and Obscurity in the Intellectual Life http://www.emmausacademic.com/publications/2018/5/18/sense-of-mystery

An excellent article on chastity by Matthew https://www.hprweb.com/2017/10/on-the-lowly-yet-vital-importance-of-chastity/



16. Episode 37 - Sculpting Two Benedicts - Jago
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The young Italian sculptor Jago is best known to Catholics for his marble bust of Pope Benedict XVI, which the Pope himself awarded with a pontifical medal. Upon Benedict’s resignation, Jago radically reworked the piece into its current form, Habemus Hominem. In this episode Jago discusses the meaning of marble, how he had to teach himself because his art professors opposed studying the great masters of the past, and his innovative use of social media as a new, decentralized form of patronage.

Links

Jago on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jago.artist

Video of Jago transforming his bust of Pope Benedict https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqVwRookYJ0

Article on Habemus Hominem https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2018/02/21/shirtless-statue-pope-benedict-causes-art-sensation-rome/



17. Episode 36 - Bridges to Hell or Heaven: "Toxic Femininity" and the Spirit of Anti-Mary - Carrie Gress
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One of the core things that has gone wrong with our culture in the past several decades is the denigration of every virtue associated with the perfect woman, Mary. Gentleness, humility, (true) beauty and especially motherhood: these are all antithetical to the radical feminism that is now thoroughly mainstream. If modern women are rejecting the very model of womanhood, it’s no wonder the data tells us they’re miserable. What they have embraced instead is described by Carrie Gress as the spirit of anti-Mary.

Carrie’s new book, The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity, details how Satan has used women’s malcontent as an entry point to completely devastate them and the culture they were meant to create and nurture. She dispels the illusion of the sisterhood, as early radical feminism was filled with backstabbing, mental illness, and unhappy women who hated not only men but each other. She argues that the misbehavior of so many women today is a defense mechanism due to the lack of unconditional love from their parents. Finally, she points women to Mary and her virtues as a way of finding contentment in the unconditional love of God the Father, and of rediscovering the feminine beauty that will be crucial to healing our culture’s wounds.

Links

The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity https://www.tanbooks.com/index.php/the-anti-mary-exposed.html

Episode 4 – The Marian Option – Carrie Gress https://www.catholicculture.org/podcast/index.cfm?id=4

Carrie Gress http://www.carriegress.com/

Helena Daily https://www.helenadaily.com/

Support our podcast development https://www.catholicculture.org/donate/podcast

CatholicCulture.org email newsletters https://www.catholicculture.org/newsletters/



18. Episode 35 - Moral Blindness and Abortion - Abby Johnson
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Abby Johnson was the youngest clinic director in Planned Parenthood history. After witnessing an abortion on ultrasound, she quit, became a Catholic, and founded And Then There Were None, an organization which has helped over 500 workers leave the abortion industry. We discuss the new film Unplanned, based on her memoir by the same name, and delve into the vicious cycle of moral blindness which enabled her to work in the abortion business.

Links

Unplanned movie https://www.unplannedfilm.com/

Unplanned book http://www.unplannedthebook.com/

Abby’s Twitter https://twitter.com/abbyjohnson

And Then There Were None https://abortionworker.com/



19. Episode 34 - The Memoirs of St. Peter - Michael Pakaluk
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Michael Pakaluk has written a new translation and commentary of Mark’s Gospel. Mark was relating very recent events, with details only an eyewitness (most likely Peter) would have mentioned. This earliest Gospel set the standard for what words and deeds of Christ would be included by the other evangelists, and reflected on by Christians until the end of the age. If these are indeed the memoirs of St. Peter “as told to” St. Mark, then, as Pakaluk says, all of the Gospels bear the mark of the Petrine ministry.

Links

The Memoirs of St. Peter https://www.regnery.com/books/the-memoirs-of-st-peter/

Michael Pakaluk at Catholic U https://business.catholic.edu/faculty-and-research/faculty-profiles/pakaluk-michael/index.html



20. Episode 33 - Structure and Freedom in Music and in Christ - Mark Christopher Brandt
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The quest for freedom in structure is fundamental to Catholic spiritual life (particularly during this season of Lent). It’s also fundamental to musical improvisation. How can you be free and spontaneous without giving way to anarchy and sin, which lead to death?  How can you be organized and disciplined without succumbing to the living death of rigidity? How can you make new music in the moment, with no predetermined composition, that nonetheless has order and beauty? And how can you do all this without taking yourself too seriously? Only the Holy Spirit makes these things possible.

My friend Mark Christopher Brandt—improvising pianist, composer and spiritual writer—has spent his life pursuing these paradoxes in the confluence of life as a musician and life in Christ. We discuss his ongoing series of fully improvised albums, most recently the DVD Structure and Freedom, as well as his books of meditations for the Stations of the Cross and the Rosary.

Links

Mark’s website http://www.markchristopherbrandt.com

Structure and Freedom DVD https://markchristopherbrandt.com/structure-and-freedom-dvd.html

Sunflowers and Roses (soundtrack album to Structure and Freedom) https://markchristopherbrandt.com/sunflowers-and-roses-album.html

Mark's spiritual books https://markchristopherbrandt.com/spiritual-books.html

The Conduit, Mark’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA0Qk_D2aaELp23GYb9xocg

2017 interview about Mark’s album The Nightingale https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/otc.cfm?id=1492



21. Episode 32 - Antoni Gaudí, Patron Saint of Architects? - Gabriela Gonzalez-Cremona
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For many people who have never been to Spain, their only image of the country may be the strange spires of Barcelona’s La Sagrada Familia, designed by Antoni Gaudí. It is certainly the best-known building in Spain, despite still not being finished—and construction began in 1882! Indeed, Gaudí knew the building would not be completed in his lifetime, but was at peace with this, saying, “My client is not in a hurry.” He was an ascetic with a deep devotion to the Holy Family, and there is an ongoing cause for his beatification with which my guest is involved.

 

Links

Images of Gaudí’s works https://www.pinterest.com/ukiahyaya/antoni-gaudi/?lp=true

Association for the Beatification of Antoni Gaudí

http://translate.google.com/translate?client=tmpg&hl=en&langpair=es|en&u=http%3A//www.gaudibeatificatio.com/

The Association’s book on Gaudí and the beatification effort http://www.gaudibeatificatio.com/files/docs/GAUDI-BOOK.pdf



22. Episode 31 - Some Jazz You Should Hear
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You may or may not know that I have a background in jazz piano (I wrote and performed the intro and outro music for this show, for example). In this album I introduce you to about ten of my very favorite jazz albums. This is an experimental solo episode, but don’t worry, we’ll be back to interviews next week.

 

Links

The main list:

Charlie Parker, “Parker’s Mood” (1948) (listen to this original version, not the overdubbed version from Clint Eastwood’s depressing film Bird!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Wa7El-k3jQ

Best of the Savoy and Dial Master Takes (I mentioned the complete set in the episode but this is more approachable): https://www.amazon.com/Best-Complete-Savoy-Studio-Recordings/dp/B000067FUO/

“Koko”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okrNwE6GI70

Erroll Garner, The Complete Concert by the Sea (1958): https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Concert-Sea-Erroll-Garner/dp/B00ZJ5QXDO/

                 “I’ll Remember April”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_aILGaLqyc

Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto, Getz/Gilberto (1964): https://www.amazon.com/Getz-Gilberto-Stan/dp/B0000047CX/

                 “Desafinado”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=So718wk426c

Wes Montgomery and the Wynton Kelly Trio, Smokin’ at the Half Note (1965): https://www.amazon.com/Smokin-At-Half-Note-Remastered/dp/B0006VXF4G/

                 “Unit 7”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D12_468jvNk

Miles Davis, Kind of Blue (1959): https://www.amazon.com/Kind-Blue-Miles-Davis/dp/B000002ADT/

 “Blue in Green”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veDgWww1hIQ

Bill Evans’s liner notes: https://www.sfjazz.org/onthecorner/bill-evans-kind-blue-liner-notes/

Bill Evans, Alone (1968): https://www.amazon.com/Alone-VME-Bill-Evans/dp/B00006C79A/

                 “Here’s That Rainy Day”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMa2VaV3Voo

Miles Davis, Nefertiti (1968): https://www.amazon.com/Nefertiti-Miles-Davis/dp/B003O5MODY/

                “Nefertiti”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHBIfBex7Ig

Herbie Hancock, Speak Like a Child (1968): https://www.amazon.com/Speak-Like-Child-Herbie-Hancock/dp/B0007LLQ3W/

                “Speak Like a Child”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTNLWi-xAkE

Chick Corea, Friends (1978): https://www.amazon.com/Friends-CHICK-COREA/dp/B01LVWGSGJ

"Waltz for Dave": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNdowVQ9nxE

 

Other albums mentioned:

Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, Bird and Diz (1950): https://www.amazon.com/Bird-Diz-Charlie-Parker/dp/B009R50YU0/

                “Bloomdido”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MCGweQ8Oso

Elis Regina and Antonio Carlos Jobim, Elis & Tom (1974): https://www.amazon.com/Elis-Antonio-Carlos-Jobim-Regina/dp/B0017YWG2S

                “Aguas de Março”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1tOV7y94DY

Miles Davis, Miles Smiles (1967): https://www.amazon.com/Miles-Smiles-Davis/dp/B016QE48TM/

                “Footprints”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62p-CXrYmf4

Herbie Hancock et al., Tribute to Miles (1992): https://www.amazon.com/Tribute-Miles-Various-Artists/dp/B000002MG7/

“Elegy”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_DJJyJ5Ogg

Chick Corea, Three Quartets (1981): https://www.amazon.com/Three-Quartets-Chick-Corea/dp/B000003OZE/

                “Quartet No. 2, Pt. 2: Tribute to John Coltrane”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQx96DsZXxA



23. Episode 30--What Tolkien's Visual Art Tells Us About His Creative Mind--John McQuillen and Holly Ordway
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While Tolkien’s brilliance as a world-builder and storyteller is well-established, fewer people are aware of just how unique (and obsessive) his creative process was, or that he was a gifted visual artist. That is changing thanks to an unprecedented exhibition of Tolkien’s personal items, manuscripts and artworks, Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth, currently on display at the Morgan Library in Manhattan.

John McQuillen, Assistant Curator at the Morgan Library, and Holly Ordway, author of the upcoming study Tolkien’s Modern Sources, join me to discuss the exhibition, which sheds light on Tolkien’s use of visual art to help him solidify his literary vision, the role his stories and artworks played in his family life, and (perhaps surprising to many who view Tolkien as a conservative fuddy-duddy) his willingness to draw on an eclectic range of sources, including distinctly modern ones, to enhance his creative expression.

 

Links

Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth at the Morgan (view selected images from the exhibition) https://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/tolkien

The exhibition book, Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth by Catherine McIlwaine https://www.amazon.com/Tolkien-Maker-Middle-earth-Catherine-McIlwaine/dp/1851244859

Holly Ordway http://www.hollyordway.com/

Sheen Center for Thought & Culture https://www.sheencenter.org/

Past Tolkien-related episodes

Episode 15: Online Education with The Tolkien Professor—Corey Olsen https://www.catholicculture.org/podcast/index.cfm?id=15

Episode 16: Extremely Specific Middle-earth Q&A with The Tolkien Professor—Corey Olsen https://www.catholicculture.org/podcast/index.cfm?id=16



24. Episode 29 - Catholic Feminism: Should We? - Abigail Rine Favale
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Today there is more pressure than ever before on both women and men to embrace feminism. In her outstanding memoir, Into the Deep, Abigail Rine Favale gives a resonant account of her journey from an evangelical childhood to a Christian feminism which inevitably gave way to the secular, postmodern variety. This ideology gradually gutted her faith—a process interrupted by childbirth and a sudden and unexpected conversion to Catholicism.

We discuss the feasibility of Catholic feminism, the danger of interpreting Scripture and doctrine through a predetermined ideological hermeneutic, facile uses of the word "equality", the totalizing nature of all ideology, the role of intuition in the spiritual life, and more.

Links

Buy Into the Deep: An Unlikely Catholic Conversion using discount code “DEEP” for 40% off https://wipfandstock.com/into-the-deep.html

Recent articles by Abigail Rine Favale

“Confessions of a Feminist Heretic” http://churchlife.nd.edu/2019/01/11/confessions-of-a-feminist-heretic/

“Sex and Symbol” http://churchlife.nd.edu/2018/06/19/sex-and-symbol/

“Hildegard of Bingen’s Vital Contribution to the Concept of Woman” http://churchlife.nd.edu/2018/12/11/hildegard-of-bingens-vital-contribution-to-the-concept-of-woman/

Other articles

Dawn Eden, “Eve of Deconstruction: Feminism and John Paul II” https://www.catholicity.com/commentary/eden/03324.html

Thomas V. Mirus, “Should women be meek and mild like Mary?” https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/otc.cfm?id=1594



25. Episode 28: An Introduction to Maritain's Poetic Philosophy--Samuel Hazo
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This episode is not to be missed! There is an ongoing and much-needed revival of Jacques Maritain’s philosophy of art. Accomplished poet Samuel Hazo makes a most valuable contribution to that revival with The World Within the World: Maritain and the Poet. He wrote the book 60 years ago, with a preface by Maritain himself (the only book about him to receive that honor), but was only recently published.

In this conversation, we go over some of the most important points in Maritain’s thought on poetry; Dr. Hazo provides many an illuminating anecdote and off-the-cuff recitation of poems by himself and others to concretize ideas that might, to the non-artist, seem esoteric.

Links

https://www.samhazopoet.com/

Dr. Hazo’s most recent books:

The World Within the World: Maritain and the Poet https://www.amazon.com/World-within-Word-Maritain-Poet/dp/0996930574/

When Not Yet Is Now (upcoming poetry collection) https://www.amazon.com/When-Not-Yet-Samuel-Hazo/dp/0999513451/

The Pittsburgh That Stays Within You, Fifth Edition https://www.amazon.com/Pittsburgh-That-Stays-Within-You-ebook/dp/B077MNLR42/



26. Episode 27: Always Wanted to Study the Great Books? Here's How You'll Actually Follow Through--Scott Hambrick
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Many people want to study the great books of the western world in a group setting, but are unable to study at a Great Books college like St. John’s, and it’s not easy to find people willing to commit to read and meet to discuss the books regularly. I was in that club until I found a new company called Online Great Books. It provides both the books and the people to discuss them with via video conferencing software, all on a schedule that normal, busy folks can keep up with. I want to let people in on the fun I’ve been having, so I invited OGB founder Scott Hambrick to join me on the show.

OGB’s latest enrollment period began on January 28th (the day before this podcast came out) and will stay open for about seven days. Get in there using discount code “catholicculture” for 25% off your first three months! 

Links

Join Online Great Books via this referral link https://hj424.isrefer.com/go/ogbmemberships/tmirus/

Learn more about OGB https://onlinegreatbooks.com/

Mortimer Adler’s list of the Great Books of the Western World http://www.interleaves.org/~rteeter/gbww.html

Online Great Books Podcast https://onlinegreatbooks.com/onlinegreatbooks-podcast/

The Underground History of American Education https://www.amazon.com/Underground-History-American-Education-Investigation/dp/0945700040/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

Today's reading: C.S. Lewis, "Willing Slaves of the Welfare State" http://liberty-tree.ca/research/willing_slaves_of_the_welfare_state



27. Episode 26: The Arts, Contemplation and Virtue--Basil Cole, O.P.
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Fr. Basil Cole returns to discuss what he has been teaching the student brothers at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., in a course on the arts, contemplation and virtue.

Links

Episode 11: Music and Morals—Fr. Basil Cole, O.P. https://www.catholicculture.org/podcast/index.cfm?id=11

Fr. Basil’s dissertation, The Moral and Psychological Effects of Music: A Theological Appraisal https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=11968

Fr. Basil’s articles at Catholic Culture https://www.catholicculture.org/search/resultslist.cfm?requesttype=docbrowseauth&resourcetype=1&catlabel=author&catid=85

Readings mentioned:

Jacques Maritain, Art and Scholasticism https://maritain.nd.edu/jmc/etext/art.htm

Josef Pieper, Only the Lover Sings https://www.ignatius.com/Only-the-Lover-Sings-P1873.aspx

Pope St. John Paul II, Letter to Artists https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=988&repos=1&subrepos=0&searchid=1905529

Pope Benedict XVI, Address to Artists https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=9187&repos=1&subrepos=0&searchid=1905530

Pope St. Paul VI, Address to Artists http://w2.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/en/speeches/1965/documents/hf_p-vi_spe_19651208_epilogo-concilio-artisti.html

Francis J. Kovach, Philosophy of Beauty https://www.amazon.com/Philosophy-Beauty-Frances-J-Kovach/dp/0806113634



28. Episode 25: Phil Lawler, Jeff Mirus and Thomas Mirus on Our Favorite Books of 2018
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Phil Lawler, Jeff Mirus, and Thomas Mirus discuss selections from their article rounding up their favorite books and other media of 2018.

Links

Article: The best books we read in 2018 https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/otc.cfm?id=1591



29. Episode 24: Talking A Capella with VOCES8's Barnaby Smith
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VOCES8 is a critically acclaimed a capella octet from the UK, focusing on medieval and Renaissance works as well as their own arrangements of modern pop tunes. This episode is an interview with the group’s artistic director and countertenor, Barnaby Smith. We discuss the group's history and educational outreach, the creative challenges of chamber singing, and a few of the sacred works the group has recorded over the past decade.

The following recordings are included in this episode with permission from VOCES8 (links are to lyrics):

William Byrd (1538-1623), Vigilate from A Choral Tapestry, 2011 http://www2.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Vigilate_(William_Byrd)

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), Corpus Christi Carol from Eventide, 2013 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corpus_Christi_Carol#Lyrics

Anonymous French, Angelus ad Virginem from Equinox, 2018 http://www.preces-latinae.org/thesaurus/BVM/AngelusAdVirg.html

 

Links

Cluny Media, a new Catholic publisher https://clunymedia.com

VOCES8 http://www.voces8.com

VOCES8 music store http://www.voces8.com/shop

VCM Foundation https://vcm.foundation/

Good article on William Byrd’s Catholicism https://www.firstthings.com/article/2014/03/a-double-life



30. Episode 23: How the Laity Must Respond to the Abuse Crisis--Fr. Roger Landry
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Fr. Roger Landry returns to the show to talk about what the laity can do to address the abuse crisis. Along the way we discuss the concerns that might make even good bishops hesitant to remove bad priests, the spiritual tactics laity and priests alike must use to purify and heal the Church, the folly of choosing to be scandalized, and how to stay informed without losing one’s interior peace.

Previous episode with Fr. Roger on the abuse crisis: https://www.catholicculture.org/podcast/index.cfm?id=19

Links

https://twitter.com/FrRogerLandry

Fr. Roger Landry, Plan of Life: Habits to Help You Grow Closer to God https://amzn.to/2RGVW80

Fr. Roger Landry’s National Catholic Register articles about the abuse crisis:

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/truth-is-needed-to-free-the-church-from-sacrilege-of-clergy-scandal

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/fatherlandry/how-to-stay-faithful-as-we-endure-and-confront-the-crisis

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/fatherlandry/anchors-in-the-storm

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/fatherlandry/spiritual-paternity-anger-lying-and-vulnerable-adults

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/fatherlandry/what-to-do-about-corruption-in-the-church



31. Episode 22: Newman's Idea of a University--Paul Shrimpton
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Bl. John Henry Newman was, among many other things, a lifelong teacher. Not only did he found the Catholic University of Ireland and England’s first Catholic public school, he was a highly influential philosopher of education. In his collection of addresses titled The Idea of a University, Newman set forth his conception of liberal education, defending the essential place of theology among the university subjects and arguing against the growing utilitarian tendency to see education as nothing more than professional training. Paul Shrimpton, teacher at Magdalen College School in Oxford and author of The Making of Men, brings together the theory and practice of Newman the educator.

 

Books mentioned:

John Henry Newman, The Idea of a University:

Read http://www.newmanreader.org/works/idea/

Purchase https://www.clunymedia.com/product/the-idea-of-a-university/https://amzn.to/2REdkJB

John Henry Newman’s historical sketches relating to education: http://www.newmanreader.org/works/historical/volume2/index.html

http://www.newmanreader.org/works/historical/volume3/index.html

Paul Shrimpton, The Making of Men: The Idea and reality of Newman’s university in Oxford and Dublin https://amzn.to/2Dsx28h

Ian Ker, John Henry Newman: A Biography https://amzn.to/2D5Xzau



32. Episode 21: Gosnell, the Abortion Story No One Wanted Told--Ann McElhinney
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The new feature film Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer, about the investigation, trial and conviction of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, has defied opposition from the film industry and the press alike to become an artistic and financial success, even briefly making it into the top ten in box office results. Writer Ann McElhinney discusses the film, her research process (including the disturbing experience of interviewing Gosnell himself), and the numerous obstacles the filmmakers faced in telling a story nobody wanted to see the light of day.

At the beginning of the episode, Thomas also discusses the recent film about Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince (the Gosnell interview starts 10 minutes in).

Links

The film: http://www.gosnellmovie.com

The book: https://amzn.to/2Rt20A5

https://twitter.com/annmcelhinney

https://www.facebook.com/annmcelhinney/



33. Episode 20: Carl Schmitt, Painter of Vision--Andrew de Sa
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The American Catholic painter Carl Schmitt (1889-1989) made fascinating innovations in the use of color. He wrote extensively on the artist’s vocation, arguing for seeking holiness through practicing one’s art rather than the other way around, and advocating the three virtues of poverty, humility and purity as a necessity for all artists to follow. He inspired artists in other media, like Hilaire Belloc and Hart Crane. He did all this while raising ten children. Andrew de Sa, the Creative Director at the Carl Schmitt Foundation, educates us about this artist who was content to paint in obscurity for God.

Links

Carl Schmitt Foundation https://carlschmitt.org/

Upcoming CSF Events https://carlschmitt.org/upcoming-events/

Andrew de Sa http://andrewdesaart.com/

Arlington Catholic Herald article about Andrew and the Foundation https://www.catholicherald.com/News/Local_News/Catholic_creators_to_share_methods/



34. Episode 19: Understanding the Church's Abuse Crisis--Fr. Roger Landry
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The faithful have many questions about the ecclesiastical sexual abuse crisis: What did Church authorities do right in responding to the previous wave of scandals, and what did they fail to do? How could Theodore McCarrick, a serial abuser surrounded by rumors, rise to become one of the most powerful hierarchs in the Church? What is the connection between doctrinal infidelity and sexual infidelity by priests? How do priests living double lives justify remaining in the priesthood? Finally, how much truth is there to the claim that priestly sexual abuse is the result of clericalism?

Links

Fr. Roger Landry, Plan of Life: Habits to Help You Grow Closer to God https://amzn.to/2RGVW80

Fr. Roger Landry’s National Catholic Register articles about the abuse crisis:

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/truth-is-needed-to-free-the-church-from-sacrilege-of-clergy-scandal

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/fatherlandry/how-to-stay-faithful-as-we-endure-and-confront-the-crisis

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/fatherlandry/anchors-in-the-storm

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/fatherlandry/spiritual-paternity-anger-lying-and-vulnerable-adults

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/fatherlandry/what-to-do-about-corruption-in-the-church



35. Episode 18: Acedia, the Forgotten Capital Sin--RJ Snell
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Once included among the capital sins, acedia has been identified with both sloth and sadness. St. Thomas Aquinas, for example, defined it both as "disgust with activity" and “sadness about spiritual good.” Today’s guest, RJ Snell, argues that acedia is the chief spiritual malady of our age, underlying the malaise, nihilism and despair so prevalent in the modern West.

Links

R.J. Snell, Acedia and Its Discontents: Metaphysical Boredom in the Empire of Desire https://amzn.to/2xTTBhQ

Thomas’s 2015 review of Snell, Acedia and Its Discontents https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/otc.cfm?id=1307

Thomas’s 2015 review of Nault, The Noonday Devil https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/otc.cfm?id=1283

Forthcoming book: R.J. Snell and Robert P. George, Mind, Heart & Soul: Intellectuals and the Path to Rome https://amzn.to/2zO9Uhk



36. Episode 17: A Civics Lesson for Catholics--Bob Marshall
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Many Catholics have become cynical about the possibility of changing the political landscape, but perhaps we’ve given up before we’ve really tried. It’s not just about electing the right congressmen and nominating the right justices, it’s about keeping them accountable.

In this episode, former Virginia delegate Bob Marshall shares practical insights drawn from his encyclopedic knowledge of the American political tradition and from his own achievements in politics: for example, he was behind the Hyde Amendment which stopped abortion funding via Medicaid. He reminds us that “To render to Caesar, you have to know the structure of Caesar’s world.”

Did you know that Congress has the Constitutional authority to decide what kinds of cases the Supreme Court may hear? What about the possibility of amending appropriations bills to render SCOTUS decisions like Obergefell unenforceable? Have you given real consideration to the fact that local politics is the foundation for everything else? If not, you’ll want to listen to this episode.

Links

Robert G. Marshall, Reclaiming the Republic: How Christians and Other Conservatives Can Win Back America https://amzn.to/2xSQxlg

Jeff Mirus’s review of Reclaiming the Republic https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/otc.cfm?id=1565

Bob Marshall’s recent articles for The Federalist https://thefederalist.com/author/robertgmarshall/

Msgr. John Sanders, the priest who played with Duke Ellington https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/otc.cfm?id=1575

 

Timestamps

2:41 Bob Marshall’s political career and recent defeat

6:01 Why Bob wrote Reclaiming the Republic; natural law in the American founding

9:25 Catholics ought not withdraw from politics: Biblical precedents

13:25 Judicial branch is not the final authority on what is Constitutional; Congress’s authority to decide what cases the Supreme Court can hear

23:32 The importance of educating your representatives

26:47 Bob’s role in passing the Hyde Amendment; importance of the power of the purse

34:13 Appropriations bills can be used to keep bad Supreme Court decisions from being enforced

36:22 Our representatives avoid voting on the record so we can’t hold them accountable

39:24 How to get your representative to go on the record

41:03 The oath of office—you can’t fulfill it if you don’t read the bills you vote on!

44:15 Anti-commandeering laws, by which states can refuse to enforce federal laws

48:47 Why you should vote in primary elections

50:41 “All politics is local”: issues that affect people’s daily lives

53:18 The importance of the precinct; door-to-door campaigning tips

57:45 The role of corporations in promoting immoral policies



37. Episode 16: Extremely Specific Middle-earth Q&A with The Tolkien Professor--Corey Olsen
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In part two of my interview with Corey “The Tolkien Professor” Olsen, we discuss several extremely specific questions about Middle-earth, including: What is “magic” in The Lord of the Rings? Whogiddy-what is Tom Bombadil exactly? Do the good consequences of Eowyn’s disobedience to Theoden justify her actions? Are orcs—possessing free will but seemingly evil by nature—metaphysically coherent?

Links

Signum University https://signumuniversity.org/

Mythgard Institute (Signum’s free programs for the public) https://mythgard.org/

The Tolkien Professor Podcast https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-tolkien-professor/id320513707?mt=2

Corey Olsen’s website https://tolkienprofessor.com/

Timestamps

Corey Olsen

2:06 The ambiguity of “magic” as used by different beings and races in The Lord of the Rings

12:13 Is Tom Bombadil God or a Christ-figure? What does it mean that “he is,” and that he is “the Master”? Is Tom a Maia? West vs. east and resurrection in the barrow-wight episode

35:04 Does Eowyn’s fulfillment of prophecy in slaying the Witch-King justify her abandonment of her duties to stay behind and rule/protect her people in the King’s absence? Simplistic feminist misinterpretations of Eowyn; Rohan’s vs. Gondor’s cultural values

44:26 Eowyn’s despair vs. Sam’s; different kinds of hope; Sam’s attitude towards his duty and the sense in which he lacks hope

59:38 More on Eowyn, Rohan's debased cultural values

1:07:02 How Tolkien developed in his concept of flat vs. round Middle-earth

1:09:17 Are orcs evil by nature? How can that be if they have free will?

1:15:22 What is the basis of the differences/superiorities/inferiorities among the races of Middle-earth, and how is it different from real-world racist theories?

1:26:16 This week’s reading: J.R.R. Tolkien, “On Fairy-Stories” https://amzn.to/2Cgo9Pm



38. Episode 15: Online Education with The Tolkien Professor--Corey Olsen
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Corey Olsen, aka The Tolkien Professor, started out putting his college lectures out in podcast form, and ended up founding an online master’s program devoted to the study of imaginative literature: Signum University. We discuss Signum, the state approval process, the current advantages and prospects of online education, some differences between Tolkien and Lewis, and reading Tolkien with children.

Links

Signum University https://signumuniversity.org/

Mythgard Institute (Signum’s free programs for the public) https://mythgard.org/

The Tolkien Professor Podcast https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-tolkien-professor/id320513707?mt=2

Corey Olsen’s website https://tolkienprofessor.com/

Timestamps

Corey Olsen

2:38 Signum University approved by the New Hampshire Higher Education Commission

3:02 Scope of studies at Signum University: definition of imaginative literature; Tolkien at the center

5:54 A fundamental difference between Tolkien and Lewis

15:23 The process of getting an educational program approved by a state board

22:46 Corey’s motivations to podcast: desire to communicate with more than a tiny academic audience, unfulfilled demand from people who want to study Tolkien seriously

28:43 Making online education more than just an efficient correspondence course: real-time interaction and community

33:14 Online education as an affordable alternative to bilking students and exploiting faculty

40:00 Signum’s free programs for the public at the Mythgard Institute

47:04 How old should your kid be to read The Lord of the Rings?

52:38 Moralizing Tolkien vs. Lewis: how they lend themselves to different ways of reading with children

56:17 This week’s reading: J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 250 https://amzn.to/2PLXhcs



39. Episode 14: Priest & Actor--George Drance, S.J.
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What’s it like to be both a priest and a professional actor? George Drance, S.J. is the artist in residence at Fordham University, where he teaches acting, a resident artist in La Mama’s Great Jones Repertory Company, and the artistic director of Magis Theatre Company. We discuss his religious and artistic vocation, how people in the theater world feel about working with a priest, how to take custody of your career and choose your roles with integrity, Catholic vs. worldly ideas of success, and more.

 

Links

George Drance, S.J. Fordham faculty page https://www.fordham.edu/info/25064/theatre_full-time_faculty/10013/george_drance_sj/1

Magis Theatre Company http://www.magistheatre.org

Timestamps

George Drance, S.J.

1:52 Being both a Jesuit priest and a working actor

6:50 How Fr. George seeks God in his work

8:11 Working in experimental theater with Great Jones Repertory and La MaMa; the legacy of Ellen Stewart

14:25 Navigating the theater world socially as a priest; how theater people respond to Fr. George’s priesthood

18:59 Dealing with the pressure to take compromising roles; taking custody of your career as a young actor

29:44 The advantage of having a personal practice as an actor

33:34 There’s no shame in having a day job; rejecting worldly conceptions of success

35:51 The fascinating career of dramatist-priest Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600-1681); his Life Is a Dream

42:27 Magis Theatre Company: actor training and reviving forgotten classics

48:02 Adaptation of The Odyssey for high school students

50:15 Magis’s upcoming show, Miracle in Rwanda, based on Left to Tell by Imaculée Ilibagiza

53:50 This week’s reading: Bl. John Henry Newman, The Idea of a University



40. Episode 13: Progressives Are Trying to Take Over Medieval Studies--Rachel Fulton Brown
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The critical theorists and social justice warriors are trying to do to medieval studies what they’ve done to other disciplines, and if you don’t get on board, you’re a white supremacist. Over the past two years or so, the mob has targeted University of Chicago professor Rachel Fulton Brown, calling her a fascist, trying to intimidate her department into censuring her, and banning her from conference sessions. She joins me to discuss her ordeal, why even tenured professors are willing to stand up for unpopular truths, and the stakes of the battle for medieval studies.

 

Links

Rachel Fulton Brown’s academic homepage http://home.uchicago.edu/~rfulton/

Milo Yiannopoulos’s essay “Why the Battle for Medieval Studies Matters to America” (profanity warning) https://www.dangerous.com/45111/middle-rages/

Rachel’s fascinating Professional Self-Portrait http://home.uchicago.edu/~rfulton/Professional%20Self%20Portrait.pdf

Mary and the Art of Prayer: The Hours of the Virgin in Medieval Christian Life and Thought:

Purchase https://amzn.to/2MPrGFf

Read Chapter 2 https://issuu.com/columbiaup/docs/mary_and_the_art_of_prayer_ave_mari

 

 

Timestamps

2:56 Rachel Fulton Brown

3:41 The initial blog post that made Rachel’s colleagues angry

10:15 Rachel’s friendship with Milo Yiannopoulos

15:19 The progressive witch hunt within medieval studies

28:25 The letter 1,500 academics signed attempting to get her department to censure her

34:40 Rachel’s defenders in academia

36:49 Why even tenured academics fear the mob

41:23 Critical theorists coming from English literature into medieval studies

45:27 What will be lost if medieval studies is taken over by progressives: the study of Christianity

48:15 Rachel’s unique academic method and her scholarly writings on Mary

53:24 This week’s reading: Bl. John Henry Newman



41. Episode 12: A Career in Poetry & Prose--Mike Aquilina
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Mike Aquilina has been a highly successful freelance writer for over three decades. He is best known for his popular books on the Fathers of the Church, but he is also a poet and has co-written songs with the well-known blues singer Dion. We chat about the process of collaboration (whether as a ghostwriter or a song lyricist), the trajectory of poetry over the past century, and more.

 

Links

Mike Aquilina’s website https://fathersofthechurch.com/

“New York Is My Home” (a song Mike co-wrote performed by Dion and Paul Simon) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpsVSLUOCGA

A History of the Church in 100 Objects by Mike & Grace Aquilina https://catholicbooksdirect.com/product/a-history-of-the-church-in-100-objects/

The Fathers of the Church, 3rd Edition by Mike Aquilina https://catholicbooksdirect.com/product/the-fathers-of-the-church-3rd-edition/

“Hindu Traditions of St. Thomas” at Mike’s blog https://fathersofthechurch.com/2007/05/21/hindu-traditions-of-st-thomas/

“Birdhouse in Your Soul” by They Might Be Giants https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhjSzjoU7OQ

 

Timestamps

Mike Aquilina

2:29 St. Thomas Aquinas’s Eucharistic hymns

5:27 Being a lyricist collaborating with a musician (Dion)

7:05 The fun of ghostwriting

9:18 Prose influences

11:18 Mike’s eclectic career path

13:27 The modern idea of the artist; poetry in the past century

31:39 Life as a full-time freelance writer

32:46 Mike’s work on patristics

35:18 Distilling the scholarship of experts for a popular audience

38:09 More on Mike’s collaboration with Dion

40:24 Having his lyrics sung by Paul Simon

41:31 Chatting about favorite musicians and lyricists

50:18 "Thomas Christians” in India and early Korean Catholicism

53:52 This week’s readings: Clement of Alexandria



42. Episode 11: Music and Morals--Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.
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Are music and morals connected? If so, what is the nature of that connection? Are certain musical sounds morally bad or good in themselves, or are they neutral? Could the influence of music on morality be of an indirect kind? Is there such a thing as a virtuous way of listening to music? Can music prepare us for the spiritual life? Do you have to be a good person to make beautiful music? I discuss these questions and more with theologian Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., an amateur jazz pianist who wrote his dissertation on the moral effects of music (not to be confused with another Fr. Basil who has also commented on the same subject!).

 

Links

Basil Cole, O.P. bio https://www.dominicanajournal.org/preacher-professor-and-author-extraordinaire/

Read Fr. Basil's dissertation https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=11968

Fr. Basil articles at CC https://www.catholicculture.org/search/resultslist.cfm?requesttype=docbrowseauth&resourcetype=1&catlabel=author&catid=85

Excellent article on the Rosary by Fr. Basil https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=9226

Jeff Mirus’s review of Music and Morals https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/otc.cfm?id=510

Jeff Mirus’s review of  The Hidden Enemies of the Priesthood https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/articles.cfm?id=253

Jeff Mirus’s review of Christian Totality https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/otc.cfm?id=842

Further recommended reading (not mentioned in episode):

Elisabeth-Paule Labat, O.S.B., The Song That I Am: On the Mystery of Music https://amzn.to/2LemFYY

 

Timestamps

3:16 Fr. Basil Cole interview

4:05 Fr. Basil’s musical background

10:01 Refuting the claim that certain musical sounds are intrinsically morally bad or good

12:20 Common misapplication of Plato’s theory of music

18:28 Does music imitate or express emotions?

20:05 Why certain personalities might feel threatened by musical creativity; the necessity of risk in art and the spiritual life

25:31 Why the philosophers have not understood music: it goes beyond reason and concepts

31:32 How good music teaches us to “rejoice rightly”

37:34 Music as school of contemplation

44:34 Beauty and morality: an indirect relationship; can music promote morality through happiness?

48:31 Temperance in listening to music

51:17 Is mediocre music morally degrading?

55:08 Using music to foster false identity and narcissistic sentimentality vs. true self-knowledge through contemplation

59:16 The vice of curiositas in music: music streaming tempts us to superficial musical gluttony

1:01:05 Curiositas: Over-analysis and musical snobbery

1:03:28 What Frank Serpico can teach us about music and integrity

1:06:38 Do you have to be a good person to make beautiful music?

1:10:50 What virtues does an artist need?

1:13:02 How to begin listening to music more deeply

1:15:47 This week’s excerpt: Sirach 32:5



43. Episode 10: How to Start an Institutional Apostolate, Part 2—Jeff Mirus
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This episode is for anyone who believes he is called to found a Catholic apostolate, or anyone who is overseeing one already. In this second part of a two-part interview, CatholicCulture.org founder Jeff Mirus shares more lessons from his decades of experience founding several Catholic organizations.

In the mid-80s he left Christendom College to start a publishing company. Then circumstances forced him to transition away from full-time apostolic work which, though painful at the time, providentially set the stage for him to return on more sustainable terms, leading to the present online apostolate.

 

Links

Part 1 of the Jeff Mirus interview https://www.catholicculture.org/podcast/index.cfm?id=9

Books mentioned

Fr. William Most, The Consciousness of Christ

Read online: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/most/getwork.cfm?worknum=215

Buy used: https://amzn.to/2N3Kgsy

The Fr. William Most Collection https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/most/

Timothy T. O’Donnell, Heart of the Redeemer https://amzn.to/2zpGrMC

Warren H. Carroll, The Guillotine and the Cross https://amzn.to/2uiShSL

Jeffrey Mirus, Reasons for Hope https://amzn.to/2L0oaXs

Jeffrey Mirus, The Divine Courtship https://amzn.to/2zzsdsL

Dennis Larkin, A Walk to Rome https://amzn.to/2MXqkri

Review of St. Katharine Drexel biography https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/otc.cfm?id=1266

 

Show Notes:

Jeff Mirus interview

3:51

1:20 Summary of Part 1

3:50 Jeff leaves Christendom College to start a publishing company, Trinity Communications

5:54 Why Jeff doesn’t like looking backwards

8:49 Getting Trinity off the ground using Christendom’s mailing list

10:45 Jeff’s two books, Reasons for Hope and The Divine Courtship

11:34 Efficiency of running a small company without a board of trustees and political battles

12:50 Some of the best books Jeff published: Carroll’s The Guillotine and the Cross, Fr. Most’s The Consciousness of Christ, Larkin’s A Walk to Rome, O’Donnell’s Heart of the Redeemer

15:37 Failure of Trinity as a publisher in 1991, Jeff’s realization that he could not do apostolic work full-time

16:34 Jeff learns to program, begins computer consulting and online apostolate, Catholic Resource Network, work for EWTN

19:35 CatholicCulture.org’s predecessor, PetersNet, begins in 1996—funded by computer consulting business

21:24 Trinity does all the programing for Phil Lawler’s Catholic World News, then a separate company

23:16 Importance of making it so Jeff could be removed by other board members if he ever went against the Church

24:27 Why God forced Jeff away from full-time apostolic work in order to put him in a position where he could both support his family and serve the Church without overworking himself

25:33 Programming analogy: Elegant solutions to problems vs. using “brute force”; importance of standing back from problems and learning to delegate and work with a team

30:12 Differences between PetersNet and CatholicCulture.org

32:31 Ethos distinguishing CatholicCulture.org from other faithful Catholic websites when it started in 2003

35:56 Trinity buys Catholic World News in 2006; transition from funding via for-profit company to email-solicited donations just in time for 2008 financial crisis and dissolution of Trinity Consulting

43:19 CatholicCulture.org’s reciprocal model of support; depending on Divine Providence rather than being an institution that exists to perpetuate itself

48:03 Future of Trinity Communications and CatholicCulture.org: transitioning away from Jeff’s leadership

50:01 Final advice for those doing apostolic work: “Unless the LORD builds the house, he labors in vain who builds it.” (Psalm 127)

51:59 This week’s excerpt: St. Katharine Drexel



44. Episode 9: How to Start an Institutional Apostolate, Part 1--Jeff Mirus
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This episode is for anyone who believes he is called to found a Catholic apostolate, or anyone who is overseeing one already. You may know Jeff Mirus as the founder of CatholicCulture.org, bu the has launched several other successful Catholic institutions as well.

In this first part of a two-part interview he discusses how, as a young man witnessing a grave crisis in the Church, he set out to become a Catholic apologist. In the first few years of his career, he founded the interdisciplinary academic journal Faith & Reason and co-founded Christendom College. These experiences taught him valuable lessons about the situational, practical and personal problems of running an institutional Catholic apostolate.

 

Links:

Sigrid Undset, Catherine of Siena https://amzn.to/2uauGE3

St. Augustine, Confessions https://amzn.to/2u3pIc6

Faith & Reason Archives https://media.christendom.edu/faith-reason/

Christendom College https://www.christendom.edu/

 

Timestamps:

Jeff Mirus Interview

02:46 Jeff’s Catholic upbringing, early sense of calling to apologetics

7:32 College and first experiences engaging with and debating secular culture

10:38 The crisis in the Church, realization that a prescriptive approach to the faith will eventually fail without prayer and interior life

14:11 Desire to attain academic credentials in order not to be silenced by the cult of expertise

17:18 Funny encounters with the 60s revolution at Rutgers

24:11 Studying history at Princeton; professor who wanted to explain away medieval mysticism

28:32 Formative reading during grad school: Sigrid Undset’s Catherine of Siena, St. Augustine’s Confessions, Christopher Dawson, Dominican defenders of the papacy

31:59 The beginnings of lay apostolates in the late 60s and early 70s as clergy became increasingly unfaithful

36:58 Jeff founds academic journal Faith & Reason in 1975

38:57 Situational problem in the Church and practical problem of funding an academic journal

43:33 The importance of keeping faith with your audience

46:04 First encounter with Warren H. Carroll, leading to the founding of Christendom College in 1977; the state of Catholic colleges in the U.S. in the mid-70s

52:33 Practical problem: Making sure the Catholic mission is not compromised based on who exercises control of the corporate entity (in this case, dealing with the problem of an independent college board)

58:51 Dealing with disagreements between good people with dogmatic personalities

1:02:22 Early discussions at Christendom about student life and what the campus culture should look like

1:08:00 Jeff’s responsibilities at Christendom 1977-83: member of both boards, Director of Academic Affairs, teaching apologetics, history, and various other subjects at short notice when another professor was missing, editing Faith & Reason, running Christendom Press, building up mailing list

1:11:23 Financial crisis at Christendom which required Jeff to be a full-time fundraiser for two years and precipitated a personal crisis

1:13:57 Personal problem: reliance on Holy Spirit rather than seeing oneself as a Catholic “machine” that can be put into higher gear at will

1:16:20 Beginning family Rosary as a way of putting family first and increasing discernment

1:23:06 Departure from Christendom College; decision to found a publisher called Trinity Communications

1:26:54 This week’s excerpt: Noam Chomsky



45. Episode 8: How to Stop Public Porn--Abriana Chilelli
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Abriana Chilelli had to drive her children past a lewd strip club advertisement every day on their way home from school in downtown Denver. But instead of taking a fatalistic attitude and a detour, or worse, just accepting it, she got in touch with a city councilman and within days, the pornographic image was gone. We discuss her story and the lessons she learned about how we can still accomplish positive change in our communities, and the importance of teaching children the true meaning of their bodies.

 

Links

Abriana Chilelli https://twitter.com/AbrianaChilelli

Book mentioned in interview: Good Pictures, Bad Pictures https://goo.gl/XHNJzn

Book reviewed: A Bad Catholic’s Essays on What’s Wrong with the World by Marc Barnes https://amzn.to/2MZhQkl 

Sample essay https://www.firstthings.com/article/2017/08/make-hell-hot-again

Marc Barnes’s website https://bad-catholic.com/ 

1979 Wise Blood film adaptation https://amzn.to/2yJjd3N 

 

Timestamps

00:48 Book review: A Bad Catholic’s Essays on What’s Wrong with the World by Marc Barnes

7:59 John Huston’s film adaptation of Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood

9:46 Abriana Chilelli interview

10:50 The lewd advertisement on Abriana’s commute home from her children’s school

15:07 Her attempts to get it taken down, and final success with help from a city councilman

19:54 What she learned: Don’t assume nothing can be done; the problem of Catholic fatalism and the need to be in the public square and build relationships

22:00 Thomas’s frustration at lewd public service ads on the NYC subway

24:36 #MeToo and America’s reckoning with the consumption of women’s bodies

26:06 Tact and truth: communicating your complaint in a way that accomplishes something

30:53 Abriana’s work as curriculum director for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Denver; how to teach children about the meaning of their bodies

34:20 How pornography influences gender ideology

36:03 This week’s excerpt: Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, Ch. 4, p. 151 https://goo.gl/yLgtwU 



46. Episode 7: Inflation Is a Sin--Guido Hülsmann
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It would not occur to most of us to imagine that monetary has a moral component. Catholic prelates are as silent about matters like fiat money, central banking and inflation and as are the secular ethicists. But the production of currency is not just a matter for the technocrats, and the Catholic tradition once had something to say on the topic. Economist Guido Hülsmann has combined the moral-economic analysis of the scholastics, particularly the 14th-century bishop Nicholas Oresme (who wrote that debauching the currency is worse than either usury or prostitution), with the insights of the Austrian school of economics in order to formulate an authentically Christian Ethics of Money Production for the modern age.

 

Links:

Guido Hülsmann’s website

Jörg Guido Hülsmann, The Ethics of Money Production: Buy or read for free

My series of articles on Prof. Hülsmann’s book

Read Nicholas Oresme’s De Moneta for free

 

Timestamps:

3:13 Interview with Guido Hülsmann

Part 1: Money and Banking

3:51 Silence of Catholic social teaching on money production; using scholastic tradition, esp. Nicole Oresme, as a source

5:38 What is the “Austrian school” of economics and why would the Catholic mind find it compelling?

10:58 Competing definitions of money: commodity or sign?

14:54 Origin and evolution of banking; from simple money warehousing to fractional reserve

21:00 Varying origins of fractional reserve banking in Europe

25:10 Absence of legal and contractual clarity throughout the history of fractional reserve banking; attempts by states to keep banks from going bankrupt leading to the creation of central banks

Part 2: Inflation and Its Consequences

34:53 Three unprecedented modern developments: the abandonment of precious metals, the imposition of fiat money, constant inflation

40:19 The first economist was a scholastic: Bishop Oresme on inflation and the debasement of coinage

48:56 Render to Caesar: does all money belong to the government? Oresme says governments may not alter previously existing moneys without the consent of the entire community

50:54 Inflation worse than usury and prostitution according to Oresme; deceptive practices by governments

54:01 Similar economic consequences of debasement of coinage and modern inflation: Enrichment of earliest recipients of new money at the expense of latest recipients

57:54 A uniquely modern recurrence: the business cycle as a result of fractional reserve banking

1:00:43 Central banks incentivizing commercial banks to irresponsible behavior leading to the 2008 financial crisis

1:08:26 Cultural consequences of inflation: a debt-based economy, borrowing and investment prioritized over saving, materialism and short-term thinking

1:12:02 Prof. Hülsmann’s upcoming books

1:18:53 This week’s excerpts: Aristotle, Jean-Baptiste Say, Etienne Gilson



47. Episode 6: 150 Years of Holy Preaching--Fr. John Maria Devaney, O.P.
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The Dominicans have just celebrated the 150-year jubilee of their ministry on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Fr. John Maria Devaney, O.P., host of the Order’s Word to Life program on Sirius XM, takes me through the history of the Dominicans in NYC (which involves quite a bit of history of the city itself). From Rose Hawthorne to Andy Warhol, it is a fascinating and grace-filled legacy.

 

Links

Word to Life, Fr. John’s Sirius XM radio show

Dominican Friars Province of St. Joseph

The St. John Paul II Society

The Angelic Warfare Confraternity

Book mentioned by Fr. John, Pioneer Priests and Makeshift Altars: A History of Catholicism in the Thirteen Colonies by Fr. Charles Connor

 

Timestamps

2:17 Father John’s background and call to the priesthood

4:34 Parish missions: the beginnings of Dominican ministry in Manhattan in 1867; Catholic demographics in New York at the time

14:57 The second church of St. Vincent Ferrer that was built after the arrival of more Irish immigrants; Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs start a school

17:20 The English sisters who served poor immigrants and started the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill

21:07 Aside on Bishop John Hughes, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and Dominican friars out West

26:38 The first two bishops of New York were Dominican

28:47 The gilded age of New York: opening the Priory of St. Vincent Ferrer and the Mission Church of St. Catherine of Siena

35:07 The story of Rose Hawthorne and her founding of a community of Dominican sisters to care for poor cancer sufferers (the “Hawthorne Dominicans”)

41:54 Rose’s cause for canonization and its importance in combatting assisted suicide; her connection to Sloan-Kettering and Dominican hospital work in NYC more generally

47:48 The vital role of Dominican nuns and sisters

49:44 The current St. Vincent Ferrer church built in Gothic style by the great architect Bertram Goodhue

52:02 The stained-glass Aristotle window; his importance to the Dominicans

56:15 Developments in the neighborhood since the 1950s

57:39 Andy Warhol’s attendance of St. Vincent Ferrer

1:01:28 Catholicism in the public sphere and art circles in the mid-20th century

1:03:42 The Dominican mission of influencing NYC as a cultural hub today; the Dominican contribution to Catholicism in the US is devotional life

1:09:55 The Our Lady of Fatima statue at St. Vincent Ferrer which was sculpted by Fr. McGlynn under the direction of Sister Lucia, the piece of St. John Paul II’s bloodstained cassock from when he was shot

1:14:48 The importance of the rosary to Dominicans and all Catholics

1:18:56 How Fr. Matthew Carroll got the sisters to wear their habits again

1:27:36 This week’s excerpt: Pope St. John Paul II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope



48. Episode 5: Hospital Dreams—Chris Baker
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One of the most creative rock bands around today is Virginia-based indie rock trio The Duskwhales. Drummer/singer Chris Baker joins me to talk about their new EP, Hospital Dreams, a set of melancholic, folky acoustic songs he wrote while battling cancer.  In this episode I also discuss the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s controversial Heavenly Bodies exhibit, and give a couple of movie recommendations.

 

Links

Listen to and purchase Hospital Dreams on Bandcamp

My interview with The Duskwhales about their 2017 album Sorrowful Mysteries

Follow The Duskwhales on Facebook

 

Timestamps

1:32 Heavenly Bodies exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Movie recommendations

12:34 Babette’s Feast

15:28 A Quiet Place

19:41 Chris Baker interview (songs used with permission)

20:39 Song: “Hospital Dreams” by The Duskwhales

24:32 The story behind Hospital Dreams: Chris’s cancer

27:41 Writing songs as a way of occupying time during chemo

28:42 Song discussion: “Hospital Dreams”

29:57 You can’t spell the word “chemotherapy” without “mother”: Mary in “
All Her Wonder” and “Turn White”

32:20 The band’s first time self-recording

33:56 Plans for a trilogy of albums

35:20 Keyboardist Brian Majewski’s departure and return

36:10 Hospital Dreams cover art

37:23 Chris’s ill-fated but diverting Twitter campaign

38:09 The Duskwhales’ future

39:02 Music Chris is currently listening to; influences on Hospital Dreams

44:25 Weekly excerpt: Hans Urs von Balthasar



49. Episode 4: The Marian Option - Carrie Gress
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There is an easy, short, perfect and sure way to save our failing Western civilization that is often overlooked in the endless slew of books and articles penned by Catholic intellectuals: Turn to Mary. Carrie Gress’s book The Marian Option: God’s Solution to a Civilization in Crisis reminds us that in crisis after overwhelming civilizational crisis, Mary has saved the day when her children had the humility and simplicity to beg her for help. Our age is no different.

In this episode, Carrie and I discuss The Marian Option, as well as her latest book, Marian Consecration for Children, the importance of women in the church, and the pernicious attempts by “Catholic feminists” to remake Mary in the image of Beyonce.

Come, Holy Spirit! Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us!

 

Links:

The Marian Option

Marian Consecration for Children

Carrie’s blog, My Favorite Catholic Things

Helena Daily

Books on Marian consecration for adults:

St. Louis de Montfort: True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin and The Secret of Mary

Preparation for Total Consecration According to St. Louis de Montfort, Fr. Hugh Gillespie, S.M.M.

33 Days to Morning Glory, Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, M.I.C.

Other books mentioned:

The World’s First Love, Ven. Fulton J. Sheen

Jesus and His Mother, Fr. Andre Feuillet (out of print)

Ultimate Makeover: The Transforming Power of Motherhood, Carrie Gress

 

Timestamps:

Carrie Gress interview

2:55 Carrie’s book panned by wacky individual

4:15 Origin of The Marian Option—nothing wrong with Benedict, but Mary is more powerful, central and directly relevant to contemporary challenges

9:17 The big picture of Mary’s influence on world history; Mary’s influence on the Battle of New Orleans

10:12 Little-known intercontinental links between Marian events; example: Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Reconquista, the conversation of Mexico and the Battle of Lepanto

15:26 Why the Marian Option is not just an option

17:15 How cultures flourish under Mary

18:41 Why Catholic intellectuals look to their own pet projects to save the West and not to Mary; hang-ups about private revelation; the limits of argumentation

26:01 Carrie’s new book, Marian Consecration for Children; giving children a sense of their mission here and now

37:01 The influence of women on culture

40:15 The importance of women, feminine spirituality and the Church as feminine vs. modern “feminization” of the Church

47:10 The attempts by “Catholic feminists” to make their own Mary

53:54 “Equal” is not a useful word

55:09 Women are demonstrably unhappier under today’s model of womanhood

57:30 Sts. John Paul II and Edith Stein on feminism

1:00:59 The dangers of trying to create Catholic versions of ideologies

1:02:48 Carrie’s new content aggregate site for Catholic women, Helena Daily

1:07:00 Books on Marian consecration for adults

1:10:24 This week’s excerpt: Ven. Fulton J. Sheen



50. Episode 3: Native American Catholicism & the New Evangelization--Peter Jesserer Smith
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The history of Catholicism in the native American nations is little known, but is rife with lessons for lay spirituality, inculturation, and the New Evangelization. Today’s guest, journalist Peter Jesserer Smith, shares some of the holy treasures of American history, such as Joseph Chiwatenhwa and Marie Aonetta, the Huron “power couple” of evangelization, and the martyrs (numbering over a thousand) of the La Florida missions.

 

Links

Homily of Pope St. John Paul II at the Martyrs' Shrine (Huronia) on Saturday, 15 September 1984

Friends of God: The Early Native Huron Church in Canada, by Bruce Henry (tells the story of Joseph Chiwatenhwa and Marie Aonetta)

Eustace Ahasistari, Catholic Huron warrior, as described by Jesuit missionaries

Articles by Peter Jesserer Smith

America’s first paths of holiness: Lives of indigenous saints and martyrs

Hundreds of Martyrs Sow the Seeds of Faith in the United States

St. Kateri Tekakwitha: Our Saint for All Seasons

A holy marriage gave the Church a community of native saints, and St. Kateri Tekakwitha

St. Kateri and the Four Holy Martyrs from Kahnawake

A proven path to holiness: Mentoring a saint

Cause Opens for Nicholas Black Elk, Holy Man of the Lakota  

Timestamps:

Peter Jesserer Smith interview

6:05 Why is native American Catholic history and culture important for the New Evangelization?

8:31 St. John Paul II’s 1984 address at the Martyr’s Shrine in Huronia

9:20 What were the missionaries impressed with in native American cultures? What aspects of native cultures resonated with the Gospel? In the Great Lakes region: family-based societies, devotion to the Creator

13:25 The lay missionary power couple of the Huron: Joseph Chiwatenhwa (a convert of St. Jean de Brebeuf) and his wife Marie Aonetta

16:05 Native American societies were set up almost more like the United States than like Europe, so the old European model of “convert the king and the people will follow” was and is obsolete

18:20 More on Joseph and Marie. Women have a lot of authority in Native societies in this region, so Marie’s active involvement in evangelization is essential

22:27 Hostility from some natives because Jesuits inadvertently brought disease

29:10 Chiwatenhwa’s martyrdom

34:02 Joseph Chiwatenhwa was the first lay parish administrator in Canada; Native converts’ devotion to the Eucharist, the Liturgy of the Hours, and the Rosary

36:20 Not everything in Huron culture was compatible with the Catholic faith. What would it have meant to be a Huron warrior who was also a Christian? Example: Eustace Ahasistari

42:43 Funny—well, it’s interesting—it’s not hilarious—story about Eustace Ahasistari’s and St. Isaac Jogue’s very different responses to torture

45:48 Reasons why these native Catholics have not been canonized; their continuing relevance

49:55 Ritual adoption and how it helped transmit the Gospel between tribes and nations—all the way to St. Kateri Tekakwitha; the importance of preserving the languages which spread the faith

55:12 Moving to the southeast: the hundreds of martyrs of the La Florida missions

                60:36 The lead martyr, Antonio Cuipa

1:13:19 The lessons of inculturation in native American nations are increasingly relevant at a time when more and more American Catholic thinkers are questioning the foundations of our country and proposing various alternatives

1:16:48 This week’s excerpt: Mary Shelley, Frankenstein



51. Episode 2: The Largest Civil Disobedience Movement in U.S. History--Bill Cotter & Phil Lawler
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Operation Rescue is the largest civil disobedience movement in American history. It even dwarfs the civil rights movement, with over fifty thousand people having been arrested between 1988 and 1992 for nonviolently blockading abortion clinics. Yet most people, even most Catholics, don’t know the story. On the rare occasions when it has been covered by the media, it has been falsely and laughably portrayed as violent and extremist.

Today’s episode is something of an oral history of Operation Rescue, told by Bill Cotter, head of OR Boston, who spent 19 months in prison for his involvement with the protests. You’ll also hear from CatholicCulture.org’s own Phil Lawler, who provided the public face of OR Boston while Bill was in jail, and also wrote a book about the movement in 1992.

 

Links

Phil Lawler’s book, Operation Rescue: A Challenge to the Nation’s Conscience

Operation Rescue Boston

Operation Rescue national website

Footage of police brutality against Rescuers during the “Summer of Mercy”, in which tens of thousands of pro-lifers flocked to Wichita and thousands were arrested

Footage of L.A. police breaking a Rescuer’s arm with nunchucks

 

Timestamps:

Bill Cotter interview

3:00 Description of a rescue

6:49 Tactics to delay police from dragging people away

10:13 Factors that kept Operation Rescue from continuing to operate as a mass movement blockading abortion clinics after its heyday in the late 80s and early 90s: court injunctions, most people unwilling to go to jail for longer than a weekend

12:07 Most of the people involved were not activist types and the rescues were not demonstrations. They had a specific concrete goal: on that day, at that time, in that place, to prevent babies from being killed

14:31 According to Phil Lawler’s book Operation Rescue, in between 1988 and 1992 over 50,000 Rescuers had been arrested—about six times as many arrests as during the entire civil rights movement! So why don’t more people know about OR? (Need I have asked?)

17:00 Lack of support and even hostility from some Catholic clergy today towards pro-life movement

18:19 Police brutality against Rescuers in West Hartford, CT and elsewhere

22:22 Bill spent 19 months in jail

27:15 Mixed response to OR in Boston

29:19 The genesis of OR; the early days; getting more and more attention

34:06 Bill’s participation in Rescues outside Boston; Rescues accompanying St. JPII’s visit to the US in 1987; the Summer of Mercy in Wichita

37:39 What is OR doing today?

39:54 Is it true that the young people are becoming more pro-life?

42:05 Learning about Operation Rescue is a challenge to our complacency and desensitization to the continued toleration of abortion. Why shouldn’t I be in jail right now?

47:51 Importance of prayer

49:28 How people can learn more and get involved with OR

50:31 Current signs of hope for the pro-life movement; eschatological hope

Phil Lawler interview

55:12 How Phil got involved with Operation Rescue

56:35 His first impression of OR people

57:52 Phil was the public face of OR Boston while Bill Cotter was in jail

58:47 Being arrested

59:55 Phil’s interactions with the media on behalf of OR, personal experience of media bias

1:02:00 How the archdiocese of Boston treated OR

1:04:07 The media and others routinely accused OR of violence; Ted Kennedy made a speech saying OR had “a policy of firebombing and even murder”(!!!)

1:04:59 The optimism of the pro-life movement at this time

1:07:52 The draconian penalties judges imposed on the protesters

1:10:24 Why do so few Catholics know about OR?

1:11:02 Couldn’t the Rescuers have called the bluff on these long prison sentences and brought the whole thing to a standstill? Phil gives his own personal answer

1:13:27 Joan Andrews, the Dorothy Day of the modern pro-life movement; today’s Red Rose Rescues

1:16:24 This week’s excerpt: Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est



52. Episode 1: A Working Actor's Working Faith--Tony Mockus, Sr.
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Tony Mockus, Sr. has been Catholic his entire life, and an actor for almost as long. He has worked with countless great performers including Henry Fonda, Elizabeth Montgomery, Robert De Niro and Kevin Costner. In this interview he discusses his seven decades on the stage and screen, the life-changing experience of being wounded in Korea, the role of the Holy Spirit in artistic performance, and his love of St. Anthony.

Tony Mockus, Sr. on IMDB (note that some of Tony’s roles have been mistakenly logged on his son’s page)

Timestamps:

Tony Mockus, Sr. interview

4:54 How Tony prepared to play St. Paul in the Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible

7:24 Spiritual wake-up call: wounded by a mine in Korea

13:30 The Holy Spirit at work in an actor’s performance

23:14 Life with St. Anthony

26:39 Tony’s early years in Cicero, Illinois; digression into the decline of the variety show and the nature of Northern Virginia culture

31:25 A Jesuit priest at Tony’s high school forces him to try acting, with great success

36:44 Tony and Thomas both played the lead role in The Man Who Came to Dinner as high school seniors, several decades apart, but Tony’s production also included a teenaged Bob Newhart

39:00 Tony’s first professional acting jobs as a teen

43:22 The spiritual influence of Tony’s mother and grandmother

48:12 Traveling in the show Mr. Roberts, with castmates like Henry Fonda; Tony’s formation from his Jesuit education and mother and grandmother allowed him to discern what to embrace and what to avoid in the traveling show business lifestyle

48:50 A brief move to New York, then back to Chicago where he starts to work as a leading man and gets married

53:19 Evangelical work for radio with the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago

56:52 Keeping one’s moral integrity in choosing roles

59:17 Tony starts working in film and television

62:17 The fun of playing the bad guy

63:07 The Untouchables (1987): Working for director Brian De Palma; funny story about Robert De Niro

1:11:29 Two great actresses Tony worked with; generosity and professionalism on set

1:15:15 A funny David Mamet story; politics in theatre

1:20:12 Retirement

1:21:32 Acting with his son, Tony Mockus, Jr.; advice to young Catholics who want to be actors

1:25:08 This week’s excerpts: J. R. R. Tolkien, Jacques Maritain

 

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