068: Left…Right…Catholic: Solving the Problems of Environment, Economics, & Morality

This podcast has never shied away from “difficult” issues. I’m about to prove that again.

We’re going to talk about nature. And by that I don’t just mean creation. I also mean human nature. My guest is Dr. Ben Wiker, author an incredible new book titled “In Defense of Nature: The Catholic Unity of Environmental, Economic, and Moral Ecology.”

He’s a genius at showing how the respect and care for one, necessarily leads to the respect and care for the other…and vice versa.

If that sounds all (tree)huggy/feely, trust me…it’s not. I’m not that guy. (I haven’t even worn Birkenstocks since the 90s.)

What we’re talking about is a massive issue between Left and Right, Liberal and Conservative.

To bridge the gap, this episode exposes the fact that there is real unity in nature, unity between the physical and spiritual realms.

And that unity has consequences.

(If that seems obvious to you, just wait. I’m betting that you’re going to have some serious “Holy Toledo!” moments during this episode.)

Among other things Dr. Wiker and I discuss:

  • What is catholic ecology? (Yes, I intended a small “c”.)
  • Who was Francis Bacon and why his bacon should be cooked
  • The connection between landfills and sin (Not gonna lie. This one threw me at first.)
  • The evil underbelly of (the religion of) recycling
  • How contraceptive principles actually apply to food
    • a.k.a. “Why you’ll never look at Fruit Loops the same way again”
  • Why sometimes what’s good for the economy is not good for you

This is an episode that doesn’t pull any punches.

But it does provide a common foundation from which we can approach a very serious and damaging divide. So put a bowl of granola in one hand and a gun in the other, lean back, and enjoy!

God bless,

Matthew

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066: Crushing Modernism & Regaining a Catholic Worldview

Ever wonder how we got into the mess we’re in?

Why is the modern world so opposed to the Christian faith?

What went wrong and how do we get back on track?

These are pretty tough questions, which is fine because I’ve got a pretty smart guest.

Today on the Art of Catholic I brought in Dr. Andrew Jones. He’s got a PhD in Medieval History and is an expert on the Church in the High Middle Ages. He’s also the Executive Director at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.

Some of you will remember him from Episode 51 when he spoke about the Crusades.

But as big a topic as that was, this is even bigger.

Dr. Jones is going to use his deep knowledge of Catholic history to drop a bomb on the modern world. Namely, he’ll expose some of the underlying reasons things are the way they are (a fat mess), and give some direction as to the solution.

He spells it all out in his new, fat book titled “Before Church & State” that took 10 years to write. (Yes, 10 years.)

Here’s the thing I love about Andrew. He’s a contrarian. Not just because he likes to argue, but because he loves the truth. Andrew lives to totally destroy the anti-Catholic paradigms and false narratives with which we were all taught to believe…stuff we didn’t realize was anti-Catholic!

Among other things, we’ll discuss:

  • Why the modern categories of Church and State are totally anti-Catholic
  • The lie of “public” and “private” in the realm of faith
  • How the modern world has re-defined religion and boxed us in
  • Why modernism wants everyone to be the same (even while preaching “individualism”)
  • Why the term “religion” is code for “things that don’t really matter” to the modern world
  • How 13th century France points to a better structure founded on charity
  • Why Catholics must forcefully reject modernity’s definition of Christianity
  • Why the term “religious liberty” is a hoax
  • Why all Catholics should understand the notion of “Sovereignty”

I’m sure you’ve noticed this is a big list. Well this is a big episode…a very important episode. I’m guessing you’re going to walk away from this one thinking, “Whoa…I might need to re-think some things.”

God bless!

Matthew

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065: Ascending to Pentecost with Pope Benedict XVI

It’s one of the most overlooked miracles in Scripture.

All too often we focus so much on the Passion, death and Resurrection of Our Lord that we breeze right over a pivotal event in our eternal pilgrimage – the Ascension.

That would be a huge mistake.

Not long ago I picked up one of my many books by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Not a good idea if you have a lot of items on your “to-do” list.

He’s so incredibly brilliant that I just couldn’t stop reading.

Benedict’s focus was on the importance of the Ascension and how it leads to Pentecost and beyond. It was a real eye-opener. I learned a lot and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Among other things, in this episode I’ll cover:

  • Why the Apostles were strangely “full of joy” after Christ disappeared
  • Where I would’ve loved to have been a fly on the wall before the Ascension
  • How the Ascension points to our divine destiny
  • Why Jesus rose on a cloud (and not something else)
  • Why the people in Lystra weren’t totally wrong about Paul and Barnabas…and what that says about us
  • How the tongues of fire at Pentecost should burn us now

This was not a planned episode. It just happened…perhaps through the Holy Spirit. I think he’s trying to tell us something.

Give a listen and God bless!

Matthew

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