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Catholic Answers Focus, the world's premier podcast on Catholic apologetics, helps you explain and defend the Catholic Faith. If you want to take a deep dive into the reasons behind Church teaching, Catholic Answers Focus is for you.

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#293 Power in Weakness? - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
St. Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” might well have been a moral failing that he simply could not overcome. Father Hugh Barbour explains how this reading of 2 Corinthians offers those of us who struggle with habitual sin a liberating glimpse into the personal and unfailing love of God. Cy: What was that thorn in St. Paul’s flesh? Father Hugh Barber is next. Cy: Hello and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers podcasts for living, understanding, and defending your Catholic faith. I’m Cy Kellett your host. And you may be surprised to find this out, but almost every sin…
Oct 19, 2020
#292 What If Francis Is a Bad Pope? - Joe Heschmeyer
Many people have grown quite concerned that Pope Francis might, in fact, be a bad pope. We asked Joe Heschmeyer, the author of the book Pope Peter, to examine common complaints against Francis, and consider what our obligations would be if these complaints turn out to be true. Cy: What if Francis is a bad pope? We ask Joe Heschmeyer next. Hello and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answer’s podcast for living, understanding, and defending the Catholic faith. I’m Cy Kellett, your host. We get kind of serious this week because people raise serious questions about whether or not Pope Fr…
Oct 14, 2020
#291 Why Do Catholics Bless Stuff? - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
A Catholic priest will literally bless your cat if you ask. But what is this ritual about? Why do we do it, and what does it accomplish? Father Hugh Barbour explains. Transcription coming. …
Oct 12, 2020
#290 The Rapture Code - Karlo Broussard
Media depictions sell the “Rapture” as a Christian doctrine. But the event generally understood as the Rapture is not Christian doctrine at all. Karlo Broussard, the author of Purgatory Is for Real, decodes the truth about the end times.   …
Oct 07, 2020
#289 The Truth About Exorcism - Fr. Vincent Lampert
The author of a brand new book called Exorcism, Father Vincent Lampert explains exorcism as a ministry of charity. The long-time exorcist of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis has seen many strange things, but insists that the most important lesson from exorcisms is to rely on Christ, who is the help of all in need. Cy Kellett: Let’s talk with an exorcist, right now on Catholic Answers Focus. Hello, and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers podcast for living, understanding, and defending your Catholic faith. I’m Cy Kellett, your host. If you generally choose to listen to this podca…
Oct 05, 2020
#288 Who Gets to Be Called a Catholic? - Fr. Sebastian Walshe
With election season passions heating up, Catholics are more willing than ever to excommunicate each other online. But what, exactly, does it take to be put out of the Church? We asked the king of careful distinctions, Father Sebastian Walshe. Cy Kellett: Can we just get the bad people out of the Catholic Church? Father Sebastian Walsh joins us next. Hello and welcome to Focus, the Catholic answers podcast for living, understanding, and defending the Catholic faith. I’m Cy Kellett, your host. I don’t like to pick on Twitter too much. Lots of great stuff happens on social media and…
Sep 30, 2020
#287 What Does an Archangel Do? - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
Father Hugh Barbour helps us get ready for the Feast of St. Michael with a reflection on angels. Who are they? What do they do? And how, without having bodies, do they get anything done? Transcriptions coming soon. …
Sep 28, 2020
#286 Why the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? - Jimmy Akin
It’s one thing to believe in God based on philosophical proofs. But what about the claim that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the true God who has intervened in history? What justifies belief in this claim? Jimmy Akin explains. Transcription coming soon.  …
Sep 23, 2020
#285 Horoscopes, Astrology, Catholicism, Oh My! - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
What if you could get a personal message each day from beyond this world? Millions of people seek such messages in astrology charts and readings. But the Church has a better “astrology,” in which God really does have a message for you each day of the year. Cy Kellett: A surprising look at astrology, next with Father Hugh. Hello and welcome to Focus, the Catholic answers podcast for living, understanding, and explaining the Catholic faith. Please remember to subscribe at Apple, or Stitcher, or what’s the other one, Spotify, wherever you get your podcasts. Please, give us that…
Sep 21, 2020
#284 Does This Argument Prove God? - Jimmy Akin
Jimmy Akin joins us and we gave him two simple tasks—explain the Kalam Cosmological Argument and tell us whether it proves that God exists. Jimmy obliged. Cy Kellett: Does the Kalam cosmological argument prove God exists? Jimmy Akin explains. Hello and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers podcast for living, understanding, and defending your Catholic faith. I’m Cy Kellett, your host. The Kalam argument has become very popular in recent decades, actually after some neglect. It has done so as you’ll hear in this podcast because it’s been promoted by a certain apologist, part…
Sep 16, 2020
#283 Two Sorrowful Feasts - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
Father Hugh Barbour joins us to explain why Catholics have feast days that celebrate sadness. This time we cover the twin feasts of Christ’s Cross and Mary’s sorrow. Cy Kellett: Making feasts out of sorrowful things… Father Hugh Barber is next. Hello and welcome to Catholic Answers Focus, the podcast for living, understanding, and defending the Catholic faith. I’m Cy Kellett, your host. In a certain sense, the Catholic faith is about turning from sorrow to celebration, but sometimes we quite literally celebrate sorrowful things. This month over two days, we celebrate t…
Sep 14, 2020
#282 Christ Tells You Who You Are - Joe Heschmeyer
If I do not know who I am, I cannot know what to do or even what will make me happy. Joe Heschmeyer explains why Christ has the definitive answer on each person’s identity, and how meeting him settles our identity questions. Cy Kellett: Is it possible to know yourself without knowing Jesus? Joe Heschmeyer right now on Focus. Hello and welcome to Focus, Catholic answers podcast for living, understanding, and defending your Catholic faith. I’m Cy Kellett, your host, and these are without question confused times and among the things that we’re confused about, and this is kind o…
Sep 09, 2020
#280 Hey America, Jesus Is God! - Karlo Broussard
A recent survey is heartbreaking for those who know Jesus is God come among us. Larger percentages of Christians no longer believe this. Karlo Broussard explains why we can be confident that Jesus is, in fact, God. Cy Kellett: American confusion over the person of Jesus. Karlo Broussard with us next. Hello and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers podcast for living, understanding, and defending the Catholic faith. I’m Cy Kellett, your host. I’m just going to read you the first line or two of a story from Newsweek magazine that all of us around here found a bit disheartening and …
Sep 08, 2020
#281 Prayer Tips for Busy People - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
If you can think, you can pray. If you can desire, you can pray. Father Hugh Barbour explains why including God in the things you are already doing can turn your life into a life of prayer. …
Sep 07, 2020
#280 Are Your Future Sins Forgiven? - Karlo Broussard
How can the Catholic Church teach that we need to worry about losing our salvation through mortal sin when the Bible teaches that we have been sanctified once and for all? Karlo Broussard tackles another Protestant challenge. Cy: Are your future sins already forgiven? Next, with Karlo. Hello, and welcome to Focus, The Catholic Answer’s podcast for living, understanding and defending the Catholic faith. Remember to subscribe to Focus wherever you get your podcasts. And if you would, please give us that five star rating and help us to grow this podcast. Some of our Protestant friends tell…
Sep 02, 2020
#279 Why the Fuss About Sacraments? - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
The recent story of a priest who discovered he had never been baptized unleashed a torrent of anxieties and questions around the sacraments. We ask Father Hugh, why is the Church so inflexible about how sacraments are celebrated? Cy: Just how important is precision in the celebration of the sacraments? Father Hugh Barbour is next on Focus … Hello, and welcome to Focus the Catholic Answers podcast for living, understanding and defending your Catholic faith. I’m Cy Kellett your host, and you probably heard about that priest in Michigan, at least he thought he was a priest, but it tu…
Aug 31, 2020
#277 What Justifies a Christian? - Karlo Broussard
How can the Catholic Church teach that our justification is a process when the Letter to the Romans says that our justification is a one-time event? Karlo Broussard can’t help himself, he just has to keep meeting Protestant challenges to Catholic belief. Cy Kellett: What does it take to get right with God? Karlo Broussard next. Hello and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers podcast for living, understanding and defending the Catholic faith. Please, don’t forget to subscribe to Focus at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. That way you’ll be…
Aug 26, 2020
#276 Mary Is Your Queen - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
From ancient times, Christians have celebrated the Assumption of Mary on August 15. In modern times, the celebration of the Coronation of Mary has been joined to that feast. Father Hugh Barbour reviews the history and theology of these Marian celebrations, and explains why they should fill you with joy. Cy Kellett: We’ve got a special episode in honor of Mary, our queen right now on Catholic Answers Focus. Hello and welcome to Focus. The Catholic Answers Podcast for living, understanding and defending the Catholic faith. Don’t forget to subscribe, wherever you subscribe for your p…
Aug 21, 2020
#275 What Popes Are Not - Joe Heschmeyer
Popes are not saints. They are not prophets. They are not world leaders, or media stars, or even theologians. They can be these things, but none of these things are essential to the pope’s job. Joe Heschmeyer, author of Pope Peter, explains why this is good news. Cy Kellett: A less stressful way of looking at the papacy today on Catholic Answers Focus. Hello, and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers podcast for living, understanding, and defending your faith. Remember to subscribe to Catholic Answers Focus wherever you get your podcasts, whether that’s Apple podcast, Spotify, St…
Aug 19, 2020
#273 Racism for Catholics - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
What does Catholic tradition actually teach about racism? Did Jesus have anything to say about it? Father Hugh Barbour explains how the ancient Faith deals with a term coined in the modern world. Cy Kellett: Racism in the light of divine revelation right now on Focus. Hello and welcome to Focus, The Catholic Answers podcast for living, understanding and defending the Catholic faith. Remember to subscribe wherever you subscribe, maybe at Apple podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, that way you’ll be notified when new episodes are released and please leave us that five star review, it does help to…
Aug 17, 2020
#273 Creation from Nothing - Trent Horn
Did God really make the universe out of nothing? Is there really any such thing as “nothing”? Trent Horn tackles the difficult concept of “nothing” as he explains where we got everything. Cy Kellett: Did God really make everything out of nothing? That’s on Focus right now. Cy Kellett: Hello, and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers podcast for living, understanding and defending the Catholic faith. Remember to subscribe to Focus on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, wherever else you might get your podcasts, that way you’re notified when new episodes are …
Aug 12, 2020
#272 Is God Asleep? - Fr. Sebastian Walshe
These days one can almost feel that God is asleep. Does he not see the chaos, confusion, and injustice of the modern world? Father Sebastian Walshe, the author of Secrets from Heaven, joins us to consider today’s realities in the light of the gospel stories of Jesus asleep in the storm. Cy Kellett : Is God asleep during these tough times? Right now on Catholic Answers Focus. Hello and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers podcast for living, understanding and explaining the Catholic faith. Remember to subscribe to Focus on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, wherever you get your podcast…
Aug 10, 2020
#271 Is the Biblical God a Maniac? - John DeRosa
Apologist and author John DeRosa tackles the idea that the God of the Bible is violent and unworthy of being worshiped. As he does in his book One Less God Than You, DeRosa shows how this meme-level argument against God comes up short. Cy: Is the God of the Old Testament a homicidal maniac? Right now on Focus. Hello and welcome again to Focus, the Catholic Answers podcast for living, understanding, and defending the Faith. As always, please take a minute to subscribe to Focus on Apple podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher. I’m pretending like I know what these things are, but you know what they a…
Aug 05, 2020
#270 Insights from Christ’s Transfiguration - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
Father Hugh Barbour takes us on a tour of the role of Christ’s Transfiguration in the life of the Church. Starting with what happened, and explaining where the feast originated, he helps us grasp the relationship of the Transfiguration to our own spiritual lives. Cy: What’s the deal with Christ’s transfiguration? Father Hugh is next. Hello, and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers podcast for living, understanding and defending the Catholic faith. Remember to subscribe, to Focus on Apple podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcast. That way we’ll get…
Aug 03, 2020
#269 So What if Religion is for the Weak? - John DeRosa
Taking our cue from his new book One Less God Than You, we ask author and apologist John DeRosa how to respond when we are told that religion is for the weak-minded! Also, Cy does some role-playing as a German atheist… …
Jul 29, 2020
#268 Joy - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
Christianity is the religion of Joy, but few people understand what Joy is or how to gain it. Father Hugh Barbour joins us to explain. Cy Kellett: Hello, and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host. The world is disturbed right now. It seems there’s so much sadness, so many broken hearts, a great deal of almost despondency, fear, all of those things right now in the world and it’s hard to be happy. I think a lot of people are searching around for their happiness. Maybe happiness that was easy to locate even just a few short months ago is hard to find no…
Jul 27, 2020
#267 A Priest Challenges Pride Month - Karlo Broussard
Of course when a priest stands up to challenge an NFL team on is support for Pride Month he’s going to get smacked down on social media. But were Father Andre Metrejean’s comments hateful?. Karlo Broussard joins us to reason through the comments and the social media responses. A Catholic priest challenges Pride Month – next, on Catholic Answers Focus. Cy Kellett: Hello and welcome to Catholic Answers Focus, the podcast designed to help you explain and defend the Catholic faith. I’m Cy Kellett, your host. This priest in Louisiana aroused kind of a Facebook a…
Jul 22, 2020
#266 Was Jesus Too Harsh to Martha? - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
As Catholics celebrate the feasts of Mary and Martha, we ask Father Hugh Barbour about the family from Bethany that was so intimate with Jesus. Famously, Jesus scolded Martha. What is this about, and what does it teach us about relationship with Jesus? CK: Why is Jesus so tough on Martha? Next on Catholic Answers Focus. Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus the podcast designed to help you to explain and defend the Catholic faith, I’m Cy Kellett your host. In the gospels Jesus can sometimes seem a bit harsh, almost mean. The Catholic Church is getting ready to celebrate the …
Jul 20, 2020
#265 Is There a Catholic Economics? - Trent Horn
Is there a Catholic model for economics? If so, what is it? If not, what contribution can Catholic Faith make to economic theory and practice? Cy Kellett: Hello, and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. Actually, before we start Trent, John Sorenson says that you’re really good at promoting your podcast at the beginning and he tells me that I’m really bad at it, and I have to get better at it. So, could you tell me what you do at the beginning of your podcasts, and then I’ll try it and you tell me if I’m doing a good job? Trent Horn: I’m happy to do that Cy. …
Jul 15, 2020
#260 What Does Confirmation Do? - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
The sacrament of Confirmation can be baffling to today’s Catholics. What is it? What does it do? And what is the correct age to receive it? Father Hugh Barbour answers all our questions. CK: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host. Very glad to have you here with us. Sacrament of confirmation, is it possibly the least understood of the seven sacraments or the one that we might fumble around the most for an explanation of. I think it might be and I’m going to ask Father Hugh Barbour, our chaplain and the former Pryor of St. Michael’s…
Jul 13, 2020
#260 Fr. Hugh – What Does Confirmation Do? - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
The sacrament of Confirmation can be baffling to today’s Catholics. What is it? What does it do? And what is the correct age to receive it? Father Hugh Barbour answers all our questions. CK: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host. Very glad to have you here with us. Sacrament of confirmation, is it possibly the least understood of the seven sacraments or the one that we might fumble around the most for an explanation of. I think it might be and I’m going to ask Father Hugh Barbour, our chaplain and the former Pryor of St. Michael’s…
Jul 13, 2020
#263 Serra in Context - Robert Senkewicz
Though a saint of the Catholic Church, Father Junipero Serra remains a figure of contempt in some circles because of his association with Spanish Colonialism in California. Who was the man? And what was his role in the vast narrative of the colonial era? Our guest Robert Senkewicz is co-author, with his wife Rose Marie Beebe, of the acclaimed book Junípero Serra: California, Indians, and the Transformation of a Missionary. CK: Hello, and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host. Thank you so much for being with us today. We talk about Father Junipero Serra. I&#…
Jul 08, 2020
#262 Addict, Martyr, and Saint - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
Father Hugh Barbour offers an appreciation of the life or St. Mark Ji Tianxiang, who lived more than 30 years as an opium addict. Though he never overcame his addiction, he died a martyr’s death. His story illuminates the mystery of holiness in the life of an addicted person. Cy Kellett: Hello, and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host, joined by our chaplain, Father Hugh Barbour. He is a Norbertine priest, former Prior of St. Michael’s Abbey in Orange County, where they’re building a beautiful new church and you should check it out online. Hell…
Jul 06, 2020
#261 Two Failed Passages on Sola Scriptura - Karlo Broussard
How can the Catholic Church teach that we need Tradition as well as Scripture when the Bible says that Scripture is sufficient as a rule
of faith and for making a man “complete”? And how can the Catholic Church teach that Scripture is not our sole
infallible source for doctrine when the book of Acts praises the Bereans for using Scripture alone to determine the truth? Cy Kellett: Hello, and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host. Thanks for being with us. We have in studio with us the author of Meeting the Protestant Challenge: How to Answer 50 Biblical Objec…
Jul 01, 2020
#260 Who Was Fr. Junipero Serra? - Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone
Was Fr. Junipero Serra a dark part of history, deserving of his statues and memorials’ desecration, or was he a holy man of God who directly resisted the mistreatment and enslavement of the native peoples he evangelized? Find out here, with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. CK: Hello, and welcome to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host. Thank you so much for being with us. Strange times continue that we’re living through. Very, very odd and, in some ways, maybe a bit obsessive ideological times. That reality has expressed itself here in the state of California an…
Jun 29, 2020
#259 Villain Columbus? - Carol Delaney
Is it time to give up on Columbus? In the light of modern scholarship, should we view Columbus with suspicion? The author of the highly acclaimed book Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem joins us for a look at the real man and at what he meant to do with his voyages of discovery. Christopher Columbus, hero or villain? Next on Catholic Answers Focus. Cy Kellett: Hello, and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett your host and we’re living at a time of tearing down statues, covering up murals as people reevaluate our connections to certain figures of the past. Among…
Jun 24, 2020
#258 The Blessed Trinity in My Soul - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
What is the relationship between the soul in a state of grace and the Blessed Trinity? What does it mean to say that the Trinity comes to dwell in my soul? What is the evidence for the presence of the Blessed Trinity in the soul? CK: Hello, and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett your host and we welcome once again, our chaplain father, Hugh Barbour, Norbertine priest, former Prior of St. Michael’s Abbey in Orange County. Hello Father Hugh. FHB: Hello there. CK: Father, I feel like I understand almost everything, but there’s a couple of things I don’t un…
Jun 22, 2020
#257 Is a Church Magisterium Unbiblical? - Karlo Broussard
How can the Catholic Church teach that we need a Magisterium (a living teaching authority) when John says in 1 John 2:27 that we have no need for a man to teach us since the Holy Spirit will teach us? The author of Meeting the Protestant Challenge responds. CK: Hello, and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host. Thank you so much for being with us today in studio with Karlo Broussard, the author of a couple of books, including Meeting The Protestant Challenge. And we take some challenges from that book today. Hello, Karlo. KB: Hey Cy. CK: So these are challeng…
Jun 17, 2020
#256 The Sacred Heart - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
Father Hugh Barbour explains the biblical and medieval roots of the modern devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Is devotion to the Sacred Heart a divine response to an increasingly isolated and lonely modern world? CK: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, our host, and our guest is Father Hugh Barbour, Norbetine priest, former Pryor of St. Michael’s Abbey in Orange County which is building a new church. You should look it up online. Hello, Father. FHB: Hello. Hello. CK: It’s very nice to be speaking with you in June, a month of many good things inc…
Jun 15, 2020
#255 The Early Church Was Liturgical - Tim Staples
Yes, the earliest Christians celebrated the Mass, and they did so in ways that are impressively similar to today’s Mass. In fact, the Church lived as a liturgical community from the very moment of its birth. Cy Kellett: Hello, and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host. We’ve been having some conversations in recent weeks with Tim Staples, Director of Apologetics and Evangelization here at Catholic Answers, about the early church and some of the things that are said about the early church. And trying to dig into what’s true about the life of the …
Jun 10, 2020
#254 How Can We Know That God Loves Us? - Sr. Maris Stella
Cy interviews two of our favorite women religious about their work sharing the love of God with others, and how we gain confidence in the love of God. Cy Kellett: Hello, and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host, and today we tackle a question that is close to the hearts, sometimes closer to the heart perhaps than to the mind. How do we know that God loves us? One of the ways that we can explore that is with people who share the message of God’s love with other people. We have two of our favorite guests here with us today, Sister Maris Stella and Sister Mic…
Jun 08, 2020
#253 The Early Church Was Hierarchical - Tim Staples
Was there a golden age at the very beginning of the Church when Christianity was unspoiled by a hierarchical structure? Was there a blessed age when Christians were simply Christian, without authoritative leaders who had the power to govern the Church? Nope. TIme Staples explains. …
Jun 03, 2020
#252 The Gifts of the Holy Spirit - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
Father Hugh illuminates how God freely gives us all we need for our salvation through the sacraments. He defends this position as we discuss Pentecost and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. CK: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host. And it having been … Now, I say that that way, but we were recording before, but it’s Pentecost. Pentecost celebrated on Sunday and this will reach you on Monday. And so we’re going to talk with our Chaplain Father Hugh Barbour about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Hello, Father Hugh. FHB: Hello. CK: So the gifts …
Jun 01, 2020
#251 Does Matthew Teach an Invisible Church? - Karlo Broussard
The author of Meeting the Protestant Challenge explains why Catholics believe that the Church is a visible hierarchical institution when Jesus says that the Church in Matthew 18:20 is an invisible union of believers. Cy Kellett: Hello, and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host, in studio again with Karlo Broussard. Hello, Karlo. Karlo Broussard: Hey, Cy. CK: Karlo, the author of a couple of books, including Prepare the Way, Overcoming Obstacles to God, the Gospel, and the Church, and Meeting the Protestant Challenge, How to Answer 50 Biblical Objections to C…
May 27, 2020
#250 Why Is Marriage a Sacrament? - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
Why is the Church so defensive about marriage even when it is not sacramental? Why does the Church insist on the goodness of natural marriage? What does this say about sacramental marriage? Transcription available Tuesday 5/26. …
May 25, 2020
#249 Paul’s Rebuke and Peter’s Infallibility - Karlo Broussard
The author of Meeting the Protestant Challenge asks how the Catholic Church can teach that Peter is infallible when Paul rebukes Peter for not eating with the Gentiles? Doesn’t this further show that Peter had no more authority than Paul? CK: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett your host, and I get the great pleasure of talking with Karlo Broussard again. Hi, Carlo. KB: Hey, Cy. CK: Karlo is a speaker author, and apologist here at Catholic Answers, the author of a couple of books, including Prepare The Way: Overcoming Obstacles To God, The Gospel And The Ch…
May 20, 2020
#248 Is Fear a Sin? - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
Is fear a sin? Is it just an emotion? How are Christians meant to understand fear? Is there such a thing as fear that is actually a gift from the Holy Spirit? Father Hugh Barbour fearlessly tackles a host of questions about fear. CK: Is fear a sin? Father Hugh Barbour, next. Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host, and it’s a time of fear. There is a good deal of fear all around us. It’s in part because of the virus certainly, but we can live in a frightened age in many ways. We have our strange fears, sometimes nameless, sometimes they h…
May 18, 2020
#247 Is Peter Really the Foundation of the Church? - Karlo Broussard
How can the Catholic church teach that Peter is the rock or the foundation of the church when St. Paul teaches in 1 Corinthians 3:11 that there is no other foundation besides Jesus? Cy Kellett: Hello, and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus, I’m Cy Kellett, your host, joined in studio by Karlo Broussard, apologist here at Catholic Answers and author of a couple of very fine books, including Prepare the Way and Meeting the Protestant Challenge. Hello, Karlo. Karlo Broussard: Hey son. I thank you for saying they’re fine books. I appreciate that. Cy Kellett: They are fine books- …
May 13, 2020
#246 Love Your Enemies - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
The commandment to love our enemies seems impossible sometimes, especially for those who have been badly hurt. So what does Jesus mean by this commandment? Are we all obligated to follow it? And if we do follow it, what does it mean to love those we don’t feel any love for? Cy Kellett: Hello, and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellet, your host, and I’m delighted to have you here with us. We have our chaplain with us, Father Hugh Barbour, a Norbertine priest of the Abbey of Saint Michael in Orange County, where they’re building a new and beautiful church. Y…
May 11, 2020
#245 The Early Church Was Apostolic - Tim Staples
What is apostolic succession? Did the early Church believe in and practice apostolic succession? Find out here, with Tim Staples. Transcription will be available 5/6.  …
May 06, 2020
#244 Friendship in God’s Plan - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
During this virus shutdown lots of people are giving practical advice on how to keep relationships healthy. We ask Father Hugh to give us a deeper look at friendship from a Christian perspective. Understanding the role of friendship in God’s life and plan can help us in living out friendship with others. CK: Friendships under strain, we’ve got help on the way. Father Hugh Barbour next. Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host and today, we talk a little bit about friendship and disagreement with Father Hugh Barbour. In part, I’m moti…
May 04, 2020
#243 Can Doctrine Be Trusted? - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
Sometimes it seems like nothing is solid. Everything, even within the Church, seems to be up for debate. Is this true? How solid is Catholic doctrine? On what basis can we trust that it won’t shift? CK: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host, and we welcome back our Chaplain, Father Hugh Barbour, delighted to see you again, Father. FHB: Nice to see you. CK: For this episode of Focus in which we’re going to discuss Catholic doctrine and where it can change, where it can’t change, or where it might develop and where it can’t develop.…
Apr 29, 2020
#242 Spiritual Struggles in Lockdown - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
Fr. Hugh Barbour and Catholic Answers’ president, Christopher Check, acknowledge the struggles that people are experiencing during this challenging time of coronavirus lockdown. They address how we, as Catholics Christians, can best react and deal with the loneliness, anger, sadness, and other feelings that such a crisis has generated. Transcription will be available on 4/28.  …
Apr 27, 2020
#241 Our Lady’s Role in the Resurrection - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
“The tradition of the church has always upheld in spite of minimizing responses to this question that one might come across, that our Lord appeared to his mother in his resurrection. It almost goes without saying because of course she is the place and the person off his incarnation and the annunciation. And she stood at and she initiated his ministry with the wedding at Cana and the miracle at Cana, which she works in view of his hour, which he seems to be hastening in response to her request. And then she’s standing at the foot of the cross and then she’s at Pentecost prayin…
Apr 22, 2020
#240 Experience Real Liturgy in Your Home - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
Even though we cannot attend Mass while we shelter in place, we can experience real liturgy in our homes by praying the Liturgy of the Hours— and it’s more accessible than you might think. Fr. Hugh Barbour explains how, even during the suspension of public Masses, you can still not just watch but participate in real liturgy. Cy Kellett: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host. Strange times we’re living in at the moment with the virus around the world and people confined at home, and families, many families, without too many outlets, not …
Apr 20, 2020
#239 The Early Church Was Eucharistic - Tim Staples
Did the early Church believe that the Eucharist was the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ? Had that been the belief of the Catholic Church since the Last Supper? Find out today with Catholic Answers’ Director of Apologetics, Tim Staples. Transcription will be available by 4/16. …
Apr 15, 2020
#238 What Do Catholics Believe About Angels? - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church is clear about the existence of angels. “The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls “angels” is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition. St. Augustine says: “‘Angel’ is the name of their office, not of their nature. If you seek the name of their nature, it is ‘spirit’; if you seek the name of their office, it is ‘angel’: from what they are, ‘spirit’, from what they do, ‘angel.'” With t…
Apr 13, 2020
#237 Coronavirus, Triage, and Pro-Life Ethics - R.J. Snell
Senior Fellow in Ethics at the Culture of Life Foundation, RJ Snell, considers the difficult choices facing health care providers in the time of Covid-19. How can Catholic moral teaching inform these choices and ensure they are made humanely? Cy Kellett: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host. And in the midst of this Coronavirus pandemic that we are all struggling through together, first of all, many blessings to you and your family and with lots of hope that you are getting through it all right and staying close to the Lord. But as we go through thi…
Apr 08, 2020
#236 You Don’t Need to Be a Theologian (Unless God Calls You to Be a Theologian) - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
Sometimes the post-Vatican II push for lay participation can become onerous. What is really needed to be fully Christian? Does everyone need to be a theologian, liturgist, and apologist? Cy Kellett: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host. And this time, an apologetic defense of a simple life of faith, I guess that’s how we could put it, a defense of a simple life of faith, or a life of simple faith, or just simply being faithful. We’ll go with any of those. Our guest, Father Hugh Barbour. Hello, Father. Fr. Hugh: Hello, hello. Cy Kellett…
Apr 01, 2020
#235 Why do Catholics Follow “Traditions of Men” When the Bible Says Not To? - Jimmy Akin
Do Catholics favor traditions of men over the word of God? Jimmy Akin next on Catholic Answers Focus. Cy Kellett: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus I’m Cy Kellett, your host, joined by Jimmy Akin, Senior Apologist here at Catholic Answers. Hello Jimmy. Jimmy Akin: Howdy. Cy Kellett: I want to ask you today about some passages in the gospels that say not to replace God’s word with the traditions of men- Jimmy Akin: Okay. Cy Kellett: … particularly in Matthew and Mark’s gospel. Jimmy Akin: Mm-hmm (affirmative). Cy Kellett: So, and this is covered by the w…
Mar 25, 2020
#234 Spiritual Communion in a Time of Coronavirus - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
For many people, it looks likely that the next few weeks will not offer a realistic opportunity to go to Mass. Our chaplain joins us for a conversation about the powerful option of “Spiritual Communion” during this time, and any time. Did you miss Fr. Hugh and Cy on our episode of Focus last week? Check out “Coronavirus and the Catholic Church”. You can find Fr. Hugh’s latest book, 20 Answers: Prayer, here. Spiritual communion in a time of coronavirus. Father Hugh Barbour is next. Cy Kellett: Hello again, and welcome to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host, and…
Mar 18, 2020
#233 Coronavirus and the Catholic Church - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
Anxiety blossoms as the most recent coronavirus appears, though in low numbers, in the United States. People wonder if they should stop receiving the Eucharist on the tongue, others if they should receive at all. Fr. Hugh Barbour and Cy Kellett discuss the truth of the Eucharist and what to keep in mind through this period of uncertainty- a God who loves us and makes Himself available to us in the Eucharist. Cy Kellett: Coronavirus and the Eucharist. Next with Father Hugh Barbour. Cy Kellett: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host. And our guest this epi…
Mar 11, 2020
#232 The Crusades and the ‘Evil’ of Christianity - Christopher Check
The president of Catholic Answers shares insights into the reality of the Crusades to help the Christian who is confronted with that apologetics conversation-stopper: “What about the Crusades?” Cy Kellett: How to handle the challenge of the Crusades with Chris Check right now. Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host. Opponents of the Catholic Church often use the Crusades as evidence for the corruption of Catholicism and for the violence of religion in general. Their point is that Christian claims to be a religion of love and peace are de…
Mar 04, 2020
#231 The Essene Code - Jimmy Akin
In the last century, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls raised the profile of the ancient community of the Essenes. Do these discoveries debunk Christian ideas about Jesus? Cy: Who were the Essenes and how are they connected to the Dead Sea Scrolls next with Jimmy Akin, and don’t forget to stay all the way to the very end. There’s a surprise coming up. Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host, and we’re joined again by Jimmy Akin, the author of The Bible Is a Catholic Book among many other books and senior apologists here at Catholic A…
Feb 26, 2020
#230 Sadducees vs. Jesus - Jimmy Akin
Best known for trying to catch Jesus in logical traps, the Sadducees had some strange beliefs for first century Jews. Why do they seem so tricky in their dealings with Jesus? And what can his interactions with them teach an apologist? Who is this mysterious group who challenges Jesus on the resurrection, but believes in God? We’ll tackle the Sadducees next with Jimmy Aiken. Hello, and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host, and we’re in the midst of three conversations with Jimmy Akin on some of the movements in the Jewish world of Jesus’s time. …
Feb 19, 2020
#229 Is Catholic Devotion to Relics Weird and Pagan? - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
The Catholic devotion to relics is, for some, an embarrassment and an echo of pagan practices. Father Hugh Barbour explains what’s going on with this ancient Christian practice and why it is perfectly consistent with the teachings of Christ and the Apostles. Cy Kellett: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host, and maybe one of the things that we Catholics come into some criticism for, not maybe, we definitely come into some criticism for our attachment to relics. We’ll defend relics a little bit in this episode and here to do that is our good f…
Feb 12, 2020
#228 Do Catholics = Pharisees? - Jimmy Akin
If anyone can be said to be the villain of the Gospels, it’s the Pharisees. Sometimes fellow Christians will label Catholics as Pharisees. So, who were they? Where did they come from? And what should we make of their interactions with Jesus? The Pharisees get a bad rap. Do they deserve it? Up next with Jimmy Akin. Cy: Hello, and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host, and the villains of the piece in the New Testament are often the Pharisees. We welcome Jimmy Akin, whose book, The Bible is a Catholic Book, covers some of what Jimmy knows about New Testament t…
Jan 29, 2020
#227 Are Christians Crazy to Call God Their Friend? - John Cuddeback
Claiming friendship with God is a good way to get mocked by the “wise” of the world. But it is a central claim of Christianity. How do we make sense of it? Cy: Is friendship with God really possible? Philosophy professor John Cuddeback next. Hello, and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host. Sometimes in apologetics we might spend much of our time explaining and defending the controversial aspects of Christian life, and can maybe not get around to explaining and defending the most beautiful teachings of Christ and His Church, and those might be the very ones …
Jan 29, 2020
#226 Pro-Life Bootcamp - Trent Horn
The man who wrote the book Persuasive Pro-Life gives us a primer on how to share arguments against abortion. Use these effective techniques to move yourself and others closer to the truth about tiny, little, unborn people. Pro-life boot camp with Trent Horn right now. Cy: Hello, and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host, and in studio with me today, our good friend Trent Horn, author of many things, including a book called Persuasive Pro-life. We thought with Trent, we’d take this opportunity to do a little pro-life boot camp, get the basics about how …
Jan 22, 2020
#225 Why Protestant Arguments for Sola Scriptura Fail - Karlo Broussard
As we wrap up our conversations with Karlo Broussard on his book Meeting the Protestant Challenge, he asks: How can the Catholic Church teach that we need Tradition as well as Scripture when the Bible says that Scripture is sufficient? And how can the Catholic Church teach that Scripture is not our sole infallible source for doctrine when the book of Acts praises the Bereans for using Scripture alone to determine the truth? Cy: Do Protestant arguments for sola scriptura succeed? Next with Karlo Broussard. Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host. Toda…
Jan 15, 2020
#224 Can We Know We’re Going to Heaven? - Karlo Broussard
As we continue our conversations about his book Meeting the Protestant Challenge, Karlo Broussard asks: How can the Catholic Church teach that we can’t have absolute 
assurance that we’re going to heaven if the Bible says that we can? How can the Catholic Church teach that it’s possible for us to lose our salvation when Jesus says that no one can snatch us out of his hand? Can we know for sure that we’re going to heaven? Coming up next with Karlo Broussard. Cy: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host, and today we welcome again our good friend Karlo…
Jan 08, 2020
#223 What Does the Bible Say About the Proper Way to Baptize? - Karlo Broussard
Drawing on his book Meeting the Protestant Challenge, Karlo Broussard asks: How can the Church teach that non-immersion baptisms are valid when the Bible speaks only of baptisms that were done by immersion? And how can the Catholic Church baptize infants when Jesus makes it clear that one must believe first and then be baptized? …
Jan 01, 2020
#222 The Incarnation of God - Tim Staples
Catholic Answers’ Director of Apologetics and Evangelization reflects with us on the identity of Jesus as incarnate God. What does this mean and why does it fill us with joy? Tim: What does Christmas celebrate? Next with Tim Staples. Cy: Merry Christmas from Catholic Answers and welcome to Catholic Answers focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host. And a little bit of Christmas cheer there for you as we start. We’re going to talk about Christmas on this Christmas day with probably the most Christmasy person I know, Tim Staples, Director of Apologetics and Evangelization here at Catho…
Dec 25, 2019
#221 The Real Star of Bethlehem - Jimmy Akin
The author of The Bible Is a Catholic Book reviews the biblical evidence for the Star of Bethlehem. What was it? How did the Magi follow it? Was it real or just a literary device? Cy: What should we make of the star of Bethlehem? Next, Jimmy Akin. Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host. And today we discussed the star, the star of Bethlehem. What do we know about it? What do we believe about it? What are we obligated to believe and what might we possibly discover about that star? Our guest is Jimmy Akin, senior apologist here at Catholic Answers and the …
Dec 18, 2019
#220 Was Jesus Just a Myth? - Trent Horn
Actually, lots can be known about the historical Jesus, and Christians can give confident rebuttals to those who claim Jesus is just a myth. Trent defends Jesus from the mythicists. How confident are you that Jesus was a real man? Trent Horn, next. Cy: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host, and we are joined once again by our good friend Trent Horn. Trent, who is Apologist Extraordinaire here at Catholic Answers and author of many, many books including, Why We’re Catholic. The super bestseller, I should say, the super bestselling book, Why We̵…
Dec 11, 2019
#219 The Importance of Storytelling in Apologetics - Holly Ordway
Engaging the imagination is often the key to engaging the intellect. Dr. Holly Ordway, author of Apologetics and the Christian Imagination, explains why how apologists can use story to help share the truth. Cy: Want to be a good apologist? Try being a great storyteller. Holly Ordway, next. Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. Many of us have grown accustomed to the apologist as a person who makes reasoned arguments in defense of the faith, and without question, this is central to apologetics. But reasoned arguments are often not enough and appeal to the imagination is also neede…
Dec 04, 2019
#218 Are the Gospels Historical? - Tim Staples
Ugh, the false dichotomy between the Jesus of history and the Jesus of faith. No, they are not two different people, and yes, the Gospels are an accurate history of the Rabbi from Nazareth. Cy: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host. Joined in studio today by Tim Staples, our Director of Apologetics and Evangelization, and the man who produced The Great Disappointment, to understanding the false doctrines and failed prophecies of the Seventh Day Adventists, that’s out now. A CD set, or you can get it as an MP3 download. Tim, welcome again. Tim…
Nov 27, 2019
#217 Are the Eucharist and the Immaculate Conception Anti-Biblical? - Karlo Broussard
How can the Catholic Church teach that the Eucharist is the actual body and blood of Jesus when Jesus refers to his so-called blood as the “fruit of the vine”? And how can the Catholic Church teach that Mary was immaculately conceived when she calls God her “Savior” in Luke 1:47? Cy: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host, and we continue our conversation with Karlo Broussard, the author of Meeting the Protestant Challenge: How to Answer 50 Biblical Objections to Catholic Beliefs. Hello again Karlo. Karlo: Hey Cy. Cy: And I’ll just sum it up r…
Nov 20, 2019
#216 Why Isn’t the Bible Enough for Catholics? - Karlo Broussard
How can Catholics Church teach “Sacred Tradition” when Jesus teaches that the Bible is the only authority? And how can the Catholic Church teach that good works play a role in our justification when Paul insists that we’re not justified by works? Cy: Hello, and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host, delighted to be joined again by Karlo Broussard, apologist here at Catholic Answers, and the author of a wonderful new book, Meeting The Protestant Challenge: How to Answer 50 Biblical Objections to Catholic Beliefs. I say it’s wonderful in part because it’…
Nov 13, 2019
#215 Does Catholicism Contradict Scripture? - Karlo Broussard
Catholic Faith contradicts the Bible, some Protestants will say. Karlo Broussard explains that this is a challenge Catholics must answer because we accept the Bible as the Word of God. Not to worry, he also shows how such claims are wildly mistaken. Cy: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett your host. And part of the reason Protestantism has lasted and persists is that it poses serious intellectual challenges to the claims of the Catholic church. And an intellectual challenge deserves a well-reasoned response. Unless of course you have the power to burn peopl…
Nov 06, 2019
#214 Did Baby Jesus Have the Beatific Vision? - Tim Staples
Modern scholars often muddle the truth abut Jesus’ knowledge of himself. Did he know he was God? Did he behold the face of God even from the moment of conception? And why does any of this matter? Cy: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host, and our guest is Tim Staples, the director of Apologetics and Evangelization here at Catholic Answers. And the man behind this brand new CD set The Great Disappointment, understanding the false doctrines and failed prophecies of Seventh Day Adventism. Congratulations on that. Tim: Why, thank you young lad. Cy: So …
Oct 30, 2019
#213 Can Anyone Define Marriage? (Part 2) - Fr. Sebastian Walshe
What is the proper role of the Church in the debate over marriage? Is sacramental marriage different than natural marriage? And what is the role of governments in this debate: to determine what marriage is or to discover and protect what marriage is? Cy Kellett: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host. And this is the second part of a conversation we’re having with Father Sebastian Walshe, a Norbertine priest of the Abbey of St. Michael in the Diocese of Orange, California, about marriage, something that had always seemed, at least in our cultu…
Oct 23, 2019
#212 Can Anyone Define Marriage? (Part 1) - Fr. Sebastian Walshe
Marriage has been redefined by the state, but was there ever a precise definition of marriage? Could reason lead us to such a definition? And who is the competent authority to decide these things? Cy: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host, and I wonder can you explain marriage? It’s not unusual today to be asked for your definition of marriage, what makes a marriage a marriage, why do you think that that’s what marriage is? It’s a bit like being asked to define truth or goodness. It’s so fundamental that precise definitions are o…
Oct 16, 2019
#211 Can a Christian Drink? - Adam Minihan
They drink, they smoke, they make a popular show for Catholic men (The Catholic Man Show), so we ask Adam and David to justify Catholic teaching on the acceptability of drinking. Wouldn’t God prefer that we all just stay away from the sauce and stick with tea? That depends, it turns out. Cy Kellett: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy, your host, and we are delighted this week to welcome David and Adam Minihan, the men from The Catholic Man Show. Also, the founders of St. Michael Radio in Tulsa, Oklahoma. David and Adam are, in addition to being radio founders and hosts…
Oct 09, 2019
#210 The Church Fathers Didn’t Teach Sola Scriptura (Part 2) - Shaun McAfee
We continue our conversation with the author of Reform Yourself! and the founder and editor of EpicPew.com on whether the Church Fathers believed in Sola Scriptura with looks at Athanasius, Cyril of Jerusalem, and Augustine. Cy Kellett: This time Athanasius, Cyril of Jerusalem and Augustine, did they support Sola Scriptura? Cy Kellett: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host, and we’re in the midst of a conversation with Shaun McAfee, the author of Reform Yourself, among other books. Shaun wrote a series of four articles for Catholic Answers Magazin…
Oct 02, 2019
#209 Disordered or Just Different? - Karlo Broussard
Is the Catechism of the Catholic Church too harsh in calling homosexual inclinations “objectively disordered”? Father James Martin has suggested a change in wording to something such as “differently ordered.” Might that be helpful? Cy Kellett: The catechism of the Catholic church says that homosexual inclinations are objectively disordered. Should that language be changed? Next on Catholic Answers Focus. Cy Kellett: Hello and welcome again to Catholic answers focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host. And a this week we tackle a somewhat difficult subject and we will try to do so with intellectual in…
Sep 25, 2019
#208 Is Schism Coming? - Jimmy Akin
Even Pope Francis is talking about schism, so is the unity of the Church in danger? Our senior apologists tackles the meaning of “schism” and assesses the risks. Cy Kellett: Hello, and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host. Delighted to have you with us, thanks so much for joining us. Schism has been in the news recently, so we have our good friend Jimmy Akin here with us. Jimmy is senior apologist here at Catholic Answers, and the author of many things, but I’m going to point in particular to this one, Teaching With Authority: How to Cut Through Doctr…
Sep 18, 2019
#207 The Church Fathers Didn’t Teach Sola Scriptura (Part 1) - Shaun McAfee
The author of Reform Yourself! and the founder and editor of EpicPew.com helps you explain what the Church Fathers really taught about the Bible. He details how Protestant defenders of Sola Scriptura go too far when they enlist the early Church Fathers to defend the idea that Scripture is the sole rule of faith. Cy Kellett: Did the early Church Fathers really teach sola scriptura? Next on Catholic Answers Focus. Cy Kellett: Hello, and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host. We do hear, from time to time, folks who say they came into the Catholic Church because the…
Sep 11, 2019
#206 Interior Life - Joe Heschmeyer
The founder of shamlesspopery.com defends the Catholic understanding of the interior life and shares tips for developing yours. …
Sep 04, 2019
#205 Is All Love Equal? - Karlo Broussard
The author of Prepare the Way: Overcoming Obstacles to God, the Gospel, and the Church joins us to reflect on Coca Cola’s “Love is love” ad campaign. Is all sexual love equal as the campaign suggests? Cy Kellett: Is all love equal? Karlo Broussard next on Catholic Answers Focus. Cy Kellett: Hello, and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host, and Karlo Broussard is with us today. We’re going to talk about the Love Is Love campaign and about an article that Karlo produced for Catholic Answers Magazine online, in that regard. Karlo, welcome back. Karlo Brou…
Aug 28, 2019
#204 Ancient Letters and the Bible - Jimmy Akin
Is the Bible a collection of letters? To whom were the letters sent? Did the ancient world have a mail system? Listen in to hear Jimmy Akin and Cy Kellett discuss ancient letters and their importance in Scripture. Cy Kellett: Hello, and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I’m Cy Kellett, your host, and I really have been enjoying doing these history podcasts with Jimmy Akin, so we get an opportunity to do another one today. Jimmy Akin is senior apologist here at Catholic Answers, the author of many books including two brand new 20 Answers books, one on Protestantism and one on the …
Aug 21, 2019
#203 Ancient Rome - Jimmy Akin
Who were these Romans who play such a big part in the New Testament and in the life of the early Church? How did they get to be a world power, and what did they make of these new Christians? …
Aug 14, 2019
#202 Joseph in Egypt - Jimmy Akin
Jimmy Akin joins Cy for a conversation about the historicity of the Joseph story in Genesis. Is the biblical depiction of Egypt believable? What does modern scholarship add to the story? Cy Kellett: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host, and last time we had a today’s guests on. Jimmy Akin is our guest and the last time he was on, we talked about ancient Egypt and it turned out that was very, very popular. People really enjoyed hearing about that and it’s something that Jimmy knows a great deal about. So we asked him back to talk about just …
Aug 07, 2019
#201 Why Evolution Doesn’t Eliminate God (Part 3) - Karlo Broussard
Cy concludes his interview on evolution and God with the author of Prepare the Way: Overcoming Obstacles to God, The Gospel, and The Church. Here, Karlo explains why greater complexity coming from apparently lesser complexity is not a problem, and why arguments that a wise God just wouldn’t have done it this way don’t hold water. …
Aug 01, 2019
#200 Why Evolution Doesn’t Eliminate God (Part 2) - Karlo Broussard
If evolutionary theory is correct, then chance plays an important role in the evolution of life. But how could God be the designer of life if things really do depend upon chance? Karlo Broussard continues is explanation of why Evolution does not eliminate God. Cy Kellett: Does the possibility of chance in evolution disprove God’s participation? Coming up next on Catholic Answers Focus. Cy Kellett: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host and this week, we continue our conversations, our series of conversations with Karlo Broussard on evolution, why e…
Jul 24, 2019
#199 Why Evolution Doesn’t Eliminate God (Part 1) - Karlo Broussard
Cy sits down with Karlo Broussard, author of Prepare the Way, for a conversation about God and evolution. Karlo lists six common ways people use Darwin’s insights as the basis for arguments against God. Cy Kellett: Have Darwin’s theories done away with God? Next on Focus. Cy Kellett: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host. I’ve got to say, I am very excited about this series of conversations we embark upon with this episode of Focus. We’re going to talk a bit about evolution and what does evolution do to God? Does it have any effect on …
Jul 17, 2019
#198 A Golden Age for Teaching the Faith? - Drake McCalister
Drake McCallister, Coordinator of Catechetical Practicum at Franciscan University of Steubenville, came into the Catholic Faith because of what he heard on Catholic Radio. Now this father of five is to be ordained a priest. He talks with us about what really works in catechesis and apologetics. …
Jul 10, 2019
#197 No Salvation Outside the Church - Tim Staples
Our Director of Apologetics and Evangelization, Tim Staples, says the magisterium never stopped teaching that there is no salvation outside the Church. This doesn’t sound very PC. …
Jul 03, 2019
#196 Jesus’ Radical Call to Discipleship - Tim Staples
Tim Staples, author of Behold Your Mother, says people today have forgotten that Jesus asks radical things of his followers. Is this idea too dangerous for modern consumption? …
Jun 26, 2019
#195 Did Jesus Institute All Seven Sacraments? - Tim Staples
Our director of apologetics and evangelization, Tim Staples, makes the wild claim that each of the seven sacraments was, in fact, established by Jesus. Can he defend this thesis? Like Bob the Builder—yes, he can. …
Jun 19, 2019
#194 Moses and the Egyptians (Part 2) - Jimmy Akin
Who was Moses? Was he a real person? Is there evidence for the Exodus? Jimmy Akin continues our lively look at Moses among the Egyptians. Did you miss Part 1 of this conversation? Listen here: Moses and the Egyptians (Pt.1)   …
Jun 12, 2019
#193 Moses and the Egyptians (Part 1) - Jimmy Akin
What was Egypt like in the time of Moses? Did the Hebrews build the Great Pyramid? Jimmy Akin joins us for a lively look at Moses among the Egyptians. Want to hear the next part of this conversation? Listen here: Moses and the Egyptians (Part 2) Cy Kellett: What do we know about the Egyptians of Moses’ time? Right now on Catholic Answers Focus. Cy Kellett: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host, joined today by our senior apologist here at Catholic Answers, Jimmy Akin. Hi, Jimmy. Jimmy Akin: Howdy, Cy. Cy Kellett: There were these people in the anc…
Jun 11, 2019
#192 Helpers on High (Part 3) - Karlo Broussard
Is it even appropriate to talk to the saints when we can just go straight to God? Karlo Broussard the author of Prepare the Way: Overcoming Obstacles to God, the Gospel, and the Church joins us with an answer as we end out three-part series. …
May 29, 2019
#191 Helpers on High (Part 2) - Karlo Broussard
Karlo Broussard the author of Prepare the Way: Overcoming Obstacles to God, the Gospel, and the Church joins us for part two of our conversation about the saints, this time answering the most common objections to the intercession of the saints. …
May 22, 2019
#190 Helpers on High (Part 1) - Karlo Broussard
Karlo Broussard is the author of Prepare the Way: Overcoming Obstacles to God, the Gospel, and the Church. He joins us for a three-part conversation about our friends in Heaven, the Saints, and why we should befriend them. …
May 15, 2019
#189 The Status of the Society of St. Pius X (Part 2) - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
May 08, 2019
#188 The Status of the Society of St. Pius X (Part 1) - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
Jim Vogel, spokesman for the Society of St. Pius X in the United states, stopped by our offices, and we thought we’d like to hear, in their own words, what the Society sees as their current status. Our chaplain, Father Hugh Barbour, joined us in the studio for a conversation meant to tease out how the Society sees this moment, this pope, and the possibilities for regularization. …
May 02, 2019
#187 Counterfeit Christs (Part 2) - Trent Horn
Trent Horn’s new book explores the many ways Christ is falsely presented. He discusses these “counterfeit Christs” and why the real Christ is so much better. …
Apr 24, 2019
#186 Counterfeit Christs (Part 1) - Trent Horn
Trent Horn’s new book explores the many ways Christ is falsely presented. He discusses these “counterfeit Christs” and why the real Christ is so much better. …
Apr 17, 2019
#185 God Wants You to Rest - Michael Naughton
Michael Naughton, the author of Labor and Leisure: The Integration of Faith and Work in a Divided World, explains the Judeo-Christian view of rest, most especially the need to rest on the Lord’s Day. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Cy Kellett:                           Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett your host. And there is lots of talk everywhere these days about finding balance, which suggests a lot of people are having trouble finding balance. Very few people seem to be able to do it. It may b…
Apr 10, 2019
#184 The Divine Mercy (Part 2) - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
Fr. Hugh Barbour and Cy continue their discussion on the Divine Mercy. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Cy Kellett:                           We continue with our chaplain, a discussion about the divine mercy. Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host. Our guest again this week is Father Hugh Barbour, our chaplain, and we continue our conversation began last week about the divine mercy,…
Apr 03, 2019
#183 The Divine Mercy (Part 1) - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
Is the Divine Mercy an innovation or something consistent with the traditions of the Church? …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Cy Kellett:                   …
Mar 27, 2019
#182 The Witness of the Anti-Christians - Gary Michuta
The author of Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger and Hostile Witnesses explains why Christianity’s enemies actually give us a great deal of insight into how the earliest Christians lived and what they believed. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Cy Kellett:                           Hello, and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host. Cy Kellett:                           One of the great resourc…
Mar 20, 2019
#181 Faith and Works Are Necessary for Salvation (Part 3) - Tim Staples
Is justification instantaneous or a process? How might that process work? Would works be part of it? Tim Staples and Cy Kellett conclude their discussion about the relationship between faith and works in salvation. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
Mar 13, 2019
#180 Faith and Works Are Necessary for Salvation (Part 2) - Tim Staples
In part two of this three-part series, Tim Staples and Cy Kellett continue their discussion about the relationship between faith and works in salvation, here with an emphasis on works as a response to God’s unmerited gift of grace. …
Feb 28, 2019
#179 Faith and Works Are Necessary for Salvation (Part 1) - Tim Staples
How are people saved? Does salvation take cooperation? Who will be saved? Where is the scriptural evidence for faith and works? Why do Catholics believe what they do? Have you struggled to answer these questions when sharing your faith? Listen in to learn how Tim Staples approaches having a discussion about salvation. Cy Kellett: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett your host. Thank you so much for being with us. How do we get saved? How exactly does that happen? What happens before we are saved? What does it mean when we are being saved and how does that function…
Feb 20, 2019
#178 Signs of Hope - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
Cy Kellett discusses with chaplain and Norbertine priest, Fr. Hugh Barbour, and Chris Check, president of Catholic Answers, the encouraging and significant realities of the hope of Christ in the world today. Cy Kellett: They’re hard to see, but there are signs of hope in the modern world. Let’s discuss them with Father Hugh Barbour and Chris Check. Cy: Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host. We’re always happy when you’re here with us. Any lazy mind can find all the evidence of evil in the world today. It’s as easy as turning…
Feb 13, 2019
#177 Signs of the Demonic - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
The president and chaplain of Catholic Answers join Cy for a conversation about demonic influences in the modern world. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Are demons active in the modern world? Let’s discuss it with Father Hugh Barber and Chris Check. Hello and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Callet, your host, and we’re always so appreciative that you’re here with us today. It’s going to maybe sound a little bit like herding cats. It does when these t…
Feb 06, 2019
#176 Do People Really Go To Hell? - Ralph Martin
Modern Catholics have experienced a “creeping universalism,” with many now convinced that few people, if any, go to hell. Ralph Martin defends traditional Church teaching on hell, and explains why it is not going away. Cy Kellett: Does anyone actually go to hell? Ralph Martin is here. Lets find out. Cy Kellett: Hello, and welcome again to Catholic Answers Focus. Delighted to have you here with us. Thank you for joining us. I am Cy Kellett, your host. This week, we tackle the question of salvation. Not what it is, but to how many will it be, in the end, extended. Our guest is Ralph Martin, who …
Jan 30, 2019
#175 The Sacraments Work! - Msgr. Eugene Morris
Do the sacraments do what they claim to do? Msgr. Eugene Morris defends their efficacy in a world that mostly fails to see them for what they are. Msgr. Morris is a sacramental theologian and a priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. He is a popular speaker, retreat leader, and radio guest and host. Book Cy to speak at your parish or next event. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Cy Kellett: Do the Sacraments do what they say they’re gonna do? Let’s find out. Cy: Welcome again t…
Jan 23, 2019
#174 Arguments in Favor of Relativism (Part 3) - Karlo Broussard
Our in-house-philosopher, Karlo Broussard, author of Prepare the Way: Overcoming obstacles to God, the Gospel and the Church, joins us for a three part conversation about relativism. Why are conversations about right and wrong so often labeled “hate speech? Book Karlo to speak at your parish or next event. Book Cy to speak at your parish or next event. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Want more from Karlo Broussard? Prepare the Way: Overcoming Obstacles to God, the Gospel and the Church Why…
Jan 16, 2019
#173 Arguments in Favor of Relativism (Part 2) - Karlo Broussard
Our in-house-philosopher, Karlo Broussard, author of Prepare the Way: Overcoming obstacles to God, the Gospel and the Church, joins us for a three part conversation about relativism. What gives you the right to interfere in other people’s moral choices? Book Karlo to speak at your parish or next event. Book Cy to speak at your parish or next event. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Want more from Karlo Broussard? Prepare the Way: Overcoming Obstacles to God, the Gospel and the Church Why God…
Jan 09, 2019
#172 Arguments in Favor of Relativism (Part 1) - Karlo Broussard
Our in-house-philosopher, Karlo Broussard, author of Prepare the Way: Overcoming Obstacles to God, the Gospel, and the Church, joins us for a three-part conversation about relativism. What are the arguments in its favor, and are they convincing? Book Karlo to speak at your parish or next event. Want more from Karlo Broussard? Prepare the Way: Overcoming Obstacles to God, the Gospel and the Church Why God Still Matters The Bible Blueprint for the Priesthood The Bible Blueprint for the Mass __________________________________________________________________________________________________________…
Jan 02, 2019
#171 The Nativity in the Bible (Part 2) - Jimmy Akin
Cy and Jimmy continue their discussion of Baby Jesus as his birth and infancy are relayed to us by Matthew and Luke. …
Dec 26, 2018
#170 The Nativity in the Bible (Part 1) - Jimmy Akin
Do you skip the lists of begets and begottens when you read the Bible? Cy and Jimmy discuss the genealogies of the Lord and find some amazing things. …
Dec 19, 2018
#169 Professionalism and Faith - null
Is there a place for faith in the workplace? Professional baseball pitcher Trevor Williams stops by to talk about pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates and living as a Catholic. …
Dec 14, 2018
#166 Why Philosophy Matters (Part 2) - null
Our guest is the editor-in-chief of the International Philosophical Quarterly, Father Joseph W. Koterski, S.J., and our guest interviewer is our chaplain, Father Hugh Barbour, O. Praem. …
Nov 21, 2018
#165 Why Philosophy Matters (Part 1) - null
Philosophy is not just for the pros. Daily life is impossible without it, and the better we are at it, the better equipped for life we become. Our guest is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Philosophical Quarterly, Father Joseph W. Koterski, S.J., and our guest interviewer is Karlo Broussard. …
Nov 14, 2018
#164 A Musical Conversion (Part 2) - null
Once a modernist, composer Frank La Rocca has written a Mass of the Americas that will premier at San Francisco’s Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption on December 8. We talk music, conversion, and the meaning of beauty. …
Nov 08, 2018
#163 A Musical Conversion (Part 1) - null
Once a modernist, composer Frank La Rocca has written a Mass of the Americas that will premier at San Francisco’s Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption on December 8. We talk music, conversion, and the meaning of beauty. …
Oct 31, 2018
#162 Christ the Healer, Part 3 - null
“Mindfulness” is controversial, but should Catholics dismiss it? Dr. Greg Bottaro, author of The Mindful Catholic: Finding God One Moment at a Time, explains the healing potentials, and the religious complications, associated with this movement. …
Oct 24, 2018
#161 Christ the Healer, Part 2 - null
Understanding the full truth of the human person is an important step in providing healing. Dr. Greg Bottaro is the executive director and founder of the Catholic Psych Institute and the author of The Mindful Catholic: Finding God One Moment at a Time. He shares how a fully Catholic view of the person leads to better outcomes. …
Oct 17, 2018
#160 Christ the Healer, Part 1 - null
Oct 10, 2018
#159 Social Science and Modern Sex (Part Two) - null
Sociologist Mark Regnerus became a controversial figure with his study of the children of gay parents. Today he studies Christian marriage. We discuss his research into marriage and modern sexual habits. …
Oct 03, 2018
#158 Social Science and Modern Sex (Part One) - null
Sociologist Mark Regnerus became a controversial figure with his study of the children of gay parents. Today, he studies Christian marriage. We discuss difficult questions considered taboo in most professions.  …
Sep 26, 2018
#157 Communities of Christians, Part 2 - null
We continue our series on living the communal aspects of our Catholic Faith with Dr. Jared Staudt, author of the forthcoming book, The Beer Option. …
Sep 20, 2018
#156 Communities of Christians, Part 1 - null
An interview with Leah Libresco, author of Building the Benedict Option: A Guide to Gathering Two or Three Together in His Name, kicks off our series on living the communal aspects of our Catholic Faith. …
Sep 12, 2018
#155 The Current Crisis - Christopher Check
The President of Catholic Answers, Chris Check, recently published a reflection called “A Father’s Thoughts on the Current Crisis” at Catholic.com. We discuss it with him. …
Aug 31, 2018
#154 Virtue, Part 2, Chastity - Fr. Paul Check
The rector of St. John Fisher Seminary in the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT, continues his discussion of the virtues with a focus on chastity. …
Aug 24, 2018
#153 Virtue, Part 1, True Powers - Fr. Paul Check
The rector of St. John Fisher Seminary in the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT, explains how virtues are real powers that allow for fullness of life. …
Aug 17, 2018
#152 He Can’t Stop Building Catholic Media - Terry Barber
Terry Barber is half of one of the most exciting teams in radio. Aimed squarely at calling men to live the Faith, the Terry and Jesse Show has garnered a wide and loyal audience. Terry’s been at it for decades, but he just can’t stop creating new platforms for sharing the good news. …
Jul 23, 2018
#151 Neighbors in Need - Jim Vargas
We discuss the idea of “going out to the margins” with Deacon Jim Vargas, CEO of Father Joe’s Villages, a world leader in caring for the homeless. …
Jun 20, 2018
#150 Young, Catholic, and Same-Sex Attracted - null
Avera Maria Santo’s realization that she was same-sex attracted changed her life. Her discovery of the depths of Catholic Faith led her to start writing. Now she’s a blogger and speaker with a mission. …
Jun 08, 2018
#149 On the Road for a Culture of Life - null
Each summer, Crossroads sends young people on pro-life pilgrimages across the United States. Martha Nolan, vice president of Crossroads, joins us from the road to tell us how lives are being changed as the walkers make their way to Washington, D.C. …
Jun 05, 2018
#148 The Fragility of Order - George Weigel
George Weigel’s newest book, The Fragility of Order: Catholic Reflections on Turbulent Times, offers a diagnosis of how the world, and the Church, got into the situation of disorder we face today. Join us, as Weigel discusses the book, the world, and his chats with Pope Francis. …
Apr 26, 2018
#147 Fatima’s Secrets in Context - null
The author of the highly acclaimed book, On the Third Part of the Secret of Fatima, helps explain the controversies surrounding the apparition. A meticulously researched account, On the Third Part of the Secret of Fatima replaces sensationalism with scholarship, and helps set the record straight. …
Mar 19, 2018
#146 Word of Broken Faith - null
Raised in the Prosperity Gospel, Lisa Cooper ultimately found freedom and healing in the Catholic faith. She shares with us what it’s like growing up in the Word of Faith movement, and how that movement came to be what it is today. …
Mar 02, 2018
#145 A Reasonable God - null
Leo Severino, the producer of movies such as Little Boy and Bella stops by for a chat about his new book, Going Deeper: A Reasoned Exploration of God and Truth. We also discuss the movie business, and the unreasonableness of much modern thinking. …
Jan 09, 2018
#144 Star Wars, Superman, Christ - Jim Papandrea
The mythic heroes of our age are comic book and science fiction protagonists. Author Jim Papandrea’s new book, From Star Wars to Superman explores the religious implications of our modern stories, and finds there a window into the person of Christ. …
Dec 20, 2017
#143 Our Lady of Guadalupe - Christopher Check
The arrival in Mexico of Hernan Cortez and his soldiers won Mexico for Spain. The appearance a few short years later of a beautiful lady on Tepeyac Hill won it for Christ. …
Dec 11, 2017
#142 A School for Wholeness - null
St. Martin’s Academy in Kansas is meant to be a place for the whole person: body, mind and soul. It’s founders, Daniel Kerr and Patrick Whalen explain their vision for a boys boarding school offering farm-work, study and prayer. Can such a school be a place for God to cultivate saints? …
Nov 28, 2017
#141 Confessions of a Traditional Catholic - null
With grace and humor, author Matthew Arnold shares his story of conversion, including his time as a Catholic Traditionalist. Without recrimination or resentment toward anyone, he shares the beauty of the Catholic life he has discovered, and gives insights into some of the still-simmering controversies of our times. …
Nov 22, 2017
#140 Catholic Higher Education - Patrick Reilly
The founder and President of the Cardinal Newman Society, Patrick Reilly, updates us on the state of Catholic Higher education, finding signs of hope in a relatively bleak landscape. …
Nov 14, 2017
#138 The Cosmo Girl Never Existed - null
Sue Ellen Browder helped sell the sexual revolution. And she, along with many others, lied to do it. Her book, Subverted: How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement, names names as it tells the heartbreaking tale. …
Oct 25, 2017
#137 Communism, Mary, and 1917 - Paul Kengor
The Fatima apparitions ended the very same month that communists took over Russia. A century of spiritual battle between communism and Our Lady ensued. The author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism explains the hidden battle at the heart of the 20th century. …
Oct 20, 2017
#136 Same Kind of Different as Me - null
Director and screenwriter Michael Carney stops by for a chat about making good, uplifting movies in Hollywood and about his new movie, Same Kind of Different as Me. …
Oct 17, 2017
#135 The Scholastics and the Jews - null
Though the era of Christendom was plagued with anti-Semitism, it was not universally anti-Semitic. Scholar Edmund Mazza discusses how scholastic scholars of the time understood relations between Christians and Jews. …
Oct 04, 2017
#134 God Is Not Nice - null
Renowned theologian Ulrich L. Lehner challenges modern ideas about the niceness and usefulness of God, offering an introduction to the wild and dangerous God of the Bible. …
Sep 27, 2017
#133 Missionary to the Top of the World - null
Bishop Chad Zielinski is the 6th bishop of Fairbanks Alaska, a diocese of 11,000 Catholics spread across an area of more than 410,000 square miles. He shares what it is like to minister in America’s largest, and coldest, mission diocese. …
Sep 22, 2017
#132 Slander from the South (Part 2) - Jennifer Roback Morse
With the Southern Poverty Law Center labeling Catholic and other Christian-leaning institutions as “hate groups,” we talk with Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, the founder of the Ruth Institute, a recent target of the SPLC. …
Sep 20, 2017
#131 A Catholic Community in the Eye of a Storm - null
Jim Towey, president of Ave Maria University in South Florida, shares the story of one Catholic school’s journey through the eye of Hurricane Irma.  …
Sep 15, 2017
#130 Slander from the South (Part 1) - null
In the name of LBGT rights, the Southern Poverty Law Center has begun labeling Catholic and other Christian-leaning institutions as “hate groups.” We talk with Family Research Council Senior Fellow, Chris Gacek, and Communications Director and Legal Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, Kerri Kupec, about the serious consequences of such labeling. …
Sep 14, 2017
#129 Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters - null
People have lost faith in the Catholic Faith. Pat Gohn, lifelong Catechist and author of All In: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters stops by for an in-depth discussion of the reasons not just to remain Catholic, but to go All In. …
Sep 01, 2017
#128 A Married Catholic Priest on Priestly Celibacy - null
Should Catholic priests be allowed to marry? Fr. Joshua Whitfield, a married Catholic priest, explains why he thinks a departure from the traditional practice of priestly celibacy would be unwise. …
Aug 25, 2017
#127 Life as a Refugee - null
What is life like for Christian refugees from Syria and Iraq? We ask Dalal Saied, who left Iraq when she was seven, lived for years as a refugee in Syria, and finally settled in the United States as part of the Middle Eastern Christian diaspora. …
Aug 18, 2017
#126 Drunks & Monks - null
Once a successful Los Angeles entertainment lawyer, subsequently a nearly broken man, John Carmichael tells his story of collapse and redemption in the memoir Drunks & Monks. He joins us to reflect on his reasons for writing about the mess he made of his life, and the grace that turned it all around. …
Aug 11, 2017
#125 A Man of Dignity - null
Michael Vanderberg is the director of Stewardship for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and he is a survivor of priestly sexual abuse. His story is about the transforming power of Christ’s love and finding the dignity in every person. …
Aug 04, 2017
#124 Good Profit - null
Can the modern world put people, instead of economics, at the center of policy? We discuss the Catholic understanding of business profit with former Swiss Guard and renowned CEO, Andreas Widmer. …
Jul 28, 2017
#123 Holiness, Love, and Disability - null
Dr. Pia Matthews, author of God’s Wildflowers: Saints with Disabilities, joins us for a discussion of disability and holiness. We touch on the teaching of Pope John Paul II, the case of Charlie Gard, and the role of disability in the lives of individuals and communities. …
Jul 21, 2017
#122 A Catholic Case for Capital Punishment - Edward Feser
Philosopher Edward Feser joins Cy to discuss his new book, By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment. Feser points out that Catholic doctrine has not changed, and argues that there are positive reasons not to abandon the death penalty. …
Jul 14, 2017
#121 Dorothy Day, Finding Faith in a Secular Society - Cy Kellett
Guest host Jimmy Akin interviews Catholic Answers Live host, Cy Kellett, about his experience in the Catholic Worker Movement, and about its founder, Dorothy Day. …
Jul 07, 2017
#120 Are Catholics Strangers in America? - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput joins us for a discussion of Catholic Faith in American society. His new book, Strangers in a Strange Land, is our jumping off point. …
Jun 30, 2017
#119 Fitness, Manliness, and the Gospel - null
Bodybuilder and theologian Jared Zimmerer joins us for a discussion of fitness, asceticism, self-discipline, manliness and faith in Christ, the fullness of manhood. …
Jun 23, 2017
#118 The Bible Answer Man Finds the Eucharist - null
Hank Hanegraaff, the Bible Answer Man to millions of Protestant radio listeners, discusses his entry into the Orthodox Church, his veneration of Mary, and the fullness of life found in the Eucharist. Oh, and why he still doesn’t believe in the Prosperity Gospel. …
Jun 16, 2017
#117 Why Don’t the Media Get Religion? - null
Why don’t the media get religion, and what can churches do to change that fact? Revered religion reporter and founder of GetReligion.org Terry Mattingly joins us for a wide-ranging look at the state of religion reporting in America. …
Jun 02, 2017
#116 Door to Door Catholicism - null
Is it really okay for Catholics to go door to door sharing the faith? We talk with Father John Guzaldo, pastor of St. Louis Parish in Waco, Texas about the door to door ministry he and his parishioners have started. …
May 26, 2017
#115 A Truly Catholic Education - Anthony Esolen
Renowned scholar Anthony Esolen is leaving Providence College to take up residence at St. Thomas More College in New Hampshire. Professor Esolen shares his reasons for the move and his insights into the state of Catholic higher education. …
May 19, 2017
#114 Anglicans in the Catholic Church - null
Can one be Anglican and fully in communion with the Catholic Church? We talk with Father Glenn Baaten and Deacon Candidate Keith Way about their entry into the Catholic Church. Both are members of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, created by the Vatican in 2012 for people nurtured in the Anglican tradition who wish to become Catholic. …
May 12, 2017
#113 The Proverbs Explained - Fr. Mitch Pacwa
The Book of Proverbs is a powerful mix of human striving for wisdom and divine inspiration. Far more than just a collection of sayings, the proverbs form a blueprint for Christian living. In this installment of CA Focus, Father Mitch Pacwa, host of EWTN Live, shares some of the history and import of the proverbs with us. …
May 05, 2017
#112 St. Joseph the Worker - Fr. Matthew Spencer
Established in 1955, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker is part of a growing devotion to Joseph of Nazareth. But it is also a message from the Church about what it means to be truly human in the modern world. Oblate of Saint Joseph, Father Matthew Spencer walks us through this history, and dispels some myths about the patron of the Universal Church. …
Apr 28, 2017
#111 Pastor and Flock Become Catholic - null
Assemblies of God Pastor Josh Mangels came into the Catholic Church this Easter with his family and members of his congregation. It all began with a desire to live as the first Christians lived. …
Apr 21, 2017
#110 The Benedict Option - null
Rod Dreher’s book The Benedict Option has become a center of conversation among Christians. Mr. Dreher drops by to discuss the book, our culture, and the Christian-response to post-Christianity. …
Apr 14, 2017
#109 The Case for Christ - null
Lee Strobel joins Cy for a conversation about his new movie – The Case for Christ. Cy and Lee also discuss how Christians can evangelize in a post-Christian era. …
Apr 07, 2017
#108 What’s So Sacred About Sacred Music? - null
Jennifer Donelson, associate professor and the director of sacred music at St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie) in New York, shares her insights on the interior life and the sacred music of the Catholic Church. …
Mar 31, 2017
#107 Christ in the City - null
In the Christ in the City program, young adults are answering the call to serve the poor while being formed for mission. Meet some of the Church’s most committed young people, as well those who help in their formation. …
Mar 24, 2017
#106 Sons of St. Patrick - null
All 10 archbishops of New York have been Irishmen of one degree or another. Author George Marlin shares their history with us, and a bit of the history of New York as America’s leading archdiocese. …
Mar 17, 2017
#105 The Very First Christians - Jimmy Akin
Who were the very earliest Christians? How many of them were there? What were their lives like? For the first in what we hope will be a series of talks about the early life of Christianity, Jimmy Akin stops by for a discussion of the first three years (33-36 A.D.) in the life of the Church. …
Mar 10, 2017
#104 Pro-Life on Campus - null
Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life, discusses the (somewhat) quiet revolution on college campuses toward the pro-life position. She also discusses how her organization became a national leader in organizing students to stand up for women and the unborn. …
Mar 03, 2017
#103 Living the Faith in the World - null
Patrick Novecosky, Editor-In-Chief of Legatus Magazine since 2005, discusses Legatus’s efforts to form executives in the Faith. He also discusses changes within Catholic media, and the influence of Opus Dei on ideas about faith and the work world. …
Feb 24, 2017
#102 Pro-Life and Pro-Woman - null
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, talks with Cy about pro-life politics and the feminine power of Mary, mother of Jesus. A convert to both the pro-life movement and the Catholic Church, today Dannenfelser is one of America’s most important leaders in the fight for the right to life. …
Feb 17, 2017
#101 Staying Catholic in College - null
Aurora Griffin, author of How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard, visits with Cy Kellett to discuss her own strategies for staying Catholic while she was in college, the power of the sacraments, and what parents can do to help their college-aged kids keep the Faith. …
Feb 10, 2017
#100 Dappled Things - null
Cy Kellett talks about beauty and the revitalization of culture with Bernardo Aparicio Garcia, founder and publisher of Dappled Things, a literary magazine dedicated to providing a space for emerging writers to engage the literary world from a Catholic perspective. Why does the literary world need the Catholic perspective? Bernardo gets into that and more in this wide-ranging interview. …
Feb 03, 2017
#99 A Catholic Guide to Navigating Science - Stacy Trasancos
Dr. Stacy Trasancos talks with Cy Kellett about her book Particles of Faith: A Catholic guide to navigating science. Trasancos encourages Catholics to take the widest possible view of science and faith in order to see both in the context of God’s gift of creation. She also defends the idea that Christ is the savior of science. …
Jan 27, 2017
#98 Meet Cy Kellett - Cy Kellett
Jan 20, 2017
#97 Mormonism to Mary - Rachel Lu
Dec 30, 2016
#96 Managing Interpersonal Conflict - null
Nov 18, 2016
#95 A Mormon Couple Finds Catholicism - null
Nov 11, 2016
#94 The Hidden Rebellion - null
Nov 04, 2016
#93 The Craft of Acting in Light of the Gospel - null
Oct 28, 2016
#92 Ending the Cycle of Violence in Northern Iraq: The Role Ahead for Christians - null
Oct 21, 2016
#91 Unpacking Augustine’s Confessions - Peter Kreeft
Oct 14, 2016
#90 The Psychological Roots of Atheism - Paul Vitz
Oct 07, 2016
#89 From Tehran to Rome - null
Sep 30, 2016
#88 Modesty in Speaking, Doing, and Dressing - null
Sep 23, 2016
#87 Raising Chaste Catholic Men - Leila Miller
Sep 16, 2016
#86 How Did America Become Secularist? - Charles LiMandri
Sep 09, 2016
#85 Unmasking Mother Teresa’s Critics - Bill Donohue
Sep 02, 2016
#84 Hope for Catholic Addicts - null
Aug 26, 2016
#83 Natural Law and Civil Law - null
Aug 19, 2016
#82 Medjugorje and Catholic Teaching on Private Revelation - Patrick Madrid
Aug 12, 2016
#81 Dominican Hounds from Heaven - Kevin Vost
Aug 05, 2016
#80 The Daughter of Saint Gianna - null
Jul 29, 2016
#79 Best Practices for Ministries - null
Jul 22, 2016
#78 Manly Prayers for Catholic Men - Jesse Romero
Jul 15, 2016
#77 The Psychological Benefits of Faith - Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons
Jul 08, 2016
#76 Atheist to Catholic Pray-er - null
Jul 01, 2016
#74 Apologetics in Your Mailbox: Why Print is Not Dead - null
Jun 03, 2016
#73 Beginning Apologetics: From Zero to One - Karlo Broussard
May 27, 2016
#72 Protestant Scholar Refutes Anti-Catholic Myths - null
May 20, 2016
#71 Who Is the Living Bread? - Tim Staples
May 13, 2016
#70 Muslims, Christians, and Jews under Islamic Rule - null
May 06, 2016
#69 Feeding and Protecting the Pope - null
Apr 29, 2016
#68 Tortured by Islamic Radicals, Strengthened by Christ - null
Apr 22, 2016
#67 Evangelical Exodus - null
Apr 15, 2016
#66 The American Betrayal of Ngo Dinh Diem, President of Vietnam - null
Apr 08, 2016
#65 The Process of Conversion - Kenneth Hensley
Apr 01, 2016
#64 From Lesbian to Liberation - Rilene Simpson
Mar 18, 2016
#63 Liturgy: Signs of the Holy One - null
Mar 11, 2016
#62 The Legendary Mentalist Talks Faith vs. Psychics - null
Mar 04, 2016
#61 Defending Marriage in Australia - null
Feb 26, 2016
#60 ‘Risen’ Movie Star and Knighted Composer - null
Feb 19, 2016
#59 A Rock and Roll Wanderer Comes Home - null
Feb 12, 2016
#58 "Making a Murderer" Attorney Motivated by His Faith - null
Feb 05, 2016
#57 Planned Parenthood Cleared, Pro-Life Video Makers Indicted? - Charles LiMandri
Jan 29, 2016
#56 From Feminist Fury to Pro-Life Faith - null
Jan 22, 2016
#55 The Real Force Behind Obi Wan Kenobi - Piers Paul Read
Jan 15, 2016
#54 Spotlight on The Boston Globe’s Double Standard - David Pierre
Jan 08, 2016
#53 Rock Drummer Shares the Faith - null
Jan 01, 2016
#52 The Soul’s Upward Yearning - Fr. Robert Spitzer
Dec 25, 2015
#51 Rejoicing in the Truth - Christopher Blum
Dec 18, 2015
#50 Faith In Art, and Vice Versa - null
Dec 11, 2015
#49 A Way Out of Porn - null
Dec 04, 2015
#48 The Gay Agenda Manual - null
Nov 27, 2015
#47 Serving the Homeless One Sole At a Time - null
Nov 20, 2015
#46 Live Today Well - null
Nov 13, 2015
#45 Life Is a Project, You Are the Manager - null
Nov 06, 2015
#44 How Alinskyites Infiltrate Churches - null
Oct 30, 2015
#43 Life from Our Land - Marcus Grodi
Oct 23, 2015
#42 David vs. Goliath: The Man Behind the Planned Parenthood Videos - null
Oct 16, 2015
#41 Eric Metaxas: Heroes and Their Inspiration - null
Eric Metaxas is the New York Times #1 bestselling author of Bonhoeffer, Miracles, Seven Men, and Amazing Grace. He has written more than 30 children’s books; his essays and poetry has appeared in The New Yorker magazine and elsewhere. In 2012, Eric was invited to be the keynote speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast, attended by President Obama, the Vice President, members of Congress, and other U.S. and world leaders.  I can still remember standing in a hotel room on Bismarck, ND, adjusting my tie about to go onstage to speak at a radio gala dinner with C-SPAN on in the background. I glance…
Oct 09, 2015
#40 Gov. Bobby Jindal: Faith in Public Life - null
Bobby Jindal made the decision not to go to Harvard for medicine nor to Yale for law although he was accepted by both universities. Instead, he went to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and majored in political science. A convert to the Catholic Faith from Hinduism, Jindal has found a way to integrate the full truth about Christ into his duties as a public servant. He was twice elected to Congress, and has been the Governor of Louisiana since 2008. On June 24, 2015, he entered the race to become President of the United States. In this edition of the podcast, Jindal talks with Patrick Coffin about the…
Oct 02, 2015
#39 Finding Noah - null
Sep 25, 2015
#38 The Gospel and Same-Sex Attraction - null
Sep 18, 2015
#37 Fighting the New Drug - null
Sep 11, 2015
#36 Head and Heart: Becoming Spiritual Leaders for Your Family - null
Sep 04, 2015
#35 Authentic Catholic Psychology - null
Aug 28, 2015
#34 Porn-Proofing Your Kids - null
Aug 21, 2015
#33 Radiant Femininity - null
Aug 14, 2015
#32 A Bishop Severs Ties with the Boy Scouts - Bishop David Kagan
Aug 07, 2015
#31 Free Speech and Political Correctness - null
Jul 31, 2015
#30 The Perils of Anonymous Sperm Donation - null
Jul 24, 2015
#29 Meet Father Stan Rother, American Martyr - null
Jul 17, 2015
#28 The JONAH Case: Is Homosexuality Unchangeable? - null
Jul 10, 2015
#27 Marriage 911 - Greg and Julie Alexander
Jul 03, 2015
#26 Chesterton’s Legacy - Dale Ahlquist
Jun 26, 2015
#25 When Leadership Meets Virtue - null
Jun 19, 2015
#24 Jeannie Gaffigan: Comedy and The New Evangelization - null
Jun 12, 2015
#23 Helping the Victims of Sex Trafficking - null
Jun 05, 2015
#22 I Regretted My Sex Change Operation - null
May 29, 2015
#21 Why Not Redefine Marriage? - null
May 22, 2015
#20 Citizen Hollywood: The Union of Politics and Celebrity - null
May 15, 2015
#19 A New, Old Vision for Catholic Education - null
May 08, 2015
#18 The Coup at Catholic University - null
May 01, 2015
#17 Little Boy; Defying Isis - Leo Severino
Apr 24, 2015
#16 Swedish Mega-Pastor Becomes Catholic; Swimming Upstream in Hollywood - null
Apr 17, 2015
#15 The Catholic Literary Imagination; The Parables of Jesus - Fr. George Rutler
Apr 10, 2015
#14 Overcoming Same-Sex Attraction - null
Apr 03, 2015
#14 Terri Schiavo and the Battle for Life - Wesley Smith
Mar 27, 2015
#12 Pro-Life on the Front Lines - Ramona Trevino
Mar 20, 2015
#11 Talking Effectively About Same-Sex Attraction - null
Mar 13, 2015
#10 Building a Catholic Culture - Deacon Sabatino Carnazzo
Mar 06, 2015
#9 Teen Depression and Suicide - null
Feb 28, 2015
#8 Procrastinate on Purpose! - null
Feb 20, 2015
#7 Special Needs Education; French Catholic Revival? - null
Feb 13, 2015
#6 The Sin of Racism; Kevin Costner’s Big Gamble - Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers
Feb 06, 2015
#5 Catholics in Law Enforcement - null
Jan 30, 2015
#4 The Legacy of Ronald Reagan - null
Jan 23, 2015
#3 Je Suis Charlie?; The Culture of Life in Africa - Obianuju Ekeocha
Jan 16, 2015
#2 Gay Porn Star Returns to the Catholic Church - null
Jan 09, 2015
#1 Robert Spencer on Islam; Mario Joseph’s Conversion from Islam - Robert Spencer
Jan 02, 2015