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Musician and writer Thomas V. Mirus explores Catholic arts & culture with a variety of notable guests. Dedicated to the Holy Family. An extension of CatholicCulture.org.

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Musician and writer Thomas V. Mirus explores Catholic arts & culture with a variety of notable guests. Dedicated to the Holy Family. An extension of CatholicCulture.org.

    Does A Man for All Seasons portray St. Thomas More accurately?

    Does A Man for All Seasons portray St. Thomas More accurately?

    In this episode originally from Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast, Thomas asks attorney and scholar Louis Karlin whether Robert Bolt’s play and film A Man for All Seasons accurately depict St. Thomas More’s views on the rights of conscience, and his motives for martyrdom.
    More’s involvement in the prosecution of heretics is also examined: even if More was a martyr of conscience, is it accurate to call him a champion of religious freedom? One thing is certain: the portrayal by Hilary Mantel and others of More as a torturer of heretics is false.
    Links
    The Center for Thomas More Studies https://thomasmorestudies.org/
    Lecture by Richard Rex critiquing the historical fiction of Hilary Mantel, “More the villain and Cromwell the hero?” https://ionainstitute.ie/thomas-more-thomas-cromwell-and-wolf-hall/
    William Marshner, “Dignitatis Humanae and Traditional Teaching on Church and State” https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=8778
    Thomas Pink, “Conscience and Coercion” https://www.firstthings.com/article/2012/08/conscience-and-coercion
    Louis W. Karlin and David R. Oakley, Inside the Mind of Thomas More: The Witness of His Writings https://www.amazon.com/Inside-Mind-Thomas-More-Writings/dp/1594173133
    Karlin, Wegemer and Kelly, Thomas More’s Trial by Jury: A Procedural Legal Review with a Collection of Documents https://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Mores-Trial-Jury-Procedural/dp/1843838737/
    Stephen Smith (ed.), For All Seasons: Selected Letters of Thomas More https://www.amazon.com/All-Seasons-Selected-Letters-Thomas/dp/1594171637
    Wegemer and Smith (ed.), The Essential Works of Thomas More https://www.amazon.com/Essential-Works-Thomas-More/dp/0300223374/
    St. Thomas More, The Sadness of Christ https://www.amazon.com/Sadness-Christ-Thomas-More/dp/1849020558
    The Yale Edition of the Complete Works of St. Thomas More, Vol. 14, De Tristitia Christi https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Works-Thomas-Tristitia-Christi/dp/0300017936
    Other podcasts on St. Thomas More
    Criteria film discussion https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/man-for-all-seasons-1966/
    Audiobook of More’s Dialogue on Conscience https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/st-thomas-more-dialogue-on-conscience/
     
    Music is The Duskwhales, “Take It Back”, used with permission.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Taylor Marshall's Errors on Vatican II: Chris Plance and Richard DeClue Respond

    Taylor Marshall's Errors on Vatican II: Chris Plance and Richard DeClue Respond

    Something a little different: this is the audio from a video on the DeClue's Views YouTube channel, which I am republishing here because I want to give these men a wider audience.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeQenCC8iQo
    Description:
    In a recent video,Taylor Marshall presented what he considers to be errors in the documents of the Second Vatican Council. This video by Richard DeClue and Chris Plance serves as a rebuttal. It starts by highlighting general problems with Marshall's approach and the spiritual dangers it entails. It then goes through each of Marshall's "errors," offering corrective interpretations in light of the documents themselves and other magisterial texts.
    Time Stamps to Parts of this Video:
    0:00:04 Opening Prayer
    0:00:55 Introduction to Chris Plance
    0:02:28 Introduction to Richard DeClue
    0:03:19 Brief Description of Taylor Marshall's Video
    0:03:54 Chris Plance on Why We Need to Respond to TM's Video
    0:10:55 Richard DeClue on Why We Need to Respond to TM's Video
    0:13:43 Taylor's Opening Remarks about Dialogue with Traditionalists
    0:15:13 Richard and Chris on the Traditional Latin Mass and Traditional Catholicism
    0:18:18 The Need to Avoid Strawmen and the Importance of Accurately Presenting Material
    0:23:30 The Charge that the Council was "So Long Ago" and "We're Still Debating It"
    0:28:19 The Issue of Whether the Council is Binding If It Didn't Proclaim New Dogmas/Anathemas
    0:41:30 The Church Before and After Vatican II is the Same Church
    0:42:40 The Infamous Schillebeecx Quote and the Need to Avoid a "Soap Opera Approach"
    0:50:06 Lumen Gentium #8: Subsistit In (Subsists In)
    1:00:29 Lumen Gentium #14 On the Catholic Church as Necessary for Salvation
    1:02:19 Additional Point about Subsists In (Lumen Gentium #8)
    1:03:59 Lumen Gentium #16: Do Muslims Worship God?
    1:21:23 Lumen Gentium #16-17: A Preparation for the Gospel and Deceit By the Evil One
    1:27:50 Nostra Aetate: Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions
    1:46:30 Dignitatis Humanae: Declaration on Religious Freedom
    1:56:25 Unitatis Redintegratio: Decree on Ecumenism vs False Ecumenism
    2:00:30 Sacrosanctum Concilium: Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy
    2:03:57 Closing Remarks
    2:17:23 Closing Prayer
    To Support Chris Plance, go to his Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/CatholicLA
    To Support Richard DeClue, go to his Donor Box page: https://donorbox.org/sapientia-nullif...
    To read Richard's blog, click here: https://declubac.wixsite.com/sapienti...
    For the Documents of Vatican II, go to the Vatican Website: http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_co...
    Edward Feser's Blog Post: http://edwardfeser.blogspot.com/2015/...
    For Massimo Introvigne's Article on Ratzinger and Religious Freedom: https://www.cesnur.org/2011/dan-mi.html

    • 2 hr 22 min
    A Habitual Counterculture—Brandon McGinley

    A Habitual Counterculture—Brandon McGinley

    The Catholic Church in America has largely lost its distinctive flavor and with it, its ability either to retain the faithful or to evangelize the infidel. The problem precedes Vatican II: in the Tridentine 1950s, many Catholics, eager for mainstream respectability, had already adopted a bourgeois spirituality.
    In his first book, The Prodigal Church: Restoring Catholic Tradition in an Age of Deception, Brandon McGinley calls for Catholics to return to the essence of the faith, rather than to a previous era of Catholic "success", and so find creative ways to restore a robust and evangelical Catholic culture in the unknown years to come. 
    Contents
    [2:03] Fr. Ratzinger’s famous quote about a smaller and more spiritual Church
    [8:30] Catholicism an embodied faith
    [12:32] Incompatibility between American and Catholic principles?
    [19:10] American Catholicism in the 1950s—incipient worldiness
    [27:15] The importance of small habits in living out the reality of faith and Christ's passion
    [33:04] Spiritual corrosion caused by immoderate anger towards the hierarchy
    [39:44] Remembering the Church Triumphant
    [43:05] “Third places” and the importance of the parish as a community space
    [51:05] The need for community among nuclear families
    [55:05] Catholic hospitality and vulnerability
    [1:00:04] Why we shouldn’t separate “moral” from “social” teaching
    Links
    The Prodigal Church https://www.sophiainstitute.com/products/item/the-prodigal-church
    Brandon McGinley https://brandonmcginley.com/
    Brandon McGinley on Twitter https://twitter.com/brandonmcg

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Love Like a Conflagration - Jane Greer

    Love Like a Conflagration - Jane Greer

    From 1981 to 1993, Jane Greer edited Plains Poetry Journal, publishing poets who were reviving the traditional tools of “rhyme, meter, alliteration, assonance, painstaking attention to diction” which had been abandoned in favor of free verse. (These poets included names you will be familiar with from the Catholic scene today, such as Anthony Esolen and Mike Aquilina.) Then, as they say, life happened, and Greer didn’t write a single poem for almost thirty years.
    But God’s ways are unpredictable. After three decades of silence, Greer was suddenly struck with a poem while sitting in a New Orleans café. This began a steady stream of output resulting in her new collection, Love Like a Conflagration (which also includes the poems from her only previous book).
    Greer’s poetry is musical, fiery and accessible, and has received high praise from many of today’s foremost Catholic poets, including past podcast guests Samuel Hazo, James Matthew Wilson, Anthony Esolen and Mike Aquilina. Hazo writes: “There is not a poem in this remarkable book that will leave you unchanged or be forgotten … Each of these poems is as permanently current as it is consummate. [Greer] puts on the page the passion long absent from American poetry. I’ve never read a book as poetically and beautifully frank as this.”
    Contents
    [2:57] Style and intended audience of Jane's work
    [3:53] The introductory poem to Love Like a Conflagration, “Micha-el”
    [9:00] Structure of the collection
    [12:22] “Her Green Desire”
    [16:19] Jane's 30-year hiatus from poetry and providential return
    [23:13] “At the Cafe Pontalba”, Jane’s first poem after 30 years of silence
    [25:27] Jane’s beginnings as a self-taught poet and early influences
    [30:30] “Because God Wanted It”, a poem about unmerited grace
    [34:28] The relationship between Jane's spiritual life and her poetry
    [38:12] Dealing with lust in “Song of the Passerby” and “Pastoral”
    [45:08] Jane's work founding and editing Plains Poetry Journal
    [50:27] “Bourbon, Neat” and pure play with language
    [55:34] The immersive musicality and force of Jane’s poetry
    [57:50] “Feminist Androgyne”
    [1:03:15] “The Haunting”
    [1:05:09] “Twice Betrayed”, a poem in Lazarus’ voice
    [1:10:49] “In the Pool at the Bourbon Orleans”
    Links
    Read “Micha-el” https://isi.org/modern-age/micha-el/
    Love Like a Conflagration https://lambingpress.com/product/love-like-a-conflagration/

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Bring Out Your Dead - Scott Hahn

    Bring Out Your Dead - Scott Hahn

    Modernity treats the human body pretty much as a machine for the production of pleasure. It is tuned up, fueled, and oiled for peak performance, and then when it is no longer of use, it is burnt and disposed of in a maximally efficient manner.
    Paradoxically, the denial of a soul which persists after bodily death has led us to deny the body itself as fundamental to human identity. The allegedly soulless modern has less hope of resurrection than the Saducees ever did. We somehow fear death more yet never engage with the reality of death.
    Scott Hahn joins the show to talk about how the incarnation, death and resurrection of the Son of God changed how our civilization viewed the body, death and the afterlife. Unfortunately, even Catholics today treat dead bodies in a way that does not convey this reality. Yet how we approach death & burial has the potential to show the Catholic difference and evangelize our culture.
    Contents
    [1:24] The present confrontation (or lack thereof) with mortality and death
    [4:28] Modern Gnostic attitudes towards the body
    [7:21] The ancient pagan sense of reverence for dead bodies vs. that of the Hebrews
    [15:08] The duality in Jewish treatment of corpses
    [23:48] Shift to early Christian attitudes
    [29:12] Rediscovering a healthy, balanced and hopeful view of the human body
    [31:41] What does it mean that we will have “spiritual bodies” after the resurrection?
    [47:07] Catholic beliefs about the consequences of failing to properly bury the dead
    [53:50] Revival of cremation by French revolutionaries, Masons, Communists and neo-pagans as a deliberate attack on the Church
    [59:51] The relevance of sacramentals and relics to the question of cremation
    [1:05:05] Inordinate fear of death during the present pandemic; reasons for hope
    Links
    Hope to Die: The Christian Meaning of Death and the Resurrection of the Body https://stpaulcenter.com/product/hope-to-die-the-christian-meaning-of-death-and-the-resurrection-of-the-body/
     “In all things, charity (even pandemics)” https://www.lincolndiocese.org/news/diocesan-news/13928-in-all-things-charity-even-pandemics
    Scott Hahn http://www.scotthahn.com/
    Emily Stimpson Chapman https://thecatholictable.com/about-emily-stimpson/

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Three Marks of Manhood, Pt. 2: Scepter, Crosier, Cross—G.C. Dilsaver

    Three Marks of Manhood, Pt. 2: Scepter, Crosier, Cross—G.C. Dilsaver

    This is the second half of an interview with G.C. Dilsaver on his book The Three Marks of Manhood: How to be Priest, Prophet and King of Your Family. Dr. Dilsaver discusses how the Christian husband and father must wield three staves: the scepter of authority, the crosier of co-episcopacy, and the cross of redemption.
    This last is most important, as the Christian patriarch's mandate is to lead in self-abnegation so that he may decrease and Christ may increase. The measure of his success is not in providing materially for his family but in teaching them by example to love God above all else and to suffer well for His sake.
    Contents
    The Scepter of Authority
    [3:30] Exercising one’s authority delegated by God is a duty in obedience and humility—but that means authority is not based on superiority in intelligence, goodness, etc.
    [7:06] Humiliation in the exercise of authority
    [10:06] Why modern men run away from their authority
    [14:10] Christian patriarchy as the greatest bastion against the overreaching State
    The Crosier of Co-Episcopacy
    [18:10] A father is his family’s spiritual leader and representative/intercessor before God
    [21:08] The need for an intense prayer life to be a truly engaged and militant Catholic man
    [23:49] The cloistered home—not to escape the world, but to enter the depth of reality
    [26:45] The father too must be devoted to the home
    [28:15] The prophetic role; practical ways of being the priest of the domestic church
    The Cross of Redemption
    [36:07] Rebirth in Christ through the experience of weakness and failure
    [37:58] Danger of father seeing himself mainly as material provider, not teaching family to suffer well
    [45:15] Critique of “suburban secular Christianity”, the problem with “coping” with reality
    [49:12] Familial asceticism: poverty, chastity and obedience in the home
    [57:51] Setting an example in obedience to the Church and, at times, defiance of the State
    [1:02:38] How the Cross transforms and fulfills romantic love
    Links
    The Three Marks of Manhood https://www.tanbooks.com/three-marks-of-manhood-how-to-be-priest-prophet-and-king-of-your-family-2.html
    Psychomoralitics website http://www.souldeepscience.com/
    Psychomoralitics book https://www.amazon.com/Psychomoralitics-Soul-Deep-Alternative-Failed-Professions/dp/099936071X
    Celebrating God-Given Gender https://www.amazon.com/Celebrating-God-Given-Gender-Masculinity-Femininity/dp/0999360701

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

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56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Ajirber ,

Awesome Podcast

This is a great show and the guests are interesting. The Gene Wolfe episode was one of the best yet. Catholics has such a rich artistic heritage and it’s important that we learn about it.

dj_palindrome ,

Stay away

Run by a vindictive hypocrite who defames and doxxes faithful Catholics who commit the mortal sin of taking exception to his views

baskeballisfun ,

In depth great convos. And awesome Tolkien eps.

Awesome guests. Great host. In depth and insightful convos about important cultural topics.

Also - highly recommend both Tolkien episodes!

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