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The Patrick Coffin Show podcast features weekly interviews with A-list influencers and outliers in the effort to recover the Judeo-Christian roots of the culture. Patrick is the Canadian-born former host of Catholic Answers Live, and he has raving fans around the world. He injects these fascinating interviews with his own distinctive blend of depth and levity. If you’re tired of politically correct mediaspeak, you want to see God back in the public square, and you’re not allergic to having a laugh, this is the place to be.

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The Patrick Coffin Show podcast features weekly interviews with A-list influencers and outliers in the effort to recover the Judeo-Christian roots of the culture. Patrick is the Canadian-born former host of Catholic Answers Live, and he has raving fans around the world. He injects these fascinating interviews with his own distinctive blend of depth and levity. If you’re tired of politically correct mediaspeak, you want to see God back in the public square, and you’re not allergic to having a laugh, this is the place to be.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
701 Ratings

701 Ratings

Rick Vargo ,

Wow!

Finally a show about the truth of our Catholic faith and the church. This is not the sugar coated stuff you are getting is mass every week. The content is awesome, has some technical issues with sound quality that needs to be fixed.

Erik Ritland ,

The problem with Patrick Coffin Catholicism

When he was the host of Catholic Answers Live, Coffin was - or at least came off as - more of a moderate, Benedict XVI/JPII-type Catholic. The type that, post-Vatican II, fought to keep correct Catholic teaching front and center, while keeping at bay both the leftists that wanted a Vatican III to ordain women priests and radical traditional Catholics who thought that Pius X was the last legitimate Pope.

Like so many conservative Catholics, though, Pope Francis has kind of seemed to crack Coffin’s head.

As a solid Benedict/JPII Catholic - one that tries to stay true to legitimate Catholic teaching - Francis isn’t always exactly my style of Pope. Though I love the mercy and going out the fringes emphases, the emphasis on “the least of these” that is Francis at his authentic best.

Despite my misgivings with him - it is clear that he is a liberal, and while I don’t think he’s a leftist, he does seem to nod and wink to them too often - you really have to pick and choose what you see, believe, and emphasize to come to the alarmist position that Coffin and many around him have. The worst offenders are Taylor Marshall and Tom Woods.

For a great (perhaps unintentional?) takedown of this type of Catholicism, read Dale Ahlquist’s latest article in the Catholic Servant, “What not to do about the Church.” It’s absolutely brilliant, and worth quoting at length:

“First of all, complaining is generally worthless. It is not positive; it is passive. It is reactionary. It builds nothing. Indulging in a complaint might provide the same momentary pleasure as junk food, but it’s not edifying and not nourishing...

If the Church is filled with bad Catholics, then be a good Catholic, and it will be less full of bad Catholics.

If you disagree with a pope or a cardinal or a bishop or a priest, and you are quite certain that they are leading sheep astray, then be reminded that sheep follow other sheep.

Be pleased to defend the Faith if it is being attacked or degraded. Speak the truth in love without compromising either truth or love. *If you feel that fools are in charge, then suffer fools gladly, with an emphasis on the “gladly” and not the “suffer.”*...

As for heresy, of course, it is the Church’s sacred duty to safeguard doctrine, but *this is not the work of angry people*. Let us remember that the most famous heretics in history were the ones who were angry at the Church: Luther, Calvin, Zwingli...There have always been criticisms of the Catholic Church. It is only when you think your criticism is more important than the Church that you become a heretic.

Anger is one of the seven deadly sins...it is connected to the big one - pride - and...can lead to a loss of self-control. When anger takes over, we have lost our freedom, and we are ruled by anger.

When we have lost our freedom, we have also lost our ability to love, which is the greatest use of our freedom. We are called to evangelize, which *can only be done with the motivation of love.*

We cannot evangelize by complaining. Our snarling and sneering may help us recruit other people who are angry, but then we will only succeed in forming a small and irritating sect. It is less than the whole Faith.

I used to be a part of one of those sects. As a result, I am able to recognize the danger signs, the language, the smallness that accompanies an on-going anger at the Catholic Church. It may be latent, it may be overt, but it is anti-Catholic. Becoming Catholic was stepping out of a small place and embracing something much larger than myself.”

I couldn’t put my feelings about Coffin/Marshall/et al any better, even if that wasn’t Ahlquist’s target. They are coming closer and closer to leading a “small and irritating sect” that is a “small place” when compared to the freedom and liberating message of the totality of Catholicism.

Like liberals and leftists today, whose distaste for Donald Trump has often expressed itself in Trump Derangement Syndrome, so too these Catholics have Francis Derangement Syndrome, always emphasizing and believing the worst, taking stories out of context, and spreading hearsay. Just as I understand how Trump’s off-putting character has fed the flames of the movement against him, so too I understand why Francis’ often left-leaning emphasis can annoy faithful Catholics. But like the left with Trump, these Catholics go off the deep end too often.

There is also a parallel between this type of Catholic and radical leftists/the alt.right (for their similarities, see Michael Knowles’ PragerU video about the alt.right).

Like the radical left and the alt.right, these Catholics use alarmism that is created by a combination of picking and choosing certain facts, believing untruths, and emphasizing the worst in their opponents as justification for their anger and radicalism. Leftists, members of the alt.right, and these types of Catholics all have the same mantra: “things are so awful that they justify our anger, bitterness, and radical ideas at any cost. We are the holders and arbiters of truth above all.”

This is the foundation of any heresy, particularly Protestantism.

Sadly, Catholicism has gotten more divided since the election of Pope Francis. Liberal and leftist Catholics are there like they’ve always been, and do indeed feel emboldened by Francis’ seeming allegiance to them (the liberals, not leftists, in my estimation).

Catholics of good conscience need to make sure that this isn’t going too far, and that heresy isn’t creeping in. They need to keep it in check.

But, for the reasons Ahlquist lays out, the Coffin/Marshall types aren’t doing this constructively.

Between these extremes are faithful Catholics in the Benedict XVI/JPII mode, who are represented well by Bishop Barron, Ahlquist, Catholic Answers and their hosts/writers, Relevant Radio, Brandon Vogt, Scott Hahn, Jeff Cavins, EWTN, and more.

They speak the truth in love without losing the power of either. I wish Coffin still did.

olbap555 ,

Stay focused

I’ve enjoyed Patrick’s work for years, both in his time on Catholic Answers and in his newer independent venture. He’s intelligent, faithful, and entertaining. I do have some concern that he is starting to stray onto a more cynical path in the Church. Patrick, please leave the conspiracy theories and “red pill/blue pill” language behind and rediscover the Christ-centered Catholic joy that endeared you to so many listeners over all these years. We’re praying for you.

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