Catholic Culture Podcasts
Catholic Culture Podcasts

The Insights eNewsletter

Insights provides critical perspective on the issues that affect your life as a Catholic today. Delivered twice weekly.

» Subscribe

Men to help angry feminists!

Dare I admit that I am on vacation? The whole extended clan is beaching at an undisclosed location. But of course the WIFI isn't working here, meaning I'm using my phone as a S-L-O-W hotspot. So on to business: The latest Catholic Culture Podcast is an intriguing hour-long episode of...

A fresh emphasis on news

I am going to focus on Catholic World News in this message, but first one podcast note. We offer a new clip from the longer discussion of Fantasia in Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast. Listen to or view the seven-minute discussion with Tim Reckart on Disney’s Groundbreaking animation...

Apologies for the past?

In the Catholic Culture Podcast this week, Thomas V. Mirus interviews Brandon McGinley on the republication of Jean Cardinal Danielou’s important book The Problem of Prayer. McGinley is the editor of EWTN publishing. Listen / View: 107—Prayer as a Political Problem. And arising...

Future possibilities, present fears

This week both Phil Lawler and I are speculating on “futures”, always a risky business. Phil responds to strong indications that Pope Francis is planning a new instruction limiting the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. He says that would be bad: Disaster looms if Pope Francis...

On Scripture & Church's criminal code

Rich offerings today despite a Monday holiday here at home: First, Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast takes on Federico Fellini, whose message is that lust eliminates personal relationships and destroys art. Watch / listen to: Lust kills art: 8 1/2 (1963) with Katy Carl (editor of Dappled...

US Episcopal Battle Heats Up

Yesterday and today, Phil Lawler posted a two-part series on a dishonesty in the use of language that too often plagues Churchmen. Beware when Church leaders manipulate the language: Part I: In Rome Beware when Church leaders manipulate the language: Part II: In the USA These two...

Getting back on the right track

The Catholic response to COVID is a kind of mirror in which we see much that is wrong with our approach to the world today. In too many ways, we are both in it and of it—a sad truth. So let me begin with a personal reflection: Embarrassed over the Church’s response to...

Let the Church be the Church

Today I continue an argument about what is required for a true renewal of the Church. That is, to be herself, the Church must stop trying to be the prudential arbitrator of socio-political affairs. See: The Church and social policy: When less is more. In Catholic media, we offer the...

Communion crisis heats up

As we reported yesterday, Archbishop Cordileone has replied to the Pelosi challenge on reception of the Eucharist. However, other politicians have jumped in to tell the Church to butt out of her own conversation. Read Phil Lawler’s biting commentary: Senator Kaine’s unhappy...

Reviewing the essentials

We are fortunate today to present Phil Lawler’s take on the Church’s response to Covid, this time in audio-video form. Thomas V. Mirus interviews Phil on the Catholic Culture Podcast: 105—Confronting an Unprecedented Church Scandal. Also in podcasting, Mike Aquilina...

Our need for reform

In reflecting on the incessant Catholic scandals in our lifetime, Phil Lawler cuts to the chase today: What we need is another Cluniac reform. Not unrelated is one of our Catholic World News stories: The CDF’s caution to the US bishops on denial of Communion. But lest this cause...

Denying Communion

Before engaging in controversy, let’s enjoy Fr. Jerry Pokorsky’s engaging and inspiring spiritual portrayal of Little Italian Grandmothers. Less joyfully, I address the great problem our culture has in facing up to the demands of an ordered universe: One soul at a time:...

Evidence of Authentic Renewal?

On May 1st, Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco issued a strong pastoral letter on Human Dignity of the Unborn, Holy Communion, and Catholics in Public Life. Read: Before I Formed You in the Womb I Knew You. Phil Lawler hopes for and wonders about a significant impact: Archbishop...

An ongoing campaign for Christ

Today I continue my reflection on the important issues raised by Phil Lawler’s new book about the Catholic response to Covid. In fact, I wonder why most Church leaders did not consider: David’s choice: Falling into the hand of God. Fortunately, however, Pope Francis has issued...

Contagious Faith released!

I am very happy to report that Phil Lawler’s new book is out, in which he takes up the vexing question of how the Church has dealt with Covid. My review: Contagious Faith in a Church that saves. Phil has also posted two trenchant commentaries on the history and resolution of modern...

Eastering amid crucifixion

In Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast, the well-known preacher Fr. James Searby joins this week’s show to discuss: Crucifixion of a Parish Priest: Calvary (2014). This film focuses on the case of a good priest threatened with death for the sins of an evil one. The discussion is...

Wanted: Counter-cultural Catholicism

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky reminds us this week of What segregation, White guilt, and Black power can teach Catholics. This is a heartfelt call for Catholic zeal. This zeal can and should take many forms. For example, did you know that in the 1880s Pope Leo XIII established a boarding house in New...

A dubious love of sinners

In my Friday essay this week, I’ve tackled an annoying question most strong Catholics hear far too often. Why can’t you just be “more loving” is my examination of a criticism which is typically off-base and unjustified. Meanwhile, Phil Lawler points out two...

Laughing and crying about worship

First, we do need to take restrictions on Catholic worship seriously. Phil Lawler makes an excellent case in his latest commentary: After disrupting liturgy in London, police express empty ‘regret’ but make no promises. But one story about the same general topic struck me as...

Celebrating Easter financially?

First, an important announcement: James T. Majewski, our new Director of Customer Relations, has just launched the first fundraising campaign in our history that will not be managed by me. James has just announced a $50,000 Challenge Grant for our Easter Campaign this year. As I get...

The Triduum and Easter!

We are never short, of course, of reminders that we live in a vale of tears. For example, President Biden has added abortion access and gay rights to the human rights list. That is one more reason Bob Marshall is trying to escalate the fight against the Senate’s passage of the Equality...

Uplift in the midst of regret

In a moment I will review some of the growing problems in the Church, but let me first call attention to our reasons for great joy: Holy Week is almost here, and we can take good advantage of it. Jennifer Gregory Miller starts us off in her Liturgical Year Blog with a rich guide to...

Fidelity, love and St. Joseph

Not all the news is good, but we shall have many opportunities for spiritual reflection and growth this year. On the debit side, so to speak, Fr. Jerry Pokorsky highlights the importance of the Commandments in a Church which too often ignores them. I recommend: The Ten Commandments and...

US Church opposes Equality Act

I was pleased to see that a number of American dioceses are co-sponsoring a webinar outlining the dangers of the so-called Equality Act. You can register for this webinar, which will be held on March 22nd. Earlier this week, in honor of the great Irish saint, Phil Lawler posted: The silence...

The Church a Sign of Contradiction

In three new commentary and podcast offerings in the past two days, CatholicCulture.org offers you: In Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast, Mirus and Majewski discuss the astonishing Sanctification of an Icon Painter: Andrei Rublev (1966). Could this be the best film on the Vatican Film...

Covidity, Equality and...Stupidity

Continuing to consider the various statements on the morality of vaccines, Phil Lawler introduces one that puts the benefits of resistance in the forefront. Consider: ‘A more radical public witness’ on the Covid vaccines. Similarly concerned with results, Bob Marshall offers the...

The Equality Act steams ahead

Today Robert G. Marshall brings us up to date on the Biden Administration’s quest to pass the heavily anti-Christian Equality Act. Bob explains in Cancel culture comes to Catholics and all Christians. Covering another interesting development, I offer an assessment of a new statement on...

Bishops flex different muscles

One of my theories on the pontificate of Pope Francis, is that God wants to teach bishops that they need to take their own responsibility for the Faith in their dioceses. If that is true, it is a difficult process, but it bears watching: For example, despite some good developments in the...

Intriguing news, intriguing discussions

I have been preoccupied with preparing for the transfer of CatholicCulture.org to a new servers, beginning Wednesday evening. But others have been at work posting new content—especially the podcasters and the news team. Thomas V. Mirus has wondered about the impact on Catholics of...

A Church Adrift?

Catholic leadership remains generally weak and confused throughout the world, as both West and East increasingly block Christian voices. With lack of firm leadership by Pope Francis, bishops seem largely unwilling to act decisively to foster a more militant Church. Fr. Jerry Pokorsky hopes...

Hectic Times

Tough week at my desk so far: Two days of work to get credit card processing working on our new server! This is the sort of thing that makes me nervous..., but it is fixed as of this evening, and we are getting close. I can look forward now to spending more time again on content, but...

Refocusing in Lent

During this penitential season, we all need to assess our habitual perceptions, attitudes and actions in the light of Christ. Fr. Jerry Pokorsky began such a reflection on Ash Wednesday, when he posted Defining Racism. With prayer, clear thinking and honest self-analysis, we should be able...

Lent strikes like lightning

Ash Wednesday is upon us: The beginning of Lent. You will likely receive ashes in a new way. In any case, here are some Lenten resources: Jennifer Gregory Miller: Ash Wednesday: Memento Homo, tells you about changes this year. Jennifer Gregory Miller: Our Lenten Journey: What Would...