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As a leader in New Age thought, Deepak Chopra has taken it upon himself to explain the real meaning of Jesus. But does he shed light on the real Jesus or invent a new Jesus of his own? We asked Trent Horn.Has Deepak Chopra cracked the Jesus code? Trent Horn is next.Cy Kellett:Welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers podcast for living, understanding,…
 
Our first episode of 2021 is a very special one indeed. This week we’re joined by JD Flynn & Ed Condon, co-founders of The Pillar, the brand new Catholic media project focused on smart, faithful, and serious journalism, from committed and informed Catholics who love the Church, which you can find and sign up for at pillarcatholic.com. Special Guest…
 
We’re not kidding with this title. Catholic Answers Director of Publishing, Todd Aglialoro joins us for a conversation about the role sex robots could play in the destruction of civilization. Warning: this conversation includes a strong defense of Christian teaching on sexuality.Cy Kellett:We really need to talk about the danger posed by sex robots…
 
How can the Catholic Church teach that we actually eat and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus when Scripture forbids partaking of blood in Leviticus 17:10?The author of Meeting the Protestant Challenge, Karlo Broussard, explains why it is acceptable for Jesus to teach us to drink his blood, and, more than that, why it makes sense that he would.Cy Ke…
 
Ep. #116! We start off by going off on an unintended tangent about whether or not Catholicism is attracting "bad people" and how big of a problem this actually might be. We then discuss Exodus 90 (which has just begun). Oh and Matt continues to work on his AOC impression. Tweet us @romancircuspod, @heyitsmattbaker, @zacmabry Email us podcast@romanc…
 
Modern movies continue to be problematic, promoting twisted popular agendas to young audiences and slipping past adult audiences. How can Catholics respond to movies and television that pose such grave moral challenges?Marie Bates:So, Cy sends me an email about Focus episode ideas, and it just says, “Is Enola Holmes the most evil movie to ever be m…
 
Tim Ryland, editor of Catholic Answers Magazine helps us close 2020 with a reflection on the state of journalism. Specifically, given the parlous state of journalism, how can anyone know the truth about what the heck is going on?Cy:I don’t know how to know the truth about anything anymore. Tim Ryland from Catholic Answers Magazine helps me next.Hel…
 
We watched Disney Pixar's Soul so you don't have to! (But also watch it if you want!) Disney made a movie about the soul and it is somewhere between 0 and 100% totally accurate. We break it down for you. Tweet us @romancircuspod, @heyitsmattbaker, @zacmabry Email us podcast@romancircusblog.com Find us on Apple Podcasts. Rate and review us if you wa…
 
How can the Catholic Church teach that baptism is necessary for salvation when the Bible shows people receiving the Holy Spirit before baptism and Paul tells us that Christ did not send him to baptize but to preach the gospel? The author of Meeting the Protestant Challenge, Karlo Broussard, explains.Cy Kellet:Is baptism necessary for our salvation?…
 
The coming of the Lord as a babe in Bethlehem is perfectly arranged by the Lord. Drawing on Thomas Aquinas, Father Hugh Barbour explains some of the ways God arranged for his son to be born in just the right way, place, and time.Cy Kellett:Every single detail of the nativity is perfect. Father Hugh Barbour is next.Hello and welcome to Catholic Answ…
 
Ep. 114! Comedian and our friend Jeremy McLellan stops by to discuss the recent news of John Mulaney going to rehab, his own experiences with addiction, the idea of creating chaos in your own life, how to accept it and work to overcome it. Tweet us @romancircuspod, @heyitsmattbaker, @zacmabry Email us podcast@romancircusblog.com Find us on Apple Po…
 
Understanding what prayer is goes a long way when tacking problems with distraction in prayer. Father Hugh and Cy discuss how to start praying, and what distraction in prayer means, which is maybe less than you think.Cy Kellett:Distracted in prayer? Father Hugh Barbour with help next. Hello and welcome to Catholic Answers Focus, the podcast for liv…
 
Our special guest this week is Fr. Harrison from Clerically Speaking – not only is Fr. Harrison a huge fan of Pope Benedict XVI, he's writing his doctoral thesis on the guy! But don't worry, this episode isn't super heady or academic as much as it is simply Matt & Fr. Harrison nerding out on their shared love for Pope Benedict XVI and why he's just…
 
Our society has all but given up on protecting the innocence of children. This is a grave matter, one the Catholic Church must speak up against, and Bishop Thomas Paprocki joins us to do just that.Cy Kellett:How did the modern world turn out to be so abusive of children? Bishop Thomas Paprocki, next.Hello and welcome to Catholic Answers Focus, the …
 
Ep. #113! We talk about Blessed Carlo Acutis and Eucharist Miracles, as well as their upcoming documentary, with Angelo Libutti and Ray Grijalba. It is a great project that is worth checking out! Link below. https://www.christianchannel.com/crowdfund-films Tweet us @romancircuspod, @heyitsmattbaker, @zacmabry Email us podcast@romancircusblog.com Fi…
 
1-58 - Show begins. 3-35 - 59- of Evangelicals like the Pope. 4-28 - 1994 -Evangelicals - Catholics Together- document calling for unity between Evangelicals - Roman Catholics. 6-32 - Former Roman Catholic priest for 22 years Richard Bennett -https---bereanbeacon.org- - - Michael DeSemlyn, author - historian address the issue of Evangelicals being …
 
An exclusive audio recording of Patris Corde, the new apostolic letter from Pope Francis on St. Joseph, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Joseph being named Patron of the Universal Church and announcing a "Year of St. Joseph" starting December 8, 2020. Support The Popecast Links: (Patreon Alternative) Join The Popecast on Locals [FULL TEXT] Apos…
 
People today live in physical proximity to one another even as they occupy very different worlds. Father Robert McTeigue, author of Real Philosophy for Real People explains how we got here, and some possible cures.Cy Kellett:Hello and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers podcast for living, understanding and defending your Catholic faith. I’m Cy …
 
This episode is a bit unique. It’s early December, so our Catholic listeners will know that there are two mega huge feast days celebrating Mary in the first half of this month – the Immaculate Conception on December 8 and Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12. So we thought it might be fitting to break from the usual format and talk about the Mother…
 
Father Hugh Barbour takes on the growing Marian Consecration movement and explains its theological roots. What is consecration and can one really consecrate oneself to Mary?Is Marian consecration, anything more than just a pious practice? Fr. Hugh Barbour is next.Cy Kellett:Hello and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers Podcast for living, unders…
 
This year has been a pretty good one for the Satanic Temple. They’ve even gotten a good deal of positive press. So who are they, what do they believe, and are Catholics obligated to battle them in the streets? Karlo Broussard examines their seven tenets to see.Cy Kellett:What’s behind the growth of the Satanic Temple? Karlo Broussard next. Welcome …
 
Ep 112! Matt has beaten the dreaded virus, is a superhero now, and shares his story. Zac, still a normal not superhero, fills him in on the latest Patreon controversy, Pope Francis in the Falling NYT, and then shocks the world and destroys our childhood. Tweet us @romancircuspod, @heyitsmattbaker, @zacmabry Email us podcast@romancircusblog.com Find…
 
Our pope this week had the fun job of wrangling a bunch of Alphas and convincing them to work as a team for the sake of Christendom, and in the meantime tried not to lose everything the papacy had accumulated up to that point in history. Oh, and his nephew would later end up being one of the most powerful popes in history. Sponsored By: Catholic Ba…
 
Jesus tells us that there is a certain sin that will not be forgiven. Because Jesus is God, we can be sure he is not misleading us. But what is the sin against the Holy Spirit, and how can we avoid it? Father Hugh Barbour explains.Are you scared of committing the sin against the Holy Spirit? We’ll help you out with Father Hugh next..Cy Kellett:What…
 
The author of Purgatory Is for Real, Karlo Broussard, explains the reality of indulgences and why they are effective in paying off debts.What is the deal with indulgences? Karlo Broussard is next.Cy Kellett:Hello, and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers podcast for living, understanding and defending your Catholic faith. I’m Cy Kellett, your hos…
 
As the editor in chief of the Catholic News Agency, JD Flynn has reporters covering the Church around the world. We asked him to give us an assessment of the state of the Church today. Some improvement is needed, to say the least.The state of the Catholic church with a man who knows, JD Flynn is next.Cy Kellett:Hello, and welcome to Focus, the Cath…
 
Meditation, mindfulness, centering — it’s all the rage. But what are the implications of these things for the Christian person? Father Hugh Barbour breaks down what meditation is and why the Church, actually, has a great deal to teach the world about how to get it right.Meditation, it’s all the rage- we ask Fr. Hugh about it, next.Cy Kellett:Everyb…
 
Ep. #111! The boys are back and in tribute to Alex Trebek and Jeopardy we are covering a potpourri of topics. Kim K, USCCB, The Crown, Death Penalty, Cardinal Becciu. All the best stuff you've come to know and love. Tweet us @romancircuspod, @heyitsmattbaker, @zacmabry Email us podcast@romancircusblog.com Find us on Apple Podcasts. Rate and review …
 
Our pope this week you might not know, but odds are you know about something he did. I’m talking about the biggest and oldest unreinforced concrete dome IN THE WORLD. He converted it from a pagan temple into a church, which has been in constant use now for over 1400 years. Sponsored By: Catholic Balm Co.: This episode is sponsored once again by Cat…
 
6-15 - Why is WLC so popular with -Evangelical- Christians--7-10 - -Evangelical- apologist Mike Licona has 80- faith that Christianity is true.-18-30 - List of worthless so-called -Christian- apologists.-19-41 - Larry Wessels, director of Christian Answers of Austin, Texas, considers Dr. James White to be the best true Biblical Christian apologist …
 
- WLC uses philosophical arguments rather than Bible references to present a generic god.- - WLC says -we don't believe in Christ because we believe in the Bible.- WLC also refuses to debate James White.- - WLC has created young apologists who believe in the false Christianity of -Mere Christianity.-- - WLC is heretical. Presentation by Rob Zins - …
 
Cy Kellett is his own guest in this episode. On the 56th anniversary of Lumen Gentium, he discusses what the Church proposes as the way to personal relationship with Jesus. This process—Encounter, Conversion, Communion, and Mission—brings the person into intimacy with Jesus while cementing the person into the life of the Church.How to have a person…
 
In what sense is Jesus available to us in the Eucharist? Can anyone understand it? And why is his presence in the Eucharist central to our salvation? Father Hugh Barbour explains.It’s Jesus Week, and we talk about Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament with Father Hugh Barbour next.Cy Kellett:Hello, and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers Podcast for li…
 
Our pope this week wasn’t around for long, but the time he did spend in office left its mark. He entered the Chair of Peter at a dicey time in Christian history and dealt with an arch nemesis from within the Church right after his election, to boot. He was eventually killed for his faith, and is now the patron saint of things like lovers and earach…
 
We meet Tim Staples in the year 3,000 to ask what has changed in the Church and what has stayed the same? Could there be new sacraments? How much could the ones we have now change? And what will be the Catholic response to technology beyond our current imagination?Cy Kellett:We now interrupt your regularly scheduled broadcasts to bring you this tri…
 
Guest host, Chis Check, asks Fr. Hugh to defend praying for the dead. Fr. Hugh explains why praying for the dead is every Christian’s duty.Cy Kellett:What are Catholics doing when we pray for the dead? Father Hugh Barbour is next. Hello and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers podcast for living, understanding, and defending your Catholic faith. …
 
In the Hebrew Scriptures, God gives quite specific directions on how to make sacrifices to him. We ask Jimmy Akin why God does this? What good does it do? And does God need all these sacrifices?Cy:How should we think about biblical sacrifices? Jimmy Akin, right now. Hello and welcome to Focus, the Catholic answers podcast for living, understanding,…
 
Father Hugh Barbour explains the two judgments. What happens at our particular judgment? What happens at the general judgment? And what does all of this have to do with ghosts who might need some help?Cy:What happens when God judges you? Father Hugh Barber is next.Cy:Hello and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers podcast for living, understanding…
 
This pope was old and sick when he got elected, and wasn’t in office for all that long. But he wasn’t about to let any younger whipper snappers outdo him in energy or productivity. Oh, he also made the founder of the Jesuits a saint, and wrote the last document from a pope about when certain someones could or could not be burned at the stake. Spons…
 
Our own Karlo Broussard has a new book that not only defends the doctrine of purgatory but explains why Christ’s teaching about purgatory is a key part of the Good News of salvation. He shares with us why purgatory is such good news for us.Cy:Karlo Broussard explains Purgatory, next on Focus.Cy:Hello and welcome to Focus, the Catholic answers podca…
 
What happens when we die? Answers are limited, but the news is generally good. Father Hugh Barbour shares insights into the feasts of All Saints and All Souls.Cy:You are connected to the dead, and before long you’re going to join them. Father Hugh Barbour helps you deal with that, next.Cy:Hello, and welcome to Focus, the Catholic Answers podcast fo…
 
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 ne…
 
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