Swimming Upstream

74: What Makes for a Bad Pope?

74: What Makes for a Bad Pope?

The history of the papacy is filled with saints and sinners, good popes and bad popes. Sometimes Catholics want to deny that we can have bad popes, or that the pope they are living under could be a bad pope. In this episode of Swimming Upstream...

73: The Battle for the Soul of the Vatican

73: The Battle for the Soul of the Vatican

For decades there’s been a battle for the soul of the Vatican – will it be faithfully Catholic, or will it conform to the world? For most of that time this battle has been quietly raging behind the scenes, but in recent months it’s come out...

72: 2018 MLB Season Review (with a special guest!)

72: 2018 MLB Season Review (with a special guest!)

With the end of the 2018 MLB season, I wanted to review some of the highlights (and lowlights) of the season. I decided to bring on a special guest, someone who is an expert on baseball – and also happens to be my son. Topics covered...

71: Brett Kavanaugh and the Supreme Court

71: Brett Kavanaugh and the Supreme Court

The bruising Supreme Court confirmation battle over Brett Kavanaugh is another in a long list of battles dating back to Robert Bork. I take a look at Kavanaugh and this particular battle in this episode of Swimming Upstream. Topics covered...

70: Libertarians and Abortion

70: Libertarians and Abortion

Abortion is a contentious issue among libertarians, with the majority saying they are “pro-choice,” while a sizable minority says they are “pro-life.” In this episode of Swimming Upstream, I tackle this issue to try to...

68: The Plan to Make You Poorer

68: The Plan to Make You Poorer

Today is Labor Day, and I want to talk about the primary fruit of our labor: money. Specifically, how government’s control of money makes everyone poorer over time. Topics Covered: The Three Properties of Money Why do some forms of money...

67: Should Pope Francis Resign?

67: Should Pope Francis Resign?

The recent allegation that Pope Francis knew about former Cardinal McCarrick’s immoral activities has sent shockwaves throughout the Catholic Church. Some are calling for the Pope’s resignation. Should he resign? If he doesn’t...

66: 5 Reasons to Love the Church

66: 5 Reasons to Love the Church

With the ongoing sex abuse crisis in the Church, it can be hard to be Catholic. But I still love the Church! Why? I give five of my reasons in this episode of Swimming Upstream.

65: The Allure of Socialism

65: The Allure of Socialism

Why is socialism enjoying a surge in popularity in recent years? Why are young people in particular attracted to it? I take a look at this phenomenon in today’s episode of Swimming Upstream.

63: Can You Be a Catholic and a Libertarian?

63: Can You Be a Catholic and a Libertarian?

It’s common among Catholics to claim that libertarianism is incompatible with Catholicism. Liberal Catholics dismiss it as uncaring toward the poor and needy. Conservative Catholics would say libertarians endorse immorality like abortion...