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...

61: What’s a “Pro-Life Issue”?

61: What’s a “Pro-Life Issue”?

You hear it everywhere now: Immigration is a pro-life issue. Racism is a pro-life issue. Health care is a pro-life issue. It seems that everything is a pro-life issue now. In this episode, I argue that such a promiscuous use of the label...

60: Our Suicidal Culture

60: Our Suicidal Culture

What is causing the rise in suicides in our country? Is it simply a case of mental illness? Is it Trump’s fault for cutting various programs? Or is it more of a cultural issue? I look at what I think are some of the causes of his tragic...

59: Catholics and Gay Pride Month

59: Catholics and Gay Pride Month

This month is “Gay Pride Month,” so of course Fr. James Martin is out there as the pied piper for the gay rights movement. But how should Catholics actually respond to Gay Pride Month? The standard response is “love the sinner...

58: To Be Catholic Is to Be Counter-Cultural

58: To Be Catholic Is to Be Counter-Cultural

This podcast includes a commencement address I recently gave at the graduation ceremonies for a local homeschool association. In my address I noted that many leaders urge our young people to be “counter-cultural,” yet being...

57: School Shootings

57: School Shootings

More school shootings have occurred recently, which means more calls for gun control. But are guns the problem? Or is it something deeper? I take a look at this issue in this week’s episode. Originally a Facebook Live Video. Resources...

56: The Forked Tongue of Fr. James Martin

56: The Forked Tongue of Fr. James Martin

Fr. James Martin has made a career of skirting the fine line between implicitly criticizing Church teaching without explicitly rejecting it. But even when he is explaining Church teaching, as he did in a recent America Magazine article...

53: Hell and Its Inhabitants

53: Hell and Its Inhabitants

Recent comments by Pope Francis have called into question the existence of hell, or if anyone is actually there if it does exist. I take a look at the Church’s teaching on hell, as well as what it takes (or doesn’t take) to get there...