Swimming Upstream

83: What Must I Do To Be Saved?

83: What Must I Do To Be Saved?

In a recent interview, Ben Shapiro asked Bishop Robert Barron, “I’m a Jew. I follow the Law. Can I go to Heaven?” Bishop Barron’s response has led to a vigorous debate as to what is necessary for salvation. I tackle this issue...

82: Gender Distinctions and the Liturgy

82: Gender Distinctions and the Liturgy

Today we face massive gender confusion in our culture. Men and women are said to be the exact same, and men can claim to be women, and women can claim to be men. I would argue that one of the best ways to combat this confusion can be found in how...

81: The Five Meanings of Faith

81: The Five Meanings of Faith

Recently my pastor asked me to sub for him in our adult catechism class at our parish. The topic to be covered was “faith.” I decided to use the class to distinguish between the five different meanings of the word...

80: Is Benedict XVI Still the Pope?

80: Is Benedict XVI Still the Pope?

Discontent with Pope Francis has led some Catholics to suspect that perhaps he’s not the real pope. Instead “Pope Emeritus” Benedict XVI is still the true pope. I look into this assertion in this episode of Swimming Upstream.

77: Advent Devotions

77: Advent Devotions

The Season of Advent is a wonderful time to grow spiritually. In this episode, I explain three traditional Advent devotions that can help your family prepare for the coming of the Christ Child this Advent.

76: The Miracle of Intermittent Fasting

76: The Miracle of Intermittent Fasting

After years of struggling with health problems, I’ve finally found something that makes me feel better, have more energy, and lifts my brain fog: intermittent fasting. Read about how I came to embrace intermittent fasting here.

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...