Swimming Upstream

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...

50: Is It Okay to Be Upset with the Church?

50: Is It Okay to Be Upset with the Church?

There’s a lot to be upset with if you’re a practicing Catholic these days. It seems a day doesn’t go by that some Church teaching isn’t being undermined or denied by Church leaders. What’s a regular Catholic to do?...

49: My 2018 MLB Predictions

49: My 2018 MLB Predictions

Baseball season starts soon, and so I’m giving my predictions for the upcoming year. Spoiler: I don’t think the Reds will come in last! Resources: 2018 Baseball Predictions (Article)

48: Top 5 Threats to Civilization

48: Top 5 Threats to Civilization

My wife and kids tell me I’m a pessimist, and I prove it in this episode of my podcast. I spend time discussing what I think are the top threats to modern civilization. Cheery, I know. Resources: Article: Top 5 Threats to Civilization You...