Swimming Upstream

25: Can a Catholic Question Vatican II?

25: Can a Catholic Question Vatican II?

In my many years working in Catholic evangelization, I’ve noticed there is one “third rail” no one wants to touch: Vatican II. More accurately, criticism of Vatican II. I explored that phenomenon¬†in a recent article for Crisis...

23: A NeverTrumper Grades President Trump

23: A NeverTrumper Grades President Trump

It’s been six months since Donald Trump was inaugurated as President – how does this NeverTrumper think he’s doing? I look at the good, the bad, and the ugly and come out with an overall grade. I’ll give a hint: it’s...

22: The Upcoming Bitcoin Fork

22: The Upcoming Bitcoin Fork

On August 1st Bitcoin will be splitting into two separate chains: Bitcoin and “Bitcoin Cash.” What does this mean for Bitcoin and cryptocurrency in general? I’ll be discussing this issue in today’s podcast. Resources: The...

21: Evangelization in Fiction

21: Evangelization in Fiction

I recently published a short story, and it got me to thinking about the role of fiction in evangelization. Should Christians evangelize through fiction? If so, how best to do that? Resources: My short story The Profession    

20: The USCCB and Economics Don’t Mix

20: The USCCB and Economics Don’t Mix

Recently, the USCCB released a statement regarding the possible repeal and replacement of Obamacare. It reminded me, once again, that most Catholic bishops don’t understand economics and should refrain from speaking about topic. Resources...

19: Growing Up Red

19: Growing Up Red

Last night I went to a Cincinnati Reds game, and in this podcast I’m going to talk about my lifetime love of the Reds. Resources: Cincinnati Reds Official Page Redleg Nation

16: Writing Fiction

16: Writing Fiction

I recently published my first work of fiction, a short story titled “The Profession.” It was a fascinating and fun process to write, and so I thought I discuss what I learned in the process, as well as how it compares and contrasts to...

15: Charlie Gard and Parental Rights

15: Charlie Gard and Parental Rights

The Charlie Gard case has provoked global controversy, with even Pope Francis and Donald Trump getting involved. I’ll be discussing this tragic situation particularly in how it relates to parental rights. Resources: What to Know About...

14: Catholic Patriotism

14: Catholic Patriotism

What does it mean to be a Catholic patriot? What are the obligations of a Catholic towards his or her country? Are there limitations to our patriotism? If so, what are they? In honor of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, I’ll be...