Tag: Pope Francis

85: We Must Help the Poor. But How?

85: We Must Help the Poor. But How?

Helping the poor has in modern times become a “liberal” issue. But if you are a Christian, no matter your political leanings, you are obligated to help the poor. But what are the best ways to do that?

84: Toward a Simpler 2019

84: Toward a Simpler 2019

t’s the end of the year, which means it’s time for New Year’s Resolutions. In this episode, I discuss my own resolution to live a simpler 2019, which is something Pope Francis also called for in his recent Christmas Eve...

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.

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...

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...

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?...