The Catholic Culture Podcast
By Thomas V. Mirus, Catholic Culture
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A weekly podcast hosted by musician and writer Thomas V. Mirus, exploring everything Catholic, with a special focus on arts and culture. Dedicated to the Holy Family. An extension of CatholicCulture.org.
||CleanEpisode 23: How the Laity Must Respond to the Abuse Crisis--Fr. Roger Landry||Fr. Roger Landry returns to the show to talk about what the laity can do to address the abuse crisis. Along the way we discuss the concerns that might make even good bishops hesitant to remove bad priests, the spiritual tactics laity and priests alike..||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: Newman's Idea of a University--Paul Shrimpton||Bl. John Henry Newman was, among many other things, a lifelong teacher. Not only did he found the Catholic University of Ireland and England’s first Catholic public school, he was a highly influential philosopher of education. In his collection of...||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: Gosnell, the Abortion Story No One Wanted Told--Ann McElhinney||The new feature film Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer, about the investigation, trial and conviction of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, has defied opposition from the film industry and the press alike to become an artistic and...||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: Carl Schmitt, Painter of Vision--Andrew de Sa||The American Catholic painter Carl Schmitt (1889-1989) made fascinating innovations in the use of color. He wrote extensively on the artist’s vocation, arguing for seeking holiness through practicing one’s art rather than the other way around, and..||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: Understanding the Church's Abuse Crisis--Fr. Roger Landry||The faithful have many questions about the ecclesiastical sexual abuse crisis: What did Church authorities do right in responding to the previous wave of scandals, and what did they fail to do? How could Theodore McCarrick, a serial abuser surrounded...||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Acedia, the Forgotten Capital Sin--RJ Snell||Once included among the capital sins, acedia has been identified with both sloth and sadness. St. Thomas Aquinas, for example, defined it both as "disgust with activity" and “sadness about spiritual good.” Today’s guest, RJ Snell, argues...||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: A Civics Lesson for Catholics--Bob Marshall||Many Catholics have become cynical about the possibility of changing the political landscape, but perhaps we’ve given up before we’ve really tried. It’s not just about electing the right congressmen and nominating the right justices, it’s...||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Extremely Specific Middle-earth Q&A with The Tolkien Professor--Corey Olsen||In part two of my interview with Corey “The Tolkien Professor” Olsen, we discuss several extremely specific questions about Middle-earth, including: What is “magic” in The Lord of the Rings? Whogiddy-what is Tom Bombadil exactly? Do the good...||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Online Education with The Tolkien Professor--Corey Olsen||Corey Olsen, aka The Tolkien Professor, started out putting his college lectures out in podcast form, and ended up founding an online master’s program devoted to the study of imaginative literature: Signum University. We discuss Signum, the state...||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Priest & Actor--George Drance, S.J.||What’s it like to be both a priest and a professional actor? George Drance, S.J. is the artist in residence at Fordham University, where he teaches acting, a resident artist in La Mama’s Great Jones Repertory Company, and the artistic director of...||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Progressives Are Trying to Take Over Medieval Studies--Rachel Fulton Brown||The critical theorists and social justice warriors are trying to do to medieval studies what they’ve done to other disciplines, and if you don’t get on board, you’re a white supremacist. Over the past two years or so, the mob has targeted...||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: A Career in Poetry & Prose--Mike Aquilina||Mike Aquilina has been a highly successful freelance writer for over three decades. He is best known for his popular books on the Fathers of the Church, but he is also a poet and has co-written songs with the well-known blues singer Dion. We chat...||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Music and Morals--Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.||Are music and morals connected? If so, what is the nature of that connection? Are certain musical sounds morally bad or good in themselves, or are they neutral? Could the influence of music on morality be of an indirect kind? Is there such a thing as...||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: How to Start an Institutional Apostolate, Part 2—Jeff Mirus||This episode is for anyone who believes he is called to found a Catholic apostolate, or anyone who is overseeing one already. In this second part of a two-part interview, CatholicCulture.org founder Jeff Mirus shares more lessons from his decades of...||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: How to Start an Institutional Apostolate, Part 1--Jeff Mirus||This episode is for anyone who believes he is called to found a Catholic apostolate, or anyone who is overseeing one already. You may know Jeff Mirus as the founder of CatholicCulture.org, bu the has launched several other successful Catholic...||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: How to Stop Public Porn--Abriana Chilelli||Abriana Chilelli had to drive her children past a lewd strip club advertisement every day on their way home from school in downtown Denver. But instead of taking a fatalistic attitude and a detour, or worse, just accepting it, she got in touch with a...||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Inflation Is a Sin--Guido Hülsmann||It would not occur to most of us to imagine that monetary has a moral component. Catholic prelates are as silent about matters like fiat money, central banking and inflation and as are the secular ethicists. But the production of currency is not just...||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: 150 Years of Holy Preaching--Fr. John Maria Devaney, O.P.||The Dominicans have just celebrated the 150-year jubilee of their ministry on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Fr. John Maria Devaney, O.P., host of the Order’s Word to Life program on Sirius XM, takes me through the history of the Dominicans in NYC...||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Hospital Dreams—Chris Baker||One of the most creative rock bands around today is Virginia-based indie rock trio The Duskwhales. Drummer/singer Chris Baker joins me to talk about their new EP, Hospital Dreams, a set of melancholic, folky acoustic songs he wrote while battling...||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: The Marian Option - Carrie Gress||There is an easy, short, perfect and sure way to save our failing Western civilization that is often overlooked in the endless slew of books and articles penned by Catholic intellectuals: Turn to Mary. Carrie Gress’s book The Marian Option: God’s...||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Native American Catholicism & the New Evangelization--Peter Jesserer Smith||The history of Catholicism in the native American nations is little known, but is rife with lessons for lay spirituality, inculturation, and the New Evangelization. Today’s guest, journalist Peter Jesserer Smith, shares some of the holy treasures of..||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: The Largest Civil Disobedience Movement in U.S. History--Bill Cotter & Phil Lawler||Operation Rescue is the largest civil disobedience movement in American history. It even dwarfs the civil rights movement, with over fifty thousand people having been arrested between 1988 and 1992 for nonviolently blockading abortion clinics. Yet...||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: A Working Actor's Working Faith--Tony Mockus, Sr.||Tony Mockus, Sr. has been Catholic his entire life, and an actor for almost as long. He has worked with countless great performers including Henry Fonda, Elizabeth Montgomery, Robert De Niro and Kevin Costner. In this interview he discusses his seven...||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
one of the better Catholic podcasts
The host, Thomas Mirus, clearly puts considerable thought into each episode’s guests. The topics and questions are timely, fascinating and often unusual enough to really stand out from my other subscriptions. I find it hard to stop listening to an episode once I’ve started. Highly recommended!
A Grace Filled Find!
Just listed to the first Podcast and enjoyed it immensely. The reputation the actors is not the greatest and I love it when faith filled people share there story. I look foward to listening to the other episodes.
Fascinating interviews on a variety of topics
Thomas V. Mius interviews a wide spectrum of guests on topics including economic theory, Catholic history and current events. He is an engaging interviewer and things definitely never get dry or prosaic.
I especially enjoyed the episode on inflation, in addition to being interested food for thought on the topic, it was a great primer on and history of inflation and other economic concepts, well worth a listen just to expand ones knowledge of these often misunderstood concepts!