#77: Media That’s Catholic But Not Catholic Media—Michael Knowles

#77: Media That’s Catholic But Not Catholic Media—Michael Knowles

Michael J. Knowles is the Yale-bred host of two-thirds of The Daily Wire platform begun by Ben Shapiro. He “wrote” a clever “book” titled Reasons To Vote Democrat: A Comprehensive Guide 

Very few commentators anywhere in the mediasphere are out of the closet Catholics who actually accept all the teachings of the Church, which is why Mr. Knowles caught my attention. (Everyone reading this can list a dozen faux Catholics in media.) His show is much more politically geared than mine, but his infectious enthusiasm for slaying liberal arguments and his no-apologies support for President Trump couched in millennial-speak, and his frequent references to his unabashed Catholicism, make him very watchable as a host.

 

In this interview, you will learn:

  • How Knowles got the Daily Wire gig, and what his mission is
  • How he uses his Stella Adler Studio acting skills to communicate
  • His unsuccessful attempts at baptising Ben Shapiro in the office hallway
  • How his faith informs his political conservatism
  • The paradoxical similarities between President Trump and Pope Francis
  • Why the digital media provides a strong counterweight to the hugely biased MSM
  • My thoughts on marriage as he prepares to take the matrimonial plunge

 

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Which governs your decisions more—Catholicism or conservatism?

 

 

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#76: What the Bleep Happened to Ireland—John Waters

#76: What the Bleep Happened to Ireland—John Waters

Ireland was once known and loved as the land of saints and scholars. Stout in its Catholicism and justly proud of its traditions of literature, of art and of Guinness—along with a veritable factory of holy missionaries to places like Africa—Ireland has taken a slow tumble into chaos.

The Irish have fled the church pews like rats from the Titanic in the last 30 years; Catholic leadership on the old sod has been badly hobbled by scandal and tepid leadership; and, corporately, the Irish media have been crafting an aggressively secularist narrative about the nature of the country and its venerable past.

Very few people understand the “before and after” better than John Waters, my guest this week. He’s an author, playwright, rock journalist, and social critic who has decades of observational experience of his homeland—the recent history of which is less than encouraging, with its historic redefinition of marriage in 2015, and now, with the May 25, 2018 Referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which guarantees the rights of all Irish citizens, including “the right to life of the unborn.”

If this Article is repealed, the Ireland of old, marked with the glories I mention above, is over. Done for.

I’m airing this interview to make it available to as many Irish listeners before the Referendum. Pray for Ireland.

 

In this interview, you will learn:

  • The recent cultural and historical forces that have gotten Ireland to where she is today
  • The deep meaning in Gaelic of the English word “unborn”
  • How Ireland developed its current existential nihilism
  • Signs of hope that Ireland can come back to her former glory
  • Strategies for engaging a post-Christian culture with a new way of speaking the truth
  • How therapeutic deism has replaced the Catholic Faith

 

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Why is it important to talk not just about the babies lost to abortion but the loss suffered by mothers, fathers, and the whole moral ecosystem?

 

 

 

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75: Hope When Hope Seems Gone—Dr. Aaron Kheriaty

75: Hope When Hope Seems Gone—Dr. Aaron Kheriaty

Ours is an age of social disruption, isolation, and atomization. Rates of suicide among young people, rich and poor, along with instances of clinical depression are on the sharp rise since 1999. A dark ennui—call it despair, or melancholia, or depression—has settled into the lives of millions of people.

Sources of community support that used to provide a bullwark against all this “apartness,” such as a vibrant parish at the center of family life and vice versa, mens’ and womens’ social clubs, and a culture that supported the ideals of monogamy, have withered or vanished.

Psychiatrist Dr. Aaron Kheriaty deals with the fall-out of these disruptions every day in his clinical practice and as an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of California Irvine where he is also director of the bioethics program.

This is a fascinating exchange of ideas—from social science data, to poetry, to the life witness of the saints to the truths of Scripture—related to helping those suffering maladies that seem to cruelly evacuate hope from the human heart. Very few doctors see the interconnectedness between the order of nature (and nurture) and the order of grace. Aaron Kheriaty is one of them, and he’s downright evangelical about getting the word out about the urgently needed, good old-fashioned hope. He’s also a fine writer who is attuned to the mystery of suffering in a way that is wise and accessible.

The Hail Holy Queen prayer describes the location of our sojourn as “this vale of tears” for good reasons. If you or someone you know has had serious vicissitudes, trials, or setbacks in his or her life, this is a “don’t miss” interview.

 

In this interview, you will learn:

  • Why the worlds of psychiatry and of faith have large areas of overlap and agreement
  • A workable definition of despair and its antidote
  • How the lives of some of the (mentally ill) saints can be a sign of great hope and consolation
  • Why suicide, and examples of triumph over despair, can both be “contagious”
  • The ways in which the Incarnation of God in Christ provides the direct proof of divine accompaniment and healing regarding mental illness and the loss of hope
  • The difference between human hope and the supernatural virtue of hope

 

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What is one concrete thing I can do to be an ambassador of hope for someone in my life who may be suffering depression or otherwise feeling despair?

 

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#74: How to Be Pro-Life—David Bereit

#74: How to Be Pro-Life—David Bereit

You may have heard of 40 Days For Life, and you may have heard of its founder and former CEO David Bereit. This interview dives into his story, what inspired him to get directly involved in pro-life activism, and into the reasons why he entered the Catholic Church this past Easter. Bereit is a pro at communicating the pro-life message with reason, balance, and passion.

So many people, even pro-lifers, don’t have a clear idea of what abortion is—the different methods, the longterm emotional effect on the mother’s health, and on the dads involved. As Bereit explains, being pro-life is about opposing abortion but it’s also about so much more.

In this interview, you will learn:

  • The secret ingredient in your approach that can mean the difference between an abortion and a life saved.
  • The specific reasons why the timeless teachings of the Catholic Church won Bereit over.
  • The originating incident that led to the founding of 40 Days For Life.
  • Why abortion will never be defeated until we tell the truth about what it does to baby and mother.
  • Why it’s vital that we link arms with people of other faiths, or no faith, to form a non-violent army of people committed to ending abortion and to healing moms and dads whos chose it.

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Further recommended reading:

Persuasive Pro Life: How to Talk About Our Culture’s Toughest Issue by Trent Horn.

The Hand of God: A Journey from Death to Life by The Abortion Doctor Who Changed His Mind by Dr Bernard Nathanson

Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line by Abby Johnson

Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments Expanded & Updated by Randy Alcorn

 

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Why have pro-lifers been labeled as unhinged or violent by the media, when over 99% of violent acts (including abortion itself) stem from groups invested in keep abortions legal?

 

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