155 - Pilgrimage to the Museum - Stephen Auth
The Catholic Culture Podcast
by Thomas V. Mirus
1w ago
For decades, Steve and Evelyn Auth have been giving tours of NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art. When Steve (who last appeared on this show talking about his book The Missionary of Wall Street) had a reversion to his Catholic faith 20 years ago, that tour soon enough became a Catholic tour of the Met. Since there is now so much demand for that tour that they can't give it to everyone, they have written its essence in their new book, Pilgrimage to the Museum: Man's Search for God. Steve joins the show to talk about his spiritual approach to art history, viewing works in light of the underlying se ..read more
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154 - To Muck We Shall Return - Jane Clark Scharl
The Catholic Culture Podcast
by Thomas V. Mirus
3w ago
Jane Clark Scharl discusses her play Sonnez les Matines, in which a young Ignatius of Loyola, Jean Calvin, and Francois Rabelais, together in 1520s Paris, find themselves implicated in a murder. Publisher's description (from Wiseblood Books): One Mardi Gras night in 1520s Paris, college students Jean Calvin (founder of Calvinism and autocratic ruler of Geneva), Ignatius of Loyola (founder of the Counter-Reformation Catholic religious order, the Jesuits), and their bawdy friend Francois Rabelais (the humanist novelist) find themselves mixed up in a gruesome murder—and any one of them might ..read more
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153 - The Lost Radical History of the Pro-Life Movement - Randall Terry
The Catholic Culture Podcast
by Thomas V. Mirus
1M ago
One might assume abortion has always been a hot-button topic in American politics since the Supreme Court ruling legalizing it in 1973. But that is not the case. The US pro-life movement was so non-robust for many years that by 1987, abortion was not even one of the top 10 issues for American voters. Then suddenly, in ABC's 1988 election exit poll, abortion had shot to the number one issue for voters. What made abortion into a political litmus test so suddenly? Operation Rescue was what happened. Little remembered now, OR was, believe it or not, the largest civil disobedience in American histo ..read more
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151 - Liberal Women & Drag Queens - Darel Paul
The Catholic Culture Podcast
by Thomas V. Mirus, CatholicCulture.org
2M ago
What's behind the increasing popularity of drag queens and drag shows in America? Why is half the audience of RuPaul's Drag Race now composed of young liberal women? How has the drag subculture, originally intended as a frivolous and self-consciously artificial deconstruction of masculinity, paradoxically become one of progressivism's most potent symbols of earnest and authentic self-expression? Darel Paul, professor of political science at Williams College, joins the podcast to discuss his recent First Things essay "Drag Queens". Attempting to answer the questions above, he brings forth insig ..read more
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150 - Solemnities and How to Celebrate Them - McNamara & Carstens
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by Thomas V. Mirus, Denis McNamara, Christopher Carstens
3M ago
Denis McNamara and Christopher Carstens, co-authors of the new book Solemnities: Celebrating a Tapestry of Divine Beauty, join the podcast to talk about the upcoming solemnities of Christmas; Mary, Mother of God; and Epiphany. The book (co-authored with Alexis Kutarna) covers the Church's 17 solemnities. For each, there is a discussion of its theological and spiritual significance, a reproduction and analysis of a great artwork related to the solemnity, and tips on how to observe the solemnity more deeply, from spiritual practices to festive traditions. Links Solemnities: Celebrating a Ta ..read more
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149 - Duns Scotus, Minstrel of the Incarnation - Thomas Ward
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by Thomas V. Mirus, Thomas Ward
3M ago
Blessed John Duns Scotus (1265-1308), the Franciscan friar known as the "Subtle Doctor", is one of the most important theologians and philosophers of the Middle Ages, yet over the centuries he has fallen into disrepute, or at least neglect, by comparison with the "Angelic Doctor", St. Thomas Aquinas. Interest in Scotus has revived somewhat in part due to his beatification by Pope St. John Paul II, who called him the "defender of the Immaculate Conception" and "minstrel of the Incarnation". Indeed, Scotus's greatest legacy is his argument for Mary's having been conceived without original sin, a ..read more
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148—Being Is Better Than Not Being—Christopher Mirus
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by Thomas V. Mirus, Christopher V. Mirus
4M ago
Christopher V. Mirus, your host’s older brother, is a philosophy professor at the University of Dallas, and author of the new book Being Is Better Than Not Being: The Metaphysics of Goodness and Beauty in Aristotle. In this episode he discusses being a philosopher in the Aristotelian tradition, compares Aristotle’s intellectual and pedagogical approach with Plato’s, and touches on some themes from his book. How does Aristotle identify goodness with the ability to be contemplated – even in the sphere of ethics? What is the relation between friendship and contemplation? How can we call “beautifu ..read more
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147 - The World Is Falling Away - Jane Greer
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by Thomas V. Mirus, Jane Greer
4M ago
Catholic poet Jane Greer joins the podcast to read from her third collection, The World As We Know It Is Falling Away. She discusses the spiritual challenges that came with the great success of her previous book, Love Like a Conflagration, connecting to a major theme of her new book: fallen man’s thwarted desire to exceed divinely ordained limits to earthly delights, in the face of death and apocalypse – along with the real beauty of the gifts God has given us to enjoy in this life. Links The World As We Know It Is Falling Away https://lambingpress.com/product/the-world-as-we-know-it-is-fallin ..read more
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Highlights: music & spirituality, the common good, Mary's river
The Catholic Culture Podcast
by Thomas V. Mirus
5M ago
This episode contains clips of highlights from episodes 33, 56, and 57 of the Catholic Culture Podcast. Links 33: Structure and Freedom in Music and in Christ – Mark Christopher Brandt https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/episode-33-structure-and-freedom-in-music-and-in-christ-mark-christopher-brandt/ 56: Vindicating Authority – Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P. https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/episode-56-vindicating-authority-aquinas-guilbeau-op/ 57: River of the Immaculate Conception – James Matthew Wilson https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/episode-57-river-immaculate-conception ..read more
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146 - 40 Days for Life Co-Founder Shawn Carney
The Catholic Culture Podcast
by Thomas V. Mirus, Shawn Carney
5M ago
Though prayer, fasting, and public presence, 40 Days for Life has been very successful in reducing abortions, closing down abortion clinics, and even saving the souls of women who intend abortion and abortion industry workers. Co-founder Shawn Carney joins the podcast to discuss their work and the current situation post-Roe. Topics include: A 40 Days for Life success story in Manassas, VA Political propaganda against pregnancy centers Government crackdowns on pro-lifers in the US and UK Why there wasn't rioting in the streets when Roe was overturned Abortion as a crisis of the human heart Why ..read more
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