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October 20, 2021

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by author, podcaster, and Catholic convert Tsh Oxenreider to unpack her incredible journey into the Catholic Church. Tsh and her husband Kyle met as missionary church planters, served and travelled with their family around the world, and eventually landed in the Anglican Church where they found the beauty and truth they were looking for in their Protestant Christianity. But, it wasn’t enough. Questions of, “Says who?” and “By whose authority?” kept… Read more

October 13, 2021

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by Dr. Matthew J. Thomas, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology and the author of the incredible Paul’s “Works of the Law” in the Perspective of Second Century Reception. Dr. Thomas joins us to look at the two perspectives on “Works of the Law” and what Paul may have meant – was he condemning all works meant to earn God’s favour, or was there… Read more

October 6, 2021

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by Dr. Denis McNamara, associate professor and Director of the Center for Beauty and Culture at Benedictine College to talk about Pope Francis’s Motu Proprio on the celebration of the Mass, Traditionis Custodes  and how we can make the Mass great again. We dig into how to. understand the parallel forms of the Mass: the Extraordinary (Latin Mass) and Ordinary Forms, what the Popes intended when allowing (and then restricting) the… Read more

September 29, 2021

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by missionary, church planter, and organizational leadership expert Dr. MaryJo Burchard to talk about her incredible journey into Catholicism. It’s a wild one and really the title of this episode – and these show notes – just can’t do justice to what brought her into the Catholic Church and her insights, but we’ll try anyway! MaryJo was a pastor’s kid, a fervent missionary, and the wife of a church-planting charismatic pastor… Read more

September 22, 2021

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by Catholic author and columnist Eve Tushnet to talk about her writing, her journey into Catholicism, and navigating her the faith as a gay Catholic. Eve’s insights – living and writing from the heart of the Catholic Church about some deeply personal, and challenging, issues – are flecked with her trademark humour and self-deprecation and provide some incredible places to begin to understand the Church’s teaching, the role and place of… Read more

September 15, 2021

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined once again, by popular demand, by author and catechist Jeffrey Pinyan. This time, we continue to dig into the prayers, actions, and meaning of the Mass beginning with the second-half of Mass, the Liturgy of the Eucharist. As in Episode 125, Jeffrey shares his immense knowledge of the “behind-the-scenes” workings of the Mass to help deepen our understanding and appreciation, and to help us participate more fully in what’s happening each… Read more

September 8, 2021

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by author and co-founder of ENDOW (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women) Terry Polakovic to tell the stories of some of the incredible women Doctors of the Church. This is a really incredible episode. Terry is a fantastic storyteller and in this conversation she sets up these incredible women Doctors of the Church as the perfect antidote to some of the painful scandals, confusion of doctrine, and in-fighting taking… Read more

September 1, 2021

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by author and catechist Jeffrey Pinyan to talk about what’s going on in the Catholic Mass. In this conversation, we dig into the first part of the Mass, the Liturgy of the Word. Jeffrey draws on Scripture, the Church Fathers, and the rich traditions of the faith to explain what each and every aspect of the Mass means – from actions like the sign of the cross to the importance of… Read more

August 25, 2021

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by biblical scholar, theologian, and author Dr. Michael Dauphinais to talk through some biblical answers to question about Catholicism. We tackle topics of why people should listen to the Catholic Church, how the Holy Spirit can work through a hierarchical structure, what the Mass is and does, and how to share the incredible gift of Catholicism with our non-Catholic Christian friends and family. It’s a great conversation! For more from Dr…. Read more

August 18, 2021

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by the incredible Father Mauro Gagliardi, STD, Catholic theologian, to talk about Mary. Fr. Gagliardi is the author of an enormous 1,000 page book on Catholic Dogmatic Theology and, within the context of this massive work, we’re talking about his chapter on Mary. It’s an absolutely fascinating discussion. We talk about Mary’s role in salvation history, the importance of her “yes” to God, her role as Mother of God, and the… Read more




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