July 1, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by two returning guests, Matt Swaim and Keith Nester. Matt and Keith are both Catholic converts and we get together to discuss the problems we encountered with Sola Scriptura – the idea that the Bible is the sole rule of faith for Christians. We talk about the problem of everyone interpreting things differently, of major issues like salvation and authority and the canon of the Bible, and how finding the Catholic… Read more

June 24, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by returning guest John DeRosa. John is the host of the Classical Theism Podcast and the author of a new book out from Catholic Answers Press called One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies That Atheists Use to Challenge Our Faith. We talk about some of the most popular challenges to belief in God, the Christian faith, and Catholicism in particular. John gives us some… Read more

June 18, 2020

As an evangelical convert to Catholicism I think, and talk, a lot about pebbles in my shoe. I first heard the phrase from another Catholic convert: Peter Kreeft, the Boston College philosopher and famous convert from Protestant Christianity. For Kreeft, a pebble in the shoe was a small notion, an uncomfortable idea, that works its way into your shoe and kind of makes things, well, awkward. For me, the idea of purgatory was a pebble in my shoe almost since the beginning. I… Read more

June 17, 2020

When I became a Christian at the age of fifteen one of the first things I did was bum a ride, from my Mom, to that local Christian bookstore. Those were a thing back then. I needed to buy a Bible. I had no idea where to start. Half an hour later I walked out with an Extreme Teen Bible, New King James Version, in black bonded leather. I had no idea back then that was I was participating in was… Read more

June 17, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast I’m joined by Catholic Answers Apologist Karlo Broussard to talk about one of the most widely misunderstood areas of Catholic belief: Purgatory. What is Purgatory? What do Catholics really believe about it? Where can it be found in the Bible? Karlo is just finishing up a new book on the topic and is an absolute expert on this area of Catholic belief. He joins us to unpack this topic in incredible depth!… Read more

June 10, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by Father James Bradley, a Catholic priest in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and an Anglican convert to the Catholicism. Father Bradley, a former Anglican priest, joins us to explain how he and his Anglican congregation joined the Catholic Church, en masse, through the Anglican Ordinariate opened up by Pope Benedict XVI. We discuss the importance of full communion with the Catholic Church, the structure of authority and… Read more

June 3, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by Catholic apologist and author Gary Michuta to talk about how the Bible was put together and why modern Catholic Bibles are bigger than their Protestant counterparts? Did Catholics add books to the Bible? Did Protestants take books out? What exactly is the Apocrypha? How do we know which books belong in the first place and, really, what evidence is there that the books accepted by Catholics were the right ones?… Read more

May 28, 2020

This week on the podcast I was privileged to speak to Bishop Thomas Dowd of the Archdiocese of Montreal, Canada. It was an interview I’d been looking forward to on a topic that has prompted lots of listener feedback: Apostolic Succession. Apostolic Succession? It would’ve have even been in my vocabulary as a Evangelical but its importance to Catholicism, and historic Christianity, cannot be overstated. Maybe you’ve heard this before: the Early Church was made up of groups of Christians,… Read more

May 27, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by Bishop Thomas Dowd of the Archdiocese of Montreal to discuss incredibly important topic of apostolic succession. Listen, and learn how the Catholic Church traces its authority, its succession of bishops, right back to the charge which Jesus gave his followers to “bind and loose.” Plus, we talk about the Jewish roots of the priesthood and why it’s important to have a body of bishops which can authoritatively explain the Bible… Read more

May 20, 2020

For those that don’t know the story of my conversion to the Catholic faith it centres, like many similar stories, around the issue of authority. This week I had the privilege of sitting down and talking to yet another convert who had a conversion experience similar to mine. Sonja Corbitt was a Southern Baptist, through and through. She loved her Scriptures—in fact, she led a popular Bible study group at the Baptist church where she and her husband served in… Read more

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