The Busted Halo Show with Catholic priest Father Dave Dwyer, CSP, is an informative and entertaining take on the Catholic faith. Father Dave and team answer your questions of faith and tackle current issues in our world while having some laughs along the way! This podcast features excerpts from the show on The Catholic Channel -- SiriusXM, channel 129.

Mike Donehey, lead singer and songwriter of the contemporary Christian band Tenth Avenue North chats with Father Dave about his new book, “Finding God’s Life for My Will: His Presence is the Plan.”

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A listener named Sam asks why we exchange the sign of peace during the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

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Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore sits down with Father Dave at the 137th Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus in Minneapolis, Minnesota to discuss the work of the Knights and the importance of treating others with charity. Original Air 8-06-19

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A listener named Tom asks for Fatherly Advice. Tom explains that he was married for 21 years and is in the process of annulment, however he has entered a new relationship. Tom shares that he’s discouraged over his struggles with chastity and inability to receive Communion, but he also doesn’t want to end his relationship with his girlfriend. 

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A caller named Mary Lou asks Father Dave if it's okay to have a funeral Mass for someone who didn't request one before their passing.

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Father Dave chats with Jenifer Ramirez, a convert to Catholicism, wife, and mother of five, about her spiritual journey and how the death of her daughter Maggie impacted her faith. Original Air 7-24-19

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In this podcast, a caller asks if it’s okay to dispose of sacramentals she receives in the mail.

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In today’s podcast from the Busted Halo Show, Brett asks for some fatherly advice from Father Dave about an unwanted houseguest. Father Dave, Brett, and Christina talk about the boundaries of good deeds and learning when to say no.



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Father Dave sits down with husband-wife duo Chris and Emily Norton, the authors of “The Seven Longest Yards: Our Love Story of Pushing the Limits while Leaning on Each Other.” 



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What is considered gossip? What’s the difference between gossiping and just venting to a friend? In today’s podcast, a caller asking for some fatherly advice sparks a conversation about one of the most common sins.

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Father Dave discusses the power of forgiveness with Brian Ivie, Pastor Dimas Salaberrios, and Rose Simmons, all of whom were involved in the making of “Emanuel,” a documentary film about the 2015 shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.




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In this segment from the Busted Halo Show, a listener asks a question about the Sacraments. “Which sacraments can only be done by a priest?” she asks. “By a deacon?” Father Dave explains “who can do what” when it comes to the seven sacraments.

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Father Dave interviews author, journalist, and former presidential speechwriter, Colleen Carroll Campbell, who discusses her newest book about the saints and perfectionism.

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Father Dave offers some fatherly advice to a caller asking an age-old question: Why would a good God allow us to suffer?



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Father Dave talks with Brother Malachy, a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal and soon-to-be priest, about his life-changing encounter with God, which inspired him to become a friar who serves others.

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A caller named Mark asks Father Dave about intercession, which is something he doesn’t completely understand.

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Katie Linendoll, Emmy Award-winning TV personality and global technology consultant, joins Father Dave to talk about her passion for her Catholic faith.

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In this clip from the Busted Halo show, Father Dave and Christina examine the story of Jesus’ appearance on the Road to Emmaus from Luke 24:13-35 and reflect on its message about the importance of the Mass.

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DeVon Franklin, a producer of the new film “Breakthrough,” talks with Father Dave about the movie, faith, and the power of prayer and surrender.

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Are relics scientific? Are science and faith at odds? How can a faithful Catholic reconcile the Big Bang Theory with the book of Genesis? Father Robert Spitzer, Jesuit priest and president of the Magis Center, discusses these burning questions with Father Dave and Brett from the Tower of Hope on the Christ Cathedral Campus in Orange, California.

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From the 2019 Los Angeles Religious Education Conference, Father Dave talks with Bishop Robert Barron about his upcoming projects, reaching out to young people, and the clerical response to the sexual abuse crisis. Original Air 3-21-19

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Kathryn Whitaker, long-time listener, friend, and author of “Live Big, Love Bigger: Getting Real With BBQ, Sweet Tea, and a Whole Lotta Jesus,” joins Father Dave for a conversation about how parishioners can support their priests during a busy time in the Church.

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Father Dave discusses Pope Francis’ homily from the recent bishops’ summit on clergy abuse and explains the policies and procedures of the Dallas Charter.

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Mike McDonnell, clergy sex abuse survivor, shares his experience with the Catholic Church, his journey as a victim, and what he would like to see out of the Bishops' summit on the protection of minors in the Church being held this week at the Vatican. (Original Air 2-20-19)

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Monsignor Stephen J. Rossetti joins us to discuss his new book, “The Priestly Blessing: Rediscovering the Gift.” He looks at our faith's rich history of blessings and encourages his brother priests to embrace the gifts of this practice. Original Air 2-5-19

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Author, theologian, and friend of the show Father Jeff Kirby chats with Father Dave about his new book, “God’s Search for Us: Five Truths from a Missing Coin.” He explains the how a commonly overlooked parable relays the message of God's search for his people, and offers insights into our celebration of the Mass.

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August Turak, author and friend of the show, stops by to discuss his new book, “Brother John: A Monk, A Pilgrim, and the Purpose of Life.” August explains how an encounter with a Trappist monk changed his life and inspired him to seek a deeper understanding of his purpose. Original Air 1-23-19

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Two listeners named Donna and Pat ask Father Dave to explain chapel veils, if Vatican II discouraged use of them, and if it is still okay to wear them to Mass. Father Dave explains that veils are devotional and are not discouraged by the Church, but are no longer required. Original Air 1-10-19

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Monday after Epiphany. Father Dave discusses John's letter from today's readings, which describes the Christian life as keeping God's commandment to believe in Christ and to love one another. Father Dave points out that sometimes both faith and loving others can be difficult, but God can provide us with the grace to live out our call. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 1-07-19

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Father Donald Calloway, Vocation Director for the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, chats with Father Dave about his book, “10 Wonders of the Rosary.” He shares his journey to the Catholic Church and stories about the power of the Rosary.

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A listener named Bob asks, "How do I pray to the Holy Spirit?" Bob explains that as he has gone deeper into his prayer life, he can't seem to connect to the Holy Spirit. Father Dave suggests praying the popular "Prayer to the Holy Spirit" and reflecting on the fruits of the Spirit listed in Saint Paul's letter to the Galatians." Original Air 1-09-19

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During a Team Busted Halo chat on the air, Brett shares that he has been feeling overwhelmed lately, but feels unworthy to ask God for what he wants. He explains that he asked God for a sign to confirm that God is listening, and God delivered! Father Dave also offers some encouraging words for all who struggle with asking God for help. Original Air 1-07-19

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Curtis Martin, Founder of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), stops by the studio to discuss his new book, “Making Missionary Disciples: How to Live the Method Modeled by the Master.” Original Air 12-06-18

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A listener named Amanda asks, “How do I ask for a saint’s intercession without praying to them?” Amanda shares that she became Catholic a year ago and is still trying to understand how to pray to saints without it feeling like we are worshipping them. Father Dave explains the difference between intercession and worship. (Original Air 12-05-18)

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Leanna Holmes, Development Officer for Cross Catholic Outreach, discusses Box of Joy – a charitable initiative providing for impoverished children around the world in the name of Christ. Leanna explains how the program works, how to get involved and her own experience with the organization. (Original Air 11-07-18)

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A listener named Pam asks about the tradition of praying the Liturgy of the Hours. She explains that she knows that it’s prayed during specific hours of the day, but she’s not sure why. Father Dave points out that the practice of praying the Liturgy of the Hours began in monastic communities as a way to offer the day back to God, and it is a prayer accessible to all Christians. (Original Air 11-07-18)

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A listener named Deanne asks, “Why do we pray, ‘world without end’ if the world is going to end?” Father Dave explains that when we use this phrase, we're not talking about the physical world, rather we are referring to the eternal world, heaven. Original Air 10-30-18

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Actor Mark Wahlberg discusses his new film, “Instant Family” with Father Dave. He also talks about the importance of his faith and the work of his charity, The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation. Original Air 10-31-18

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Mina Guli, Global athlete and founder of Thirst, stops by the studio to discuss her challenge of running 100 marathons in 100 days to raise awareness of the world’s water crisis. She explains what we can all do to improve our current conditions. Original Air 11-01-18

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Catholic comedian Judy McDonald stops by the studio with her service dog, Oprah, to discuss PTSD, comedy, and surviving breast cancer. She explains how her faith has influenced her comedy, and how the gift of humor has gotten her through difficult times. Original Air 10-25-18

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A listener named Michelle calls into the show and shares that a good friend decided to leave the Catholic Church due to the clergy abuse scandals. Michelle understands her friend’s frustration but is upset to see her leave. Father Dave explains that there is nothing wrong with feeling upset that her friend left the Church, and we should be honest about how we feel, but not alienate anyone in the process. Original Air 10-23-18

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A listener named Sean calls into the show with a question for Father Dave about sacramentals. Sean isn’t Catholic and asks Father Dave how and why sacramentals, things such as Rosaries and medals, are not superstitious. Father Dave explains that sacramentals are meant to be tangible reminders of the Divine in our lives. Original Air 10-22-18

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Friend of the show Rabbi Brad Hirschfield stops by to discuss upcoming Jewish holidays, Brett Kavanaugh, and Hurricane Michael, and how we can turn to God amidst everything happening in our world. Original Air 10-11-18

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Singer, speaker, and author Julianna Zobrist stops by the studio to discuss her new book, “Pull it Off: Removing Your Fears and Putting on Confidence.” She chats with Father Dave about how to grow in confidence, exercise our courage, and be free to be the people God has created us to be. Original Air 9-17-18

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Shawn Carney, president and CEO of the pro-life advocacy group 40 Days for Life, stops by the studio to discuss the organization's work and how it has changed lives. He explains how he was inspired to start 40 Days for Life, and God's hand in all of it. 9-13-18

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A listener named Beth asks about the Charismatic movement in the Catholic Church. Father Dave explains that the Church does not have any official teaching on the Charismatic Renewal. It is not suppressed by the Church, but we do not see it as often because it's not the mainstream form of prayer and worship in many Catholic communities, and also because it has ties to certain cultures. Original Air 9-06-18

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Julie emails the show and asks a question about the Book of Life, which has been discussed a few times in her apologetics class. Father Dave explains that we see references to the Book of Life in the Book of Revelation, but that a lot of the Book of Revelation uses metaphorical language and symbolism, which makes it difficult to conclude that there is an actual book that gets one into Heaven. Original Air 9-13-18

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A listener named Kathy calls into the show and asks, "Are we able to skip purgatory if we receive the Anointing of the Sick before death?" Kathy shares that she was taught this, and Father Dave explains that it's actually incorrect. He says that while our sins are forgiven by God, we still owe temporal punishment to purify ourselves. Original Air 9-18-18

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Three leading men from "Unbroken: Path to Redemption" stop by the studio to discuss the new film. Luke Zamperini, son of Louis Zamperini, Evangelist Will Graham, who plays his grandfather, Billy Graham, and actor Samuel Hunt share their experience working on the movie, which follows the story of Louis Zamperini’s return to the US after being a prisoner of war, and his journey to faith and healing. They each share how Louis' story has inspired their own lives. Original Air 9-10-18

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A listener named Al asks, "Is it possible for Anglicans and Catholics to be in communion?" Father Dave explains that, under Pope Benedict, we made efforts to provide an avenue for those who wish to return to being in communion with the Catholic Church to do so. Pope Benedict gave the option for those in the Anglican community to come into full communion with the Church but still be able to use their common book of prayer and some other Anglican traditions. Original Air 9-18-18

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A listener named Robert writes into the show to ask about the proper pronunciation of "amen." This turns into a follow-up discussion with Team Busted Halo about the meaning of amen. Christina mentions that she was taught in school that amen means, "I believe." Father Dave explains that amen is a way to respond to three different things, and that this teaching comes from Saint Augustine. Original Air 9-17-18

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Ben Malcolmson, Assistant to Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll, joins us to discuss his new book, "Walk On: From Pee Wee Dropout to the NFL Sidelines-- My Unlikely Story of Football, Purpose, and Following an Amazing God." Ben shares his story of a seemingly failed attempt at evangelization, and the remarkable way that God showed him years later that He uses all of our efforts. Original Air 9-06-18

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A caller named Cindy shares her experience explaining the Church scandal to her teens. Cindy explained to them that Jesus is always at the center of our faith, even if people sin; and that not all priests are bad. She asks Father Dave if this was the right way to address it. Father Dave affirms Cindy and says that while we don't make excuses for this behavior, our faith is in Jesus, who has entrusted the Church to humans who are not perfect. Original Air 9-04-18

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A caller named Sharon asks if Canon Law prohibits the laity from making decisions in the Church (besides doctrine). Father Dave explains that while there are certain decisions that fall only under the bishops' jurisdiction, there are many areas where the laity has a say in decision-making, like the National Review Board. Original Air 9-12-18

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A listener named Sean shares that he went to Confession, and then his wife went in after him to the same priest. He explains that the priest told his wife some things Sean had said in Confession, but not his sins. He asks Father Dave if this is breaking the Seal of Confession. Father Dave explains the technicalities of the Seal of Confession, and explains that in this case, there was no violation. Original Air 9-05-18

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Jonathan Merritt, senior columnist for Religion News Service and contributing writer to The Atlantic, joins us to discuss his new book, "Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing and How We Can Revive Them." He explains that words shape our culture and our habits, and it is important to go bring back the language of faith. Original Air 8-21-18

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A listener emails the show, explaining that he was abused for several years, and his abuser won't acknowledge the wrongdoing. He asks Father Dave how he can find forgiveness in his heart if this person won’t admit their offense, and wonders if forgiveness is dependent upon another person being willing to repent. Father Dave explains that we are called to forgive even if someone won't admit that they are wrong, and that forgiveness also helps us heal.
Original Air 8-13-18

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Brett shares that he returned to Confession after being away for a few years, and talks about his experience. Father Dave and Christina also share what the Sacrament of Reconciliation has meant to their faith lives. Original Air 8-14-18

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NFL Hall-of-Famer and New York Times best-selling author, Tony Dungy and his wife, early childhood educational specialist, Lauren Dungy stop by the studio to discuss their new children’s books, “Maria Finds Courage” and “Austin Plays Fair.” They also talk about how their faith influences every aspect of their lives. Original Air 8-8-18

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Father Dave and Team Busted Halo react to the Pennsylvania grand jury report of 300 priests abusing minors over decades. Father Dave expresses his anger and frustration, and emphasizes that it's time for the Church to own its mistakes. Original Air 8-15-18

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Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, chats with Father Dave about the organization's work building communities for persecuted Christians, and spreading awareness throughout the U.S. with their new icon, Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians. Anderson also discusses the Ultrasound Initiative, which provides free ultrasound machines to pregnancy centers to help in the pro-life cause. Original Air 8-07-18

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Today we feature a listener named Trisha, who's participating in the Father Dave 30-Day Challenge. Trisha shares that she has decided to join Father Dave in losing 10 pounds, and talks about how her journey is going so far. Trisha shares that adding exercise into her routine is helping, and it allows her to spend more time with her kids outdoors. Father Dave encourages Trisha to keep up the good work. Original Air 8-02-18

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A listener named Craig asks, "What are the benefits of praying to saints?" Father Dave explains that asking for the intercession of saints is a great tool for helping us get in touch with God. Following the examples of the saints is helpful in living out our own lives of faith, and the saints can be a community of support for us as well. Original Air 7-26-18

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses today's Gospel reading in which Jesus performs the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish. Father Dave reflects on the question, "Do we have enough?" We tend to never be satisfied, want more, or feel that we don't have enough to give. Father Dave reminds us that God always gives us enough, and we should be thankful and satisfied with what we have. Preached at Saint Mary's on the Lake, Lake George, NY on 7-29-18

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Dr. John Bergsma, scripture scholar and friend of the show, stops by the studio to help Father Dave answer questions of faith. A caller named Alan asks, "How do we know if Noah’s ark or any of the stories in the Bible are actual accounts, or if they are just metaphorical?” Dr. Bergsma explains that Pope Pius XII released an encyclical in the 1950s which explains a framework for interpreting scriptures, and that the Church can help us to better understand the Bible. Original Air 7-24-18

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A caller named Johanna shares that she baptized her grandson in secret because her daughter-in-law left the Church, and asks if it counts. Father Dave explains that theologically it does count as a Christian baptism, and encourages her be honest with her family. (Original Air 9-27-13)

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Chloe Howard stops by the studio to discuss her new book, "Stand Beautiful: A Story of Brokenness, Beauty, and Embracing it All." Chloe shares that she was born with a club foot, and describes the bullying and assault she faced for her appearance. She shares how she overcame it all, and how she is using her story to inspire others. Original Air 6-25-18

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Friend of the show Heather King stops by the studio to discuss her new book, "Famished: A Food Memoir with Recipes," and her other recent writing. Heather shares the inspiration for her column at Magnificat, and the great people she has met along her career journey. (Original Air 6-25-18)

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Jim emails the show and asks, "Was Judas' betrayal part of God's plan? And if so, why was he condemned?" Father Dave explains that while God did use Judas' actions to fulfill the plan of salvation, it was not necessary for God's plans. He points out that Judas had free will. He also explains that the Church has never claimed or taught that Judas is in hell. (Original Air 6-27-18)

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Father Dave discusses the recent announcement from the Archdiocese of Baltimore that will allow weddings to be held outside. He explains the mindset behind this decision, and how it may be a way to evangelize. Original Air 6-13-18

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Father Dave discusses the recent sexual abuse allegations against Cardinal McCarrick of the Archdiocese of Washington. He explains the investigation process and expresses his heartfelt regrets about this horrible abuse. Original Air 6-20-18

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A listener named Margaret shares that she is angry with the Church because her oldest child was abused by a priest, and her grandson with special needs had to be removed from a Catholic school due to a lack of resources to assist him. She asks Father Dave how she can heal from the resentment she has toward the Church. Father Dave points out that she has valid reasons to be upset, and suggests being honest with God in prayer and finding a support group. Original Air 6-12-18

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A listener named Todd shares that he has recently returned to the Church after being away for 20 years. He asks, “What is the correct way to pray?” Todd explains that because there are so many different kinds of prayers, he often gets confused. Father Dave encourages him to try conversational prayer, but to also use prayerful resources of the Church, such as the Liturgy of the Hours. Original Air 6-06-18

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A caller named Steve asks, "Why do you need to be in a state of grace to receive Communion?" If someone is not in a state of grace, wouldn't the Eucharist help them become closer to Christ? Father Dave explains that if we are not in a state of grace, it means that we are in state of mortal sin, which severs our relationship with God. He also highlights a passage from 1 Corinthians, in which St. Paul says that if we receive Communion unworthily we eat and drink judgement on ourselves. Original Air 6-06-18

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A caller named Dan wonders if the language at Mass is becoming less community-focused. He cites the language shift from "we believe" to "I believe" in the Creed as an example. Father Dave explains that the new translation is a more literal translation of the Mass, and therefore more accurate. He also points out that the Latin word "credo" in the Creed, translates to "I believe" which is why we have corrected it in English. Original Air 6-04-18

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Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville joins us to discuss his new documentary, "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" a film that tells the story of children’s television host Fred Rogers and the impact he had on the world. Morgan discusses Mr. Rogers' religious background, his goal for the show, as well as how he subtly tackled social issues. Original Air 6-07-18

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A caller named Eric asks why Catholics believe in Mary's perpetual virginity if the Bible states that Jesus had brother and sisters, and that Mary and Joseph did not consummate their marriage until after the wedding? Father Dave points out that the Catholic Church does not rely on Scripture alone, we also follow Sacred Tradition and the Magisterium of the Church. Father Dave also explains the Greek translations, and notes that "brother" was used to mean both blood brothers and cousins. Original Air 6-04-18

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Friend of the show Rabbi Brad Hirschfield stops by to talk about the recent controversy surrounding Roseanne Barr, the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, and the Jewish view of the Holy Spirit. He also discusses the recent move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, and the potential consequences. Original Air 5-31-18

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Father Stephen Gadberry, a priest in the diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas, joins us to chat about this appearance on the NBC show "American Ninja Warrior." He reveals how he got the chance to compete, and shares his hopes for evangelization through the experience. Original Air 5-29-18

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Jamie emails the show and asks about the Bible's distinction between Jesus and the Jews. Father Dave explains that we see this particularly in the Gospel of John. John almost always places the phrase "the Jews" in quotes. Father Dave explains that this is not in reference to all Jewish people, but rather the Jewish people in power that were after Jesus, such as the Pharisees. Original Air 4-04-17

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A listener named Jim asks, “How do I follow along at Mass in a different language?” Jim is currently living in St. Croix and helping with hurricane relief, and Mass is celebrated in Spanish. He has a hard time following along, and it bothers him that he doesn’t leave church with a message. Father Dave suggests going over the readings before Mass so that he can be more familiar with what is being discussed, and listening to homilies from English-speaking priests online. He also points out that while the language barrier can be tough, the real reason we are there is for the Eucharist. Original Air 4-25-18

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A listener named Michael calls into the show and shares that when he recently went to Confession, the priest gave him absolution before he even confessed his sins and then left. Michael asks Father Dave if his Confession was valid. Father Dave explains that even though he didn't get the opportunity to confess his sins, the absolution still counts because the proper matter and form (what make up a Sacrament) were present. Original Air 3-14-18

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A listener named Carl asks, “During an ordination, when is the exact moment that a deacon becomes a priest?” Father Dave explains that this occurs during the time when the bishop lays his hands on the heads of those being ordained, and when the ordination prayer is prayed. Original Air 5-17-18

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Diana Mao, President and Co-Founder of Nomi Network discusses the work her organization does to fight human trafficking. Diana talks about how Nomi Network started, shares stories of the women impacted by the organization, and explains how others can get involved. Original Air 5-14-18

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A caller named Carlos asks, "What does the Church teach about the death penalty?" Carlos believes that in order to be fully pro-life, we must not support the death penalty. Father Dave explains that the Catechism is clear that the death penalty in our modern world should be nonexistent. We should be merciful and respect the dignity of every human person. Original Air 5-8-18

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A caller named Alesia asks, "Is it true that we should only receive Communion from a priest or a deacon?" Father Dave points out that the practice of Eucharistic Ministers was approved by Vatican II. He explains that it would be wrong to say that someone cannot receive the Eucharist from a Eucharistic minister. Original Air 5-8-18

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Author, professor, and friend of the show, Dr. Edward Sri discusses his new book, "Into His Likeness: Be Transformed as a Disciple of Christ." He explains how the modern person can live as a disciple by focusing on the four pillars of prayer, fellowship, the Sacraments, and the teachings of Christ. Original Air 4-10-18

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A caller named Deanna follows up on young boy's question about how Noah was able to fit all of the animals on the ark. Father Dave explained that it was not Noah, but God who fit the animals on the ark. Deanna shares that in RCIA she was taught that the story of Noah was not literal, but an allegory. Father Dave explains that the writers use hyperbole and we don't have to take the story literally, but that Church also does not state that we are not supposed to take it literally. Original Air 4-18-18

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A caller named MJ shares that she recently attended a service at her fiancé’s Methodist church. She did not participate in the church's communion, and wonders if this was the right thing to do. Father Dave explains that the Catholic Church prefers that we do not receive communion in other denominations that are not in communion with us. It is a sin to do so, because this action sends a message that we believe the same thing. Father Dave explains that there is nothing wrong with attending this service, and it is a good way to be in community with those of other faith backgrounds. Original Air 5-08-18

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A caller explains that her Lutheran husband doesn't understand why Catholics believe Jesus is fully present in both the bread and the wine, yet we do not have to receive both species. She asks Father Dave how the Host is not solely Christ's flesh and the wine not solely His blood. Father Dave explains the principal of concomitance, which explains that transubstantiation changes the inner substance into the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ. Original Air 4-19-18

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Lauren Green, Chief Religion Correspondent for Fox News, talks with Father Dave about her new book, "Lighthouse Faith: God as a Living Reality in a World Immersed in Fog." Lauren discusses old philosophical and theological principles and applies them to our modern lives. Original Air 4-23-18

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Carrie Barratt, Deputy Director for Collections for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, stops by the show to discuss this year's MET Gala theme, "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination." Barratt explains how the exhibit came to be, and talks about some items in the collection, such as papal vestments from the Sistine Chapel Sacristy that have never before left the Vatican. Original Air 5-01-18

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