On the final episode of the Apologetics Series, we answer one last remaining question, “How do we know with certainty that we should join the Catholic Church?” Over the past 41 episodes we have shown that God exists, that His Word is true, that we can find Him, that Jesus is Him, and that the Church was given to us for our salvation. Yet we may still wonder if we should join an institution that has had corrupt leaders throughout history and today appears to be self-contradictory at points. Fr. David Sherry will join us for the final word.
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We’re starting to look at some of the more controversial aspects of Church History. Over the next 6 episodes, we’ll have Dr. John Rao join us to look at the “hot button issues” that are commonly used to attack the faith. Today we’ll start by looking at the Crusades. Were they good, or were they bad? Or, is it a lot more complicated than that? How did the Crusades impact the growth of Roman Catholicism, and how did they impact the relationship between East and West?
Fr. Ian Palko will join us again to look specifically at the Miracles that the New Testament says Our Lord performed. Did he actually perform these, or are these just made up stories, passed from word of mouth, and finally collected in the New Testament as fodder for a new religion? How can we possibly prove these fantastic stories from nearly 2,000 years ago as being accurate?
Now we’ll start to see what religion needs to look like, so that it’s not just something we believe in, like a myth or a legend. What is the most fundamental principle of a religion, if it is going to be true? We’ll ask Fr. Leo Anthony Haynos, who teaches this exact topic at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary.
We’ve already seen in Episode 5 that we have to practice a religion, but now we’ll start to see what that religion needs to look like, so that it’s not just something we believe in, like a myth or a legend. What is the most fundamental principle of a religion, if it is going to be true?
There are tons of theories about who holds authority within the Catholic Church. Is the pope one of multiple patriarchs, who need to share power? Or is he the supreme, absolute monarch of the entire Catholic Church? How can we use Scripture and Tradition to answer this?
In this episode, Fr. MacGillivray will look at the concept of the papacy itself. We’ve already seen that Jesus set up the Catholic Church, but he left us with 12 Apostles, who would be the first bishops. Did he actually set up St. Peter as the most important of the Apostles? And what was the reason for putting one fallible, hot-headed, uneducated man at the head of His Divine Church?
We’ve seen that Jesus is God, that He rose from the dead, and performed miracles, but what about after He went back to Heaven? Did He just leave us with His teachings, or did He expect us to do something else? Some would claim he wants us to belong to a visible, real, hierarchical Church, but didn’t He say that His kingdom was not of this world? So why belong to a church here on earth?
We know that the New Testament is credible, but what about its most important event? Is it logical that a man died and then rose from the dead by his own power? Is there another way to interpret or explain what we read in the Scripture? Maybe the Apostles misunderstood it – or they exaggerated the story, or just made it up… But by the end, we’ll see that the simplest explanation is that it actually happened.
Fr. Franks will join us to examine whether we can believe what is written in the New Testament, or, like critics allege, whether it is just a collection of pious stories. Are the Gospels anonymous, or can we prove they were written by the Evangelists? And can we really show that over 2,000 years, they have not changed or been embellished at all? We’ll dive into that and more.
On today’s episode of the SSPX Podcast, we’ll continue our
- Notes from Episode 41: Judaism
- Notes from Episode 40: Mormonism
- Notes from Episode 39: Islam
- Notes from Episode 38: Paganism
- Notes from Episode 37: Mary and the Saints
- Notes from Episode 36: The Other Sacraments
- Notes from Episode 35: Is the Eucharist Our Lord?
- Notes from Episode 34: Specific & Controversial Topics
- Notes from Episode 33: Morality or Conscience?
- Notes from Episode 32: Does Morality Exist?
- Notes from Episode 31: The 4 Last Things
- Notes from Episode 30: Predestination & Justification
- Notes from Episode 29: Faith or Works?
- Notes from Episode 28: Interpreting Holy Scripture
- Notes from Episode 27: Attributes of the Church
- No Notes 21-26
- Notes from Episode 20: The Miracles of Christ
- Notes from Episode 19: What are the Marks of the Church?
- Notes from Episode 18: Can there be Multiple Religions?
- Notes from Episode 17: Who is the Pope?
- Notes from Episode 16: Why do we need a Pope?
- Notes from Episode 15: Must We Belong to a Church?
- Notes from Episode 14-13: None
- Notes from Episode 12: Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
- Notes from Episode 11: Are Miracles Real?
- Notes from Episode 10: Prophecies About Our Lord
- Notes from Episode 9: Theology of History: History and the Bible
- Notes from Episode 8: How Do We Know the Old Testament is True?
- Notes from Episode 7: Did God Have to Give Man Revelation?
- Notes from Episode 6: Can God Speak to Us?
- Notes from Episode 5: Why Worship God?
- Notes from Episode 4: God and Man
- Notes from Episode 3: Evolution
- Notes from Episode 2: How to be an Atheist
- Notes from Episode 1: Does God Exist?