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The Catholic Culture Podcast

Thomas V. Mirus explores Catholic arts & culture with a variety of notable guests. A production of CatholicCulture.org.

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Recent Episodes of The Catholic Culture Podcast


Catholics Create Huge New Ballet: interview with producer, composer, and choreographer of Raffaella

Catholics Create Huge New Ballet: interview with producer, composer, and choreographer of Raffaella

On June 29 and 30, in South Bend, Indiana, there will be a major and even unprecedented event in the history of American Catholic art: a new, full-length classical ballet production with a new story, new music, new sets and costumes, and nationally known dancers - with a cast of about fifty. This fairytale ballet, titled Raffaella, was commissioned by Duncan and Ruth Stroik in honor of their daughter Raffaella Maria Stroik, a dancer with the St. Louis Ballet who passed away tragically in 2018 at the age of 23.

In the first segment, Thomas Mirus interviews impresario Duncan Stroik about...

Episode 179 11 June 2024 1h, 44m and 21s


178 - Flannery O'Connor's Why Do the Heathen Rage? w/ Jessica Hooten Wilson

178 - Flannery O'Connor's Why Do the Heathen Rage? w/ Jessica Hooten Wilson

A new book presenting material from Flannery O’Connor’s unfinished third novel shows the great Catholic writer pushing beyond her established fictional territory. Jessica Hooten Wilson returns to the podcast to discuss her book, Flannery O’Connor’s Why Do the Heathen Rage? A Behind-the-Scenes Look at a Work in Progress.

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Flannery O’Connor’s Why Do the Heathen Rage? A Behind-the-Scenes Look at a Work in Progress https://bakerbookhouse.com/products/542827

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Episode 178 7 May 2024 40m and 49s


177 - "The Catholic Bach": Jan Dismas Zelenka

177 - "The Catholic Bach": Jan Dismas Zelenka

Jan Dismas Zelenka was a Bohemian Catholic baroque composer who has at times been called "The Catholic Bach" because his best compositions are on par with those of J.S. Bach, who indeed knew and esteemed Zelenka. This episode covers Zelenka's career at the Catholic court chapel in Dresden with its grand liturgies inspired by Habsburg piety and Jesuit aspirations to evangelize the Protestants of Saxony.

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Janice Stockigt, Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745): A...

Episode 177 30 April 2024 58m and 20s


176 - God and the City - D.C. Schindler

176 - God and the City - D.C. Schindler

One of the most brilliant philosophers working today, D.C. Schindler, returns to the Catholic Culture Podcast to discuss his latest book, God and the City: An Essay in Political Metaphysics. In it, he draws an analogy between metaphysics as the most comprehensive science in the theoretical order and politics as the most comprehensive science in the practical order. Examining how in metaphysics, God is necessarily involved, yet without being the direct object of that science, Schindler argues that the same is true of the relationship between God and politics. Just as it is in God that the individual...

Episode 176 25 March 2024 1h, 4m and 26s


175 - Poetry, Public Service & St. Aldhelm's Riddles - A.M. Juster

175 - Poetry, Public Service & St. Aldhelm's Riddles - A.M. Juster

Today’s guest is a man with two names and two careers. For decades he has been a distinguished poet and translator under the name of A.M. Juster. This is an acronym for his Christian name, Michael J. Astrue, who for many years was a lawyer, biotech executive, and public servant, most notably serving as Commissioner of the Social Security Administration from 2007 to 2013. During this time, his political enemies tried to dig up dirt on him – but all they could find was that he wrote poetry on the side!

Juster has published multiple books of his orig...

Episode 175 11 March 2024 1h, 19m and 15s


174 - Medieval Mystery Plays w/ Gregory Roper

174 - Medieval Mystery Plays w/ Gregory Roper

Gregory Roper, a professor of literature at the University of Dallas, joins the podcast to discuss medieval “mystery plays” (also called “miracle plays”). In England these plays, often grouped together in cycles spanning all of salvation history, were performed by town guilds for the festival of Corpus Christi. This tradition, which developed out of the liturgy, could be said to represent the revival of drama in Europe, and was an important influence on the Elizabethan theatre. Shakespeare referenced this tradition a number of times in his plays.

The plays, which served a partly didactic purpose, are full of theol...

Episode 174 22 February 2024 1h, 11m and 36s


173 – Chastity, Integrity and the Desert Fathers – Bishop Erik Varden

173 – Chastity, Integrity and the Desert Fathers – Bishop Erik Varden

Erik Varden, bishop of Trondheim, Norway as well as Trappist monk, joins the podcast to discuss his new book Chastity: Reconciliation of the Senses.

Topics discussed include:

Recovering the true meaning of the word “chastity” Continence and chastity are not the same thing What the Desert Fathers can teach us about chastity Why we need to meditate on the original vocation of man before the Fall rather than limiting our options to what our sinful nature is capable of Why having a sense of dignity in one’s masculinity or femininity helps us to be chaste The im...

Episode 173 15 February 2024 1h, 6m and 4s


Fr. John Saward on turning away from von Balthasar, and on the invisible world of angels

Fr. John Saward on turning away from von Balthasar, and on the invisible world of angels

The renowned English theologian Fr. John Saward makes his podcast debut to discuss his new book on angels, the role of art and beauty in his theological work, and his turn away from the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar after years of studying and translating his works.

Fr. Saward’s books named in this episode:

World Invisible: The Catholic Doctrine of the Angels https://angelicopress.com/products/world-invisible-john-saward

The Beauty of Holiness and the Holiness of Beauty: Art, Sanctity and the Truth of Catholicism https://angelicopress.com/products/the-beauty-of-holiness-and-the-holiness-of-beauty

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Episode 172 8 February 2024 55m and 31s


The Heresies—Judaizers and Ebionites: Denying Christ’s Divinity

The Heresies—Judaizers and Ebionites: Denying Christ’s Divinity

Is Jesus Christ God? Is he a man? Is he both? Spoiler alert: the mainstream Church answered with the both/and, but the factions on the fringes tended to choose one or the other. For our first heresy, we take a look at the Ebionites, and their New Testament-era predecessors, the so-called Judaizers. These concluded that Jesus Christ was a mere human. A human who became a prophet perhaps, but just a human.

This is season 4, episode 2 of Way of the Fathers. Subscribe to the podcast here: https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/category/way-fathers/

Episode 26 January 2024 33m and 59s


Highlights: Jonathan Roumie, classical Christian education, Nouvelle théologie

Highlights: Jonathan Roumie, classical Christian education, Nouvelle théologie

This episode collects highlights from episodes 74-76 of the Catholic Culture Podcast. Links to full episodes:

Ep. 74—What Is Classical Christian Education?—Andrew Kern https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/ep-74-what-is-classical-christian-education-andrew-kern/

Ep. 75—Don’t Scapegoat the Nouvelle Théologie—Richard DeClue https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/ep-75-dont-scapegoat-nouvelle-thologie-richard-declue/

Ep. 76—Playing Jesus on The Chosen—Jonathan Roumie https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/ep-76-playing-jesus-on-chosen-jonathan-roumie/

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Episode 10 January 2024 1h, 13m and 31s

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