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Shameless Popery

Shameless Popery is a witty, entertaining podcast that informs you about your Catholic faith and equips you to better explain Catholicism especially to Protestant or atheist friends.

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Recent Episodes of Shameless Popery


#77 What Protestants Get Wrong about the Temple Veil - Joe Heschmeyer

#77 What Protestants Get Wrong about the Temple Veil - Joe Heschmeyer

Protestants sometimes object that we shouldn’t (or at least don’t need to) ask the Saints and angels for their prayers, since we can go directly to God. After all, they argue, the Temple veil that once impeded our access to God is now torn… right? That argument, which is also used against the Catholic priesthood, misinterprets this critical moment in the New Testament (and ignores the quite different way that the Epistle to the Hebrews interprets the same event). So what does it mean to say that the veil is now torn? Transcription: Welcome back to Shameless Popery, I’m …

Episode 16 May 2024


#76 A New Argument for Praying to the Saints - Joe Heschmeyer

#76 A New Argument for Praying to the Saints - Joe Heschmeyer

Asking Mary and the Saints to pray for us might seem (at best) inefficient or (at worst) like it undermines the sovereignty of God. But here’s an argument you may not have heard before about how the sovereignty of God is **better** revealed in the intercessory role of the saints and angels. Transcript: Welcome back to Shameless Popery, I’m Joe Heschmeyer. Today, I want to explore what is, at least to me, a new answer or a new argument that I’ve heard to a question that if you are a Catholic, I’m sure you’ve heard many times...

Episode 9 May 2024


#75 How Should Catholics Respond to Church Scandals? - Joe Heschmeyer

#75 How Should Catholics Respond to Church Scandals? - Joe Heschmeyer

The Catholic Church is no stranger to controversy and scandal, whether it be the Crusades or the Inquisition or the role of Catholics in the colonization of the New World, or more recent scandals like the sexual abuse scandal. And non-Catholics might hear about all of these things and wonder, “how can you remain Catholic despite these things?” Here are some straightforward tips about what to say in response to that question… and what NOT to say.   Transcript: Welcome back to Shameless Popery. I’m Joe Heschmeyer. I want to discuss the issue of responding to scandal today. I’m g…

Episode 2 May 2024


#74 What Jesus’ Radical Marriage Teaching Reveals About the Church - Joe Heschmeyer

#74 What Jesus’ Radical Marriage Teaching Reveals About the Church - Joe Heschmeyer

Modern Christians tend to misunderstand two of Jesus’ most radical teachings: his prohibition against divorce and remarriage, and his teaching about the Church. But what if this isn’t just a coincidence? After all, the biblical texts explaining marriage tend to do so by comparing it to Christ’s relationship with the Church, and vice versa. Does this explain why the Protestant Reformers broke with the earliest Christians (and the New Testament) on both of these doctrines? And also… does getting this wrong open the door to polygamy?   Transcript: Welcome back to Sham…

Episode 25 April 2024


#73 The Radical Nature of Jesus’ Teaching on Marriage - Joe Heschmeyer

#73 The Radical Nature of Jesus’ Teaching on Marriage - Joe Heschmeyer

Jesus’ teaching on marriage (and particularly on divorce and remarriage) is so radical that his stunned disciples respond, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is not expedient to marry” (Matt. 19:10). So what is Jesus’ radical teaching, and why don’t more Christians know about (or follow) that teaching? And is it true that Jesus creates an “exception” for divorce and remarriage in cases of adultery? (Answer: no.) …

Episode 18 April 2024


#72 What Should Catholics Think About Israel and the Jews? - Joe Heschmeyer

#72 What Should Catholics Think About Israel and the Jews? - Joe Heschmeyer

In light of the war between Israel and Palestine, accusations of anti-Semitism in the fight between Ben Shaprio and Candace Owens, and some of your own comments… how SHOULD Christians think of biblical Israel, the Jewish people, and the modern nation-state of Israel? What role, if any, does the Old Covenant play today? And is it heretical to speak of the Jewish people as still the “people of God” in any sense? …

Episode 11 April 2024


#71 A Pharisee’s Test for Catholics, Protestants, Mormons & Muslims - Joe Heschmeyer

#71 A Pharisee’s Test for Catholics, Protestants, Mormons & Muslims - Joe Heschmeyer

In Acts 5, when the Apostles are on trial before the Sanhedrin, a Pharisee named Gamaliel (the same Gamaliel that St. Paul studied under) provided a simple test to determine if a religion really came from God or not. So what was his test, and what does it mean for the credibility and legitimacy of Catholicism, Protestantism, Mormonism, and Islam? …

Episode 4 April 2024


#70 Are Catholics More Divided Than Protestants? - Joe Heschmeyer

#70 Are Catholics More Divided Than Protestants? - Joe Heschmeyer

As Catholics, it’s easy to point out how divided Protestantism is, with all of its different denominations. But what about all of the divisions within Catholicism between “conservative” and “liberal” Catholics, Traditionalists, Charismatics, or a thousand other possible splits? As it turns out, the objection that Catholics are just as divided as Protestants isn’t a new one… and nor is the problem of unity within the one Church. So here’s how St. John Henry Newman, Cardinal Ratzinger, and St. Paul responded to this argument.   Transcript: Wel…

Episode 28 March 2024


#69 The Biblical Case for Infallibility - Joe Heschmeyer

#69 The Biblical Case for Infallibility - Joe Heschmeyer

Catholics (and Orthodox) believe that the Church is infallible, whereas Protestants tend to believe that only the Bible is unerring in this way. But which of these approaches looks more like what we see in the Bible itself? Here’s how Jesus’ teachings only work with Infallibility.   Transcript: Welcome back to Shameless Popery. I’m Joe Heschmeyer. So I want to do a two-week series this week and next week on the theme of Christian Unity, and I’m purposely syncing this up to tie with next week being holy Thursday in which we have the last Supper because it’s at…

Episode 21 March 2024


#68 Was St. Patrick a Baptist? - Joe Heschmeyer

#68 Was St. Patrick a Baptist? - Joe Heschmeyer

Each year on St. Patrick’s Day, certain Baptists will claim that St. Patrick wasn’t REALLY a Catholic, but was instead a Baptist. But what do we learn from listening to St. Patrick in his own words? And what do we know about the world of St. Patrick from those who lived during his lifetime? As it turns out, Patrick was way more Catholic than you may realize… and he was quite explicit about this fact!   Transcript: Welcome back to Shameless Popery. I’m Joe Heschmeyer. So St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, which means I’m wearing a g

Episode 14 March 2024

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