PODCAST: An American Pilgrimage (With Thomas and Susan Egan)

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Robert Royal talks with Susan and Tom  Egan about a short three-day walking pilgrimage in Florida, from Jacksonville to the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche in St. Augustine, that’s now affiliated with the famous  Camino de Compostela in Spain.

PODCAST: The Catholic Heart of St. John Henry Newman

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

TCT Senior Editor Brad Miner and Robert Royal discuss the importance of St. John Henry Newman in his time and ours, especially how some of his key subjects — development of doctrine, authority, and the history of the Faith — are very much in play during this period of “synodality.”

PODCAST: Understanding the U.S. Bishops’ Recent Meeting (with Francis X. Maier)

Monday, November 20, 2023

The American bishops were in Baltimore last week for their annual Fall meeting amidst controversies over synodality, relations with Rome, and much more. Francis X. Maier and Robert Royal discuss some of the major issues and what they’re likely to mean for the Church in America in the coming year.

PODCAST: Strickland Out, Trans Baptism In? (with Fr. Gerald Murray)

Monday, November 13, 2023

Fr. Gerald Murray and Robert Royal discuss some of the latest developments in Rome on “trans” people and baptism, Bishop Strickland’s removal, the U.S. bishops’ meeting in Baltimore this week, and related subjects.

PODCAST: Are Big Changes Coming in Theology and How Popes are Elected? (with Fr. Gerald Murray)

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Fr. Gerald Murray and Robert Royal discuss two issues that surfaced in Rome last week. First, Pope Francis published an Apostolic Letter calling for a “paradigm shift” in theology, meaning that Christian thought will largely take its cues from “context” rather than “abstract ideas.” Second, rumors are circulating that the Vatican is considering changes in how popes are elected, perhaps even including non-Cardinals and lay people.

PODCAST: A first look at the Synod’s final report (with Fr. Gerald Murray)

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Fr. Gerald Murray and Robert Royal discuss the synodal document approved on Saturday in Rome, particularly the significance of the surprising removal of the term LGBT from the final version and the relatively strong opposition to suggestions of further study on women deaconesses.

PODCAST: Jimmy Lai: Catholic Hero and Confessor (with Fr. Robert Sirico)

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Father Robert Sirico and Robert Royal discuss “The Hong Konger,” a documentary film about Jimmy Lai, an imprisoned Catholic business man and media giant who has stood up to the encroachments of the Communist Chinese regime. No senior figure in the Vatican has said a word about his case.

PODCAST: As the Synod Begins to Conclude (with Fr. Gerald Murray)

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Fr. Gerald Murray joins Robert Royal in today’s podcast to discuss some of the radical claims synod participants have recently made, their questioning even of the apostolic tradition, and what authority the novel form of synod now underway has – or does not have.

PODCAST: The Synod Lumbers towards a Conclusion (with Fr. Raymond de Souza)

Friday, October 20, 2023

Fr. Raymond de Souza and Robert Royal discuss how the Synod on Synodality is going to operate during its upcoming, final week — in terms of many unresolved questions and the hot-button issues that seem to be moving quietly along outside of public scrutiny.

PODCAST: Questions about Catholic Women (with Diane Montagna)

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Diane Montagna discusses the public presentation of a woman religious in the Synod hall, which made a nonsensical claim about women’s liturgies in the early Church; and a statement by over 2200 Catholic women reaffirming the Church’s teaching about female roles, as well as the true dignity of women in Catholicism.

PODCAST: Vatican Info, Then and Now (with Joan Lewis)

Monday, October 16, 2023

Veteran Vaticanista Joan Lewis provides some historical context about how the Holy See has historically managed news and information at events like the current Synod, and how things are very different this time.

PODCAST: Cardinal Pell—The Synodal Dream as Toxic Nightmare (with Fr. Robert Sirico)

Friday, October 13, 2023

Fr. Robert Sirico and Robert Royal discuss a new book of essays by and about the late great Australian Cardinal Pell Contra Mundum, and his view of the synodal process as a “toxic nightmare” from which the Church must awake.

PODCAST: Past Failures and Future Tasks for the Church (with Larry Chapp)

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Theologian and director of a Catholic Worker farm Larry Chapp speaks with Robert Royal in Rome about how philosophers and theologians did not respond adequately to challenges before and after the Second Vatican Council — and how as a result, Catholic thinkers must now step up, in both theory and, especially, practice.

PODCAST: Synodal Manipulations, Ordinary and Extraordinary (with Edward Pentin)

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Veteran Vatican journalist Edward Pentin joins Robert Royal to discuss how synods have changed since the beginning of the current pontificate, and how what is currently being said about the synod differs from what is being done.

PODCAST: Fear and Loathing in a Synod (with Francis X. Maier)

Monday, October 9, 2023

Francis X. Maier joins Robert Royal to discuss his October 5 Wall Street Journal article “Fear and Loathing in a Synod,” on the pope, the synod, and the unusual tensions that seem to exist between America and the Vatican.

PODCAST: Is the Holy Spirit the “protagonist” at the Synod? (with Diane Montagna and Fr. Gerald E. Murray)

Saturday, October 7, 2023

Diane Montagna, Fr. Gerald E. Murray, and Robert Royal discuss the claims being made by synod officials about the role of the Holy Spirit in their discussions, and the ways in which information about the synod is being managed or limited in comparison with other Vatican events.

PODCAST: The Synod Begins (with Fr. Gerald E. Murray)

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Live from Rome, Robert Royal and Fr. Gerald E. Murray discuss the opening of the Synod on Synodality and several controversies that have already risen even apart from that event.

PODCAST: Preserving the future of the Church

Thursday, September 21, 2023

The Catholic Church has always been evolving – through the Apostolic tradition – to bring the message of Jesus Christ to a changing world. The great question faced by attendees at the Synod on Synodality is this: Will Catholicism remain faithful to the deposit of the Faith – to the Catechism and the Magisterium? That’s the challenge we’ll chronicle here at ‘The Vatican Thing.’

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