On each episode of “Setting the Record Straight” you will hear another fascinating yet neglected story from two thousand years of magnificent achievements of the Catholic Church. Historical Apologist Charles Coughlin presents these intriguing stories based upon respected and authoritative historical sources. Misinformation and disinformation about the earthly work of the Catholic Church is corrected. “Setting the Record Straight” will quench the thirst of Catholics who want to hear true stories explaining their glorious heritage.
We all know the ghastly story of “The Spanish Inquisition” conducted by a violent Roman Catholic Church. However the story is a lie, a slander, war propaganda, disinformation, in other words a deliberate hoax. The legend of the Grand Inquisitor is so dramatic, delicious, and astonishing that many people think that it has to be true.But there is no data to support it. Fortunately the Dominicans kept complete highly detailed records of the proceedings for 240 years. The actual data reveal that the so-called “Spanish Inquisition” was the most advanced humane and even gentle court in Christendom at the time. Listen and be astonished at how easily fooled we can be by a good lie.
Civilization is teetering on the edge of a precipice. We have been led there, blindfolded and credulous, by the retreat of humility before hubris. The coincidence of the arrival of the internet, glamorous and efficient, with the simultaneous retreat of a sensible Christian awareness of the flawed nature of mankind is a disaster. We have charged heedlessly into building our most vital systems on the fragile foundation of the easily corruptible internet. After 35 years of creating Information Technology systems Chuck offers his pessimistic analysis based on the typical character of IT professionals. He found that their rampant hubris, charged by the seductive lure of technological novelty, caused them to undervalue the tender humanistic needs for which IT systems were supposed to have been created. He also comments on the similar retreat of humble truth-seeking that has deteriorated contemporary science.
Listen to Part 2 of the amazing and true life story of Father John Gerard. This is an except from “The Hunted Priest”, the autobiography of John Gerard, a Jesuit priest, who risked all in a savagely anti-Catholic England under Elizabeth I. He had been condemned to be tortured to death in the Tower of London yet managed to make a incredible escape. He survived to live a long life, multiplying generously his granted portion of God’s love.
Truth is more amazing than fiction. Especially when Jesuits write about what they will endure for the love of Christ. The Hunted Priest is an autobiography of John Gerard, a priest who dared and defied a savagely anti-Catholic England under Elizabeth I. At first he disguised himself as a country gentlemen and traveled about secretly administering the sacraments to underground Catholics. When he was found out, he hid in a series of the infamous “priest holes”, emerging once a day to say Mass and perform the sacraments. Captured, he was condemned to be tortured to death in the Tower of London. Listen to what happened next for that was only the beginning of his story.
Its Father’s Day ! We honor our Dads ! However in this “progressive” age many us have fathers that have disappeared from our lives. Some even have no idea who their father is. The one parent family is common now. Manhood is routinely condemned. Did this happen inevitably? Perhaps it could have been prevented if we knew its cause? It is curious that we do know its cause but most people refuse to believe it. It is a tragedy that the pathological effects of fatherlessness are not just emotional and social but include permanent neurological damage to the developing child.