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.
Enjoy a few quiet moments of listening to these peaceful and reverent bits of writing that reveal the matchless Catholic culture at its most reverent and yet most substantial.. Included are profound thought of Hildegard von Bingen, John Donne the metaphysical poet, the freshness of Saint Patrick breastplate and the unique Gerard Manley Hopkins.
A devout Protestant minister just observed to me that the Reformation had the good effect, in the 16th and 17th centuries, of an unprecedented spread of Christianity caused by the flight of persecuted Christians from Europe. They ventured to the New World and other distant regions. Once again the huge achievements of Catholic missionaries before 1500 were unknown by a well-educated Christian. If you want to feel overwhelmed by the straight record, listen to these stories of the early Franciscans, Jesuits, other clergy, and one great Catholic layman. They were giants full of courage, toughness, and profound reverence.
History may not repeat itself but it does rhyme. The dilemma of our decomposing culture and our shattered society today is being fueled by ideologies very similar to the mass insanity that infected the French culture in the zany 1700s. You cannot ignore the past because it isn’t even over.
She is on her way back. Gaia the earth goddess has many followers of late. But Gaia has another face, a terrifying one. Romantic fantasies about primitive religions are common. One fantasy is thinking there is a benefit from merging all religions. This arises in part because what is commonly believed about various tribal religions is false. There is a false belief in the superiority of the exotic. The concept of the Noble savage is not just false , it is much worse that false. It is a damaging superstition.
Persecution of Catholicism and other religions continues in China. The severity of it is seldom reported accurately by our major news outlets. The record must be known. Listen to the astounding story of Chinese Bishop Ignatius Kung’s mighty faith. He endured a life sentence for his faithfulness to the chair of Peter. Listen to the words Bishop Kung shouted as he stood before a large stadium of Chinese people who had come to see him ridiculed and confessing his betrayal of the People’s Republic of China. Listen to his sermon spoken at the end of his life. It was directed to you and me.