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Wisdom of Pope Francis

Wisdom of Pope Francis

By Catholic Anonymous
This podcast explores the teachings of Pope Francis and looks into how it applies to the lives of Catholics, people of other faith traditions, or no faith at all.
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5. Ch. 1 of Fratelli Tutti Continued - Pope Francis tells us to up our game when it comes to the world's most pressing problems.

Wisdom of Pope Francis

5. Ch. 1 of Fratelli Tutti Continued - Pope Francis tells us to up our game when it comes to the world's most pressing problems.

Wisdom of Pope Francis

16. Pope Francis' Message for Lent/2021
Pope Francis offers advice and encouragement, reminding us of the meaning of Lent and offering practical advice on how to deepen our experience of it. He gives his perspective on the practices of almsgiving, fasting and prayer while also diving deeper into the meaning of the virtues of love, hope and faith in this season. Read his message
February 16, 2021
15. Love Them or Hate Them, We Still Need Politicians
This week in Wisdom of Pope Francis, I get into another section of chapter 5 in the pope's encyclical, Fratelli Tutti. Here, Pope Francis addresses the need for international organizations that bring countries together to "acquire real teeth." Also, politics has an important role to play in the world. Politicians, if they can do it right, can fulfill their lofty callings of working for the common good. Lastly, where does the local church fit into all of this? Check out this Rutger Bregman video mentioned in the episode. Also, check out my Blog, Music, YouTube Channel, and Fiction.
February 6, 2021
14. What Does a Real, Authentic and Healthy Populism Look like?
In this episode, I explore the beginning of chapter five in Fratelli Tutti. Here, Pope Francis addresses the need for good governance and politicians who look towards the common good of all those they serve. This means setting robust, long-term goals and organizing resources and people to accomplish them. This must not be done, however, without the input of the most poor, vulnerable, and affected in the decision-making process.  Check out my Blog, YouTube Channel, Music, and Fiction. 
January 30, 2021
13. Globalization or localization? Save the world or save your community? Let's do both!
Wrapping up chapter 4 of Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis makes the point that we need to hold the twin goals of dealing with global problems and taking care of our own in tension with one another. It is not either/or. It's both/and. Grounded in our own culture and way of life, we can still interact and learn from those outside our communities and countries. I explore how this might affect how we live our own individual lives and what light this might shed on the divisions in America and in the Catholic Church today.   Read Fratelli Tutti for yourself at this link. Also, check our these podcasts put to video and other content on my YouTube Channel. You can also check out my blog, my music, and fiction stories I am writing. Thanks for listening!
January 23, 2021
12. Who, What and Why is Catholic Anonymous? The project and guy behind the Wisdom of Pope Francis Podcast
It has been busy here so I'm taking a little break this week from the regular content of Wisdom of Pope Francis to tell you about myself and the different projects I do under the heading of Catholic Anonymous. I hope you enjoy, but I won't be too offended if you skip this one. ;) I'll hopefully be back to talking about the teachings of our dear pope next week.
January 17, 2021
11. How do we practically show brotherly love to the immigrants within our borders? Pope Francis has an answer
Pope Francis in the fourth chapter of Fratelli Tutti explores how we can practically welcome, protect, promote, and integrate the immigrants in our midst. He teases out what it means for us to practically live out the call of the Bible to embrace the immigrant, and he outlines the responsibilities countries have to one another in making room for the outsider.           Watch the Wisdom of Pope Francis series on YouTube at this site address:  YouTube Wisdom of Pope Francis Episode Playlist Read more Catholic commentary on life at
January 8, 2021
10. Pope Francis Encourages Families, Communities, and even whole Countries to Get Outside of their Bubbles and Help Others
In this episode, I explore chapter 3 of Pope Francis' latest encyclical, Fratelli Tutti. In this chapter, Pope Francis counsels communities big and small to not be self-focused but rather to join the larger mission of the Catholic Church in loving and serving the world. 
December 24, 2020
9. It is the Year of St. Joseph! Pope Francis Encourages us to Look to the Foster Father of Jesus for Moral Guidance and Intercession
Forget the Year of the Ox. In the Catholic Church, this is the Year of St. Joseph, husband of the Virgin Mary and foster father of Jesus Christ. Pope Francis encourages us to look to St. Joseph as a model of the "good father." In his recent Apostolic Letter, he explores the different characteristics of St. Joseph. He was a beloved, tender, loving, obedient, accepting, courageous, and working father.
December 11, 2020
8. Who are you in the story of the Good Samaritan?
Pope Francis encourages us to see how we can be a little bit like the characters in the story of the Good Samaritan. He counsels us to really see the poor and disadvantaged and act in concrete and local ways to help them.  Also, read the first chapter of my new book:
December 4, 2020
7. The Story of the Good Samaritan has Everything to do with Addressing Global Issues
In this episode, we explore chapter 2 of Pope Francis' encyclical, Fratelli Tutti. The pope takes a deep dive into Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan to explain the responsibility we all have to help others in need. He seeks to answer the question, "Am I my brother's keeper?"
November 27, 2020
6. Texting can’t replace physical friendship, and Immigrants are People, too
In this episode, I finish up chapter 1 of Fratelli Tutti. Here, Pope Francis makes the case for why we need to connect with people and have conversations in person, not just online. He explains how poisonous internet culture can be. And he also touches on the need to be open to immigrants and combat xenophobia.
November 19, 2020
5. Ch. 1 of Fratelli Tutti Continued - Pope Francis tells us to up our game when it comes to the world's most pressing problems.
We've got human trafficking, poverty, abuse of the environment, and disregard for the disabled, unborn and elderly. Pope Francis encourages us to come together globally to do something about it. 
November 12, 2020
4. Pope Francis gives support to civil unions. Does this mean the church is OK with gay marriage?
A recent documentary, “Francesco,” contains a clip of Pope Francis expressing support for civil unions - legal protections for same-sex couples. Does this mean the Catholic Church is fine with gay marriage now? In this episode, we explore the context surrounding this statement and what it might mean for how Catholic moral teaching should interact with the laws a nation should (or should not) pass. Comment on this episode here: Also check out my music at
November 7, 2020
3. Chapter 1 of Fratelli Tutti - Toxic Politics and the Good and Bad of Globalization
In this episode, I take a dive into the first half of the first chapter of Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis' latest encyclical. He touches on the dangers of globalization, toxic politics, and the erasing of culture. 
October 31, 2020
2. Exploring the Intro to Fratelli Tutti
In this episode, I take a dive into the Introduction to Fratelli Tutti, and what Pope Francis has to say about the need for fraternity in the world today. Continue the conversation at
October 21, 2020
The Wisdom of Pope Francis - Explores why the teaching of Pope Francis is important for us today
In this introductory episode, I explain the reasons why this podcast is being made. I talk about the importance of Pope Francis’ teaching, and how it speaks to not just Catholics but people of all faiths or no faith.
October 15, 2020