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Catholicism and Culture

Catholicism and Culture

By Center for Faith and Culture
Catholicism and Culture is an ongoing series from the Center for Faith and Culture at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. In these bi-weekly episodes, Dr. Stuart Squires, Associate Director of the Center and Associate Professor of Theology, interviews theologians, philosophers, poets, artists, architects, filmmakers, street evangelists, and many others about the ways that Catholicism and culture come together in their lives.
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A Catholic Critique of Capitalism and Socialism with Dr. Marc Rugani
Dr. Marc Rugani, Assistant Professor of Moral Theology at St. Anselm College, discusses a Catholic vision of economics.
May 4, 2021
The Genius of Women with Dr. Abigail Favale
Dr. Abigail Favale, Dean of the College of Humanities and Professor of English at George Fox University, discusses the differences between how the Catholic Church and Postmodern Feminism think about women.
April 20, 2021
The Friendship of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien with Dr. Andy Staron
Dr. Andy Staron discusses the friendship of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, two of the most important Christian writers of the 20th century, and how their friendship can help us understand the nature of friendship today.
April 6, 2021
Anti-Catholicism in America with Dr. Maura Jane Farrelly
Dr. Maura Jane Farrelly, Associate Professor and Chair of American Studies at Brandeis University, discusses the past and the present of anti-Catholicism in America.
March 23, 2021
Acedia and Its Discontents: Metaphysical Boredom in an Empire of Desire with Dr. R.J. Snell
Dr. R.J. Snell,  Director of Academic Programs at the Witherspoon Institute, discusses how the the vice of acedia haunts our postmodern culture.
March 9, 2021
Opus Dei with Dr. Victor Saenz
Dr. Victor Saenz, Executive Director of the Houston Institute, discusses Opus Dei, the presonal prelature established by Saint John Paul II in 1982 that is an organization of lay Catholics "who simply wish to serve God by doing ordinary things as well as possible."
February 23, 2021
The African-American Catholic Experience with Deacon Phillip Jackson
Deacon Phillip Jackson, Director of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, talks about the unique flavors of the African-American Catholic experience.
February 9, 2021
Catholicism and Sports with Blake Pellerin
Blake Pellerin, President of Arrows RFC, talks about a Catholic vision of sports.
January 26, 2021
The Catholic Charismatic Renewal with Fr. John Paul Bolger
Fr. John Paul Bolger, Associate Director of the Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston, Texas, discusses the misconceptions of Charismatic Catholicism. 
January 12, 2021
Bonus Episode: History, Mission, and Programs of the Center for Faith and Culture
This bonus episode explores the history, mission, and programs of the Center for Faith and Culture at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.  If you are interested in learning more about our M.A. in Faith and Culture, which is now online as well as on campus, please contact You can also check out these social media pages: Our website A video that was made about the CFC Our Twitter page Our Facebook page Our Instagram page
December 7, 2020
Pope Francis' Encyclical "Fratelli Tutti" with Dr. Massimo Faggioli
Dr. Massimo Faggioli, Professor of Historical Theology at Villanova University and contributing writer to Commonweal Magazine, offers insights into "Fratelli Tutti," Pope Francis' latest encyclical.
November 10, 2020
Catholicism and Music with Dr. George Harne
Dr. George Harne, musicologist and Executive Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, discusses the interplay between Catholicism and music.  
October 27, 2020
The Focolare Movement with Betsy Dugas
Betsy Dugas discusses the history, charism, and mission of the Focolare Movement
October 13, 2020
How Should Catholics Vote?
Dr. Stuart Squires, Associate Director of the Center for Faith and Culture and Associate Professor at the University of St. Thomas, reviews key points from the document "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship" that was written by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
September 29, 2020
Family Life with LDS Members Craig and Melanie Sorensen
LDS members Craig and Melanie Sorensen, parents of six children and two grandchildren, discuss the ways that they respond to the challenges of raising a family in today's culture.  
September 15, 2020
Catholic Media (II) with Tim Motte
Tim Motte, General Manager of KSHJ AM 1430 Guadalupe Radio, discusses the changing landscape of media today.
September 1, 2020
The Maronite Catholic Church with Alberto Tohmé
Alberto Tohmé of Our Lady of the Cedars parish explains the cultural richness of the Maronite Catholic Church.
August 18, 2020
Moral Virtues, Friendship, and Aristotle with Dr. Victor Saenz
Dr. Victor Sanez, philosopher and Director of the Houston Institute, discusses how Aristotle's descriptions of virtues and friendship can offer correctives to some of our culture's disorders.  
August 5, 2020
The Vocation of the Theologian with Dr. Andy Staron
Dr. Andy Staron of Regis University (Denver) discusses his own personal vocation as a theologian, and the role of the theologian in the Church.  
July 22, 2020
Catholic Higher Education with President Richard Ludwick
Dr. Richard Ludwick, President of the University of St. Thomas, discusses the role of Catholic universities in society, the relationship between STEM and the liberal arts, Catholic identity, and much more.
July 8, 2020
Catholic Voting with Dr. Chris Wolfe
Dr. Chris Wolfe, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of St. Thomas, discusses faith, politics, and Catholic voting principles.
June 23, 2020
The State of Catholic Education with Fr. John Huber
Fr. John Huber, Director of the Basilian Network for Education and the New Evangelization for the Congregation of St. Basil, discusses the challenges to Catholic Education in today's society.
June 10, 2020
Faith and Film (II) with Deniz Demirer
Deniz Demirer, a Polish-born writer, actor and filmmaker, discusses the intersection of religion and film.
May 27, 2020
Evangelization and Young Adults with Angie Pometto
Angie Pometto, Associate Director of the Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministry of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, discusses the joys and trials of evangelizing young adults. 
May 13, 2020
The Anglican Ordinariate with Dr. Clinton Brand
Dr. Clinton Brand, Associate Professor of English at the University of St. Thomas, discusses the history and beauty of the Anglican Ordinariate.  
April 29, 2020
Cultural Contexts of the Bible with Fr. Dempsey Rosales Acosta
Biblical Scholar Fr. Dempsey Rosales Acosta discusses the Hebrew, Greek, and Roman contexts of the Bible.
April 15, 2020
Faith and the Arts with Poet and Police Officer Sarah Cortez
Sarah Cortez, poet and police officer, shares her thoughts on the Catholic arts today.
April 1, 2020
Young Catholic Professionals (YCP) with Kyle Smith
Kyle Smith, the President of the Houston Chapter of Young Catholic Professionals (YCP), shares his thoughts on the challenges that young Catholics face in the professional world.
March 18, 2020
Street Evangelization with Stefan Siwko
Stefan Siwko, missionary for St. Paul Street Evangelization, discusses his experiences sharing the Gospel in the public square.
March 5, 2020
Faith and Filmmaking with William Price III
William Price III, founder of the media production company Whiskey Ginger Please in Nashville, discusses how he brings his Catholic identity to the films that he creates.
February 20, 2020
St. Thomas Aquinas and Non-Christian Intellectual Culture with Dr. Brian Carl
Dr. Brian Carl, Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Center for Thomistic Studies, tells us how St. Thomas Aquinas relied on Greek, Jewish, and Islamic intellectual culture in the 13th century.
January 21, 2020
Missionary Work in Communist China with Fr. Binh Quach
Fr. Binh Quach,  Director of the Center for Faith and Culture at the University of St. Thomas - Houston, TX, recounts stories of persecution during his time as a missionary in communist China.
January 21, 2020
Faith and the Media with Duane Bradley
Duane Bradley, alumnus of the MA program in the Center for Faith and Culture, discusses his multi-decade career in the media and balancing his Catholic faith with the secular work culture.
January 21, 2020
A Personal Experience of Vatican II with Fr. Donald Nesti
Fr. Donald Nesti, the founding Director of the Center for Faith and Culture, tells us about his personal experience at the Second Vatican Council as a young priest.
January 21, 2020
Campus Ministry at a Secular University with Claire McMullin
Claire McMullin, current student in the MA program in the Center for Faith and Culture, discusses her work in forming college students at a secular university.
January 21, 2020
Faith and Science with Dr. Don Frohlich
Dr. Don Frohlich, Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Fellow in the Center for Faith and Culture, discusses his teaching on the intersection between faith and science, one of the most hotly debated topics of our time.
January 21, 2020