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Facts of Faith

Little known Catholic facts, knowledge and trivia

Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, and Fr. Larry Rice, CSP, discuss facts of Catholicism not widely known, including everything from historical facts to modern pop culture references about the Church.

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September 30th, 2010

What does Church catechism tell us about the nature of hell? Is it the hell we see represented in popular culture like the fiery caves of South Park? Is it Dante’s Inferno? Fr. Dave and Fr. Larry discuss what the church teaches.…

September 28th, 2010

September 23rd, 2010

Fr. Larry Rice and Fr. Dave Dwyer discuss a unique rite within the Catholic Church that not too many Catholics are familiar with. This special rite has its own different rituals and special liturgy.…

September 21st, 2010

Fr. Dave Dwyer and Fr. Larry Rice describe how different Catholic clergy live in their respective communities. Fr. Dave ups his game in a Catholic places quiz.…

September 16th, 2010

Fr. Dave Dwyer and Fr. Larry Rice discuss the history surrounding the relic of Saint Januaris, more popularly known in New York City as San Gennaro.  Possible scientific elements are also explained, bringing to question if the relic was made in a lab or if it’s a legitimate symbol of the Catholic culture.…

September 14th, 2010

Fr. Larry Rice and Fr. Dave Dwyer discuss liturgical books used in the Catholic Church.…

September 9th, 2010

Fr. Dave and Fr. Larry break down the odd twists and turns of Church history regarding the convoluted case of the pious funds of the Californias – involving millions of dollars, 3 religious communities, 3 governments and 300 years!…

September 7th, 2010

Fr. Larry tells us how bingo being so closely related to the Church is really just an “accident of history.”…

September 2nd, 2010

Why was Pope Gregory I so great? Fr. Dave and Fr. Larry discuss the many accomplishment of the first of the Gregories including his diplomacy, strengthening of the church and many worldly contributions.…

September 1st, 2010

Did you know there are 11 references in the Old Testament regarding unicorns? Are they real? What does the Church say?  Listen as Fr. Dave and Fr. Larry discuss……

August 18th, 2010

How does the Church really feel about games of chance? Tune in to hear what Fr. Larry and Fr. Dave have to say……

August 17th, 2010

Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, and Fr. Larry Rice, CSP, discuss the Catholic Church’s various definitions of heresy throughout Church history.…

August 12th, 2010

No, the title is not a typo!  Fr. Larry gives us a fact of faith dealing with Ecclesiastical Primates, but they’re probably not what you think.  Regardless, Fr. Dave can’t stop thinking about monkeys.…

August 10th, 2010

Who knew that there was more than one Catholic sovereignty?  Fr. Larry gives us the history and facts about the Knights of Malta and Fr. Dave fails a pop quiz.…

August 3rd, 2010

Who is considered a member in the Catholic Church?  Why do you have to register with your church?  Are being a member and registering the same thing?  These questions and more are answered by Fr. Larry and Fr. Dave on this Facts of Faith!…

July 29th, 2010

Fr. Larry lays down his wisdom regarding the Roman Clerical Collar.  He and Fr. Dave discuss the origin, the variations, and the customs of the collar.…

July 22nd, 2010

There is a list of things that the Church expects as the minimum of all members.  Do you know what they are?  Fr. Larry gives us the list, which is sometimes called The Precepts of the Church.…

July 20th, 2010

If you plan to visit Rome, you must listen to this Fact of Faith!  Fr. Larry tells us about the Scala Sancta, a true sight to see in Rome.…

July 15th, 2010

Who knew that there was both an art and a science to church bells?  Fr. Larry gives us a Fact of Faith that involves the history, making, and variety of church bells.…

July 14th, 2010

Fr. Larry and Fr. Dave discuss various comic book superheroes, including The Punisher, Nightcrawler and Hellboy, all of whom have some kind of Catholic connection in their backstory, whether it’s having been raised Catholic or spending some amount of time in the seminary.
(To listen to an earlier podcast in which Fr. Larry and Fr. Dave discuss other famous Catholics and Superheroes, click here.)…

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