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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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August 13th, 2014

Will gossiping about others land you in “church jail?” Not necessarily, but Fr. Larry Rice says there are Canonical penalties for damaging someone’s reputation. Fr. Dave Dwyer offers advice on how to steer clear of the temptation.…

August 6th, 2014

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.…

July 30th, 2014

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.)…

July 22nd, 2014

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 16th, 2014

After briefly discussing seeing food or beverage products with Catholic names, Fr. Larry explains the history of the monks of Le Trappe, who brewed and sold ales to provide an income source for their monastery. Today, Trappist monks from Belgium and the Netherlands sell ales in the U.S. Look for a Chimay or Rochefort in a store near you!…

July 9th, 2014

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……

July 2nd, 2014

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.…

June 25th, 2014

Fr. Larry explains what has happened to St. Paul’s remains after he was martyred in Rome.  He and Fr. Dave also discuss St. Paul’s Basilica — one of the four main basilicas in Rome — and a kooky superstition associated with it.…

June 18th, 2014

Fr. Larry Rice and Fr. Dave discuss the obligation of keeping the Sabbath holy, especially when one is on a vacation.  Tips on how to find a church, how to contextualize differences in mass, and good Catholic etiquette are all included.  Perfect for the summer!
Originally published on June 15, 2010…

June 10th, 2014

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.

April 22nd, 2014

Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP and Fr. Larry Rice, CSP explore the clouded origin of the English name for Easter. Many interesting facts are revealed along the way — including the origin of the Easter Bunny.…

April 16th, 2014

Fr. Larry Rice and Fr. Dave Dwyer describe the Chrism Mass, a Mass typically tied to Holy Thursday that celebrates the Priesthood and blessing the oils used throughout the year.…

April 8th, 2014

Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP and Fr. Larry Rice, CSP discuss a Lenten tradition in Rome and on the web. Also, Fr. Larry reveals a tasty treat related to the Stations of the Cross.…

April 1st, 2014

What is the proper way to get rid of objects that have been blessed? Fr. Dave and Fr. Larry tackle this question, discussing objects ranging from rosaries and relics to icons and blessed cars.…

March 25th, 2014

Father Larry Rice and Father Dave Dwyer discuss the many unique hats hanging on the papal hat rack.…

July 11th, 2013

Father Dave Dwyer, CSP and Father Larry Rice discuss the “vanilla” season of ordinary time and how this calmer part of the calendar calls us to be better disciples.…

April 23rd, 2013

We’ve all heard about the image of Mary in the grilled cheese or the image of Christ underneath the highway overpass.  What does the church make of these things?  Fr. Larry comes loaded with some new vocab words to tell us all about these phenomena.
Originally published on August 5, 2010…

April 9th, 2013

Fr. Larry has all the questions and Fr. Dave has all the answers about the rare hybrid order within the Catholic Church.
 
Originally posted on October 19, 2010…

April 2nd, 2013

Easter is more than just a single day — it’s 50! Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, and Fr. Larry Rice, CSP, discuss the difference between the Easter season and Lent. Because this Church season is longer than Lent it shows the emphasis in our faith on the great goodness and mercy of God, new life and resurrection. The Season of Resurrection calls us into the deeper mystery of God and all God is doing in the world today. Happy Easter Season!
 
Originally Published on April 9, 2012…

March 5th, 2013

Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, and Fr. Larry Rice, CSP, discuss the history and functions of the Pope’s secret service – The Swiss Guard. Also, find out what qualifications are needed to be a member of the Swiss Guard.
Originally posted in April 17, 2012…

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