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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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January 6th, 2011

Fr. Larry discusses the definiton of the word epiphany, it’s misuse in modern tongue and the origins of the Feast of the Epiphany and the roles of the Magi (a.k.a. the Three Kings or Three Wise Men.)…

December 24th, 2010

Fr. Larry explains to Fr. Dave how the Church fixes the approximate date of Christ’s birth and His incarnation breaking into human history.…

December 16th, 2010

Fr. Larry Rice and Fr. Dave Dwyer offer suggestions on gifts for the holidays that keep on giving: fair trade products, shares in Catholic Relief Services and other options worlds better than ugly sweaters.
A few of the organizations Fr. Larry mentions:
Heifer International
Advent Conspiracy
Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade
Ten Thousand Villages
Global Exchange…

December 9th, 2010

Fr. Larry and Fr. Dave dicuss the centuries-old prayer that hungry Catholics sometimes rush through. A secret strategy priests use when asked to say grace at gatherings is revealed by Fr. Larry.…

December 7th, 2010

Fr. Larry and Fr. Dave discuss the religious ranks of the Catholic Church, focusing on the lesser-known Roman Catholic Patriarchs.…

December 1st, 2010

Fr. Larry Rice talks more about his new minsitry in New York City as the “Nancy Pelosi” of the Paulist Fathers. He and Fr. Dave Dwyer also talk about the patroness of dentists and the organizations that promote sprituality in the work place.…

November 23rd, 2010

Most people associate the Catholic Mass as being universal, having the same liturgy each Sunday. However Fr. Larry and Fr. Dave know of 6 million Catholics who have their own unique readings and rituals. And Fr. Larry has a new ministry!…

November 18th, 2010

Fr. Larry Rice and Fr. Dave Dwyer discuss 12th century writer Frederiech Von Spee’s arguments on torture and why it is illogical and un-Christian.…

November 16th, 2010

No, the Vatican doesn’t have a prison. Fr. Larry  and Fr. Dave discuss the papal court that grants mercy rather than sentences.…

November 9th, 2010

Fr. Dave and Fr. Larry discuss the dynamic Dorothy Day, a New Yorker on her way to becoming a saint, and the ministry which survives her today.…

November 4th, 2010

How did 11 days just disappear off of the calendar? Fr. Larry and Fr. Dave talk about how different parts of the world are in a different calendar mind-set.…

November 3rd, 2010

Where exactly did the Bible come from? Fr. Larry Rice and Fr. Dave Dwyer discuss ancient xeroxing.…

October 28th, 2010

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.…

October 25th, 2010

What’s the point of praying for the dead? Fr. Larry Rice and Fr. Dave Dwyer discuss why Catholics see praying for the deceased is important and why other denominations may not agree.…

October 21st, 2010

Think cherubim angels are cute, plump, lightly clothed babies flying around? Think again. Fr. Larry Rice explains the “heavenly org chart” of angels.…

October 21st, 2010

A blinging gift from Pope Benedict to the Madonna of Pompeii puzzles Fr. Larry. The question leads into a brief and surprising history of the papal present.…

October 14th, 2010

Fr. Larry and Fr. Dave go through a brief history of the Rosary, including recent changes to the way Catholics pray it, how they’re made, and how not to use them in fashion.…

October 13th, 2010

Is your parish the one closest to you in terms of distance? If not, what kind of parish is it considered? Fr. Larry Rice and Fr. Dave Dwyer distinguish how to belong to a parish and what determines the type of parish you choose.…

October 7th, 2010

Imposters or just fancy titles? Fr. Larry Rice educates Fr. Dave Dwyer and the rest of Busted Halo about papal posers.…

October 5th, 2010

Latin’s not the only language the Catholic Mass is in. Fr. Larry Rice and Fr. Dave Dwyer discover the different language (Klingon not included).…

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