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Author: Fr. Shane Deman & Fr. Travis Crotty

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A Midwest podcast for all who feel like an outcast in the Catholic Church and for those who think the Church is an outcast.
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A Rockstar Lineup

A Rockstar Lineup

2021-09-1519:58

Each fall, the lineup of feast days provides a rich time to venerate the holy souls who have gone before us.  In this episode we focus on the final days of September and the initial days of October in which the Church celebrates faithful saints who continue to intercede for us.  
Many question how the God of the Old Testament can be the same God of the New Testament, seemingly angry in early Israelite history and merciful in the Gospels.  In this episode we discuss this perception and God's apparent inconsistency.  
A Medieval Menu

A Medieval Menu

2021-09-0121:23

What do restaurants in Turkey and Lithuania have to do with our Catholic faith?  Tune into this episode and find out about the importance of our historical roots.  
God is a Gambler

God is a Gambler

2021-08-2524:35

So many wonder how God could be all-good and all-powerful when there is so much evil in the world.  Does He even notice, or is He capable of doing anything about it?  In this episode will tackle the important question of 'the problem of evil.' 
A Plea from Mary

A Plea from Mary

2021-08-1821:35

We often discuss the need to build community among parishioners.  Yet do we appreciate the need to build spiritual communion among fellow sinners, particularly among those whose souls are in jeopardy of losing eternal salvation?  
Catholics and Protestants are often viewed as rivals with a long history of division. Yet do Christians within these traditions have more in common than is often realized, particularly in the face of growing secularism?   Join us for this important discussion. 
The Church of Hate

The Church of Hate

2021-08-0423:071

Priests are often asked, "Why does the Church hate gays?"  In this episode we discuss cultural and ecclesial misconceptions regarding sexual identity and the important role that all people have to play within the Church.  
Fight or Flight?

Fight or Flight?

2021-07-2825:24

A question often asked among Midwest Catholics is whether to stay in one's current parish, even if it seems lifeless, or to move to another parish.  Join us for an important discussion about whether to find a new community or to fight for renewal in one's current place.  
Museum Selfies

Museum Selfies

2021-07-2122:10

In touring art museums, one often finds collections of sacred art that used to hang in churches.  In the face of growing secularism, how many museum visitors know how to interpret this art and the story of salvation that it depicts?  
Sixteen Coals

Sixteen Coals

2021-07-1422:50

Having concelebrating the recent dedication of the new St. Wenceslaus Church in Omaha, NE, Fr. Travis shares helpful insights into the design of churches and how sacred spaces shape our Christian identity.  
The liturgical season of Ordinary time is anything but dull and ordinary.  Check out this episode in which we discuss the extraordinary fruitfulness of this current season.  
Guys Have Feelings Too

Guys Have Feelings Too

2021-06-3023:48

As Fr. Shane recently discovered during a youth ministry trip to the Rocky Mountains, guys tend to avoid talking about their emotions and movements of the heart.  Yet when men are willing to enter into their vulnerabilities, the results are impressive.  Check out this discussion on how  all areas of our interior life need to be integrated and well-ordered.  
In this bonus episode, join special guest, Fr. John Nepil, the host of the podcast "Catholic Stuff You Should Know" for a discussion on how being an Outcast is being played out in the Archdiocese of Denver and around the country.  
The Chosen- A Review

The Chosen- A Review

2021-06-1622:44

Join Fr. Travis and Fr. Shane for their review of the popular new multi-season drama, The Chosen, by Dallas Jenkins.  
A New Outcast Saint

A New Outcast Saint

2021-06-0922:30

Pope Francis recently announced the canonization of a new saint.   In this episode, learn more about this powerful yet relatively unknown saint of the Middle Ages.  
Church Incompetency

Church Incompetency

2021-06-0219:29

In a world of glittering corporations and global businesses, many can wonder how the Church compares in her organization, structures, and personnel talent.  How do we understand competency  within the Church, particularly within the persons that God calls to serve His people?  
Vacation + Jesus

Vacation + Jesus

2021-05-2619:17

As we enter the summer vacation period and plan out recreation events and  travels, how much care and attention to we give to planning our time with the Lord?  
Toppling the Statues

Toppling the Statues

2021-05-1922:49

Vandalism against Christian churches and sacred objects continues to increase around the world.  What is a proper response in the face of religious persecution or hate crimes against organized religion?  
Feeling inadequate in our life of prayer is a common concern among Christians.   Many feel "outcast" in how to find the presence of God in their lives or how to recognize the movements of the Holy Spirit.  In this episode, special guest, Fr. Paul Hoesing of the Archdiocese of Omaha, shares helpful insights in how to relate to God and notice His presence in your life.  
The Three C's

The Three C's

2021-05-0522:21

Over the past century, there have been three major impacts upon Midwest living.  In this episode, find out what these impacts are and how they affect the practice of the faith.  
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