A show about the Common Good (which is an uncommon topic--get it?), the Social Teaching of the Church, Servant Leadership, and the Social Reign of Jesus Christ.
Weekly Wednesday at 10:00 am and 11:00 am on Iowa Catholic Radio!
We have Dr. David Delio, President of the Newman Idea and UCG all-star, back on the show. With the canonization of John Henry Newman on the horizon, having two Newman Scholars in the house allows us to hear fantastic stories regarding Newman's "full sanctity," not only the intellectual life he is so well known for, but his concern for the poor and lost souls.
Foolish Gratitude at the End of Time: Bo and Bud discuss “the end of time,” both liturgically (the last week before Advent) and historically (the time after the coming of Christ) and how this shifts both our love and attachment to this world.
Matthew Mehan began teaching at The Heights School in 2000 and is the director of the Jackson Scholars senior thesis program. Matthew is also a fellow of the Center for Thomas More Studies, and he has been named The Worsham Teaching Fellow of Hillsdale College’s Washington DC Allan P. Kirby, Jr., Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship.
The Gifts of the Church, an interview with Dr. Ryan Topping, professor of Theology and Vice-President and Academic Dean at Newman Theological College, Edmonton. Dr. Topping speaks about his new book, The Gift of the Church, volume 1: How Catholicism Transformed the History and Soul of the West. In terms of the Common Good, the episodes how many goods even the Secular world enjoys are "gifts" from the Church, and how this robot understanding of Church history appealed to the guest and hosts as converts.
Bo and Bud discuss how politics does not end, but only begins after an election. And what should Catholics be up to? We turned to the 12 Apostles for their prayers, and then consider the 4 Last Things, the 4 sins that cry to heaven for vengeance, and the 4 Cardinal Virtues as places to start living "in the world but not of the world."
Suffering & Death: The Halloween Episode! Interviews with Dr. Bob Schuchts & Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble FSP. Its Halloween, so to keep with the spirit of the day, we first talk about how we can suffer well and faithfully with Dr. Bob Schuchts, founder of the John Paul II Healing Center and author of Be Healed: Encountering the Powerful Love of Jesus in Your Life, and Be Transformed: The Healing Power of the Sacraments. Second, we talk about "memento mori," keeping death in mind as we go through live with Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble FSP, who is "twitter famous" for being the "Nun who has a skull on her desk," who has tweeted her journey at @pursuedbytruth, and has the "Remember Your Death: Memento Mori Journal" being published on All Souls Day, Nov. 2nd 2018.
The Good News For The Common Good, an interview with Cathy Duffy, author of the book "Everyday Evangelism for Catholics: A Practical Guide to Spreading the Faith in a Contemporary World." We talk about the implications for the Common Good regarding Evangelizing the Faith, and practical considerations regarding how we can do that better in our current social climate.
An interview with Gabriel Sanchez, editor for Angelus Press and an attorney for the Maul Law Group in Grand Rapid, MI. We discuss the difficulties people in debt face, the options they have for help, and the Catholic basis in Scripture and Tradition for aiding those in monetary distress and finding relief for those laboring under the weight of debt.
An Interview with Brandon McGinley, writer and editor, regarding the "deep cut" of a 2013 article he wrote that has more relevance today than ever. How is it that individualism, the liberal ordering of the state, and the myth of neutrality actually ends up in more clannish, tribal behavior, and how being forthrightly Catholic may become easier the less the modern world "works." Read more at http://brandonmcginley.com/wp/
An interview with Pater Edmund Waldstein, Cistercian Monk and Vice-Rector of the Seminary in Heiligenkreuz, Austria, and editor of www.thejosias.com. We discuss the concrete and practical considerations of "the good" for most people, and how those beginnings flower into full fledged understandings of the Common Good, along with that stand in our way of fully comprehending the relationship between personal goods and the common good.
An Interview with Dr. Patrick Callahan, Director of Humanitas and Chair of Catholic Thought at the St. Lawrence Institute for Faith and Culture. Great Books have become a buzz phrase in Catholic education, but is it only one more fad intended as a class marker or another consumer choice for our children? Dr. Callahan shatters the notion of the Great Books as a boutique education option, and shows it as that which "breaks the tyranny of the present" by lending us the voices from the past through relationship with present teachers.
Bo and Bud talk about the nature of Public Penance, especially in light of the difficult news all of us are encountering on an almost weekly occurrence. How we can include acts of reparation in our daily prayer lives. In the 2nd half of the show, we introduce Belle Chase, Iowa Catholic Radio's new Director of Development & Communications.
The Integrated Order, an interview with Dr. Jared Goff, Adjunct Professor at Mt. Angel Seminary and Instructor for Portland Diocese. We ask foundational questions about the economic order and how Catholic Social Teaching envisions the role of the human person in society. The question of how Body and Soul interacts in a well order society is addressed, and practical elements for our life in Christ are explored!
What happens when the history we know about the Church is a distortion? The most basic answer: it distorts our ability to talk about the contemporary Church dealing with its current challenges. Whether we demonize or glamorize the past, showing our ancestors the respect worthy of parents gives us not only an honest stance toward the past, but an authentic way to move forward.
Fear and Fortitude in Education: an interview with Dr. David Delio, Director of the Newman Idea at Holy Cross University. Our cultural moment is pock-marked with fear, and the decisions and discussion we have often betray this fear of the future for Catholic schooling from top to bottom. David comes on to say how we do not have to be afraid, and how the great tradition of Grace shown in Saints like John Henry Newman show us not only a path forward, but fill us with courage to man the battles ahead, and even thank God for the good these challenges will do for our souls, our institutions, and the Church itself.
Catholic Education: Distinct For the Sake of Others, an interview with Dr. Douglas Fiore, President of Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA. Dr. Fiore joins us to speak about his impressions as a new President, how this fits into the arc of his career, and how being a President at a Catholic College makes the job distinct. The role Catholic Education plays in the Common Good is explored, especially how it is the commitment to a Catholic School's heritage and Identity makes it more capable of helping people from all walks of life, not less.
Marriage and the Common Good, An interview with Regis Flaherty, author and General Manager at the Newman Institute for Newman Studies in Pittsburgh, PA. Bud and Regis team up IN Pittsburgh to show Bo and the audience the ropes of marriage. Starting with practical advice, delving into the Sacramental mystery of marriage, and widening out to the societal implications of the Matrimonial union, the talk is hopefully fun, helpful, and challenging all at the same time.
An interview with Dr. Karen Zwier, Phd from Pittsburgh University in Philosophy and History of Science, who has served different appointments at Drake and Iowa State Universities. Faith and Science are often seen as opposed, but even when they are "brought into conversation" with one another, the temptation is to claim they both have solid, firm answers, just in different fields or types of inquiry. However, Dr. Zwier challenges this narrative on both accounts, arguing that what unites Faith and Science is actually their mutual reliance on "apophatic" (or "negative") knowledge, or knowing something better by ruling out what it is not. In other words, both fields share in common this: the deeper you go into either, the more you come to appreciate the mystery of both.
Sometimes it is good to revisit the very idea of why we have a show in the first place, and that is what we did today. We of course asked similar things before early in the show, but we are much, MUCH better at this radio thing now! We center on Saints as the Citizens of the City of God and how we should implore them to change the City of Man ever more and more to match their heavenly home.
Katie Patrizio has taken being an UnCommon Good all-star to the next level, by co-hosting the show while Bo is away on vacation! They interview Maury Willls, owner of Wills Family Orchard, and have such a good time, everyone wonders whether Bo should ever come back at all!
Back with the Summer Movie Extravaganza 2018, it is the all-star of UCG all-stars, Steve Wichmer, talking about why we so primordially love the movies, and which movies you should and should not see this summer!
Carne and Incarnation, an interview with Emily Stimpson Chapman, author of several books and articles regarding the intersection of food and faith, accessible at thecatholictable.com. Look folks, its not hard to get Bo and Bud talking about how much they love food...but Emily engages the topic in such a joyful, profound, and practical level, its hard to imagine a more enjoyable show over a splendid topic! From the glory of cheese, the happiness and delight God takes in creation, to difficult discussions of eating disorders and alcoholism, a show that you won't want to miss.
Revelation Read Rightly, an interview with Dr. John Kincaid, Senior Fellow of the Principium Institute and Scripture Scholar who also blogs at http://www.thesacredpage.com. How do we read Scripture not only IN the Church, but WITH the Church? How is Scripture Revelation and how does other Revelation relate to Scripture? How many of Bo and Bud's friends converted to Catholicism when they were at Duke? Find out this, and more, in this episode of the UnCommon Good!
First Forays Into Friendship, an interview with Leah Libresco, a writer, speaker, and general Renaissance Woman whose work can be found at leahlibresco.com. We talk about the ideas contained in her forth coming book, "Building the Benedict Option: A Guide to Gathering Two or Three Together in His Name." Particularly, we look into particular, practical, and immediate ways folks who yearn for more community can get started doing so without necessarily having the resources to do something revolutionary. We someone include drinking in parking lots and curling, but once you start the podcast, it will all make sense.
Hildebrand and the Everyday Extraordinary, an interview with John Henry Crosby, Founder and Director of the Hildebrand Project. John Henry Crosby is a translator, writer, critic, and cultural entrepreneur who has dedicated his life to the legacy of Catholic Philosopher and Intellectual Dietrich von Hildebrand. We explore not only the fascinating story of Hildebrand's life, early and vigorous resistance to the Nazis in his native Germany, and subsequent intellectual life--we also dive into his practical considerations regarding how to be a Catholic in the midst of such trial and difficulty.
Fear and Longing For Eternity -- Dr. David Deavel -- 05/09/18. An Interview with Dr. David Deavel, Editor of LOGOS and Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas. We talk about the concept of Eternity, why it stokes fear for some (both young and old alike!), how understanding Eternity in a new way gives us new perspectives not only on the afterlife, but the her and now, and finally, how education is first and foremost a "preparation for Eternity."
Happiness, Virtue, and the Beautiful Life, an interview with Dr. Sheryl Overmyer, Associate Professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. We discuss modern misunderstandings surrounding happiness, the connection between happiness and virtue for ancient Philosophers, and the Catholic flowering of happiness and virtue into Our Lord's teaching in the Beatitudes. We look into insight from St. Thomas Aquinas, and, for the FIRST TIME EVER ON THE SHOW, our guest asks US a question!!! The answer we give: joy--so hopefully we passed the test!
Hope Among The Long Defeat: We bring back UCG All-Stars Adam Storey (Marriage and Family Life Director and Vice Chancellor) and John Huynh (Director of Faith Journey), both from the Diocese of Des Moines, to talk about J.R.R. Tolkien's concept of "The Long Defeat." We talk about the difference between optimism and hope, the Crosses necessary for us to have Resurrection in our lives, and how this changes the scope and shape of our work in the Church, for the Church, and with the Church.
An interview with Dr. Alan Moy, MD, Founder and Scientific Director, John Paul II Medical Research Institute. Dr. Moy speaks with us about Stem Cell Research and Implications for Catholic Health Care, the difficulties of creating space for Catholic Biomedical research, and how the Common Good directs endeavors toward medical progress.
Excarnation vs. Incarnation -- An Interview with Dr. William Cavanaugh -- 04/11/18. We speak with Dr. William Cavanaugh, the director of Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology (CWCIT), professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, and author of many wonderful books. We expound on his concept of "excarnation," the inverse of the Christian insistence on the "materiality" of the faith. We celebrate the Risen Body of Jesus Christ this Eastertide as a Church, so it makes sense to ask, what takes us away from our bodies and the hope that they will be Resurrected at the end of time?
An Interview With Dr. William English, Assistant Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. It is one thing to talk about the moral claims individuals have and make on one another, or to speak about what society as a whole should aim for in matters of the Common Good. But what about the murkier "middle waters" of complicated systems as they exist "on the ground"? Dr. English explores these questions, specifically in the Medical Field, and how these issues may begin to be solved.
An Interview with David Mills, Editorial Director of Ethika Politika and Columnist for Aleteia. We welcome David back to the show as he stops by to tell us what it is really like to live with the those that make up the Church--namely, US!!! From One-issue Catholics, to those barely hanging on, to those in the midst of suffering, death, and rebirth, what does it mean to concretely live with our Brothers and Sisters in Christ?
Fr. David Poecking is the Pastor of St. Elizabeth Anne Seaton Parish in Carnegie, PA. His writings can be found at http://www.hourofourdeath.org/author/dpoecking/ -- in today's interview, Fr. David and the guys explore the societal and pastoral "burden" of caring for the dead, the way in which the living, dying, and dead form a "common good" more complete than when those groups are considered separately, the width of gravesites in Bo's family, the fact that only Oklahomans get hit by space debris (its a FACT), and more on this episode of the UnCommon Good!
Dr. Matthew Umbarger, Assistant Professor of Theology at Newman University and Uncommon Good All-Star, comes on the show to talk about the limits and strengths of Archeological finds and how they help us understand our faith. Also: bullships and Indiana Jones play a bigger role in this episode than you might imagine.
Christopher Thompson is the academic dean at the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity and Catholic Rural Life’s Senior Research Fellow. He is the author of The Joyful Mystery: Field Notes Toward a Green Thomism, and also a contributing author to On Earth as It Is in Heaven, a book exploring ecology through the lens of Catholic theology, a book exploring ecology through the lens of Catholic theology.
The guys comment on being stood up (AGAIN) on Valentine's day, and how the strange mix of holy days actually makes better sense of both of them. Plus, some relatively bad advice as to what to get your spouse this Ash Wednesday/Valentine's Day...
UCG All Star Katie Patrizio returns to speak about the promises, obligations, and graces God has promised his people through the Covenants with various Patriarchs, and the ramification for the Christian Social order.
Dr. Taylor Patrick O'Neill, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA, stops by the show to talk about Leo XIII's famous encyclical Rerum Novarum, the world it outlines for Catholic understandings of the economy, and more!
Christian Friendship: An Interview with Eve Tushnet. Exploring the depth and history of friendship, especially the Christian concepts of spiritual friendship, with author and speaker Eve Tushnet. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/evetushnet/
The Mystical in the Mundane: An Interview with Acclaimed Author Mike Aquilina. We explore the common theme connecting Mike's most recent books (The Healing Imperative, A History of the Church in 100 Objects, The Apostles and Their Times, and How the Choir Converted the World) which you can find at https://fathersofthechurch.com/
In The Market For Trust: An Interview With Dr. William English, Assistant Professor Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Why do people trust or distrust institutions? What role do structures play in the ease and expanse of corruption in society? What does the common good have to say about rectifying these difficulties? These questions and more explored in this episode of the UnCommon Good!
New Vision, New Life: An Interview with Mike Vasquez, Founder of the St. Gregory Retreat Centers in Iowa. We talk about the retreat centers, the impetus behind their founding, the need for people with substance abuse issues to be treated body, mind, and soul, and the way the Catholic tradition weds both deep faith and attention to science in order to reach out to those most in need.
An Imitation of the Human--Technology In and As Metaphor: An Interview With Dr. Brian Sudlow, Lecturer of French with Translation Studies and Director of Undergraduate Programmes at Aston University in Birmingham, U.K.
Great Moments in BUD History: A Clip Show To Honor Bud's Physical Move to Pittsburgh (BUT DON'T WORRY, He Will Still Be On The Show!) It's goofy, sentimental, and most of the stories are fakes, but a good time was had by all!
God's Purpose In Things: An Interview With Elizabeth Bruenig, Editor at the Washington Post and Contributor to America Magazine. Elizabeth gives us a general outline of the understanding of property from the Patristic Age, through the Medieval Church, and into the Enlightenment Era. We especially look to St. Augustine's account of creation, fall, and redemption in understanding the political order, rule, and property. The difference this makes for contemporary Catholics is elucidated as well.
Bold Canaanites and The Small-Souled People of God: An Interview with Katie Patrizio, Director of Faith Formation at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Ames, IA. We discuss Sloth and Magnanimity in the context of the Scripture stories of Caleb and the Canaanite Woman, and the wider communal ramifications for this vice and virtue.
The Gift of Those In Need: An Interview with Laura Wenman, Chief Mission Officer for Mercy Medical Center, in Des Moines, IA. Laura speaks to the Mission difference in Catholic Healthcare, and specifically the way in which "positive obligations" of Catholic healers is not simply a burden, but a beautiful calling, that shapes the way we engage those in their most dire times of need.
A Cyber-Anxious Age: An Interview with Dr. Joseph Bottum, Professor of Cyber-Ethics and Director of the Classics Institute at Dakota State University. We speak with Dr. Bottum about his new position, how that relates to his other writings (from his newest book "An Anxious Age" and his myriad articles reflecting the life of a public intellectual), and dive into insights both the Classics of the West and Catholic understandings of the Common Good might have for navigating our new reality.
The Fall Into Politics: An Interview with Dr. Jacob Howland, McFarlin Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tulsa. In this interview, we explore the ancestry of Catholic Social Teaching by discussing its Greek and Jewish philosophical fore-bearers. Dr. Howland demonstrates this commonality by relating the fall from the Garden of Eden in Jewish thought with the transition from the "well ordered city" to the "feverish city" in Plato.
Not An Adjective But A Universe: Evangelization In An Age of Consumerism. An Interview with Dr. Timothy O'Malley, director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy in the McGrath Institute for Church Life. He teaches in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Tim stops by the show again to talk about Evangelization in America, his recent trip to a "New Evangelization" conference in Poland, and his new book, "Bored Again Catholic."
The Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands: An Interview with Dr. Bryan Cross on Creation and the Justice Due Our Fellow Creatures. Dr. Bryan Cross is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA. He joins us today to speak about the difference the Common Good and Catholic Social Teaching make when considering "environmentalism" or "nature." Regard as Creation, and seen as a "mutual harmony" between creatures, the flavor of the discussion changes dramatically. Utilizing Pope Francis's encyclical "Laudato Si," the conversation digs deep into why this truly is not an issue that can be contained to or by one "political side."
Blessed Be The Sewers: Local Initiatives, Municipal Resources, and How To Rethink the Common Good in a Concrete Manner. Bo and Bud explore the ways we sometimes overthink or neglect the day-to-day way we show each other charity, civic unity, and the blessings that living a common life have.
The Eviscerated Middle: An Interview with Jared Schumacher and Fr. Aaron Wessman. Fr. Aaron and Jared describe the lessons they have learned, personally and academically, about the relationship between Secularism and the Church while studying at the University of Leuven in Belgium. Jared studies Church-State relations there, and is a convert. Fr. Aaron studies Secularism and Missionary work there, and is a Priest of the Glenmary Home Missioners.
Plundering The Egyptian's Gold: An Interview with Dr. Adam DeVille On the Christian Practice of Using Pagan Writings and Resources Outside the Tradition For the Sake of Truth. An Interview With Dr. Adam DeVille, Chair, Philosophy & Theology; Associate Professor; Program Director, Master of Arts in Theology at University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana regarding the long tradition of Christians using the treasure of "outside resources" to make sense of the Truth of the Faith. We look not only on the Early Church's use of Greek Philosophy, but explore the Medieval adoption of Islamic sources, and modern engagements with the likes of Freud and Nietzsche. Plus, another great moments in Church History.
The War of the Lamb Against the Prince of This World: An Interview With Adam Storey About Christ's Easter Offensive and the Resurrection. Adam Storey is the Vice Chancellor and Director Marriage and Family Life Office at Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines. We talk to him not only about how "militant imagery" surrounding Easter in the Early Church strikes him as a combat veteran, but what such imagery has to say about how we should celebrate Easter, along with hot takes regarding Ham intake during the Octave and pot shots at Easter Eggs. Also: a one of the greatest great moments.
A Walk Through Holy Week: An Interview with Dr. Matthew Umbarger Regarding His Recent Trip to the Holy Land. Dr. Umbarger, an UnCommon Good All-Star, recently lead a tour through the Holy Land. With those memories fresh in his mind, we ask him to reflect on the physical places Jesus walked during Holy Week, and what insights they have for us as we journey with Christ to His Cross and Empty Tomb this week.
Radio Cross-Over!!! The Man UP! show pays a visit to us. Joe and Fr. Zach are known for their Man UP! show on Iowa Catholic radio, and after having us on their show Monday, we returned the favor and had them on as well! The role of Spiritual and Biological Fatherhood was the main points of discussion, with plenty of jokes in between, and a March Madness themed "Great Moments in Church History."
The City of God Cannot Leave the City of Man Alone: An Interview with Dr. Tim O'Malley. Bo Bonner and Bud Marr welcome Dr. Tim O'Malley, Director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy at the McGrath Institute for Church Life. What does the liturgy, family and social life have in common? The guys ask an expert, and before you know it, talking about our crazy children gets involved. Don't miss it!
Redeeming the Time: How Liturgical Time Shapes Civic Time. Thoughts On the Christmas Octave and Christian Social Understanding. Ecclesial vs. Civic Liturgies and Our Understanding of the Passage of Time.
At The Movies: An Interview with the Catholic Movie Guy, Steve Wichmer. A discussion of how movies (and other art) informs and is informed by the common good, with examples from specific movies. One of the "Greatest Moments" in Church history, and dulcet music from the season.
Economic Solidarity: Allowing the Church to Mold Our Economic Vision, With Gabriel Sanchez, Attorney with expertise in Aviation and Commerce Law, Editor at Angelus Press, and Author of the blog opuspublicum.com. A conversation with Gabriel about how events in his life opened him to the teachings of the Church in economic matters, and how our understanding of economics must be a witness to both "liberals" and "conservatives" in the culture.