The Birth And Growth of Islam: Part I

with Fr. Conrad Murphy

The first of a three part series, Fr. Conrad Murphy unravels the complex relation between Islam and Christianity from its very beginning. From one man, Mohammed, claiming to have had visions from the Angel Gabriel, to a rapidly spreading religion, Islam quickly came into contact with Christianity. Just how was the latter treated by the former initially? Listen up for more. . .

Further Resources:

  1. Online video: Islam’s History & theology by Dr. William Marshner, S.T.D., 2015.
  2. Online: Busted Halo’s article How is Catholicism Different From Islam?
  3. Online: Catholic Answer’s article Do Muslims Worship the Same God As Catholics Do?
  4. Online: Bishop Barron’s article Muslims, Christians, and Secularists
  5. Online: Peter Kreeft’s Comparing Christianity and Islam

Does the Problem of Evil Negate God’s Existence: Part II on Moral Evil

with Fr. Austin Litke, OP

Having already discussed physical evil in Part I, Fr. Austin Litke next tackles the existence of moral evil and what it is. If there were truly an all powerful, all knowing and merciful God, why did He create a Universe in which people could choose wrong? This commonly asked and difficult question, however, lays the groundwork for an unexpected conclusion.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Peter Kreeft essay on The Problem of Evil
  2. Online: Strange Notions on Turning the Problem of Evil on Its Head
  3. Online: St. Augustine, Enchiridion, 11-14.
  4. St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa contra Gentiles, III, 71.

Blessed King Charlemagne: A Man Who Knew His Place

with Fr. Joseph Rampino

From ruler of a Barbarian tribe, to King of an unified Empire, Charlemagne’s great impact on European and Christian history is little known.

Further Resources:

  1. Online:  Letters of Charlemagne.  Example here:
  2. Book:  The Life of Charlemagne, by Einhard the Frank, with foreword by Walfried Strabo, written shortly after the death of Charlemagne in 814 A.D.  Link to the book on amazon:  
  3. Online:  Catholic Encyclopedia article on Charlemagne.
  4. Online:  Slideshow of Carolingian manuscripts (i.e. from the time of Charlemagne).
  5. Book:  Detailed information on the life of Charlemagne: “A History of Christendom, Vol II: The Building of Christendom,” by Dr. Warren Carroll (Front Royal: Christendom College Press, 1987).  Link to the book on amazon:

Does the Problem of Evil Negate God’s Existence: Part I on Physical Evil

with Fr. Austin Litke, OP

How can one respond to the problem of evil, a part of the atheist arsenal of argumentation for centuries? Evil perhaps constitutes the strongest argument against the existence of God still today. Is that it, or is there any kind of sufficient response showing the contrary? Yes there is! Listen here for the first of two episodes formulating that response.

Further Resources:


  1. Peter Kreeft essay:
  2. Strange Notions blog:
  3. St. Augustine, Enchiridion, 11-14:
  4. St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa contra Gentiles, III, 71:

Prayer Life: Where to Begin

with Fr. George Elliott

For someone who never runs, it’s improbable they will be able to hop up and run a marathon. To achieve such a feat, the aspiring runner must start running routinely, daily, and little by little. The same applies for the prayer life: we can neither be over-zealous nor under-motivated. A prayer life takes intentional and consistent effort which then builds a habit. Explore in this episode ways to pray and how to intertwine it into daily life.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Any of the prayers listed on EWTN’s Website
  2. Book: The Pieta Prayer Book
  3. Book: Midwest Theological Forum’s The Handbook of Prayers
  4. Book: Thomas a Kempis’s The Imitation of Christ
  5. Book: Any of the Dynamic Catholic books

Justice: To Do What Is Due

with Fr. Robert Rodgers

Today more than ever opposite parties, in and outside of a courtroom, both clamor in the name of justice.  Can justice truly belong to both sides? Are we “due” something simply because we claim to have the “right”? Discover in this episode why that is not the case, and just what just means . . . Catholic Bytes even ventures to call it virtue . . .

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Catholic Encyclopedia on Justice
  2. Online: Pope Benedict XVI’s Encyclical Caritas in Veritate  
  3. Book: Josef Pieper’s The Four Cardinal Virtues

A Soldier On and Off the Battlefield

with Fr. George Elliott

With the high aspiration to become a hermit at a very young age, the life of St. Martin of Tours took an unanticipated turn when he was required to complete military service for the emperor. Although he was unable to follow his religious ambitions, Martin quickly became known for his great virtue amongst his fellow soldiers. His desire to serve Christ was often expressed in unison with his identity as a military man saying that first and foremost he was a soldier for Christ.

Historical Evidence For an Essential Tenet of the Faith: Resurrection

with Fr. Christian Irdi

“If Christ has not been raised, then your faith is in vain.” (1 Cor 15:14). The Resurrection, in fact, is the thing on which the faith stands or falls so whether it happened or not is tantamount for believers. Discover here just why the Resurrection of Christ is so important, what exactly it is, and the historical evidence to make it credible.

Further Resources:

  1. Online: William Lane Craig’s article Jesus’ Resurrection
  2. Online Audio: Dr. Steven Smith’s The Resurrection of Jesus: Fact or Fiction?
  3. Online: Peter Kraft’s article Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ
  4. Online: Dr. Gary Gromacki’s series of articles The Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
  5. Online: American Thinker’s article The Historicity of the Resurrection of Christ
  6. Online: Harvard Icthus’s article He Is Risen

Capital Punishment: Dehumanizes or Defends Society?

with Fr. Scott Murray

Why would the Church oppose what appears to be the most effective way of deterring crime, that is, capital punishment? It seems only just to take the life of a killer, “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth.”  Learn why the Church believes it dehumanizes society and thus should not be permitted, except when…

Further Resources:

  1. Online: Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Death Penalty
  2. Online: John Paul II’s Encyclical Evangelium Vitae
  3. Online: Fr. Thomas Williams’s Capital Punishment and the Just Society
  4. Online: Colin Donovan’s article Capital Punishment – the Pope’s Position
  5. Online: Catholic Answer’s article Did the Church Change Its Teaching on the Death Penalty?
  6. Online: USCCB’s page on the Death Penalty