A big congratulations to the guys over at the 15th Station Podcast Network who have just celebrated their sixth "birthday". Six years is a very long time in the podcast world and the fact that the podcast has lasted this long is a true testament to a small group's commitment and dedication to the cause. I've been a listener from the beginning and am looking forward to many more years of entertaining and informative podcasts.
If you haven't listened to the latest podcast yet, head on over to the 15th Station website and download the August 15 episode. The podcasters cover some interesting topics this month including…
- why Catholics should label themselves 'pro-choice'
- the doctor who will only prescribe contraception to those with more than 4 children
- the idea of drive-through-confession
- Pope Francis' interesting relationship with the media
Another topic they briefly talk about is how the Catholic Church holds to what is true, without exception and, just as an aside, I heard a cracking sermon on Sunday on just this topic. The priest really laid it on the line for us. He told us that Catholicism is not an a-la-carte religion where you can just pick and choose what to believe. He talked about this in relation to abortion, gay marriage and euthanasia and challenged everyone there to stand up for the truth, for what's right, no matter how uncomfortable it makes us. Rousing stuff.
And what was interesting was the number of people who came up to him after Mass and said what a great sermon it had been. I think priests are sometimes worried about offending their parishioners so they stare clear of 'controversial' topics, but if Sunday is anything to go by, people want to hear the truth preached and modelled from the pulpit.