The Busted Halo Show with Catholic priest Father Dave Dwyer, CSP, is an informative and entertaining take on the Catholic faith. Father Dave and team answer your questions of faith and tackle current issues in our world while having some laughs along the way! This podcast features excerpts from the…
It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the divisions in our world, especially with issues regarding race. Friends of the Busted Halo Show Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith and Lori Stanley Roeleveld help Christians start to heal these wounds in our communities with their new book, “Colorful Connections: 12 Questions About Race That Open Healthy Conversations.”
Many Catholics want to have a deeper understanding of the Bible, but are intimidated to just dive in. Father Dave welcomes back friend of the show Meg Hunter-Kilmer to discuss her method of reading the Bible in her new book, “A Year in the Word: Catholic Bible Journal.”
We all try to avoid sin, but sometimes it is hard to determine wrongdoing from healthy behavior. A listener named Fred asks Father Dave, “I'm having trouble wrapping my head around the sin of pride…is [the sin] all pride or just too much pride?” Fred expresses his pride in his work and family, and wonders if that could be considered sinful.
Some listeners of a certain age may still best know Kirk Cameron as the charming Mike Seaver from the 1980s sitcom “Growing Pains.” But since then, he has invested his time and energy into faith and family-focused films, television shows, and live events. He joins the Busted Halo Show to discuss his latest movie called “Lifemark,” which centers on adoption. Cameron is an executive producer and plays the adoptive father in the film.
A listener named Ray has a question for Father Dave about a recent experience he had during the Sacrament of Reconciliation. He asks, “Lately when I go to Confession, the priest does not ask me to say the act of contrition. Is this new?”
While Father Dave normally interviews guests every night on the Busted Halo Show, guest co-host Kathryn Whitaker turns the tables! Kathryn is a Catholic speaker, author, and friend of the show, and Father Dave answers her questions along with ones she crowdsourced from social media.
As we send kids back to school this fall, Heather Avis joins the show to help us share kindness with all those we encounter. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Different - A Great Thing to Be!” as well as the founder of The Lucky Few, a social awareness brand on a mission to make a more inclusive and loving world, with an emphasis on shifting the Down syndrome narrative. Her latest children's book, also focused on these themes, is called “Everyone Belongs.”
Friend of the show Father Greg Boyle, S.J. shares stories and reflections on forgiveness in his new book, “Forgive Everyone Everything.” He has seen radical examples of mercy as the founder of Homeboy Industries, where he walks with ex-gang members looking to rebuild their lives.
Catholic families are always looking for ways to connect their kids to faith. Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak are ready to help with their recently-launched app CatholicHÔM, which stands for Households on Mission. It's a comprehensive digital platform dedicated to helping Catholic families encounter Christ in their homes.
A listener named Robert asks a question about two words we might use interchangeably: homily and sermon. He wonders, “Why do we call the homily a homily? Other denominations call it a sermon, just curious if there's a difference.”
When one hears of personal development programs, different stereotypes of self-help may come to mind. Leah Darrow joins the show to bring a Christian perspective to personal development through her new program called Power Made Perfect. She is a former model and current entrepreneur, Catholic speaker, author, and podcaster.
Sometimes questions of faith arise from simply walking into a church. A listener named Laura asks, “I'd like to learn about those candles that people light. Why do we have those little areas with racks of candles?” She continues that she knows they are for prayer intentions, but would like more information.
A Protestant listener named Sean asks Father Dave for some clarification about saints in the Catholic Church. “As I read the Epistles, Paul always mentions saints as living, breathing followers of Christ that are right there with him, and [Catholics] tend to talk about saints as first you have to die and then meet a couple other requirements…I'm hoping you can help me reconcile [that],” he asks.
As the American Church embarks on a three-year Eucharistic Revival, Dr. Timothy O'Malley joins the Busted Halo Show to discuss his new book “Becoming Eucharistic People: The Hope and Promise of Parish Life.” O'Malley is a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' executive planning team for the Revival, as well as director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life and academic director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy.
A listener named Tim asks about a common phrase you may hear at Mass: Brothers and Sisters. After 40 years as a lector, he wonders why some readings from the epistles (or Paul's letters) begin with this phrase. He also has noticed it more after 2010's changes to the translation of the Roman Missal.
As we encounter division in our culture and communities, Father Dave welcomes award-winning author and Christian Pastor Rich Villodas for a timely conversation about his new book “Good and Beautiful and Kind: Becoming Whole in a Fractured World.”
This year is the 50th anniversary of the enactment of Title IX, the civil rights law that gave countless women and girls equal access to sports and education. Samantha Kelley joins the Busted Halo Show to discuss this milestone and her organization FIERCE Athlete.
A listener named Michael asks Father Dave if John the Baptist was immaculately conceived like Mary. He wonders if this is the case because Elizabeth was older and past childbearing years, and the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was pregnant with John the Baptist.
A listener named Jack asks Father Dave if it is possible for him to become a priest after having his marriage annulled. Jack explains that he had thoughts of becoming a priest before getting married, and now that his marriage is annulled, those thoughts have returned. He also shares that he has a son under the age of 18, and wonders if the Church would allow him to pursue priesthood at this time.
A listener named Katie asks why the Catholic Church doesn't sing Christmas carols or hymns until Christmas Eve. She has noticed that we sing the same few songs during Advent (Like “O'Come O'Come Emmanuel”), but Christmas songs such as “Silent Night” or “O Holy Night” are not sung until Christmas Eve.
With so much in the news about rising COVID-19 cases and vaccination efforts, Theologian Brett Salkeld stops by the show to discuss the ethics of vaccines, mandates, and religious exemptions in the midst of the ongoing pandemic.
A listener named Kenny asks if salvation is possible for all people. He shares that his girlfriend is Catholic while he is Protestant. His girlfriend believes that the Catholic Church teaches that all people go to heaven, no matter their religion, as long as they are good people. Kenny asks if this is true.
This summer, the Dominican Order celebrated 800 years since the death of their founder, Saint Dominic. Dominican Priest Father Patrick Mary Briscoe chats with Father Dave about his new book, “Saint. Dominic's Way of Life: A Path to Knowing and Loving God.”
Linda Znachko, founder of He Knows Your Name Ministries discusses her work honoring the life and dignity of every child, and highlights the importance of initiatives like the Safe Haven Baby Box program to prevent unnecessary infant abandonment or death.