A common misunderstanding about Catholicism is that the church has preset answers to every possible moral or theological question, and that discussion about the church’s teachings or traditions is limited to apologetics. In reality, the Catholic Church does not have a ready answer to every question, and many of its magisterial teachings have evolved and changed over time. So while memorizing definitions from a religious education class can be helpful for an elementary grasp of Catholic thought, it’s really just a first step. There’s a lot about Catholicism that is not delineated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the teaching tradition itself is filled with complexities and gray areas.
U.S. Catholic’s Glad You Asked podcast is dedicated to creating a space for questions about Catholic teaching and tradition that don’t have easy or obvious answers. In the first season of the podcast, the U.S. Catholic editors invited scholars, teachers, activists, and men and women religious to discuss some of these questions. And now the podcast is back for a second season, with a new set of intriguing questions and an exciting lineup of guests, including Elizabeth Johnson, Guy Consolmagno, Grace Ji-Sun Kim, and many more.
Glad You Asked will launch its second season on March 3. Sign up below for updates. Or subscribe on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen to podcasts.