Ask Father Josh (Your Catholic Question and Answer Podcast)

Fr. Josh helps you navigate the tricky times in life when our Catholic Faith doesn’t give you an easy, “fill-in-the blank” answer.

About the show

Ask Fr. Josh is the podcast where I hear you out and do my best to help you navigate the tricky times in life when our Catholic Faith doesn’t give you an easy “fill-in-the blank” answer. On this show, we’ll listen to one another, problem solve together, and ultimately entrust everything to our Lord. If this is your first time tuning in, here’s how the show goes: Each episode, I'll address three to four of your questions. I’ll cover everything from Catholic teaching to moral dilemmas to relationship advice. I'm not perfect, and I can’t guarantee that my advice is going to make things easy, but I'll do my best to share what I've learned during my time as a priest, pastor, and friend. Email me your questions at askfrjosh@ascensionpress.com and find out more at ascensionpress.com/askfrjosh.

Episodes

  • Holding Hands During the Our Father, Loss of Zeal, and Rap

    September 10th, 2019  |  37 mins 12 secs
    catholic, catholic mass, discernment, dry prayer, fr. josh johnson, holding hands, holding hands during our father, lord's prayer, mass, our father, rapping priest, religious sister, spiritual life

    Fr. Josh answers questions about holding hands when we say the Our Father during Mass, what to do about a dry spiritual life, and whether it’s possible to reconcile a love of rap and a religious vocation.

  • Suicide, Allergic to the Eucharist, and NFP for At-Risk Pregnancy

    September 3rd, 2019  |  27 mins 51 secs
    catholic, catholic church, catholicism, christianity, eucharist, fr. josh johnson, funny priest, god, hell, natural family planning, nfp, praying, priest, religion, saints, sin, suffering, suicide

    Fr. Josh addresses questions about the salvation of family members who have committed suicide, what to do if a person is allergic to the Eucharist (Body and Blood), and whether natural family planning is still a good choice for women with health issues that would make pregnancy potentially life-threatening.

  • Be My Guest: Kevin McCall, Asking for Signs, and the Holy Spirit

    August 27th, 2019  |  40 mins
    catholic, catholic answers, catholic church, catholic prayers, catholic priest, catholic teaching, discernment, faith, fr. josh, funny priest, holy spirit, pray, prayer, priest, signs from god, spirituality

    Fr. Josh and Kevin McCall answer questions about prayer, asking God for signs, and how to have a relationship with the Holy Spirit.

  • Be My Guest: Avera Maria Santo, Homosexuality, and Finding Happiness

    August 20th, 2019  |  44 mins 16 secs
    avera maria santo, catholic, catholic church, catholic identity, christ, fr. josh johnson, gay, homosexuality, jesus, lgbt, priest, same sex attraction

    Avera Maria Santo and Fr. Josh answer questions about choosing a vocation when experiencing gender dysphoria and how to respond to a family member in a same-sex relationship. Avera also shares her story about same-sex attraction and finding her identity as a beloved daughter of God.

  • Selfishness, Daily Mass, and Talking to Family About Religious Discernment

    August 13th, 2019  |  29 mins 29 secs
    catholic, catholic answers, catholic church, catholic family, daily mass, family, funny priest, missing daily mass, priest, religious discernment, religious life, scrupulous, selfish, seminary

    Fr. Josh answers questions about how to stop being selfish in relationships, whether it’s better to prioritize personal prayer or daily Mass, and how to tell family you’re thinking about entering seminary or religious life.

  • Forgiving Deep Wounds Caused by Family, Praying for Souls in Purgatory, and Tired of Praying

    August 6th, 2019  |  37 mins 55 secs
    catholic, catholic answers, catholic church, catholic prayers, catholic priest, catholic teaching, family wounds, prayer, priest, purgatory, questions about religion, rosary, wounds

    Fr. Josh answers questions about how to forgive deep wounds caused by family members, what to do if you’ve grown bored with prayer, and what are some prayers we can say for souls in purgatory. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at askfrjosh@ascensionpress.com. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

  • Baptisms with Same-Sex Parents, Helping Family Understand Church Teachings, and Overwhelming Guilt

    July 30th, 2019  |  32 mins 44 secs
    adoration, baptism, baptized, catholic, catholic answers, catholic guilt, catholic prayer, catholic priest, eucharist, evangelization, funny priest, infant baptism, prayer, priest, same sex couples

    Fr. Josh answers questions about how to respond to a same-sex couple who wants their child baptized, how to help family understand Church teaching, and how to stop feeling guilty about sins from the past.

  • Prayer Transcending Time, Married Priests, and Checking Someone Out

    July 23rd, 2019  |  25 mins 59 secs
    attraction, catholic, catholic answers, catholic church, checking someone out, christian, disciples, fr josh, lust, married priests, prayer, praying, priest, questions for catholics, religion, saint, saints, sin

    Fr. Josh answers questions about if our prayers can apply to people who are no longer alive, why there are priests who have been married, and if it’s OK to check someone out.

  • Scrupulosity, Bad Confession Experiences, and Young People Leaving the Church

    July 16th, 2019  |  32 mins 45 secs
    bad confession, bad priests, catholic, catholic answers, catholic church, catholicism, church, leaving the church, priest, scrupulosity

    Fr. Josh answers questions about whether bad confession experiences are valid, how to avoid scrupulosity (obsession with avoiding sin), and how to invite people back to the Church. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at askfrjosh@ascensionpress.com. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

  • Praying to the Saints, the Communion Fast, and Confession “Hopping”

    July 9th, 2019  |  33 mins 11 secs
    apologetics, catholic, catholic answers, catholic church, catholic prayer, catholic questions, catholicism, communion, confession, eucharist, fr. josh, priest, reconciliation, saint, saints

    Fr. Josh answers questions about why praying to the saints is different from worshiping them, how to remind people about the fast before receiving Communion, and whether it’s OK to go to a different parish for confession (so you don’t have to go to your pastor).

  • Traditional Latin Mass, Witchcraft, and Mystic Visions

    July 2nd, 2019  |  30 mins 36 secs
    catholic, catholic answers, catholic liturgy, catholic mass, different saints, funny priest, latin mass, liturgy, mass, mystic visions, occult, priest, saints, tradition, traditional latin mass, witchcraft

    Fr. Josh answers questions about why some Catholics seem to think traditional Latin Mass is better than the Norvus Ordo, whether witchcraft is demonic or fake, and why only some saints have mystic visions. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at askfrjosh@ascensionpress.com. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

  • All About Alcohol: Drunkenness, Underage Drinking, and Whisky for Teething Babies

    June 25th, 2019  |  32 mins 59 secs
    alcohol, catholic, catholic answers, catholic church, catholic podcast, catholic priest, catholics and alcohol, drinking, drinking responsibly, drunk, fr. josh, mortal sin, sin, underage drinking

    Fr. Josh answers questions all about drinking alcohol including: Do I need to go to confession after drinking? Is it OK to drink underage? What if I get drunk without intending to? Is that old wives tale of rubbing whiskey on a teething baby’s gums safe?

  • Same-Sex Love, Boycotting Netflix, Leaving the Priesthood

    June 18th, 2019  |  40 mins 37 secs
    catholic, catholic answers, catholic church, catholicism, conscientious consumer, health and homosexuality, homosexual catholics, leaving the priesthood, priest, priesthood, same-sex relationships

    DISCLAIMER: Fr. Josh dives deep into details about the first question on same-sex love. Especially for parents listening with children in the car, please discern whether or not your child is ready to hear about the specifics of homosexual intercourse.
    Fr. Josh answers questions about why the Catholic Church cannot support same-sex relationships, how to be a conscientious consumer without being overly scrupulous, and what happens to priests who leave the priesthood.
    If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at askfrjosh@ascensionpress.com. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

  • TV Mass, Cafeteria Catholics, and Finding Happiness When Depressed

    June 11th, 2019  |  40 mins 48 secs
    abuse, apologetics, cafeteria catholic, catholic, catholic teaching, depressed, depression, evangelization, healing from abuse, healing from trauma, jesus, missing mass, tv mass

    Fr. Josh answers questions about if watching Mass on television fulfills our Sunday obligation, how to find happiness when depressed from past trauma, and how to talk with “cafeteria Catholics” who pick and choose which parts of the Faith to follow.

    If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at askfrjosh@ascensionpress.com. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

  • What Does Hell Look Like, Was Peter the First Pope, and a Follow Up to Spiritual Intimacy

    June 4th, 2019  |  35 mins 19 secs
    bible, catholic, catholic answers, catholic church, catholic theology, catholicism, dante's inferno, funny priest, hell, holiness, pope, priest, saints, spiritual intimacy, st. peter, theology, walk towards eternity

    Today Fr. Josh dives into some theology today as he answers questions about whether hell looks like Dante’s Inferno, why Peter was the first pope, and what kinds of spiritual intimacy are prudent before marriage. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at askfrjosh@ascensionpress.com. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

  • Original Sin, Explicit Music, State of Life Vocations, and Can Priests and Women Be Friends

    May 28th, 2019  |  45 mins 39 secs
    baptism, called to marriage, catholic, catholic answers, catholic church, catholicism, fr josh, friendship, funny priest, marriage, original sin, priests, questions about catholics, sacraments, sin, soul mate, vocation

    Today Fr. Josh answers questions about how we become stained by original sin, listening to music with explicit lyrics, if feeling called to marriage means you will find a spouse, and if a friendship between a priest and a woman is appropriate. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at askfrjosh@ascensionpress.com. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!