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 [email protected] and find out more at ascensionpress.com/askfrjosh.

Episodes

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    Working Moms, Quitting Smoking, and Can We Lose Our Salvation

    September 11th, 2018  |  34 mins 54 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about the Catholic teaching on salvation, how to quit smoking, and struggles with being a working mother. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at [email protected]. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

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    Lust, Reading Scripture, Lying, and Jehovah’s Witnesses

    September 4th, 2018  |  37 mins 15 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about struggling with lustful thoughts, guidance on how to read Scripture, if lying is ever OK, and what to do when Jehovah’s Witnesses knock on your door. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at [email protected]. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

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    Virgin Mary, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), and Discerning Vocation while Experiencing Same-Sex Attraction

    August 28th, 2018  |  37 mins 47 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about the Catholic view of the Virgin Mary, problems with IVF, and how to discern your vocation while experiencing same-sex attraction. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at [email protected]. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

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    Living in Sin, Dating, Forgiving Oneself, and Jealousy

    August 21st, 2018  |  42 mins 20 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about how to respond to family members who are living an openly sinful lifestyle, feeling left out and bitter trying to date while remaining holy, forgiving oneself after not baptizing a child, and jealousy over a co-worker getting a better job. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at [email protected]. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

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    Hormone Replacement Therapy, 30 Years Since Last Confession, When Do We Receive Our Souls

    August 14th, 2018  |  34 mins 36 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about transitioning from male to female, concerns about going to confession for the first time in 30 years, and when a person’s soul is created.

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    Childhood Abuse, Anxiety, Converting to Catholicism, Father Abandonment, and Communion Cup

    August 7th, 2018  |  37 mins 52 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about following the commandment to honor your parents when it comes to childhood abuse, living with chronic anxiety, being the first in a family to convert to Catholicism, dealing with absent fathers, and avoiding the communion cup during flu season. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at [email protected]. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

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    The Bible, Masturbation, Honeymoon Abstinence, and Holy Communion

    July 31st, 2018  |  37 mins 15 secs

    Fr. Josh answers questions about fertile honeymooners, self-gratification, cannon law, and the (supposed) decline of morality since biblical times.

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    Divorce, Going to Hell, and Being Angry at God

    July 24th, 2018  |  41 mins 38 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about contested divorce, if mortal sin automatically leads to hell without confession, and if anger at God is a sin. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at [email protected]. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

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    Racism, Non-Catholic Bible Studies, Organ Donation, and Plastic Surgery

    July 17th, 2018  |  40 mins 30 secs

    Fr. Josh answers questions about racism in the United States, attending non-Catholic Bible studies, organ donation, and plastic surgery. If you have a question, comment, or a response for Fr. Josh, email us at [email protected]. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

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    Is Your Spouse Your Friend, How to Be Catholic at Work, Is Sex Just to Make Babies, and Healing from Past Dating Wounds

    July 10th, 2018  |  32 mins 19 secs

    Fr. Josh answers questions about being friends with your spouse, living out your Catholic faith in a secular workplace, whether sex is just for having babies, and how to heal from past dating wounds. If you have a question, comment, or a response for Fr. Josh, email us at [email protected]. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

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    Vasectomies, Death of a Family Member, Prayer Journaling, and Gay Relationships

    July 3rd, 2018  |  42 mins 15 secs

    Fr. Josh answers questions about what to do if you had a vasectomy prior to having a conversion, how to regain faith after the death of a loved one, prayer journaling, and gay relationships within your family. If you have a question, comment, or a response for Fr. Josh, email us at [email protected]. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

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    Infant Baptism, Ending Friendships, and Purgatory

    June 26th, 2018  |  34 mins 54 secs

    Fr. Josh answers questions about baptizing infants, ending friendships, and the purpose of Purgatory.
    If you have a question, comment, or a response for Fr. Josh, email us at [email protected]. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

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    Infidelity, Venial Sins, Letting Go, and Anger

    June 19th, 2018  |  35 mins 26 secs

    Fr. Josh answers questions about infidelity and divorce, confessing venial sins, letting go, and feeling anger towards others. If you have a question, comment, or a response for Fr. Josh, email us at [email protected]. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

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    Pope Francis, Priests Playing Favorites, and Celibacy

    June 12th, 2018  |  35 mins 14 secs

    Fr. Josh answers questions about Pope Francis and the media, priests playing favorites with parishioners, and dealing with celibacy as a priest. If you have a question, comment, or a response for Fr. Josh, email us at [email protected]. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

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    Game of Thrones, Fallen-Away Catholics, and Discernment

    June 6th, 2018  |  34 mins 8 secs

    Fr. Josh talks about Game of Thrones, fallen-away Catholics, and discernment.

    Glory Story (3:01)

    Game of Thrones (7:36)

    Fr. Josh, is it immoral to watch Game of Thrones? I have several Catholic friends who watch this show and claim that despite the explicit sex, nudity, innuendos, and violence, their spiritual life is not impacted. Most of them don’t even fast forward through the scenes. They claim the storyline is completely worth it. While I don’t argue with the exciting plot, I think watching this, especially as a Catholic is immoral. It is basically pornography, and it promotes the objectification of people. In short, the end doesn't justify the means. Am I being too picky, or as Catholics should we be more careful about the TV shows and movies we watch?

    -Michael

    Fallen-Away Catholics (16:32)

    What would be your advice on how to reach my 21 year old son who has left the Catholic faith?

    -Patricia

    Discernment (23:17)

    How did your family handle you becoming a priest? What about if you were an only child and your parents were hoping for grandchildren? Couldn’t it seem selfish for you to ignore what they want to pursue what you want? How would you deal with disappointing them?

    -John

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    The Eucharist, Relationship Standards, and Smoking Weed

    June 6th, 2018  |  34 mins 52 secs

    Fr. Josh talks about the Eucharist, relationship standards when it comes to faith, and the morality of smoking weed.

    Glory Story (5:50)

    Smoking Weed (10:30)

    I know a lot of Catholic friends who are fine with smoking pot. They say that they can do it in moderation just like drinking alcohol. If it were to become legal, would it be ok to smoke occasionally? If not, how is it different than drinking alcohol?

    -Aaron

    The Eucharist (18:18)

    Why must we believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist?

    -Teresia

    Relationship Standards (26:07)

    In searching for a partner, how important is intellectual compatibility and spiritual compatibility in the long run? Is it sufficient if the other person is just mildly Catholic or is it important for him to match my spiritual level? I am new to the dating scene and I prefer someone who is serious about his faith, who is willing to grow and learn with me, who can discuss theology. But all my friends say if the guy is a good person with a good job and good family background, it's enough to proceed with the relationship. No need to be picky about the spiritual level? What do you think?

    Denise