Interview with Mark Shea — What is the Church's Best-Kept Secret?
Podcast: Season 2, Episode 2
The second episode of the season has dropped. And we have our first guest!
When I was an undergraduate student studying Theology at a Catholic college, I proudly told others I was a “one-issue voter.” When I listened to speakers from Priests for Life and CatholicVote I uncritically believed everything they said about the righteousness of “my side” and the evil of the “other side.” I saw myself as unwaveringly orthodox in my beliefs and thought liberal Catholics were all heretics.
These things may sound like tropes, but I sincerely believed them at the time. It wasn’t until after college that I began to discover how little of the Church’s teaching I really knew. Mark Shea’s work played an essential role in my own process of conversion. His articles about applying the Catholic Church’s teaching to voting and politics were part of my introduction to Catholic Social Teaching.
So I was thrilled to have the opportunity to interview him!
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Paul and Dominic talk with Mark Shea about his book, The Church’s Best-Kept Secret: A Primer on Catholic Social Teaching. They discuss the four pillars of Catholic Social Teaching. They also talk about the temptation to let partisan or ideological preferences shape our perspective on the Church’s teaching rather than letting the Church’s teaching shape our political values.
Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. He is the author of numerous books including By What Authority? An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition. His articles have appeared in numerous magazines and he is known nationally for his one minute "Words of Encouragement" on Catholic radio. Shea also maintains the popular blog Stumbling Towards Heaven. In addition, Mark is an internationally known speaker on various issues in Catholic faith and life. He lives in Washington State with his wife, Janet, and their sons. He’s also the author of The Church’s Best-Kept Secret: A Primer on Catholic Social Teaching.
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