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Kresta in the Afternoon – June 30, 2021 – Hour 1

Joe Heschmeyer explains the meaning and importance of the papacy.

Social Science Apologetics: Unsurprisingly, Most Catholics Are Fine with Cohabitation

A new study from Pew reveals something that shouldn’t surprise anyone – acceptance for cohabitation, even for couples who don’t plan to get married, is at an all-time high. The practice is widely accepted among self-identified Catholics; nearly three-quarters of those surveyed said they don’t have a problem with it. What is the pastoral approach to this matter? We talk with Greg Popcak.

Survey says: Most Catholics in US reject Church teaching on cohabitation

Dr. Gregory Popcak is the director of, a Catholic tele-counseling practice providing marriage & mental health counseling services to Catholics worldwide. Together with his wife Lisa Popcak, he is the author of over 20 books on relationships and spirituality. You can hear Dr. Greg and Lisa each weekday at 10am E/9C on their radio program More2Life, which is produced by Ave Maria Radio and carried by the EWTN Radio Network.

Understanding the Doctrine of the Papacy

Yesterday we celebrated the feast of Peter, our first Pope. In many ways the papacy is Catholicism’s defining doctrine but also its most divisive. From medieval pontiffs who acted like princes to a modern pope whose every casual statement sets off a social-media firestorm, there has been plenty for non-Catholics to criticize and for the faithful to feel anxious about. How can we strengthen our belief in the papacy in the face of these challenges? Joe Heschmeyer joins us.

Joe Heschmeyer is the author of Pope Peter – Defending the Church’s Most Distinctive Doctrine in a Time of Crisis. He works as a religious instructor for the Holy Family School of Faith in Kansas and was previously a litigator in Washington DC and a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Kansas City. He blogs at Shameless Popery and co-hosts The Catholic Podcast. He is also the author of Who Am I, Lord?: Finding Your Identity in Christ. He lives in Kansas City with his wife and daughter.
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