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Catholic Analysis

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Matthew Olson seeks to provide Catholic analysis of issues that matter.

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In this episode, Matthew analyzes the distinctively Christian and Catholic elements of Star Wars. ...There are a lot of them.

In this episode, Matthew lays out how Protestantism disables its adherents -- in faith, society, culture, government, and so on.

These terms -- duty, ability, and rights -- are often conflated, as a result of French and American influences. In this show, Matthew will break down the differences between them, how they relate, and how they should be respected on a practical... more

In recognition of Bastille Day, Matthew, in this special Monday episode, discusses the book that caused the French Revolution: "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" (The Dangerous Liaisons), written by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. The book --... more

In this episode, Matthew clears up a lot of the confusion and the lies about the biggest historical inquisitions, especially the one in Spain.

In this episode, Matthew briefly details the long history of anti-Catholicism in the Protestant United States of America.

In this episode, Matthew sets out to explain and detail the Crusades in both their historical and their modern context. Covered will be the origins, saints, piety, and confusion surrounding the events.

In this episode, Matthew defines "patriotism" and "nationalism". The terms, in Catholicism, are quite different: one falls under virtue, and the other falls under disorder. Matthew herein seeks to offer the (simplified) Catholic worldview on... more

In this episode, Matthew explains why libertarianism, while notable for setting out to shrink bloated government and return things to their simplest level ("subsidiarity"), can be difficult to fit into the paradigm of Catholic social... more

In this show, Matthew considers the power of media, its downsides, its potential for good, and its responsibilities to society -- all with Pope Pius XII's "Miranda Prorsus" as the backdrop.