Grassroots Catholicism

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by Paul Brock  •  •  April 26, 2020   

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Online podcasting is bigger than ever before, including in the Catholic world.

For the first time ever, the total number of people 12 and older who have listened to a podcast has surpassed 50%.

In 2019, 70% of Americans said they were familiar with the term "podcasting."

For this week's episode of Mic'd Up, Michael Voris interviews Paul and Kris Ciaccia, hosts of The Angry Catholic Show.

Since roughly 90% of Americans say they have some belief in a higher power, it makes sense that the most popular podcast category is religion and spirituality.

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Unfortunately, in the podcast world, Christianity largely takes a back seat to New Age, self-help discussion.

Even within the Christian podcast subset, the same self-help mindset dominates, except it operates under the guise of being a believer.

Anyone interested in exploring Catholic podcasts has to do some digging to find orthodoxy; even the Catholic niche is dominated by a watered-down approach to evangelization.

These grassroots Catholic outlets give their audiences the fullness of Church teaching, not watered-down, half-truths.

Many Catholic podcasters deliver some truths of the Faith, but avoid more controversial truths that don't fit their worldview. As a consequence, many people seeking the truth online aren't receiving the proper catechesis they are seeking.

Though hard to find, the good guys are out there — for example, Sensus Fidelium and the up-and-coming Restoring the Faith Media are laudable sources of solid Catholic content.

These grassroots Catholic outlets give their audiences the fullness of Church teaching, not watered-down half-truths.

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