The Roman Circus

#58 - Fr. Anthony, Zac, and Matt (ALL CAPS VERB) Ben Shapiro's New Book

#58 - Fr. Anthony, Zac, and Matt (ALL CAPS VERB) Ben Shapiro's New Book

Ep. #58! Fr. Anthony, Zac, and Matt (ALL CAPS VERB) Ben Shapiro's New Book. How does Shapiro's new book and terms like Western Civilization, the West, and Judeo-Christian values fit in and relate to Catholicism? Plus a brief breakdown of Wrestlemania 35 at the end! Tweet us...

#56 - Curious About the Curia? (Vatican Congregations)

#56 - Curious About the Curia? (Vatican Congregations)

Ep. #56! We can continue our breakdown of the inner workings of the Vatican specifically the Congregations within the Roman Curia. What is the Secretary of State? What are the Congregations? We also discuss whether facial recognition is a good or just another way they get ya! Tweet us...

#55 - Papal Diplomacy & Nuncios

#55 - Papal Diplomacy & Nuncios

Ep. #55! Archbishop Vigano's letter got us wondering...what is a nuncio? We talk about papal diplomacy and how nuncios get involved. Plus...what is the correct thing to do when meeting the Pope? Tweet us @romancircuspod, @heyitsmattbaker, @zacmabry Email us podcast@romancircusblog.com Find us...

#54 - Know Your Heresies (Part 2)

#54 - Know Your Heresies (Part 2)

Ep. #54! We give some advice to the Democrat Party and then continue our discussion on heresies. (These two things are not related in any way we promise!) Tweet us @romancircuspod, @heyitsmattbaker, @zacmabry Email us podcast@romancircusblog.com Find us on itunes. Rate and review us if you want....

#53 - Know Your Heresies (Part 1)

#53 - Know Your Heresies (Part 1)

Ep. #53! Know Your Heresies! Well more like know what not to do. We go over some of the different heresies and talk about what they are and where they came from. Tweet us @romancircuspod, @heyitsmattbaker, @zacmabry Email us podcast@romancircusblog.com Find us on itunes. Rate and review us if you...

#52 - Catholic Firsts in America

#52 - Catholic Firsts in America

Ep. #52! We talk about some of the Catholic Firsts in America. The first American dioceses, first American hospital, first American saint, and first American Catholic university! Tweet us @romancircuspod, @heyitsmattbaker, @zacmabry Email us podcast@romancircusblog.com Find us on itunes. Rate and...

#51 - Intro to the Latin Mass (Part 2)

#51 - Intro to the Latin Mass (Part 2)

Ep. #51! Intro to the Latin Mass Part 2. In Part 1 we discussed walking into the Latin Mass, and now let's talk about the actual Mass. We break down the different parts of the Latin Mass and what it will look like once it begins! Tweet us @romancircuspod, @heyitsmattbaker, @zacmabry Email us...

#50 - Money and Influence in the Church (with Professor Massimo Faggioli)

#50 - Money and Influence in the Church (with Professor Massimo Faggioli)

Ep. #50! Professor Massimo Faggioli stops by to talk about the influence of money with the Catholic Church and how different groups try to use money to gain power within the hierarchy. Here is a link to the article we referenced: https://sojo.net/magazine/march-2019/rise-catholic-right Tweet us...

#49 - Intro to the Latin Mass (Part 1)

#49 - Intro to the Latin Mass (Part 1)

Ep. #49! We get asked a lot about the Latin Mass. What should I expect? What should I do? This is my first time going, how do I do it? Etc etc. In order to help answer all those questions we are doing a 2 part series on the the Traditional Latin Mass. This episode we talk about what to expect when...

#48 - Sohrab Ahmari on His Conversion, Catholic Twitter, and Politics

#48 - Sohrab Ahmari on His Conversion, Catholic Twitter, and Politics

Ep. #48! Sohrab Ahmari stops by to talk about his new memoir "From Fire, By Water: My Journey to the Catholic Faith" as well as his battles with Catholic Twitter and a little politics. Tweet us @romancircuspod, @heyitsmattbaker, @zacmabry Email us podcast@romancurcusblog.com Find out on...

#47 - The March for Life, Politics, and Finding Hope

#47 - The March for Life, Politics, and Finding Hope

Ep. #47! The March for Life, Politics, & Finding Hope. What can we do when it seems like everything in politics is becoming less Catholic? How can we support anybody after years of terrible laws & unfulfilled promises? It's tough but we gotta talk about it. Tweet us @romancircuspod,...

#46 - Matt and Kaitlyn Answer Important Questions

#46 - Matt and Kaitlyn Answer Important Questions

Ep. #46! Zac is a very very busy man so our pal Kaitlyn Facista plays the role of fill-in Zac this week! Matt and her answer all the hard hitting questions from Twitter! Tweet us @romancircuspod, @heyitsmattbaker, @zacmabry Email us podcast@romancircusblog.com Find us on itunes. Rate and review us...

12 Days of Christmas Day 12 - Father Anthony Sciarappa

12 Days of Christmas Day 12 - Father Anthony Sciarappa

Day 12! 12 Drummers Drumming aka 12 Points of Doctrine in the Creed. Father Anthony Sciarappa joins us to break down those points, and share a laugh or two! Tweet us @romancircuspod @heyitsmattbaker @zacmabry Email us podcast@romancircusblog.com Find us on iTunes. Please rate and review us. We are...

12 Days of Christmas Day 11 - Haley Stewart

12 Days of Christmas Day 11 - Haley Stewart

Day 11! 11 Pipers Piping aka 11 Faithful Apostles. Haley Stewart joins us to talk about increasing our faithfulness along with all sorts of other things! Tweet us @romancircuspod @heyitsmattbaker @zacmabry Email us podcast@romancircusblog.com Find us on iTunes. Rate and review us if you get a...

12 Days of Christmas Day 10 - Father Dan Folwaczny

12 Days of Christmas Day 10 - Father Dan Folwaczny

Day 10! 10 Lords A Leaping aka the 10 Commandments! Father Dan Folwaczny joins us to talk about how the commandments are a good way to prepare yourself for the sacrament of Confession. Tweet us @romancircuspod @heyitsmattbaker @zacmabry Email us podcast@romancircusblog.com Find us on iTunes. Please...

12 Days of Christmas Day 9 - Theresa Zoe Williams

12 Days of Christmas Day 9 - Theresa Zoe Williams

Day 9! 9 Ladies Dancing aka the 9 (but also 12) Fruits of the Holy Spirit. Theresa Zoe Williams joins us and we break them down. We talk about modesty (kind of)!!!! And how we can work these fruits into any potential New Year's Resolutions. Tweet us @romancircuspod @heyitsmattbaker...

12 Days of Christmas Day 8 - Zac and Matt Together at Last

12 Days of Christmas Day 8 - Zac and Matt Together at Last

Day 8! 8 Maids a Milking aka the 8 Beatitudes! No guest today cause Zac and Matt are together in Dallas podcasting in the same room for the first time ever. Pretty short episode but Beatitudes are discussed nonetheless! Tweet us @romancircuspod @heyitsmattbaker @zacmabry Email us...

12 Days of Christmas Day 7 - Shea Gilliland

12 Days of Christmas Day 7 - Shea Gilliland

Day 7! 7 Swans a Swimming aka the 7 Sacraments! We are joined by former Angelican cleric and current Catholic convert Shea Gilliland to discuss the Angelican view of the Sacraments vs the Catholic view of the Sacraments. Tweet us @romancircuspod @heyitsmattbaker @zacmabry Email us...

12 Days of Christmas Day 6 - Sarah Vabulas

12 Days of Christmas Day 6 - Sarah Vabulas

Day 6! 6 Geese A-laying aka the 6 Days of Creation. Sarah Vabulas stops by to chat and her an Zac try to determine what drinks would be appropriate for each of the days! Tweet us @romancircuspod @heyitsmattbaker @zacmabry Email us podcast@romancircusblog.com Find us on iTunes. Please rate and...

12 Days of Christmas Day 5 - Kaitlyn Facista

12 Days of Christmas Day 5 - Kaitlyn Facista

Day 5! 5 Golden Rings aka the the first 5 Books of the Old Testament. You know if we are gonna talk golden rings then we have to do it with #1 Lord of the Rings fan Kaitlyn Facista! Tweet us @romancircuspod, @heyitsmattbaker, @zacmabry Email us podcast@romancircusblog.com Find us on iTunes. Please...

12 Days of Christmas Day 4 - Tommy Tighe and Steve the Missionary

12 Days of Christmas Day 4 - Tommy Tighe and Steve the Missionary

Day 4! 4 Calling Birds. Tommy Tighe and Steve the Missionary join us to talk about the 4 Evangelists. Tweet us @romancircuspod, @romancircusnews, @heyitsmattbaker, @zacmabry Email us podcast@romancircusblog.com Find us on itunes. Rate and review us if you want. You can also find us on podbean,...

12 Days of Christmas Day 3 - Katie Prejean McGrady

12 Days of Christmas Day 3 - Katie Prejean McGrady

12 Days of Christmas Day 3! Katie Prejean McGrady joins us to discuss the three theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity. Plus she yells at Zac because he has never watched The Office or Parks and Rec. Tweet us @romancircuspod, @romancircusnews, @heyitsmattbaker, @zacmabry Email us...

12 Days of Christmas Day 2 - Father Harrison Ayre

12 Days of Christmas Day 2 - Father Harrison Ayre

12 Days of Christmas Day 2! 2 Turtle Doves aka the Old & New Testaments. Father Harrison Ayre joins us to talk about how you need to read the Old in order to understand the New. Tweet us @romancircuspod, @heyitsmattbaker, @zacmabry Email us podcast@romancircusblog.com Find us on iTunes where...

12 Days of Christmas Day 1 - Dadinista Jake

12 Days of Christmas Day 1 - Dadinista Jake

12 Days of Christmas Day 1! A Partridge in a Pear Tree! Dadinista Jake is back on to chat with us about his conversion from growing up to Jewish to Catholicism. A great beginning to the 12 days of Christmas with a great friend. Tweet us @romancircuspod, @heyitsmattbaker, @zacmabry Email...

#45 - A Very Helmick Christmas Podcast

#45 - A Very Helmick Christmas Podcast

Ep. #45! We are joined by basically our most favorite people The Helmicks (Kyle and Carey)! We talk about Christmas traditions and it is awesome. Tweet us @romancircuspod, @romancircusnews, @heyitsmattbaker, @zacmabry Email us podcast@romancircusblog.com Find us on itunes. Rate and review us if you...

#44 - Indulge Us on Purgatory

#44 - Indulge Us on Purgatory

Ep. 44! It is the Second Week of Advent and we take some time to discuss purgatory and indulgences. These are definitely things to be celebrated even though we might not have learned much about them growing up. Tweet us @romancircuspod, @romancircusnews, @heyitsmattbaker, @zacmabry Email us...

#43 - Ross and The Lost WASPs

#43 - Ross and The Lost WASPs

Ep. #43! We start talking about Ross Douthat's controversial NYT article "Why We Miss the WASPs" and end up talking about it for the entire episode! Spoiler: We don't hate it. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/05/opinion/george-bush-wasps.html Tweet us @romancircuspod,...

#42 - Update on the Scandals & Some Advent Chat

#42 - Update on the Scandals & Some Advent Chat

Ep. #42! We give an update on what has been happening in the Church and the USCCB. Then we go into some stuff about Advent. It starts on Sunday! Get pumped! Tweet us @romancircuspod, @romancircusnews, @heyitsmattbaker, @zacmabry Email us podcast@romancircusblog.com Find us on itunes. Rate and...

#41 - Speaking Clerically with Fr. Tim Grumbach

#41 - Speaking Clerically with Fr. Tim Grumbach

Ep. #41! Speaking Clerically with Fr. Tim Grumbach! Fr. Tim gives us a podcast homily, we talk about the moment he knew he was called to be a priest, liturgical music, and wearing his clerics at Disneyand. He is a great priest and a great man. Tweet us @romancircuspod, @romancircusnews,...

#40 - Amazing (Actual and Sanctifying) Grace! (with Clement Tha Man)

#40 - Amazing (Actual and Sanctifying) Grace! (with Clement Tha Man)

Ep. #40! Let's talk about actual vs sanctifying grace! What is the difference? Then we hear an example of that grace when Clement Tha Man tells us about his conversion to Catholicism! Plus Zac name drops a lot of people from his trip to DC! Tweet us @romancircuspod, @romancircusnews,...

#39 - Hark! The Catholic Herald Sings! (with Michael Davis)

#39 - Hark! The Catholic Herald Sings! (with Michael Davis)

Ep. #39! The US Editor of the Catholic Herald Michael Davis (@MichaelWTDavis) joins us to talk about the upcoming debut of the Catholic Herald US! We discuss their writers, their goals for the publication in the US, some of the challenges and opportunities surrounding the reporting of the current...

#38 - All of the Saints & All of the Souls

#38 - All of the Saints & All of the Souls

Ep. #38! We chat for a bit about All Saints Day and All Souls Day and the importance of them. Plus Matt breaks down his brother's wedding, we attempt failed political hot takes, Zac talks about Gullah Gullah Island, and Matt counters that with some talk about Columbo. This episode has it...

#37 - The Roman Coaster Podcast

#37 - The Roman Coaster Podcast

Ep. #37! We are joined by Lance and Dan from The Coaster for a chat about a wide range of topics including but not limited to just a bunch of banter. Great Catholic gentlemen! If you haven't been listening to their show then you definitely should be. They bring a little class to our show....

#36 - Matt Talks About the Eucharist

#36 - Matt Talks About the Eucharist

Ep. #36! Matt Talks About the Eucharist. What more do you need to know? Matt shares a story about a wedding he attended and how it made him really think about what the Eucharist actually is. Tweet us @romancircuspod, @romancircusnews, @heyitsmattbaker, @zacmabry Email us...

#35 - Mindfulness & Meditation

#35 - Mindfulness & Meditation

Ep. #35! Mindfulness & Meditation! What are they? Do they have to be done "Catholic"? It is important to define what these things are and how they can work within our lives. Plus the Moms of Catholic Twitter try to find the old bag of bones a wife. I know... Tweet us @romancircuspod,...

#34 - What is the Church Part 2 aka Shots with Ott Part 2

#34 - What is the Church Part 2 aka Shots with Ott Part 2

Ep. #34! We finish our What is the Church series. We discuss the attributes and the marks of the Church. Oh and we also talk about Lindsay Lohan for about 10 minutes. Hide your kids, hide your wife! Lindsay Lohan is on the loose! Tweet us @romancircuspod, @romancircusnews, @heyitsmattbaker,...

#33 - Spilling the Tea With Tolkien (with Kaitlyn Facista)

#33 - Spilling the Tea With Tolkien (with Kaitlyn Facista)

Ep. #33! Kaitlyn Facista of Tea With Tolkien graces us with her presence! We share a few laughs, talk about her conversion, and talk Tolkien obviously. Matt also makes a joke about Pope Francis and the Supreme Court and Zac tells him he is super lame. Tweet us @romancircuspod, @romancircusnews,...

#32 - What is the Church Part 1 aka Shots with Ott

#32 - What is the Church Part 1 aka Shots with Ott

Ep. #32! We keep talking about why you shouldn't leave the Church, and we stand by that, but let's talk about the Church is. The founding, the hierarchy, the role of the pope, infalliblity...all of it! This stuff is the basics of the faith and we need to know them! We refer heavily to The...

#31 - Gotta Pay the Schroll Toll (with Taylor Schroll)

#31 - Gotta Pay the Schroll Toll (with Taylor Schroll)

Ep. #31! Our friend Taylor Schroll stops by to talk about his mission to Make Catholicism Fun Again. If anyone can do it it is Taylor! We also discuss Matt's 2 days on jury duty, and our effort to be bipartisan! Check us out on Taylor's show Forte Catholic. He is great! Tweet us...

#30 - Cardinal Cupich and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Agenda

#30 - Cardinal Cupich and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Agenda

Ep. #30! We continue to talk about the fallout from the Vigano letter. Cardinal Cupich sure has had a great week. Watch out for the pitfalls of tribalism! Tweet us @romancircuspod, @romancircusnews, @heyitsmattbaker, @zacmabry Email us podcast@romancircusblog.com Find us on itunes. Rate and review...

#29 - The Vigano Letter and Pope Francis

#29 - The Vigano Letter and Pope Francis

Ep. #29! The Vigano Letter and Pope Francis. Pope Francis told all of us to read the statement attentively and make your own judgement so we did just that. We go through some of the more memorable (and frightening) quotes in the letter. We also discuss whether or not we think Pope Francis should...

#28 - Catholic Dudes Chattin'!

#28 - Catholic Dudes Chattin'!

Ep. #28! Catholic Dudes Chattin'! No topic this week so we celebrate all of our 2nd place finishes, share some stories from high school, our first Latin mass experiences, and talk about how we've escaped becoming communists even though Animal Farm and Weird Catholic Twitter have tried so...

#27 - Scrupulousity & John Kraemer (Lego Church Project)

#27 - Scrupulousity & John Kraemer (Lego Church Project)

Ep. #27! We continue to discuss latest news about the awful scandals in the church. Then we take a moment to talk about scrupulousity and how it affects our spiritual lives. We are also join by John Kraemer or The Lego Church Project and he tells us all about his mission. It is amazing! Tweet us...

#26 - Death Penalty and the Catechism

#26 - Death Penalty and the Catechism

Ep. #26! We catch up on the hot topic of the death penalty and then take some time to talk about the catechism. How many versions are there? What exactly is it? Why is it so great? Matt sumbles over his words a bit too. So pretty much the same podcast as usual. Tweet us @romancircuspod,...

#25 - Why Be Catholic in 2018?

#25 - Why Be Catholic in 2018?

Ep. #25! Things are not great within the church right now. We all know this. All of these bad people within the church can really end of shaking your faith. That's why we ask "why be Catholic in 2018". The answers may be obvious but that doesn't mean we shouldn't discuss...

#24 - Cardinal McCarrick & The Sins of Eve (and Adam)

#24 - Cardinal McCarrick & The Sins of Eve (and Adam)

Ep. #24! Alright let's talk about this awful Cardinal McCarrick stuff and how to handle it. As Catholics we can't run from it. It all needs to come out into the open. Then we very seamlessly transition into the sins of Eve and he sins of Adam. The more we know about the Fall the easier it...

#23 - Throw It All Out! (Detachment)

#23 - Throw It All Out! (Detachment)

Ep. #23! Zac pushes a mystery button on his audio equipment and now sounds better than ever. It is a podcasting miracle! We talk about the 3 types of attachments and how they can hinder the spiritual life. Detachment is a very tough thing but it is necessary to grow. Plus we answer a listener...

#22 - Aliens and Medjugorje: Are They Real? (Q&A)

#22 - Aliens and Medjugorje: Are They Real? (Q&A)

Ep. #22! We answer some listener questions including questions about aliens and Medjugorje! Very fun. Also Matt talks about his trip to Las Vegas and seeing the delightful (and probably completely possessed) David Copperfield. Tweet us @romancircuspod, @heyitsmattbaker, @zacmabry Email us...

#21 -  Say Your Prayers, Eat Your Vitamins (with Kevin Roerty)

#21 - Say Your Prayers, Eat Your Vitamins (with Kevin Roerty)

Ep. #21! Let's talk abou praying. What are the stages of prayer. How can we pray and meditate better? Kevin from The New Tradangelization joins us to break it all down. Tweet us @romancircuspod, @heyitsmattbaker, @zacmabry Email us podcast@romancircusblog.com Find us on itunes. Rate and review...

#20 - Crunchy Circus 2: Catholic Boogaloo

#20 - Crunchy Circus 2: Catholic Boogaloo

Ep. #20! Part 2 of the conversation between Matt and Patrick (@catholicpat) from The Crunch! We continue discussing evangelization and how it is important to reflect on how we are approaching each other. If you haven't heard Part 1 you can find that on The Crunch! Tweet us @romancircuspod,...

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