Season 4, Clerical Conversations, Episode 17: Gambling, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms

(L to R) Nicholas Wansbutter, His Lordship, Bishop Daniel Dolan, Father Anthony Cekada

(L to R) Nicholas Wansbutter, His Lordship Bishop Daniel Dolan, Father Anthony Cekada

Clerical Conversations returns to begin Season 4 by discussing several topics near and dear to the hearts of Catholics.

Bishop Daniel Dolan and Father Anthony Cekada share their many decades of pastoral experience and discuss the proper Catholic approach/attitude to and proper enjoyment of, in sequence, gambling, alcohol, tobacco, and firearms.

What is a Catholic to think about partaking in games of chance, casinos, or upping the ante at a friendly poker game by placing a wager? How do we as Catholics living in the world today look at such things as the consumption of alcohol and just exactly where is the line that must be drawn when enjoying the beverage of one's choice? At what age should children be allowed to start consuming alcohol and what reasoning is given for that answer?

Moving on to the great modern "evil" of tobacco, we place our conversation in contrast to today's secular mortal sin of tobacco use. We will talk about the historical relationship the Church had with tobacco use, how we can apply that to our lives today, some of the differences between then and now, and why society at large has turned its back on and its ire towards tobacco. We will examine why it is that our world has demonized cigarettes, cigars, pipes, snuff, and even e-cigarettes!

Lastly we will discuss firearms, the proper Catholic understanding of them as a tool for recreation as well as self-defense, and some of the hidden agendas wrapped up in the possession, usage, and symbolism of them in today's culture. How must a Catholic view firearms and what steps must be taken to responsibly own them, all the while not allowing oneself to be swept up in the undercurrent of hidden revolutionary ideas?

Join host Nicholas Wansbutter as he discusses these topics with His Lordship, Bishop Daniel Dolan and Father Anthony Cekada of St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church in West Chester, Ohio on this month’s episode of Clerical Conversations.


Original Air Date: January 14, 2015
Show Run Time: 1 hour 4 minutes
Show Guest(s): Bishop Daniel Dolan, Father Anthony Cekada
Show Host(s): Nicholas Wansbutter
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