Earlier this week, Dustin Quick invited me onto his podcast, “Holy Smokes: Cigars, Catholicism, and Conversation” to talk about the Magisterium and the development of doctrine.

I encounter a lot of hesitancy in the Church with the idea that Church teaching changes. I used to believe the idea that the Church’s teaching has stayed the same for 2,000 years and that saying anything otherwise undermines the authority of the Magisterium and even the authenticity of Catholicism itself. However, when I looked at the Church’s own teaching, I found out something different, something more nuanced, something more compelling.

You can watch the episode on Youtube or listen in the Pope Francis Generation podcast feed.

Speaking of the Pope Francis Generation podcast….Season Two is going to drop in October!

Dominic and I are hard at work recording episodes and interviewing guests. Yes, you heard that right, this season we have guests!
We will be spending this season talking about Catholic Social Teaching. We are going to discuss some of the history and development of Catholic Social Teaching, walk through the four main principles (the infinite dignity of the human person, the common good, subsidiarity, and solidarity), and share stories about our own attempts to integrate CST into our lives.
And, like I said, we are interviewing several awesome guests this season! These are people who I have followed and respected for a long time and who I am thrilled to be having these conversations with.

ABOUT POPE FRANCIS GENERATION – Pope Francis Generation is the show for Catholics struggling with the Church’s teaching, who feel like they might not belong in the Church anymore, and who still hunger for a God of love and goodness. Hosted by Paul Fahey, a professional catechist, and Dominic de Souza, someone who needs catechesis. Together, we’re taking our own look at the Catholic Church– her teachings and practices- from 3 views that changed our world: the Kerygma, the forgotten doctrine of theosis, and the teachings of Pope Francis. Together, with you, we’re the Pope Francis Generation.

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Paul Fahey lives in Michigan with his wife and four kids. For the past almost eight years, he has worked as a professional catechist. He has an undergraduate degree in Theology and is currently working toward a Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling. He is a retreat leader, catechist formator, writer, and a co-founder of Where Peter Is. His long-term goal is to provide pastoral counseling for Catholics who have been spiritually abused, counseling for Catholic ministers, and counseling education so that ministers are more equipped to help others in their ministry.

The Magisterium and the Development of Doctrine
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