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This week’s guest: Brett Salkeld, Archdiocesan Theologian for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina


COVID-19 conspiracism continues to be a major issue both inside and outside the world of Catholicism, and it seems to be evolving with new variants appearing regularly. Where will it end? Will the “soft” adherents drop away as the divide between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated becomes ever-more obvious and socially disruptive? Will the “hard” adherents continue blindly on, like the most fanatical adherents of the QAnon movement after January 6?

When it comes to the origins of COVID-19, the “lab leak” theory looks like it may have some basis in fact. Some prolific misinformation producers like Steve Bannon were pushing this theory last year, but it was poorly substantiated at the time. What should we think when conspiracy theorists and propagandists occasionally get some things right?

Join us as we sort through these questions and more from a 2/3 Canadian perspective!

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D.W. Lafferty, PhD, is a Catholic husband, dad, and independent scholar from Ontario, Canada. He works in higher education and has published articles on the literature of Wyndham Lewis, the conspiracy theory of Douglas Reed, and the life and legacy of Engelbert Dollfuss. Online, he tweets as @rightscholar.

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