In this episode Andrew sits down with his old friend Kenn Cramer, founder of St. Raphael Counseling, and current Director of Parish Life for St. Paul Mission on the Ft. Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana. Hear how Andrew’s man crush on Kenn turned into a friendship, how Kenn used his head to win his wife, the structure and history of the reservation in America, life and ministry on the reservation, and finally, they open a can of worms about the married priesthood and ministry in the modern world, that they don't have time to wrap up.
In this episode, after mea culpas about an iTunes mix up, Andrew shares his latest internet shenanigans including his creation of a new form of positive trolling called ‘gnoming’ and his dark satire of the 7 Day Love Your Spouse Challenge. Then, inspired by a quote in an interview with Fr. Carron in an Italian paper, he explores what might be the difference between living as an “original presence” vs. merely living as a “reactive presence”. Along the way he inserts sidebars about the earthquake in Norcia, Italy and announces his upcoming trip to CA.
#TheCounterPosition Episode 210 - Miley’s Birthday/The Mystery of Prayer, Eric Clapton Hits Puberty on a Desert Island in Rehab, and The Purge Continues In this episode Andrew uses the birthday of Michael Miley and the surprise of their friendship to talk about the mystery of prayer, then talks about a spiritual autobiographical anecdote from Eric Clapton in rehab and compares it to the parable Giussani tells about a toddler washed up on a desert island in relation to the Religious Sense, and finally, continues his rant about the sanitization of Catholic media that started with the firing of Mark Shea continuing with the subsequent firing of Simcha Fischer
In this episode Andrew uses the birthday of Michael Miley and the surprise of their friendship to talk about the mystery of prayer, then talks about a spiritual autobiographical anecdote from Eric Clapton in rehab and compares it to the parable Giussani tells about a toddler washed up on a desert island in relation to the Religious Sense, and finally, continues his rant about the sanitization of Catholic media that started with the firing of Mark Shea continuing with the subsequent firing of Simcha Fischer.
#TheCounterPosition Episode 208 - Musing on Storms, An Arresting Face from an Execution, and The Future of the Church
In this episode, Andrew continues being scattered and random this week with a long rabbit trail on storms in his life, ruminates on the look on a face of a priest about to be executed in a picture from the Spanish Civil War, and briefly comments on a new article from Fr. Dwight Longnecker on Ratzinger and the future of the Church.
In this episode- one of the most stream of consciousness episodes ever- Andrew starts by analyzing how he seems to be experiencing both deep existential dread and intense worry, while at the same time a deep optimism bordering on Hope. In the process he explores pictures of dead kids on FB, Jane’s Addiction, video games, Sally Struthers and African kids with flies on their faces, Plato’s Cave, Gay pastors in coffeehouses, the Conservative/Progressive dichotomy, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Trump lovers in a focus group, Mexicans at Home Depot, Port-o-potties, bling covered shock collars, gun dispensers in bathrooms, Moon suits vs. Earth suits, Pentecostal anthropology, Caitlyn Jenner, Arias getting punched by Santa Claus, St. Athanasius, C.S. Lewis, Francis Bacon, and so so much more.
In this fairly scattered episode, after a weekend recap containing bbq, interviews, brain candy science fiction TV, a soiree in a cool kitchen, a beer brunch with monks, and a whole lot of Fr. Michael O’Loughlin, Andrew dives into what it means for the Blessed Virgin Mary to be taken up body and soul in Heaven, how that might change how we view ourselves, our work, our worship, our making, our work, and even our lovemaking. #MatterMatters #NoGnosis #FleshIsGoodMkay?
#TheCounterPosition Episode 205 - Fr. Michael O’Loughlin on Chinese Throwing Stars and the Life of Prayer
In this episode Andrew sits down with his friend Fr. Michael O’Loughlin, (FrOLo) of Holy Protection of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church (HoProMoGo) and the Catholic Stuff You Should Know Podcast for a freewheeling conversation covering zebra cakes, Tsunami ninjas, Chinese throwing stars, and 90s rap mic positions, all in the context of a deep examination of the life of prayer, what happens when we ask God for something, why we should ask, and what changes when we do.
#TheCounterPosition Episode 203 - Small Business Guilt Trip, The Gender Snake Eats ifs Own Tail, and Personalistic Suicide Squad Spoilers
In this episode, which seemingly had a mind of its own, Andrew, after talking about Bulletproof coffee and doing an impromptu commercial for stick blenders, talks about being excited that a new cafe opened a block from his house, muses on the difficulty of the life of a independent cafe owner, and ends with a ranty muse-ish guilt trip about supporting the small businesses around you. Then, he looks at the conflict between old school feminists in light of the modern commitment to gender fluidity, all in the context of an increasing detachment from nature. Finally, he muses about a few thoughts on Suicide Squad and the nature of bad guys doing good, which we all are.
In this episode, after looking back over his trip to Cincinnati, recounting the food and coffee high points, and musing on his gratitude to his friends for helping solidify the reality and charism of Calix, Andrew explores the idea of doing big things for God as normal and real human beings, with all the weirdness that implies, who let God have their way with them vs. plaster saints who are of a different order than us humans.
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“The Counter Position” is a new show by Andrew Whaley, founder of the apostolate Calix. Andrew brings his unique take on things from over 20 years of studying philosophy, theology, art, business, and design while processing those ideas daily over the bar in his coffeehouses with people of all walks of life, most of them being the unchurched/dechurched. Feverishly interested in everything, Andrew covers a wide array of topics, spiritual and otherwise, with his hallmark brand of edgy self-deprecating humor, intellectual speculation, and deep wonder. Interviews range from major Catholic figures and intellectuals to interesting characters with good story or an insight to bring. So, if you’re interested in a new form of Catholic radio, buckle up and tune in.