In this episode, in classic Counter Position fashion, Andrew starts to finish his discussion from yesterday about Holy Friendship in a Hypersexualized World, but first reflects on some thoughts from meeting Fr. Wojciech Girtych O.P., the theologian to the papal household the night before. In the process of expressing the gratitude he felt hearing Fr. Girtych compare the freedom of the structure of our American Republic to the government centric oppressive nature of life in Europe, Andrew gets lost on a rabbit trail on the American political life, solidarity, subsidiarity, and the place of love in Catholic Social Doctrine. In the process covers everything from Aristotle’s concept of man as a political animal, Thomas Jefferson’s love of St. Robert Bellarmine , the height of hedges, women’s suffrage, the birth of horses, and the Dept. of Education.
“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.