If Shakespeare’s father and daughter were Catholics, what about the bard himself? No one argues that, after the Lancashire years, and during his writing career, Shakespeare was known as a Catholic. Still, there are tantalizing events and, above all, there are things in the plays and poems that arrest. These were times when it was worth your life not to conform. Edmund Campion and other Jesuits were brutally martyred for ministering to the pockets of Catholics who remained loyal to the Old Faith. Shakespeare did not volunteer for a martyr’s role, but, retired to Stratford, “He died a papist.”
Hearing the stories of people who were courageous in great adversity can often inspire us. Listen to this account of the fiercely devout Catholicism of the Polish martyrs who were sent to concentration camps in World War II. Maximilian Kolbe is one of the most famous of these many amazing Catholics who lost their life in the death camps.
It was Catholic and it was a real-life Camelot ! It lasted from 1609 to 1767 in a vast area of South America. A total population of almost 300,000 Catholics spread across a Jesuit-ruled independent country that encompassed the huge area of today’s Argentina, Paraguay, southern Brazil, and Uruguay. There were 30 technologically advanced cities of up to 20,000 citizens. Hollywood made a great movie about it: The Mission (1986) Listen to some of the award winning soundtrack here. Music by Ennio Morricone. It starred Jeremy Irons, Robert De Niro, Liam Nesson, Aidan Quinn.
The Darker Age -The 21st Century
A hard and clear look at the status of our culture war. At the cultural mudslide of our 21st Century. And finally, an optimistic vision of the future.
On each program of “Setting the Record Straight” you will hear another fascinating yet neglected story from two thousand years of magnificent achievements of the Catholic Church. Historical Apologist Charles Coughlin presents these intriguing stories based upon respected and authoritative historical sources. Misinformation and disinformation about the earthly work of the Catholic Church is corrected. “Setting the Record Straight” will quench the thirst of Catholics who want to hear true stories explaining their glorious heritage.