Episode 14

Published on:

20th Jan 2024

Turmoil in the Catholic Church, and How to Handle Church Controversy | Ep. #14

In this episode, we unpack the Catholic "Synod on Synodality," Pope Francis favoring a more liberal church, and how it all impacts non-Catholics, too. Plus, we discuss how all Christians should handle church controversy, and reasons for future hope.

(Note: This episode was recorded prior to the Vatican statement on blessing same-sex couples. That statement will be the topic of a separate episode.)



00:00 – Introduction

02:00 – What is a synod? What is synodality?

11:00 – Pope Francis signaled openness to blessing same-sex unions

17:12 – Understanding the Vatican encyclical on climate change

23:28 – What the Church becomes without the Gospel

27:42 – Pope Francis chided U.S. Bishops as ‘backwards’

33:30 – Why should other Christians care about the Catholic Church?

38:55 – Andy Stanley called out Albert Mohler about Biblical marriage

41:40 – What happens next to the Catholic Church?

48:27 – How should faithful Christians handle Church controversy?

52:26 – Learning to do ministry without historic denominational institutions

58:00 – Many reasons for Christian hope around the world


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The Rev. Nathan Stomberg

The Rev. Nathan Stomberg is the Rector and President of Holy Communion Anglican Church in East Greenwich, RI. Nathan is a loving husband to his wife, holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, works full-time as a Project Manager, is an avid distance runner, and enjoys writing about current events through the lens of a Christian worldview.