My Best Friend the Rhino http://mybestfriendtherhino.com A Catholic Podcast for Non-Catholics Mon, 17 Oct 2016 03:20:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.6 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/cropped-Rhino_1440-32x32.png My Best Friend the Rhino http://mybestfriendtherhino.com 32 32 My Best Friend the Rhino is an attempt to clear up misunderstandings of the Catholic faith for the rest of the world. Our co-hosts Declan and Justin are both at different stages in their lives. Declan is part of the laity (Catholic word for “regular dude”) and has chosen the vocation (Catholic word for “he didn’t have a choice”) of marriage, and Justin is currently figuring out his vocation and entered into the seminary (Catholic word for “Priest school”).<br /> <br /> You can find our website at mybestfriendtherhino.com or on Twitter @mybftherhino! Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes declan.wc.wilson@gmail.com declan.wc.wilson@gmail.com (Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes) 2015 Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko The Catholic Podcast for Ordinary Folks My Best Friend the Rhino http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Slide1.jpg http://mybestfriendtherhino.com declan.wc.wilson@gmail.com My Best Friend the Rhino is an attempt to clear up misunderstandings of the Catholic faith for the rest of the world. Our co-hosts Declan and Justin are both at different stages in their lives. Declan is part of the laity (Catholic word for “regular dude”) and has chosen the vocation (Catholic word for “he didn’t have a choice”) of marriage, and Justin is currently figuring out his vocation and entered into the seminary (Catholic word for “Priest school”). You can find our website at mybestfriendtherhino.com or on Twitter @mybftherhino! Pittsburgh, PA Weekly MBFTR060: How Not to Argue http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr060-not-argue/ Mon, 17 Oct 2016 03:20:15 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=468 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr060-not-argue/#respond http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr060-not-argue/feed/ 0 <p>If there is one skill us Catholics should practice, it’s learning how to argue well. Or, spot a bad argument when one’s thrown at us. This episode we take a deep dive into the world of logic and fallacies and hopefully prepare you for the battle! Listen to episode: Types of Fallacies: Ad hominem (“To […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr060-not-argue/">MBFTR060: How Not to Argue</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p>
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[Holly | Flickr]

If there is one skill us Catholics should practice, it’s learning how to argue well. Or, spot a bad argument when one’s thrown at us. This episode we take a deep dive into the world of logic and fallacies and hopefully prepare you for the battle!

Listen to episode:

Types of Fallacies:

  • Ad hominem (“To the Man”)
  • Argumentum ex silentio (“Argument from silence”)
  • Irrelevant appeals (Appeal to Pity, Appeal to Popularity)
  • Appeal to faith
  • Argument from authority
  • Argumentum ad baculum (“Argument to the cudgel”)
  • Slippery slope
  • No true Scotsman
  • Red herring
  • Straw man

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If there is one skill us Catholics should practice, it’s learning how to argue well. Or, spot a bad argument when one’s thrown at us. This episode we take a deep dive into the world of logic and fallacies and hopefully prepare you for the battle! Listen to episode:
Types of Fallacies:

* Ad hominem (“To the Man”)
* Argumentum ex silentio (“Argument from silence”)
* Irrelevant appeals (Appeal to Pity, Appeal to Popularity)
* Appeal to faith
* Argument from authority
* Argumentum ad baculum (“Argument to the cudgel”)
* Slippery slope
* No true Scotsman
* Red herring
* Straw man

Links:

* Introduction to Logical Fallacies from March 2002 Journal of Science and Theology
* 10 Christian Examples of Logical Fallacies
* 15 Common Logical Fallacies
* Book of Bad Arguments
* Carson-Newman College Logical Fallacies hand list
* Catholic Answers

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Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 29:44
MBFTR059: What’s up with Martyrdom? http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr059-whats-up-with-martyrdom/ Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:54:45 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=464 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr059-whats-up-with-martyrdom/#respond http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr059-whats-up-with-martyrdom/feed/ 0 <p>So what exactly is martyrdom? Aren’t martyrs things of the past? And what’s the difference between red and white martyrs? We cover all this and more with this week’s topic – Martyrdom. Listen to Episode</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr059-whats-up-with-martyrdom/">MBFTR059: What’s up with Martyrdom?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p>
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So what exactly is martyrdom? Aren’t martyrs things of the past? And what’s the difference between red and white martyrs?

We cover all this and more with this week’s topic – Martyrdom.

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So what exactly is martyrdom? Aren’t martyrs things of the past? And what’s the difference between red and white martyrs? We cover all this and more with this week’s topic – Martyrdom. Listen to Episode We cover all this and more with this week’s topic – Martyrdom.
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Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 27:42
MBFTR058: It Ain’t in the Bible – The Rosary http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr058-aint-bible-rosary/ Sat, 01 Oct 2016 03:19:25 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=460 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr058-aint-bible-rosary/#respond http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr058-aint-bible-rosary/feed/ 0 <p>The Rosary is a well known Catholic thing. But where did it come from? Why do Catholics use it? Is it considered Mary worship? And where do roses come into play? We answer all that and more in our first episode back from our break. Listen to Episode Here We are also looking for a […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr058-aint-bible-rosary/">MBFTR058: It Ain’t in the Bible – The Rosary</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p>
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The Rosary is a well known Catholic thing. But where did it come from? Why do Catholics use it? Is it considered Mary worship? And where do roses come into play?

We answer all that and more in our first episode back from our break.

Listen to Episode Here

We are also looking for a sound editor to help edit our future episodes. If you have any experience with Garage Band or any other audio software and would like to be a part of our team, please email us mybftherhino@gmail.com to let us know!

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The Rosary is a well known Catholic thing. But where did it come from? Why do Catholics use it? Is it considered Mary worship? And where do roses come into play? We answer all that and more in our first episode back from our break. We answer all that and more in our first episode back from our break.
Listen to Episode Here
We are also looking for a sound editor to help edit our future episodes. If you have any experience with Garage Band or any other audio software and would like to be a part of our team, please email us mybftherhino@gmail.com to let us know!
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Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 43:40
MBFTR057: What is Our Core Identity? http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr057-core-identity/ Fri, 01 Jul 2016 01:08:04 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=456 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr057-core-identity/#respond http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr057-core-identity/feed/ 0 <p>Identity. That word is thrown around a lot nowadays. What is our core identity? Is it what we do for a job, is it what we make, is it who we marry? Declan and Justin hash out the struggles they’ve been facing recently and get to the root of what their core identity is: God’s […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr057-core-identity/">MBFTR057: What is Our Core Identity?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p>
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Identity. That word is thrown around a lot nowadays. What is our core identity? Is it what we do for a job, is it what we make, is it who we marry?

Declan and Justin hash out the struggles they’ve been facing recently and get to the root of what their core identity is: God’s children.

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Identity. That word is thrown around a lot nowadays. What is our core identity? Is it what we do for a job, is it what we make, is it who we marry? Declan and Justin hash out the struggles they’ve been facing recently and get to the root of what their ... Declan and Justin hash out the struggles they’ve been facing recently and get to the root of what their core identity is: God’s children.
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Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 32:33
MBFTR056: Who Exactly is the Holy Spirit? http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr056-who-is-the-holy-spirit/ Fri, 24 Jun 2016 01:07:50 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=452 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr056-who-is-the-holy-spirit/#respond http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr056-who-is-the-holy-spirit/feed/ 0 <p>In this episode, we start with the question: Who exactly is the Holy Spirit? And then we proceed to try and answer said question. Madness ensues. Listen to Episode</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr056-who-is-the-holy-spirit/">MBFTR056: Who Exactly is the Holy Spirit?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p>
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[memaggiesa | Flickr]

In this episode, we start with the question: Who exactly is the Holy Spirit?

And then we proceed to try and answer said question. Madness ensues.

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In this episode, we start with the question: Who exactly is the Holy Spirit? And then we proceed to try and answer said question. Madness ensues. Listen to Episode And then we proceed to try and answer said question. Madness ensues.
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Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 34:42
MBFTR055: Beauty in the Ordinary http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr055-beauty-ordinary/ Thu, 09 Jun 2016 01:56:57 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=447 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr055-beauty-ordinary/#respond http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr055-beauty-ordinary/feed/ 0 <p>We did something different this week – we took our recorder to a theology on tap, listened to speaker Debra Classen of The Mute Swan Ministry, and recorded our thoughts right after. No planning, no rehearsal, just raw feelings and emotions. What transpired was an interesting conversation about the power of beauty in ordinary life. If […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr055-beauty-ordinary/">MBFTR055: Beauty in the Ordinary</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p>
[owyzzz | Flickr]

[owyzzz | Flickr]

We did something different this week – we took our recorder to a theology on tap, listened to speaker Debra Classen of The Mute Swan Ministry, and recorded our thoughts right after. No planning, no rehearsal, just raw feelings and emotions. What transpired was an interesting conversation about the power of beauty in ordinary life.

If you liked this style of podcasting, please let us know. Who knows, we might give it a try again.

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We did something different this week – we took our recorder to a theology on tap, listened to speaker Debra Classen of The Mute Swan Ministry, and recorded our thoughts right after. No planning, no rehearsal, just raw feelings and emotions. The Mute Swan Ministry, and recorded our thoughts right after. No planning, no rehearsal, just raw feelings and emotions. What transpired was an interesting conversation about the power of beauty in ordinary life.
If you liked this style of podcasting, please let us know. Who knows, we might give it a try again.
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Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 16:00
MBFTR054: The New Frontier http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr054-new-frontier/ Tue, 24 May 2016 04:02:39 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=439 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr054-new-frontier/#respond http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr054-new-frontier/feed/ 0 <p>Justin has some big news for everyone. Declan wrote an article about Catholic Millennials. We’ve been away for a few weeks (not planned, couldn’t find time to record) but we are back this week with a jam-packed episode. The TLDR (or should it be TLDL?) version episode is this: Like the early Christians, we now […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr054-new-frontier/">MBFTR054: The New Frontier</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p>
new frontier

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Justin has some big news for everyone. Declan wrote an article about Catholic Millennials. We’ve been away for a few weeks (not planned, couldn’t find time to record) but we are back this week with a jam-packed episode.

The TLDR (or should it be TLDL?) version episode is this: Like the early Christians, we now face a New Frontier (internet, social media, etc.) for evangelization (sharing our faith). Like the early Church, we must rely on Peter’s domestic Church and Paul’s missionary Church in order to grow.

Each version feeds off of each other. If that doesn’t make any sense, press play.

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Justin has some big news for everyone. Declan wrote an article about Catholic Millennials. We’ve been away for a few weeks (not planned, couldn’t find time to record) but we are back this week with a jam-packed episode. The TLDR (or should it be TLDL? article about Catholic Millennials. We’ve been away for a few weeks (not planned, couldn’t find time to record) but we are back this week with a jam-packed episode.
The TLDR (or should it be TLDL?) version episode is this: Like the early Christians, we now face a New Frontier (internet, social media, etc.) for evangelization (sharing our faith). Like the early Church, we must rely on Peter’s domestic Church and Paul’s missionary Church in order to grow.
Each version feeds off of each other. If that doesn’t make any sense, press play.
Listen to episode
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Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 31:40
MBFTR053: If God Created Everything, Who Created God? http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr053-who-created-god/ Tue, 03 May 2016 04:02:48 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=431 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr053-who-created-god/#respond http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr053-who-created-god/feed/ 0 <p>THEIST: “There is so much complexity in the world, it must have been designed by an Intelligent Designer. The best explanation for our world is an Intelligent Designer.” ATHEIST: “But then who designed the Designer?” THEIST: “Nobody.” (Or perhaps: “I don’t know.”) ATHEIST: “Well then you have explained nothing.” The above question represents a common […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr053-who-created-god/">MBFTR053: If God Created Everything, Who Created God?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> who created God

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THEIST: “There is so much complexity in the world, it must have been designed by an Intelligent Designer. The best explanation for our world is an Intelligent Designer.”
ATHEIST: “But then who designed the Designer?”
THEIST: “Nobody.” (Or perhaps: “I don’t know.”)
ATHEIST: “Well then you have explained nothing.”

The above question represents a common conversation between theists and atheists across all ages. We take a stab at it ourselves…

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Show Notes

Can something come from nothing?

  • Science: Conservation of Mass/Energy
    • In experiments everything must be accounted for
  • Philosophy: Principle of Sufficient Reason
    • Presupposition for all thinking and knowing
    • Cannot prove- have to presume it to be true in order to do so
  • In the real world things do not just appear or disappear
  • To say the world appeared magically or without reason results in a nonsensical claim.

If God is the cause of our Universe, who/what caused God?

  • Everything we experience in life has a cause
  • If God were caused there would be an infinite regress
  • God is first cause- without a first cause you cannot have a second cause, third cause, …
  • God is
    • uncaused
    • necessary being
    • exists by definition
    • does not have existence added to his essence
    • source and cause of existence of everything else

(Not quite correct to call God the cause of himself- implies prior existence)

Distinction between essence and existence and why they are distinct in us and not in God?

  • Whatever a thing has besides its essence is caused either by that essence (from within) or by an exterior agent (from without).
  • Essence associated with ‘What is man?’ (answered by a definition)
  • Existence associated “Is there a man?” (not answered by a definition)
  • If God’s essence is not his existence, then he would have to get it from within or without.
  • Not from exterior agent then he wouldn’t be God.
  • Not from his essence Would need to exist prior to existence
  • Therefore, God’s essence is his existence

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THEIST: “There is so much complexity in the world, it must have been designed by an Intelligent Designer. The best explanation for our world is an Intelligent Designer.” ATHEIST: “But then who designed the Designer?” THEIST: “Nobody.
ATHEIST: “But then who designed the Designer?”

THEIST: “Nobody.” (Or perhaps: “I don’t know.”)

ATHEIST: “Well then you have explained nothing.”
The above question represents a common conversation between theists and atheists across all ages. We take a stab at it ourselves…
Listen to Episode
Show Notes
Can something come from nothing?

* Science: Conservation of Mass/Energy

* In experiments everything must be accounted for


* Philosophy: Principle of Sufficient Reason

* Presupposition for all thinking and knowing
* Cannot prove- have to presume it to be true in order to do so


* In the real world things do not just appear or disappear
* To say the world appeared magically or without reason results in a nonsensical claim.

If God is the cause of our Universe, who/what caused God?

* Everything we experience in life has a cause
* If God were caused there would be an infinite regress
* God is first cause- without a first cause you cannot have a second cause, third cause, …
* God is

* uncaused
* necessary being
* exists by definition
* does not have existence added to his essence
* source and cause of existence of everything else



(Not quite correct to call God the cause of himself- implies prior existence)
Distinction between essence and existence and why they are distinct in us and not in God?

* Whatever a thing has besides its essence is caused either by that essence (from within) or by an exterior agent (from without).
* Essence associated with ‘What is man?’ (answered by a definition)
* Existence associated “Is there a man?” (not answered by a definition)
* If God’s essence is not his existence, then he would have to get it from within or without.
* Not from exterior agent then he wouldn’t be God.
* Not from his essence Would need to exist prior to existence
* Therefore, God’s essence is his existence

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Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 26:54
MBFTR052: Is Mrs. Jesus a Thing? http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr052-mrs-jesus/ Tue, 26 Apr 2016 04:02:27 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=426 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr052-mrs-jesus/#respond http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr052-mrs-jesus/feed/ 0 <p>Due to Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code and recently unearthed ancient writings claiming Jesus once said “My wife,” the topic of Jesus’ marital status has been hotly contested. So the question people now are asking is: Is Mrs. Jesus a Thing? Which we curtly respond: No.   Listen to Episode Show topic links Mrs. Jesus […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr052-mrs-jesus/">MBFTR052: Is Mrs. Jesus a Thing?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> Due to Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code and recently unearthed ancient writings claiming Jesus once said “My wife,” the topic of Jesus’ marital status has been hotly contested. So the question people now are asking is: Is Mrs. Jesus a Thing? Which we curtly respond: No.

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Due to Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code and recently unearthed ancient writings claiming Jesus once said “My wife,” the topic of Jesus’ marital status has been hotly contested. So the question people now are asking is: Is Mrs. Jesus a Thing?
 
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Show topic links

* Mrs. Jesus
* The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife – Harvard Divinity School
* The Place of the Gospel of Philip in the Context of Early Christian Claims about Jesus’s Marital Status
* Was Jesus Married?
* Have They Discovered a New “Lost Gospel” That Says Jesus was Married?

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Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 24:47
MBFTR051: “Spotlight” and the Child Abuse Scandal http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr051-spotlight/ Tue, 19 Apr 2016 04:02:37 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=421 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr051-spotlight/#respond http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr051-spotlight/feed/ 0 <p>Needless to say, this isn’t an easy topic to talk about. Listen to Episode</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr051-spotlight/">MBFTR051: “Spotlight” and the Child Abuse Scandal</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> Needless to say, this isn’t an easy topic to talk about.

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Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 43:14
MBFTR050: The Rhino Turns 1! http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr050-rhino-turns-1/ Tue, 05 Apr 2016 04:02:18 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=417 <p>We’ve finally hit a major podcasting milestone and anniversary in the same week! We use this time to share what the past year has meant to us and what we hope for in the future. We also tie in some commentary on God’s Will. And we have a brand new logo thanks to Chris Byers […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr050-rhino-turns-1/">MBFTR050: The Rhino Turns 1!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> We’ve finally hit a major podcasting milestone and anniversary in the same week! We use this time to share what the past year has meant to us and what we hope for in the future. We also tie in some commentary on God’s Will. Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 44:52 MBFTR049: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr049-resurrection-of-jesus-christ/ Sat, 26 Mar 2016 04:02:51 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=384 <p>For Holy Week this year, we are going all out. Five episodes in five days! Today is episode 5 of 5. Listen to Episode This week we are examining common theories surrounding the resurrection of Jesus and hope to give our listeners something to chew on throughout the week. But first we have to establish […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr049-resurrection-of-jesus-christ/">MBFTR049: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> For Holy Week this year, we are going all out. Five episodes in five days! Today is episode 5 of 5. Listen to Episode This week we are examining common theories surrounding the resurrection of Jesus and hope to give our listeners something to chew on t... Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 20:15 MBFTR048: Resurrection Theory – It’s All a Myth http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr048-resurrection-theory-its-all-a-myth/ Fri, 25 Mar 2016 04:02:59 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=382 <p>For Holy Week this year, we are going all out. Five episodes in five days! Today is episode 4 of 5. Listen to Episode This week we are examining common theories surrounding the resurrection of Jesus and hope to give our listeners something to chew on throughout the week. But first we have to establish […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr048-resurrection-theory-its-all-a-myth/">MBFTR048: Resurrection Theory – It’s All a Myth</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> For Holy Week this year, we are going all out. Five episodes in five days! Today is episode 4 of 5. Listen to Episode This week we are examining common theories surrounding the resurrection of Jesus and hope to give our listeners something to chew on t... Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 16:54 MBFTR047: Resurrection Theory – Hallucinating Disciples http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr047-hallucinating-disciples/ Thu, 24 Mar 2016 04:02:27 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=380 <p>For Holy Week this year, we are going all out. Five episodes in five days! Today is episode 3 of 5. Listen to Episode This week we are examining common theories surrounding the resurrection of Jesus and hope to give our listeners something to chew on throughout the week. But first we have to establish […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr047-hallucinating-disciples/">MBFTR047: Resurrection Theory – Hallucinating Disciples</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> For Holy Week this year, we are going all out. Five episodes in five days! Today is episode 3 of 5. Listen to Episode This week we are examining common theories surrounding the resurrection of Jesus and hope to give our listeners something to chew on t... Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean MBFTR046: Resurrection Theory – The Disciples Stole the Body http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr046-disciples-stole-the-body/ Wed, 23 Mar 2016 04:02:39 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=378 <p>For Holy Week this year, we are going all out. Five episodes in five days! Today is episode 2 of 5. Listen to Episode This week we are examining common theories surrounding the resurrection of Jesus and hope to give our listeners something to chew on throughout the week. But first we have to establish […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr046-disciples-stole-the-body/">MBFTR046: Resurrection Theory – The Disciples Stole the Body</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> For Holy Week this year, we are going all out. Five episodes in five days! Today is episode 2 of 5. Listen to Episode This week we are examining common theories surrounding the resurrection of Jesus and hope to give our listeners something to chew on t... Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 11:56 MBFTR045: Resurrection Theory – Resuscitation of Jesus http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr045-resuscitation-of-jesus/ Tue, 22 Mar 2016 04:02:59 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=376 <p>For Holy Week this year, we are going all out. Five episodes in five days! Today is episode 1 of 5. Listen to Episode This week we are examining common theories surrounding the resurrection of Jesus and hope to give our listeners something to chew on throughout the week. But first we have to establish […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr045-resuscitation-of-jesus/">MBFTR045: Resurrection Theory – Resuscitation of Jesus</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> For Holy Week this year, we are going all out. Five episodes in five days! Today is episode 1 of 5. Listen to Episode This week we are examining common theories surrounding the resurrection of Jesus and hope to give our listeners something to chew on t... Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 14:29 MBFTR044: Can Christians get Tattoos? http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr044-tattoos/ Thu, 17 Mar 2016 04:02:51 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=371 <p>Are tattoos a moral issue? Doesn’t the Bible say something about not getting them? We go over all of these questions and more in this week’s Bonus episode! (Happy St. Patrick’s Day!) Listen to Episode Show Notes: “You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh on account of the dead or tattoo any marks […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr044-tattoos/">MBFTR044: Can Christians get Tattoos?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> Are tattoos a moral issue? Doesn’t the Bible say something about not getting them? We go over all of these questions and more in this week’s Bonus episode! (Happy St. Patrick’s Day!) Listen to Episode Show Notes: “You shall not make any cuttings in you... Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 21:51 MBFTR043: Body or Spirit – Which is More Important? http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr043-body-spirit/ Tue, 15 Mar 2016 04:02:37 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=366 <p>What is more important – focusing on your physical health or spiritual health? Does the body act as a prison for the soul? Does the soul just not want the body to enjoy the pleasures of the world? Throughout our lives we may experience this “battle” between the body and soul. But the Catholic perspective […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr043-body-spirit/">MBFTR043: Body or Spirit – Which is More Important?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> What is more important – focusing on your physical health or spiritual health? Does the body act as a prison for the soul? Does the soul just not want the body to enjoy the pleasures of the world? Throughout our lives we may experience this “battle” be... Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 31:04 MBFTR042: So You Want to be a Catholic – RCIA http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr042-rcia/ Tue, 01 Mar 2016 05:02:44 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=357 <p>What are the basic steps someone must take to enter the Catholic Church? As overwhelming as it may seem, becoming a Catholic is not as scary and hard as some may think. And it’s definitely worth taking a look into.  This episode is for anyone on the cusp of becoming Catholic or anyone who knows someone […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr042-rcia/">MBFTR042: So You Want to be a Catholic – RCIA</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> What are the basic steps someone must take to enter the Catholic Church? As overwhelming as it may seem, becoming a Catholic is not as scary and hard as some may think. And it’s definitely worth taking a look into. Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 38:40 MBFTR041: A Few Nuggets for You to Enjoy http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr041-nuggets/ Tue, 23 Feb 2016 05:02:05 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=350 <p>Declan is recording solo and sharing his thoughts after only 2.5 hours of sleep. Listen to Episode Show notes: How did a sleepless night help Declan to grow closer to God? As promised, the link to the “Religiosity” article We need help doing a “Catholic Vote” episode, shoot us an email at mybftherhino(at)gmail(dot)com with any […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr041-nuggets/">MBFTR041: A Few Nuggets for You to Enjoy</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> Declan is recording solo and sharing his thoughts after only 2.5 hours of sleep. Listen to Episode Show notes: How did a sleepless night help Declan to grow closer to God? As promised, the link to the “Religiosity” article We need help doing a “Catholi... Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 11:39 MBFTR040: It Ain’t in the Bible Series – Stations of the Cross http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr040-stations-of-the-cross/ Tue, 16 Feb 2016 05:02:58 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=344 <p>If you ever find yourself inside of a Catholic church, take a look at the outer aisles. You might notice 14 plaques or pictures depicting the final moments before Jesus’ death on the cross. If you look even further, you’ll notice that only 9 out of the 14 “stations” are found in the Bible. So […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr040-stations-of-the-cross/">MBFTR040: It Ain’t in the Bible Series – Stations of the Cross</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> If you ever find yourself inside of a Catholic church, take a look at the outer aisles. You might notice 14 plaques or pictures depicting the final moments before Jesus’ death on the cross. If you look even further, Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 24:55 MBFTR039: Top 5 Myths About Lent http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr039-myths-lent/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:02:24 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=336 <p>Quick, what is Lent? Why can’t you eat meat on Fridays? What’s up with the 40 days? There are often a lot of questions surrounding this important time in the Christian calendar. But sometimes we are put on the spot and have no idea how to quickly explain to others what Lent is. It’s time […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr039-myths-lent/">MBFTR039: Top 5 Myths About Lent</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> Quick, what is Lent? Why can’t you eat meat on Fridays? What’s up with the 40 days? There are often a lot of questions surrounding this important time in the Christian calendar. But sometimes we are put on the spot and have no idea how to quickly expla... Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 36:52 MBFTR038: Do You Kiss Your Mother with that Mouth? http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr038-swearing/ Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:02:52 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=331 <p>This week’s episode is from a question one of our listeners had: Is swearing considered a sin? We delve into this topic with some insight from Church teachings, personal anecdotes, and modern day blogs. Listen to Episode Important links: Why is bad language a sin? Swear word etymology Swear word origins Should Catholics Cuss? Don’t […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr038-swearing/">MBFTR038: Do You Kiss Your Mother with that Mouth?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> This week’s episode is from a question one of our listeners had: Is swearing considered a sin? We delve into this topic with some insight from Church teachings, personal anecdotes, and modern day blogs. Listen to Episode Important links: Why is bad lan... Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 27:18 MBFTR037: Are Millennials Less Religious? http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr037-millennials-less-religious/ Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:02:57 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=325 <p>Last month Declan and his wife Erica were featured in an article about millennials and religion, particularly millennials who are not religious. Declan is obviously religious but Erica is not – so who is on the “winning” side? Declan and Justin discuss the article as well as some interesting facts presented by the Pew Research […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr037-millennials-less-religious/">MBFTR037: Are Millennials Less Religious?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> Last month Declan and his wife Erica were featured in an article about millennials and religion, particularly millennials who are not religious. Declan is obviously religious but Erica is not – so who is on the “winning” side? Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 36:00 MBFTR036: Why is Slavery in the Bible? http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr036-slavery-in-bible/ Tue, 19 Jan 2016 05:02:15 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=321 <p>In honor of MLK day, Declan and Justin discuss the question “Why is Slavery in the Bible?” The logic that follows is something like: if God allowed slavery, and slavery is bad, then God must not be good or is a liar. This question is posed throughout the internet and is often poorly explained. Declan […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr036-slavery-in-bible/">MBFTR036: Why is Slavery in the Bible?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> In honor of MLK day, Declan and Justin discuss the question “Why is Slavery in the Bible?” The logic that follows is something like: if God allowed slavery, and slavery is bad, then God must not be good or is a liar. Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 33:17 MBFTR035: It Ain’t in the Bible Series – Trinity & Sunday Worship http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr035-trinity-sunday-worship/ Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:02:50 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=317 <p>Justin’s brother had a brilliant idea for a series we can do: It ain’t in the Bible. In other words, an exploration of traditions, beliefs, or things Catholics do that aren’t specifically “spelled out” in the Bible. We are kicking of this series with the Trinity and as an added bonus, why do we worship […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr035-trinity-sunday-worship/">MBFTR035: It Ain’t in the Bible Series – Trinity & Sunday Worship</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> Justin’s brother had a brilliant idea for a series we can do: It ain’t in the Bible. In other words, an exploration of traditions, beliefs, or things Catholics do that aren’t specifically “spelled out” in the Bible. Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 32:09 MBFTR034: A Super Short Thank You Episode http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr034-thank-you/ Wed, 23 Dec 2015 00:26:13 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=314 <p>It’s just Declan this week delivering a quick thank-you to all the listeners Listen to the Episode</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr034-thank-you/">MBFTR034: A Super Short Thank You Episode</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> It’s just Declan this week delivering a quick thank-you to all the listeners Listen to the Episode Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 5:20 MBFTR033: What do we do about the Syrian Refugees? http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr033-syrian-refugees/ Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:02:59 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=308 <p>The Syrian refugee crisis is on everyone’s mind, especially after the tragic events in Paris and San Bernardino. But what is the Christian response to this situation? What has Pope Francis said on the issue? Listen to the episode (click here if viewing from email) Quick Notes: There are two kinds of mercy: mercy shown […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr033-syrian-refugees/">MBFTR033: What do we do about the Syrian Refugees?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> The Syrian refugee crisis is on everyone’s mind, especially after the tragic events in Paris and San Bernardino. But what is the Christian response to this situation? What has Pope Francis said on the issue? Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 28:09 MBFTR032: Jesus is da Man! http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr032-jesus-man/ Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:02:15 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=301 <p>“If Jesus was God and man, then did baby Jesus know that he was God?” This is a legitimate question some Catholics face and it can be easily blown off as a silly one. But they have a point, if Jesus is God and man, what does that actually look like? Listen to Episode</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr032-jesus-man/">MBFTR032: Jesus is da Man!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> “If Jesus was God and man, then did baby Jesus know that he was God?” This is a legitimate question some Catholics face and it can be easily blown off as a silly one. But they have a point, if Jesus is God and man, what does that actually look like? Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 22:01 MBFTR031: What is Advent All About? http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr031-advent/ Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:02:23 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=297 <p>Advent is one of those things you’ve heard about but probably haven’t given much thought. Unlike Lent, this season in the Catholic liturgical calendar is often “underutilized.” Declan and Justin discuss what exactly is Advent and share practical tips on how to make the most of this time of year. Listen to the Episode (click […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr031-advent/">MBFTR031: What is Advent All About?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> Advent is one of those things you’ve heard about but probably haven’t given much thought. Unlike Lent, this season in the Catholic liturgical calendar is often “underutilized.” Declan and Justin discuss what exactly is Advent and share practical tips o... Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 32:22 MBFTR030: Purgatory is for Real http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr030-purgatory/ Tue, 24 Nov 2015 05:02:54 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=291 <p>People believe Purgatory was concocted by the Catholics to make more money, but did you know it’s Biblical, historical, and entirely for real! Listen to Episode (click here if viewing from email) Key Takeaways Purgatory is a state of the soul, not a place Purgatory is necessary to purify us before entering Heaven People in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr030-purgatory/">MBFTR030: Purgatory is for Real</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> People believe Purgatory was concocted by the Catholics to make more money, but did you know it’s Biblical, historical, and entirely for real! Listen to Episode (click here if viewing from email) Key Takeaways Purgatory is a state of the soul, Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 37:15 MBFTR029: Immortality and Life After Death http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr029-immortality/ Tue, 17 Nov 2015 05:02:45 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=285 <p>We’ve all heard about them, the near death experiences, people almost dying but then coming back to life only to explain that they’ve seen Heaven or God. To some it may seem crazy, but to us these people’s experiences provide insight on often unexplored questions about our mortality and what happens after we die. Listen […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr029-immortality/">MBFTR029: Immortality and Life After Death</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> We’ve all heard about them, the near death experiences, people almost dying but then coming back to life only to explain that they’ve seen Heaven or God. To some it may seem crazy, but to us these people’s experiences provide insight on often unexplore... Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 33:55 MBFTR028: God is not a Flying Spaghetti Monster http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr028-flying-spaghetti-monster/ Tue, 10 Nov 2015 05:01:44 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=273 <p>As humans, we tend to fit God into our own little boxes. In essence, we try to mold God into our own image. By doing so, we might end up rejecting God based on our own invention rather than entering into the deep mystery of the One True God. If you ever struggle with the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr028-flying-spaghetti-monster/">MBFTR028: God is not a Flying Spaghetti Monster</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> As humans, we tend to fit God into our own little boxes. In essence, we try to mold God into our own image. By doing so, we might end up rejecting God based on our own invention rather than entering into the deep mystery of the One True God. Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 26:31 MBFTR027: Is the Catholic Church a Cult? http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr027-catholic-church-cult/ Tue, 03 Nov 2015 05:01:28 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=262 <p>64% of people on debate.org believe that Catholicism is a cult. We want to reverse that sentiment by starting a conversation and help others to see that the Catholic Church absolutely isn’t a cult. Listen to the epispde (click here if viewing from email) Show overview The root of cult is derived from the Latin […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr027-catholic-church-cult/">MBFTR027: Is the Catholic Church a Cult?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> 64% of people on debate.org believe that Catholicism is a cult. We want to reverse that sentiment by starting a conversation and help others to see that the Catholic Church absolutely isn’t a cult. Listen to the epispde (click here if viewing from emai... Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 35:07 MBFTR026: Halloween Special – Exorcism http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr026-exorcism/ Tue, 27 Oct 2015 04:01:29 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=255 <p>Declan and Justin sit down with Father Brian Welding who is part of the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s exorcism task force. They pick his brain about all the misconceptions surrounding this often forgotten practice: does Hollywood depict exorcism accurately, how do you determine if someone is possessed, do people really believe in demons still? Listen to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr026-exorcism/">MBFTR026: Halloween Special – Exorcism</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> Declan and Justin sit down with Father Brian Welding who is part of the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s exorcism task force. They pick his brain about all the misconceptions surrounding this often forgotten practice: does Hollywood depict exorcism accurately, Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 50:52 MBFTR025: What does the Catholic Church say about gun control? http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr025-gun-control/ Tue, 20 Oct 2015 04:01:11 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=233 <p>What does the Catholic Church say about gun control? Declan and Justin use this hot topic to demonstrate how the Catholic Church approaches moral issues. Listen to the Episode (click here if viewing from email) Important Links: Responsibility, Rehabilitation, and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Crime and Criminal Justice Gun Control: What Does the Church […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr025-gun-control/">MBFTR025: What does the Catholic Church say about gun control?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> What does the Catholic Church say about gun control? Declan and Justin use this hot topic to demonstrate how the Catholic Church approaches moral issues. Listen to the Episode (click here if viewing from email) Important Links: Responsibility, Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 26:46 MBFTR024: Purposeful Dating – An Interview with Sue Haggerty of Catholic Match http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr024-purposeful-dating-sue-haggerty/ Tue, 13 Oct 2015 04:01:05 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=228 <p>Declan and Justin sit down with Catholic Match’s Sue Haggery to discuss purposeful dating. Listen to the Episode (click here if viewing from email) Extra Links Sue’s writings on Catholic Match The Catholic’s Guide to Being Single Purposeful Dating Guide Online Dating Guide 2.0</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr024-purposeful-dating-sue-haggerty/">MBFTR024: Purposeful Dating – An Interview with Sue Haggerty of Catholic Match</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> Declan and Justin sit down with Catholic Match’s Sue Haggery to discuss purposeful dating. Listen to the Episode (click here if viewing from email) Extra Links Sue’s writings on Catholic Match The Catholic’s Guide to Being Single Purposeful Dating Guid... Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 32:50 MBFTR023: When the Saints Go Marching In (Part 2) http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr023-saints-part-2/ Tue, 06 Oct 2015 04:01:22 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=224 <p>Declan and Justin discuss how the Catholic church “proves” that someone is a Saint with a capital “S.” In part two of this episode, the canonization process is clarified, Justin talks about “seeing” Pope Francis in DC, and the newly minted Saint Junipero Serra is lightly discussed. Listen to the Episode (click here if viewing […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr023-saints-part-2/">MBFTR023: When the Saints Go Marching In (Part 2)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> Declan and Justin discuss how the Catholic church “proves” that someone is a Saint with a capital “S.” In part two of this episode, the canonization process is clarified, Justin talks about “seeing” Pope Francis in DC, Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 24:53 MBFTR022: When the Saints Go Marching In (Part 1) http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr022-saints-part-1/ Tue, 29 Sep 2015 04:01:23 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=216 <p>Part 1 of this two part episode is all about one big question: do we even need the saints? Listen to episode (click here if viewing from email) Show overview We are all on the same team, they are like our assistant coaches. The saints are perfect models and examples of the Christian life. The […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr022-saints-part-1/">MBFTR022: When the Saints Go Marching In (Part 1)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> Part 1 of this two part episode is all about one big question: do we even need the saints? Listen to episode (click here if viewing from email) Show overview We are all on the same team, they are like our assistant coaches. Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 18:12 MBFTR021: 5 Misused, Misquoted, and Misunderstood Bible Verses http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr021-misused-misquoted-misunderstood-bible-verses/ Wed, 23 Sep 2015 01:36:30 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=211 <p>There are some pretty wild things in the Bible, Declan and Justin attempt to shed some light on 5 misused, misquoted, and misunderstood Bible verses! Listen to Episode (click here if viewing from email) 5 Bible Verses Discussed in Episode: Ephesians 5:22 – “Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord.” Matthew […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr021-misused-misquoted-misunderstood-bible-verses/">MBFTR021: 5 Misused, Misquoted, and Misunderstood Bible Verses</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> There are some pretty wild things in the Bible, Declan and Justin attempt to shed some light on 5 misused, misquoted, and misunderstood Bible verses! Listen to Episode (click here if viewing from email) 5 Bible Verses Discussed in Episode: Ephesians 5:... Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 23:21 MBFTR020: Church Hacks – 13 Ways to Get the Most Out of Going to Mass http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr020-church-hacks/ Wed, 16 Sep 2015 00:43:07 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=207 <p>Declan and Justin take a second stab at this episode (after a first recording debacle) and serve up a juicy list of “hacks” anyone can use to get more out of going to Church. If you think “I get nothing out of church” or “church is boring” this episode is for you! Listen to the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr020-church-hacks/">MBFTR020: Church Hacks – 13 Ways to Get the Most Out of Going to Mass</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> Declan and Justin take a second stab at this episode (after a first recording debacle) and serve up a juicy list of “hacks” anyone can use to get more out of going to Church. If you think “I get nothing out of church” or “church is boring” this episode... Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 27:21 MBFTR019: Enough with the Yo Mamma Jokes http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr019-mary/ Tue, 01 Sep 2015 04:01:18 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=200 <p>Catholics love their mother, the Virgin Mother that is. However, Catholics are sometimes accused of Mary worship. Declan and Justin bring up 5 important points to consider before making these accusations. Listen to the Episode Show overview: Shameless self promotion of Declan’s blog millennialtype.com 5 points about Mary: God chose to send the Savior into […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr019-mary/">MBFTR019: Enough with the Yo Mamma Jokes</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> Catholics love their mother, the Virgin Mother that is. However, Catholics are sometimes accused of Mary worship. Declan and Justin bring up 5 important points to consider before making these accusations. Listen to the Episode Show overview: Shameless ... Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 21:24 MBFTR018: Catholics Love Their Bread http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr018-catholics-love-their-bread/ Tue, 25 Aug 2015 10:19:54 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=195 <p>Catholics are well known for their love of a simple piece of bread – the Eucharist. But what is it? And why is it such a big deal? Declan and Justin tackle the “source and summit” of the Catholic faith. Listen to the Episode Show overview: The story of Pedro Arrupe Where in the Bible […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr018-catholics-love-their-bread/">MBFTR018: Catholics Love Their Bread</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> Why are Catholics so in love with bread they call the Eucharist? Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 30:29 MBFTR017: Letting God Into the Bedroom – Natural Family Planning http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr017-letting-god-into-the-bedroom-natural-family-planning/ Tue, 18 Aug 2015 04:01:31 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=186 <p>In this week’s episode Declan and Justin talk about the only Catholic Church approved method of family planning – Natural Family Planning (NFP) NFP ain’t your grandma’s Rhythm Method. It’s a much more sophisticated (and scientific) method which involves tracking the Basal body temperature and cervical mucus patterns of the woman to determine her fertility […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr017-letting-god-into-the-bedroom-natural-family-planning/">MBFTR017: Letting God Into the Bedroom – Natural Family Planning</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> In this week’s episode Declan and Justin talk about the only Catholic Church approved method of family planning – Natural Family Planning (NFP) NFP ain’t your grandma’s Rhythm Method. It’s a much more sophisticated (and scientific) method which involve... Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 23:47 MBFTR016: 6 People You Didn’t Know are Catholic http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr016-6-people-you-didnt-know-are-catholic/ Tue, 11 Aug 2015 04:01:44 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=176 <p>We take a break from hot topic misconceptions about the Catholic faith and talk about a short list of people who aren’t typically associated with their Catholic faith. Listen to the episode (click here if viewing from email) The 6 People You Didn’t Know are Catholic Andy Warhol Roberto Clemente Neil Walker (yes we start […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr016-6-people-you-didnt-know-are-catholic/">MBFTR016: 6 People You Didn’t Know are Catholic</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> We take a break from hot topic misconceptions about the Catholic faith and talk about a short list of people who aren’t typically associated with their Catholic faith. Listen to the episode (click here if viewing from email) The 6 People You Didn’t Kno... Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 27:16 MBFTR015: The Beginners Guide to Catholic Confession http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr015-the-beginners-guide-to-catholic-confession/ Tue, 04 Aug 2015 04:01:09 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=169 <p>Declan and Justin talk about why Catholics confess directly to priests and not privately like other denominations. They also provide their listeners with a handy Beginners Guide to Confession for anyone who’s never been to confession or haven’t gone in a long time. Listen to the episode (click here if viewing from email) Show overview: […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr015-the-beginners-guide-to-catholic-confession/">MBFTR015: The Beginners Guide to Catholic Confession</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> Declan and Justin talk about why Catholics confess directly to priests and not privately like other denominations. They also provide their listeners with a handy Beginners Guide to Confession for anyone who’s never been to confession or haven’t gone in... Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 25:14 MBFTR014: Everything and Anything About Baptism http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr014-everything-and-anything-about-baptism/ Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:01:05 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=163 <p>Declan and Justin talk about Baptism in the Catholic faith. Although not a controversial issue, Baptism is often misunderstood or thrown aside in today’s culture. Listen to the episode (click here if viewing from email) Show overview: The fruits of Baptism are…(you’ll have to listen to find out) What exactly is original sin? What is […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr014-everything-and-anything-about-baptism/">MBFTR014: Everything and Anything About Baptism</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> Declan and Justin talk about Baptism in the Catholic faith. Although not a controversial issue, Baptism is often misunderstood or thrown aside in today’s culture. Listen to the episode (click here if viewing from email) Show overview: The fruits of Bap... Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 24:27 MBFTR013: Chastity is for Lovers – an interview with author Arleen Spenceley http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr013-chastity-is-for-lovers/ Tue, 14 Jul 2015 04:01:02 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=149 <p>Declan and Justin sit down with Arleen Spenceley, writer for the Tampa Bay Times and author of Chastity is for Lovers, to discuss common misconceptions about chastity, virginity, and Catholic sexual ethics. Listen to the Episode (click here if viewing from email) Fun links: Chastity is for Lovers on Amazon Arleen’s blog Arleen’s article about […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr013-chastity-is-for-lovers/">MBFTR013: Chastity is for Lovers – an interview with author Arleen Spenceley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> Declan and Justin sit down with Arleen Spenceley, writer for the Tampa Bay Times and author of Chastity is for Lovers, to discuss common misconceptions about chastity, virginity, and Catholic sexual ethics. Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 23:04 MBFTR012: Priests Don’t Got Game (Is that why they can’t marry?) http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr012-priests-dont-got-game-is-that-why-they-cant-marry/ Wed, 08 Jul 2015 04:01:08 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=144 <p>Why can’t Catholic priests marry? Short answer: they actually can marry. Long answer: well, you’ll just have to listen to find out. Declan and Justin clarify an often misunderstood concept about the priesthood: celibacy. In this episode you’ll learn  three reasons why priests choose not to marry, a few disputes to popular arguments against priest […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr012-priests-dont-got-game-is-that-why-they-cant-marry/">MBFTR012: Priests Don’t Got Game (Is that why they can’t marry?)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> Why can’t Catholic priests marry? Short answer: they actually can marry. Long answer: well, you’ll just have to listen to find out. Declan and Justin clarify an often misunderstood concept about the priesthood: celibacy. Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 24:28 MBFTR011: What is prayer? Does it work? http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr011-what-is-prayer-does-it-work/ Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:01:39 +0000 http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/?p=133 <p>After a few weeks of “downtime” Declan and Justin are back at it talking about something important to them both: Prayer. What exactly is prayer? How do Catholics pray? And is pray effective? All of these questions, and many more, are answered in this episode of MBFTR! Listen to the Episode: (click here if viewing […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com/mbftr011-what-is-prayer-does-it-work/">MBFTR011: What is prayer? Does it work?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mybestfriendtherhino.com">My Best Friend the Rhino</a>.</p> After a few weeks of “downtime” Declan and Justin are back at it talking about something important to them both: Prayer. What exactly is prayer? How do Catholics pray? And is pray effective? All of these questions, and many more, Declan Wilson and Justin Tomko | Two Regular Catholic Dudes clean 29:05