Catholic Banter

Catholic Banter

A podcast all about Catholic ministry and life, with a slight bias towards youth and young adult ministry. Join Jack Regan and Lizzie Wakeling for polite seasoned banter on a variety of different topics. Get in touch on Twitter/ Facebook @CatholicBants


February 5, 2021 39 min

Jack & Lizzie start their new series on the sacraments by looking - quite naturally - at Baptism. What is it? And how does it change us? What does it mean to be baptised people?

The book Jack mentioned isn't called 'What's in a name?' at all, but rather The Power of the Name, by Kallistos Ware

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Jack and Lizzie continue with the Discovery Course from CCO. They also talk about Trump, Biden, politics, Covid, Snow and why Lizzie's mic sounds funny. Enjoy...

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December 20, 2020 39 min

In a rare unplanned episode, Jack and Lizzie discuss vaccine ethics, Catholic humour, ecumenical councils, 'Catholic guilt' and the Primary of Conscience.

Note that this episode was recorded before the new Covid rules were announced and Lizzie (poor Lizzie!) was put in to Tier 4.

To get in touch we are @CatholicBants on Twitter or Facebook.

Here's the stuff we mentioned:

Unvirtuous Abbey Facebook Page
O Come, Emmanuel (...

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November 15, 2020 44 min

This week, Jack and Lizzie discuss the latest Encyclical from Pope Francis. Yeah, it's like a really long letter where the Pope teaches us stuff - and this one's really good. It's got a lot to say about the world we live in. So, sit back as Jack and Lizzie talk about Francis, Trump, Biden, Nukes, War, Politics, and - of course - banter!

Here's the YouTube video Jack was on about!

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We're back! Admit it - you've missed us, right?

In this first episode of the new season, Jack and Lizzie go through the 'Discover Course' from CCO and talk about the Love of God.

Despite the title, the episode isn't actually really about the aforementioned Cory Asbury song, but here is the video Jack refers to.

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August 1, 2020 6 min

Just a quick one to explain that we're on a summer break and we'll be back in September with some great new content.

To be honest, that explanationpretty much nails it, but you should probably listen to this very short trailer anyway. I mean, it's only six minutes of your life, it makes us look more popular and, you know... banter!

Have a good summer you lovely people.

As ever, we're on Facebook/ Twitter @CatholicB...

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In possibly our most awesome episode yet, we're joined by a brand new priest. 

Father Tom Kent was ordained on Saturday July 11th, just six days before we recorded. He sat down to speak to us about his journey, his training, what it's like being a priest and whether (as Jack suggested) he looks at bread in a different way now he's got the power to turn it in to Jesus..?

A really moving interview, and a great insight into ...

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This time, we take a look at some common myths about the Catholic Church that we might hear from our non-Catholic-but-still-Christian friends. Do we worship Mary? Do we think confession is like a carwash? Do we think the bible doesn't matter that much? Do we think there's a scorecard up in Heaven?

The answer is clearly NO. Wanna see how we get there?

As ever, get in touch on Twitter or Facebook @CatholicBants and if you&#...

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This week, Jack and Lizzie talk about sainthood and a few of their favourite saints. These are the guys and girls we talk about:

The big ones:

St John Paul II
St Bernadette
St Therese of Lisieux
St Michael the Archangel
St Philip Howard
St John Bosco

And the ones we briefly touched on:

St Clement of Alexandria
St Wilfrid
St Augustine
St Thomas Aquinas
St Dymphna
St Blaise (not spelled 'blaze' as Jack thought when he was typing this!)
St A...

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Join Jack and Lizzie as they take apart some commonly held - yet totally untrue - assumptions about the Catholic Church. Did the Church help Hitler? Do we hate the gay community? Is the Church full of abusers? Are we anti-women?

I mean, it's not the most laugh-out-loud episode, clearly, but hopefully still worth your while.

As ever, get in touch on Twitter or Facebook - @CatholicBants, and if you're feeling nice head to t...

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Jack and Lizzie talk about whether or not we can prove and defend the resurrection. I mean, we can, of course, but it's kinda fun seeing how they get there! They also talk about what it means to have a relationship with the Risen Christ, and a few other random things like escape rooms!

As ever, get in touch on Twitter @CatholicBants and if you feel like it, give us a nice 5* review.

Here's the stuff we mention:

The Chosen

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This week, we're joined by our first guest, the brilliant Father David King, who gets in on the banter and talks to us about life as a priest in the lockdown, about his journey to faith and, most of all, about evangelisation.

How can we reach other people and let them know how amazing this whole Jesus thing is? What is evangelisation really about? And, what do vampires have to do with it all? Hit play and find out!

As ever, get i...

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Join Jack and Lizzie as they bite off way more than they can chew in an unusually theology-heavy podcast looking at Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body.

What does it mean to be human? Why do we have bodies? What is sexuality really all about? And how does that link to the Trinity, the Church, the Incarnation, and, well basically everything!?

As ever, get in touch on Twitter @CatholicBants, and if you like this stuff, wh...

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Following on from the last episode on Faith & Science, we take a look at some of science's darker accomplishments and how we decide which tools to use, which to use sparingly, and which to keep in the drawer. It's a good one. I mean, I'm biased, but still...

We look at things like 'double effect', abortion, nukes, warfare, drones, AI, and a few other bits. We also have our usual random banter that holds the w...

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We're celebrating the fact that we're still in lockdown by asking if faith and science are compatible..?

I mean... (spoiler alert...) they are. They totally are. But it's worth having a listen to see how we get there!

Also - check out 'Easter Journey 2020' a beautiful set of reflections for young people, which Lizzie is involved in -

One more thing before I hit 'Publish&#...

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March 24, 2020 33 min

In this - shorter than usual - episode, we reflect on what it means to be a Catholic Christian in this time of Covid-19, Lockdown, and online Mass streaming. We try to look for the positives, try to help you to make sense of it, and offer a few tips for staying connected and looking after yourself and each other.

Yes, even amid a global pandemic, there is still time for banter!

As ever, if you want to get in touch @CatholicBants


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This week Jack and Lizzie shamelessly retreat into very familiar territory as they talk about youth ministry. What is youth ministry? Who is it for? What's working? What's not? And who is likely to win this year's Champion's League.

Okay, well not the last one, but definitely the others. 


As ever, you can get in touch by Emailing or by reaching out on Twitter @CatholicBants, or just by...

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January 24, 2020 45 min

For Episode 3, we’re talking about songs. Mostly Christian ones, but we’ve thrown in a few wildcards as well. If you want to get in touch, we’re on Twitter @CatholicBants. 

Here – before you ask - are the songs we discuss with some links. Enjoy…

Our God Reigns -

Daughter of God -

Bread of Life -

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January 10, 2020 62 min

We're back for Episode 2, and we're talking about books! Catholic books, Christian (but not Catholic) books, and books that make us think. Follow us on Twitter @CatholicBants 

Here, in no particular order, the books we discussed...

Rebuilt, Fr Michael White and Tom Corcoran
Forming Intentional Disciples, Sherry Weddell
Divine Renovation, Fr James Mallon
Renew Your Wonders, Damian Stayne
Mass Exodus, Stephen Bullivant
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December 17, 2019 45 min

In this first episode, we look at all things World Youth Day. As 2020 approaches, Catholic youth officers the world over will be starting to prepare for the tri-annual (ish) Catholic mega festival, so what better place to start.

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