In this episode: Deadpool 2, looking back at E3, God the Father and Father’s Day, the FIFA World Cup, soccer spy apps, fitness apps and gadgets integration, Wayward Pines book review (first impressions).

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  • Hi Father Roderick, I’m a longtime fan and listener since your very first podcast and still love all you do. I especially appreciate your interweaving of personal and very knowledgeable comments on the Catholic faith and practice with comments on the many aspects of current culture you are familiar with.
    In the Father’s Day episode, however, I had one comment to make. You were commenting on how the Trinity is often poorly explained and understood, which as someone trained in church history and history of theology I can truly appreciate. However, you said (twice) that the notion of Father, Son and Holy Spirit is not a notion that they are three persons. Now, I realise that in common parlance we think of a ‘person’ as an individual, and clearly we don’t believe in three separate Gods but one God. Yet as I understand Trinitarian theology since the Church Fathers and Aquinas, etc., the vocabulary used has been precisely that God is one substance, three persons. Or one being. Now that the English translation of the Creed has restored the word ‘consubstantial’ to describe the relation between the first and the second persons (!) of the Trinity, people may once again become familiar with the theological use of the term ‘substance’. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, # 253 restates this doctrine in these terms as well: “The Trinity is One. We do not confess three Gods, but one God in three persons, the “consubstantial Trinity”.”

    And by the way, a fun fact – yes it’s true that current French prayers address God in the informal (‘tu’) form, and older (19th-century) texts used to address God as ‘vous’. However, in English, th’e ‘thee’/’thou’ form was in fact the less formal (tu in French, je in Dutch) form, but as it has become archaic, people now assume it was the formal form of address.
    The reason English Quakers, for example, now sound a bit quaint in continuing to address each other as ‘thee’ is that at the time of their founding they insisted on a form of egalitarianism among the people of God that the rest of British (Anglican, establishment) society did not consider acceptable when an ‘inferior’ addressed a ‘superior’ socially. Now it sounds as if the Quakers were treating each other MORE formally, not less, by using thee/thou/thine.

    Just my two cents’ worth as I really love your shows and think they do great service to the Catholic and non-Catholic worlds alike!
    Monica Sandor
    Brussels, Belgium (Canadian expat)

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