Today we continue our discussion of the eight principles of the Word on Fire Movement by focusing on the fifth principle, “Affirmative Orthodoxy.” This term, originating with John Allen, Jr., refers to a positive presentation of what the Church teaches, an emphasis on the Catholic “Yes!” more than a finger-wagging “No!” A listener asks how we concretely love people in difficult situations.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 – Introduction and the Erasmus lecture
  • 3:00 – What is Affirmative Orthodoxy?
  • 6:30 – Why is Affirmative Orthodoxy important to evangelization?
  • 8:30 – G.K. Chesterton’s adventurous orthodoxy
  • 11:30 – How do we frame Affirmative Orthodoxy around modern sexual morality?
  • 16:30 – How is it possible to maintain Affirmative Orthodoxy during a debate?
  • 19:30 – What are some good Affirmative Orthodoxy strategies?
  • 20:45 – How can we concretely love people in difficult situations?


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2 comments on “WOF 102: Affirmative Orthodoxy

  1. kelly linfoot Nov 20, 2017

    Sexual is a passion of love

  2. Steve Walsh Nov 24, 2017

    These podcasts have become an important part of my weekly meditations. The extended discussions enrich my knowledge of the Catholic Church and bring concrete meaning to the definition of wisdom from the book of Job – wisdom is “fear of the Lord”.