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Joe Heschmeyer

Seminarian for Archdiocese of Kansas City, KS

Until May 2012, Joe Heschmeyer was an attorney in Washington, D.C., specializing in litigation. These days, he is a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, and can use all the prayers he can get. Follow Joe through his blog, Shameless Popery.

Joe Heschmeyer Latest Blog Posts

Does the Immaterial Exist?

by Joe Heschmeyer . September 06, 2017 . 14 Comments

One of the most common arguments from atheists is that matter is all that there is, and that the immaterial (God, angels, the human soul, etc.) simply doesn’t exist. This position is generally called “philoso...

Atheism and the Problem of Beauty

by Joe Heschmeyer . August 30, 2017 . 8 Comments

A lot has been said about the “problem of pain.” Why, if God is both loving and all-powerful, is there still suffering in the world? The question is a challenge for Catholics, as for all theists. As believers, we h...

Christianity: A Bargain That Will Cost You Everything

by Joe Heschmeyer . June 30, 2017 . 4 Comments

Sometimes, when we talk about Christianity, we present it as a great deal. “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light,” Jesus says (Matthew 11:30). But other times, it sounds like Christianity is costly. Rememb...

Does Teaching Religion “Brainwash” Kids?

by Joe Heschmeyer . June 21, 2017 . 0 Comments

Is teaching children religion brainwashing? The question was posed at, and an astounding 86% of respondents said yes. So why should Christian parents share the Gospel with their childr...

St. Justin Martyr on the Eucharist and the Ancient Mass

by Joe Heschmeyer . June 01, 2017 . 2 Comments

Today's saint, St. Justin Martyr, laid out one of the earliest descriptions of the Mass in his First Apology, written between 153 and 155 A.D. It’s great, because it offers a simplified version ...