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Joe Heschmeyer

Previously a litigator in Washington D.C. and then a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Joe Heschmeyer now works as an instructor at Holy Family School of Faith. He blogs at Shameless Popery, and alongside co-host Chloe Langr, has a weekly podcast called The Catholic Podcast. 

Joe Heschmeyer Latest Blog Posts

How Should We Understand Old Testament Human Sacrifice?

There’s a difference between the Bible describing something, and the Bible endorsing it.

by Joe Heschmeyer . February 18, 2019 . 0 Comments

The Hebrews (and especially the authors of Scripture) were aghast at the practice of human sacrifice in the cultures around them…even though some of their own rulers were sometimes guilty of it. 2 Kings 16:2-3 say...

What Makes a “Holiday”? A Theory of Festivity

What does it mean to celebrate?

by Joe Heschmeyer . December 18, 2018 . 0 Comments

The twentieth-century philosopher Josef Pieper (1904-1997) explored this question seriously in a book called In Tune with the World: A Theory of Festivity. He noticed that a lot of philosophical thinking about celeb...

The Immaculate Conception: A Gift for You

Mary isn’t chosen because she’s so great; she’s so great because she’s chosen.

by Joe Heschmeyer . December 07, 2018 . 0 Comments

One of the tragedies of the Protestant Reformation is that it resulted in a lot of Protestants squeamish about talking about the Virgin Mary, and a lot of Catholics squeamish about talking about grace and predestination ...

Rembrandt and the Queen of Heaven

Mary reflects and magnifies the image of God in a singular way.

by Joe Heschmeyer . November 21, 2018 . 0 Comments

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) is the greatest and most famous painter of the Dutch Golden Age. While he’s perhaps most famous for paintings like The Return of the Prodigal Son, he also is believed to have pai...

Preparing for Battle: 7 Tips from St. Paul on Evangelization

by Joe Heschmeyer . October 19, 2018 . 0 Comments

In the face of seemingly endless scandals in the Catholic Church, a lot of non-Catholics are asking some variation of “Why are you still Catholic?” to their Catholic friends and loved ones. Behind this questi...