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Pope Francis and the attempt to destroy the crown jewel of Pope John Paul II’s legacy

Diane Montagna is LifeSite's Rome correspondent. Before joining LifeSite, she translated papal addresses under the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI for Zenit News Agency. She has also served as a translator for the English edition of the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. In this episode 22 of the John-Henry Westen Show, she talked to me about the controversy surrounding the "purge" taking place at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Rome. 

Terri Schiavo’s brother shares inside story of their fight to keep her alive

Jonathon Van Maren speaks with Bobby Schindler, brother of Terri Schiavo, on this week’s episode of The Van Maren Show. Schindler advocates for the medically vulnerable and is a full-time advocate, speaker, and writer. He starts the conversation sharing what it was like to grow up with Terri; sharing the real happiness before the tragic story of her death. “Terri was always one that was always laughing in the house, whether it was at my dad’s corny jokes or just whatever.” It wasn’t long after the entire Schindler family relocated to Florida that things started to deteriorate. And then on February 25, 1990, Terri collapsed in her home while alone with Michael and Schindler was called by his father to go check on her. Schindler then shares what was happening in the weeks and months following the initial collapse. Throughout the whole episode, Schindler provides details about each stage of his family's fight to keep Terri alive. 

Prof Janet Smith on the sexual abuse crisis: ‘The Bishops are the problem’...and ‘disappointment’ with Francis

Dr. Janet Smith has been a professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit for the last 18 years. She retired this past July (one year earlier than originally planned) because of her interest in investigating the sex abuse crisis in the Church. In this episode 21 of the John-Henry Westen Show, she talks to me about the root causes of the crisis as well as the “disappointing” papacy of Pope Francis.

Protecting young minds: how to porn-proof your home and children

Jonathon Van Maren dives into one of the most serious issues our culture is facing today, which is pornography. We all know pornography is an issue, even within Christian communities, but what can we do to protect our families? Kristen Jenson answers this question during this week’s episode of The Van Maren Show. 


Jenson is the author of Good Pictures, Bad Pictures: Porn-Proofing Today’s Young Kids and Good Pictures, Bad Pictures Jr: A Simple Plan to Protect Young Minds. As the founder of Protect Young Minds and mother of three, she works to help parents porn-proof their homes and their children. Van Maren seeks to answer the many questions he’s received from parents on what they can be doing in their own homes, and Jenson provides some amazing information.

Taylor Marshall discusses the plot to destroy the Church from within

Taylor Marshall is a bestselling Catholic writer and co-host of the hit podcast The Dr. Taylor Marshall Catholic Show. On this episode 20 of The John-Henry Westen Show, he talks with me about his new book Infiltration: The Plot to Destroy the Church from Within. Our fascinating discussion covers everything from his conversion to Catholicism, Freemasonry, and the Saint Gallen mafia.

The awesome story of how this mom of 4 founded the largest pro-life group in N. Ireland

This week’s episode of The Van Maren Show gives us a deep look into the pro-life movement in Northern Ireland as it stands right now, and what the possibilities are moving forward. Jonathon Van Maren has an amazing conversation with Bernadette Smyth, founder of the largest pro-life group in Northern Ireland, Precious Life. She also founded Youth for Life, which is a project of Precious Life, whose aim is to equip the next generation with the skills needed to keep abortion illegal in Northern Ireland. Smyth shares with listeners how she got into the pro-life movement and then dives deep into how she was able to start Precious Life over 23 years ago, and how she’s been able to sustain and grow this organization over the years. 

Are the end-times predicted in the Scriptures upon us? - Part 2 of 2

Michael O’Brien is a Catholic novelist, author, painter, and speaker. He is the author of the best-selling book Father Elijah: An Apocalypse, which has been translated into many languages. On this part 2 of a two-part episode of The John-Henry Westen Show, he explains how hell isn't empty and speaks about the end-times. He also shares what gives him hope amid the massive confusion in the Church and the role of Mary in salvation history.

Episode 27: Exposing the fraudulent research that sparked the sexual revolution

In this week’s episode of The Van Maren Show, Jonathon Van Maren speaks with Dr. Judith Reisman, a research professor at Liberty University School of Law and Director of the Child Protection Institute. Dr. Reisman is a giant in the science and sexology community with many accolades and accomplishments. Today, he speaks with Reisman about her pioneering work in exposing the fraudulent sex ‘research’ work of Dr. Alfred Kinsey. For those unfamiliar, Dr. Kinsley’s science played a role in bringing the sexual revolution to America, in modern LGBT laws, inflated LGBT propaganda statistics, and in a way responsible for the overall acceptance of the LGBT movement. You can read more about Dr. Kinsey by searching for him in the search bar. 

Dr. Reisman got into this work in an effort to gain understanding after her own daughter was sexually abused by the boy upstairs. In her journey, she dove into the link between pornography and child sexualization, something most people don’t realize are related. As airburshing of pornography increased, the images being created resembled the features of a teenager and a grown woman combined. This ‘idealized’ image and the prevenlance of pseudo children pornography blurred the boundaries between adult and child bodies.

As they continue with the interview, Van Maren and Reisman dive into the research and impacts of Dr. Alfred Kinsey. Dr. Kinsey wrote two wildly popular books, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. At the time, these books were marketed as the behind the scenes look at what everyone was doing sexually, but no one wanted to talk about. The claim was that no one was actually following Judeo-Christian standards; that 10% of the population was homoseuxal, that 69% of men used prostitutes, and that 84% of single women aborted their children. These books effectively normalized for all of society the behavior of the abnormal sexual deviant and sparked the sexual revolution. 

Many accepted Kinsey’s bunk research and saw it as liberty to pursue such behaviors and to change laws. Dr. Reisman speaks about the fallacies and biases in Kinsey’s research, including his own twisted personal background and behavior. She also delves into the political motives and movements that supported the spread of Kinsey’s research. There were many changes to moral penal code made based on Kinsey’s research that allowed for the spread of deviant sexual behavior. 

Dr. Reisman also discussed the pushback she has received in publishing and publicizing her findings on Kinsey’s research. The Kinsey Foundation threatened to sue CNN for allowing Reisman to speak about her findings and she is rarely invited to speak, even at anti-pornorgraphy conferences and universities. The political power that supported Kinsey and the rapid spread of the sexual revolution lives on even today. 

You won’t want to miss this episode, it is jam packed with little known, but very important information on the rise of the sexual revolution.

Mass apostasy, doctrinal confusion sure signs of anti-Christ - Part 1 of 2

Michael O’Brien is a Catholic novelist, author, painter, and speaker. He is the author of the best-selling book Father Elijah: An Apocalypse, which has been translated into many languages. On this part 1 of a two-part episode of The John-Henry Westen Show, he talks with me about the mass apostasy in the Church, the anti-Christ, and why so many Catholics are falling away from the faith.

Episode 26: Ex-porn star reveals the evils behind the scenes of the porn industry


In this week’s episode of The Van Maren Show, former porn star Deanna Spangler shares how she rose to fame in the pornography industry and why she finally got out.

Van Maren and Spangler speak about her difficult childhood, which included her parents introducing her to pornography when she was just six years old. Spangler explains that after her early exposure to pornography and the death of her mother when she was 10, she began engaging in prostitution. She easily slid into pornography from there, she tells Van Maren. They discuss the close connection between prostitution and pornography, and the degradation and shame women feel that keeps them trapped in this spiral.  

Spangler also discusses truly horrific things – including assault and abuse – and the rise in violent pornography due to television becoming more and more graphic. 

After a dramatic encounter with a man addicted to pornography that ended with him taking his own life, she eventually left the industry. Spangler then went to a Christian seminary and now helps men and women addicted to pornography. This shocking episode exposes the dehumanizing and trapping effects of the pornography industry on women, and the great evils swirling all around the evil of pornography.