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31 Interview: Fr. Ermatinger – Are There Objective Truths?

October 14, 2021

In today’s episode we welcome Fr. Cliff Ermatinger, a Priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. He is a writer, and has worked as a spiritual director, retreat master, and lecturer on spirituality for many years. He has a BA from Gonzaga University in philosophy, and a PhL and STL from Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University, in Rome.

He wrote several books on the spiritual life, and on how to combat evil in our lives. Some of those books are: “If you knew the gift of God”; “Common Nonsense: 25 Fallacies about Life... refuted”; “The Devil’s Role in the Spiritual Life” and his latest book “The Trouble with Magic”.

In today’s episode we will speak about the book “Common Nonsense”, particularly about the fallacy of Relativism. Relativism is a philosophical doctrine that claims that there is no absolute and objective truth. In our next episode we will discuss another of his books, “The Trouble with Magic.”

- Links to some of Fr. Cliff Ermatinger’s books: Customer reviews: The Trouble with Magic: Our Failed Search for More and Christ's fulfillment of our Desires

Common Nonsense: 25 Fallacies about Life... book by Cliff Ermatinger (

The Devil's Role in the Spiritual Life:... book by Cliff Ermatinger (

- Fr. Patrick Wainwright is a priest of Miles Christi, a Catholic Religious Order.

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- Recorded at our Family Center in South Lyon, Michigan.

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