Ask Christopher West

Christopher and Wendy West answer questions about faith, life, love, and sexuality, in light of John Paul II's Theology of the Body.

About the show

Since the early 90's, author and speaker Christopher West has devoted his life to spreading John Paul II's revolutionary teaching on human life, love, and sexuality: The Theology of the Body. His beloved wife Wendy, mother of their five children, has served as his confidante, friend, and support through these long years of ministry. In this podcast, Christopher and Wendy combine their wisdom to tackle the toughest questions dealing with vocation, sexuality, marriage, and the Catholic faith.

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Episodes

  • HE IS RISEN | ACW222

    April 10th, 2023  |  39 mins 48 secs
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    How have you instilled Theology of the Body in your children? Do you think we will be naked in heaven? Any advice for getting my boyfriend on board with using NFP as a protestant?

    Ask Christopher West is a weekly podcast in which Theology of the Body Institute President Christopher West and his beloved wife Wendy share their humor and wisdom, answering questions about marriage, relationships, life, and the Catholic faith, all in light of John Paul II’s beautiful teachings on the Theology of the Body.

  • Is the Soul Greater than the Body? | ACW221

    April 3rd, 2023  |  58 mins 26 secs
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    Even though I know God loves me, infedelity in my parents marriage and rejection from my family has left me feeling unloved by God. How can I apply Theology of the Body to my life? What does Theology of the Body have to say about the claim that the soul is more important than the body? What advice would you give for engaged couples who have a past with sexual sin and pornography?

    Ask Christopher West is a weekly podcast in which Theology of the Body Institute President Christopher West and his beloved wife Wendy share their humor and wisdom, answering questions about marriage, relationships, life, and the Catholic faith, all in light of John Paul II’s beautiful teachings on the Theology of the Body.

  • Is My Marriage Valid? | ACW220

    March 27th, 2023  |  49 mins 43 secs
    catholic, catholic answers, catholic podcast, catholic questions, christian, christopher west, faith formation, faith questions, john paul ii, jpii, theology of the body, theology of the body institute

    Can you unpack the reason there is no such thing as "same sex marriage"? How do I know that my marriage is valid if the Church is able to issue a decree of nulity? Is it wrong that I'm somtimes attracted to priests?

    Ask Christopher West is a weekly podcast in which Theology of the Body Institute President Christopher West and his beloved wife Wendy share their humor and wisdom, answering questions about marriage, relationships, life, and the Catholic faith, all in light of John Paul II’s beautiful teachings on the Theology of the Body.

  • Living Chastely as a Same Sex Couple? | ACW219

    March 20th, 2023  |  48 mins 31 secs
    catholic, catholic answers, catholic podcast, catholic questions, christian, christopher west, faith formation, faith questions, john paul ii, jpii, theology of the body, theology of the body institute

    Is there something wrong with me if I'm in my twenties and haven't ever dated? Is it possible to live chastely as a same sex couple? What advice do you have for creating a prayerful and reverent wedding night?

    Ask Christopher West is a weekly podcast in which Theology of the Body Institute President Christopher West and his beloved wife Wendy share their humor and wisdom, answering questions about marriage, relationships, life, and the Catholic faith, all in light of John Paul II’s beautiful teachings on the Theology of the Body.

  • Why haven't I heard this? | ACW218

    March 13th, 2023  |  43 mins 23 secs
    catholic, catholic answers, catholic podcast, catholic questions, christian, christopher west, faith formation, faith questions, john paul ii, jpii, theology of the body, theology of the body institute

    Why don't Catholic schools teach Theology of the Body? My husband got a vasectomy against my convictions. . . should I still insist that we abstain when we need to avoid a pregnancy? What do recommend to single women, disirng to be married but struggling with perfectionism?

    Ask Christopher West is a weekly podcast in which Theology of the Body Institute President Christopher West and his beloved wife Wendy share their humor and wisdom, answering questions about marriage, relationships, life, and the Catholic faith, all in light of John Paul II’s beautiful teachings on the Theology of the Body.

  • Can NFP be Contraceptive? | ACW217

    March 6th, 2023  |  50 mins 55 secs
    catholic, catholic answers, catholic podcast, catholic questions, christian, christopher west, faith formation, faith questions, john paul ii, jpii, theology of the body, theology of the body institute

    I know we are no longer bound by them, but what was the line of thinking behind Jewish purity laws? We used natural family planning with a contraceptive mentality and it wounded our marriage. . . do you have any advice? In a world of so much confusion about one's own image, gender, belonging, how can mothers and fathers nourish our children's identities?

    Ask Christopher West is a weekly podcast in which Theology of the Body Institute President Christopher West and his beloved wife Wendy share their humor and wisdom, answering questions about marriage, relationships, life, and the Catholic faith, all in light of John Paul II’s beautiful teachings on the Theology of the Body.

  • Abstaining forever? | ACW216

    February 27th, 2023  |  48 mins 31 secs
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    Does Theology of the Body have anything to say about age difference in marriage? Is it permissable for married couples to use contraception or sterilization in cases where pregnancy is likely to cause serious health problems or death for the mother? I've been married for five years and sometimes I can't stand my husband, but I want to truly love him. . . can you help?

  • Temptation, Gender Ideology, and Wedding Bands | ACW215

    February 20th, 2023  |  47 mins 51 secs
    catholic, catholic answers, catholic podcast, catholic questions, christian, christopher west, faith formation, faith questions, john paul ii, jpii, theology of the body, theology of the body institute

    What do you mean by "the cross is sweeter than the promised pleasure of temptation"? How can we change the minds and hearts of friends and family who have accepted the gender ideology? Should I have my wedding repaired, even if our marriage is struggling?

    Ask Christopher West is a weekly podcast in which Theology of the Body Institute President Christopher West and his beloved wife Wendy share their humor and wisdom, answering questions about marriage, relationships, life, and the Catholic faith, all in light of John Paul II’s beautiful teachings on the Theology of the Body.

  • The Gaze of Understanding | ACW214

    February 13th, 2023  |  44 mins 19 secs
    catholic, catholic answers, catholic podcast, catholic questions, christian, christopher west, faith formation, faith questions, john paul ii, jpii, theology of the body, theology of the body institute

    What thoughts and wisdom do you have to offer a single woman desiring to be married? As a scientific researcher am I morally obligated to avoid working at a lab that is open to using embryonic stem cells? I was sexually abused as a child and now struggle with masturbation and pornography. Can you help me?

    Ask Christopher West is a weekly podcast in which Theology of the Body Institute President Christopher West and his beloved wife Wendy share their humor and wisdom, answering questions about marriage, relationships, life, and the Catholic faith, all in light of John Paul II’s beautiful teachings on the Theology of the Body.

  • Do children take a toll on marriage? | ACW213

    February 6th, 2023  |  46 mins 28 secs
    catholic, catholic answers, catholic podcast, catholic questions, christian, christopher west, faith formation, faith questions, john paul ii, jpii, theology of the body, theology of the body institute

    To high schoool theology students, how would you explain the importance of the body in relationship to the soul and the sacraments? What should I do with my hope and desire to get back together with my ex and the fear of it not happening? Can you offer any advice or words of encouragement on motherhood?

    Ask Christopher West is a weekly podcast in which Theology of the Body Institute President Christopher West and his beloved wife Wendy share their humor and wisdom, answering questions about marriage, relationships, life, and the Catholic faith, all in light of John Paul II’s beautiful teachings on the Theology of the Body.

  • God the Mother? | ACW112

    January 30th, 2023  |  45 mins 25 secs
    catholic, catholic answers, catholic podcast, catholic questions, christian, christopher west, faith formation, faith questions, john paul ii, jpii, theology of the body, theology of the body institute

    My husband has a very hard time accepting that I'm strictly against using contraception and we barely have sex. This causes a lot of tention in our marriage. Any advice? Do you have any advice for how I can defend that Catholic teaching that we are the bride of Christ?

    Ask Christopher West is a weekly podcast in which Theology of the Body Institute President Christopher West and his beloved wife Wendy share their humor and wisdom, answering questions about marriage, relationships, life, and the Catholic faith, all in light of John Paul II’s beautiful teachings on the Theology of the Body.

  • Is Netflix Pornography? | ACW211

    January 23rd, 2023  |  46 mins 27 secs
    catholic, catholic answers, catholic podcast, catholic questions, christian, christopher west, faith formation, faith questions, john paul ii, jpii, theology of the body, theology of the body institute

    Does being in mortal sin at the time of vows invalidate my marriage? Is Netflix pornographic? Is it immoral to work somewhere that advocates for contraception, gender fluidity, and LQBTQ lifestyles?

    Ask Christopher West is a weekly podcast in which Theology of the Body Institute President Christopher West and his beloved wife Wendy share their humor and wisdom, answering questions about marriage, relationships, life, and the Catholic faith, all in light of John Paul II’s beautiful teachings on the Theology of the Body.