The Cale Clarke Show – Choose Real Catholicism

A false religion is pulling people away from the practice of the true Catholic faith. Rather than focusing on the good, true, and beautiful, this dangerous practice leads to death. Has it affected someone you know?

In this podcast with host Cale Clarke, he discusses an article from the LA Times about the growing trend of Latinos turning to the veneration of unofficial saints, particularly Santa Muerte. The article describes a gathering at a small storefront in Los Angeles where people pray and engage in a weekly rosary service in honor of Santa Muerte. Cale explains that Santa Muerte is a figure often depicted as a skeleton dressed like the Grim Reaper and is considered the fastest-growing religion in the Americas.

Cale mentions that many Catholics, particularly Latinos, are feeling estranged from the Catholic Church, leading them to seek alternative forms of spirituality. The article suggests that factors such as the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Tequila Crisis may have contributed to the rise of Santa Muerte’s popularity since 2001. He also highlights that Pope Francis and other Catholic leaders have spoken out against the veneration of Santa Muerte, considering it dangerous and contrary to traditional Catholic beliefs.

Throughout the podcast, Cale discusses the perspectives of individuals involved in Santa Muerte worship. Some identify as Catholics but feel disconnected from the Church, while others consider themselves exiles from Catholicism. He emphasizes that God has specific expectations for worship, particularly through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and criticizes the notion of constructing one’s own religion outside of these prescribed practices. He concludes by expressing concern about the direction and beliefs associated with Santa Muerte worship.

Hear the whole conversation here – The Death Cult – Relevant Radio

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Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at and on the Relevant Radio® app.