About the show

The goal of Forte Catholic is to share the Joy of the Gospel! The team of Taylor Schroll, Fr. Anthony Sciarappa, Allison Sullivan, Kathryn Whitaker & Liv Harrison bring the laughs, insights and encouragement you need to get through your week and grow in your life of faith. There are weekly theme discussions, guest interviews from Catholic leaders from across the world and fun segments like Freestyle Preaching, Forte/Mezzo/Piano, Life Verse and much more. No matter where you are on your journey with God we want to help you take the next step by inspiring, uplifting, and sharing the Good News...all while laughing along the way.

The show appears weekly on YouTube & all podcasting platforms. It was a nominee for the Fisher’s Net Podcast of the Year Award in 2018 and has been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal.

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Episodes

  • 324: Topics Galore & the Alphabet Game w/Fr. Anthony Sciarappa

    January 25th, 2023  |  1 hr 7 mins
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    Typically we tackle 2-3 primary topics on an episode. This week we're trying to see how many topics we can jam into this episode, so we GUARANTEE there's something for everyone.

    Our topics include Prayer Ministry, Our "type", Hedges of Protection, Hot takes on English vs. Latin, The Gospel writers in Heaven, Getting bored with our faith, A brand new hilarious game, The morality of DoorDashing from Hooters, Coincidence or God & Catholic pronunciations!

  • 323: Italy, Conspiracy Theories & the Turing Test w/Kathryn Whitaker

    January 18th, 2023  |  1 hr 6 mins
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    Live from Austin, Texas! Today's episode was recording at Kathryn Whitaker's home in the capital of the great country of Texas! Kathryn recently returned from a family trip to Italy and shares all about her experiences in the heartland of our faith. We also test her mettle at our favorite game "Freestyle Preaching" and Taylor shares his thoughts on conspiracy theories and the Turing Test.

  • 322: Online Haters & Spiritual Growth w/Allison Sullivan

    January 11th, 2023  |  1 hr 12 secs
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    Taylor & Allison discuss their differing approaches to dealing with haters online, Allison’s recent ADHD diagnosis and they share their ideas for spiritual growth in 2023.

  • 321: 2022 Year in Review

    January 6th, 2023  |  40 mins 12 secs
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    Happy New Year! I'm terrible at looking back at the past and seeing all the good things God did in my life. I'm usually focused on the present or working towards building a better future that I forget to be thankful for what has already happened. That is why every year, we do a "State of the Forte" as our first episode of the new year to see all the cool things we experienced together.

  • 320: Christmas Episode with Comedian Aaron Weber & Fr. Anthony Sciarappa

    December 28th, 2022  |  1 hr 16 mins
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    Comedian Aaron Weber is back with Taylor & Fr. Anthony to share a hilarious moral dilemma he found himself in. Taylor & Fr. Anthony also share some Christmas insights & Father has to answer spur of the moment theology questions in our new "plane theology" segment.

  • 319: Positivity, Evangelization & Cancel Culture w/Kathryn Whitaker

    December 21st, 2022  |  1 hr 8 mins
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    Kathryn joins Taylor in studio to share some exciting news! They talk about the gift of positivity & the Church's mandate to evangelize. Kathryn also helps Taylor write an upcoming talk he is giving on cancel culture.

  • 318: Broken Podcaster, Soccer, Spelling Bees & Anxiety w/Allison Sullivan

    December 14th, 2022  |  1 hr 4 mins
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    Allison Sullivan joins Taylor as he shares how podcasting has broken him in two ways: one during Mass and the other in normal conversations. They also discuss their thoughts on soccer, the World Cup, spelling bees and dealing with anxiety.

  • 317: Plane Theology & Forsaking Sin w/Fr. Anthony Sciarappa

    December 7th, 2022  |  1 hr 5 mins
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    Taylor shares some fun stories about being mistaken for an elderly woman and how he handled losing a contest in elementary school. He also chats with Fr. Anthony about forsaking sin. They also introduce a new segment called "plane theology" where Taylor asks the good priest theology questions with no warning.

  • 316: Travel Stories, Freestyle Preaching & Best Nuggets w/Jon Blevins

    November 30th, 2022  |  1 hr 12 mins
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    Taylor & Jon share some of their funniest ministry moments, their favorite things to preach about and play one of our favorite games: freestyle preaching!

  • 315: Getting Fired, Catholic Heroes & Christmas Music w/Will Hickl & Chris Bartlett

    November 23rd, 2022  |  1 hr 9 mins
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    Chris Bartlett is our guest cohost and he talks with Taylor about an event they both get fired from lol. He also brings a new game where he gives Taylor marvel heroes and asks how they would use their talents to benefit the Church. Will Hickl of Novum Records joins the show to share about their Christmas album. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  • 314: Expectations, Virtue & the Environment w/Meghan Adams & Allison Sullivan

    November 16th, 2022  |  1 hr 17 mins
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    Taylor & Allison discuss how expectations can really ruin experiences and pick each other's best and worst virtues. Fun! Meghan Adams joins the show to chat about Catholic's role in being good stewards of the environment.

  • 313: Sacrilege, Yolo & November Saints w/Fr. Anthony Sciarappa

    November 11th, 2022  |  1 hr 18 mins
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    Taylor & Fr. Anthony discuss what sacrilege is and a recent song that may be the most sacrilegious yet! They also discuss the surprising origins of the term "yolo" & play our favorite saints game with November feast days! Enjoy :)

  • 312: Lions, Lambs & Mass Class w/Fr. Dave Dwyer & Jon Blevins

    November 2nd, 2022  |  1 hr 15 mins
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    Jon Blevins cohosts as Taylor shares his mixed feelings on music by a former Catholic, now atheist being played at Mass. They also discuss how Jesus can simultaneously be the seemingly contradictory Lion and the Lamb and what that means for us. We're also joined by special guest Fr. Dave Dwyer to discuss his impressive media career and the launch of his new book on the Mass.

  • 311: Community, Comics & Poverty w/Peter Schmidt & Andy Shaggy Korty

    October 26th, 2022  |  59 mins 4 secs
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    There are a lot of "firsts" in this episode! First episode with Taylor in his new recording set up. First time guest cohost Peter Schmidt has been on the show and first time for Catholic comics creator Andy Shaggy Korty! Check out the episode where we tackle creating online community, comics and how attached we all are to money.

  • 310: Enemies, She-Hulk & Struggling to Forgive w/Allison Sullivan

    October 19th, 2022  |  1 hr 3 mins
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    Taylor & Allison discuss how their list of enemies continues to get longer. How did this happen? What is wrong with us? And how do we deal with this internally while struggling to forgive. They also chat about the recent Marvel show "She-Hulk." The show as a blast and highlighted some great issues in a manner that was quite enjoyable.

  • 309: In Persona Spirity, Finish the Lyrics & Gay Catholics w/Fr. Anthony Sciarappa

    October 12th, 2022  |  1 hr 11 mins
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    Taylor asks Fr. Anthony why he and his brother priests act in persona Christi and not in persona Fathery/Spirity/Trinity. He also makes Fr. Anthony play the Catholic hymns edition of Finish the Lyrics, proving that we all think we know these classic songs but we mostly just remember a jumbled mess of faith associated words. Finally, they discuss how the Church could be more welcoming to gay Catholics and better help them on their journey of discipleship.