Game of Thrones, Fallen-Away Catholics, and Discernment

Fr. Josh answers questions about Game of Thrones, fallen-away Catholics, and discernment. If you have a question, comment, or a response for Fr. Josh, email us at You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!


Glory Story (3:01)

Game of Thrones (7:36)

Fr. Josh, is it immoral to watch Game of Thrones? I have several Catholic friends who watch this show and claim that despite the explicit sex, nudity, innuendos, and violence, their spiritual life is not impacted. Most of them don’t even fast forward through the scenes. They claim the storyline is completely worth it. While I don’t argue with the exciting plot, I think watching this, especially as a Catholic is immoral. It is basically pornography, and it promotes the objectification of people. In short, the end doesn’t justify the means. Am I being too picky, or as Catholics should we be more careful about the TV shows and movies we watch?


Fallen-Away Catholics (16:32)

What would be your advice on how to reach my 21 year old son who has left the Catholic faith?


Discernment (23:17)

How did your family handle you becoming a priest? What about if you were an only child and your parents were hoping for grandchildren? Couldn’t it seem selfish for you to ignore what they want to pursue what you want? How would you deal with disappointing them?




Meet Your Host, Fr. Josh Johnson:

While Fr. Josh was raised Catholic, he didn’t like the Church growing up. One day, in adoration, he fell in love with Jesus and received the call to become a priest. Now, Fr. Josh is the pastor for Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Louisiana, and he is a presenter in two of Ascension’s programs: Altaration, and YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body.






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