Being Human Podcast - Episode 101: Catholic Parenting Amid Cultural Chaos, w/ Dr. Ray Guarendi

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 101 of the Being Human Podcast: Catholic Parenting Amid Cultural Chaos, w/ Dr. Ray Guarendi

This week, Dr. Greg welcomes special guest Dr. Ray Guarendi to the show to discuss the challenges of parenting as a faithful Catholic in today’s cultural climate. Dr. Ray, a clinical psychologist, author, professional speaker and national radio and television host, humorously shares some of the wisdom he has gained while parenting his ten adopted children.

Discussed in this episode:

  • Meet Dr. Ray Guarendi; 
  • The challenges of parenting as a faithful Catholic in the current cultural climate; 
  • The problem with parenting from a place of fear;
  • The danger in giving unwanted and unsolicited opinions and parenting advice to grown children;   
  • The difficulty with the directive to be “morally neutral” as a psychologist;
  • The one thing people of faith must accept: we cannot look to the culture at large for support;
  • Examples of current cultural messages that don’t support the faith;
  • Review of certain statistics that show how misaligned current culture is with Catholic values and beliefs;
  • Ways to respond to a child expressing gender confusion as a parent or grandparent;
  • How to know when it’s appropriate to step in as a grandparent to broach the topic of gender confusion with adult children; 
  • Fear of causing psychological damage as a barrier to parenting confidently;
  • Self-doubt and lack of authority experienced by parents as a result of the cultural climate. 


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About Dr. Greg and the CatholicPsych Institute

Dr. Bottaro is a clinical psychologist and founder of the CatholicPsych Institute. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, a graduate school that integrates Catholic philosophy and theology with sound, empirically validated psychology.

Before his degree, Dr. Bottaro discerned a religious vocation with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs). He lived four years in the Bronx, serving the poor in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi. Under the mentorship of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, this experience helped him form a spirituality based on Abandonment to Divine Providence which he now applies to psychological principles in his practice. He learned from Fr. Benedict how to discern God's voice and live a life in service to others.

Six years after leaving NYC as a friar, he returned as a psychologist. The CatholicPsych Institute began there in 2012 and has since grown to 5 offices with 12 therapists serving clients around the globe.

Dr. Bottaro now lives in Connecticut with his wife Barbra and their seven children. He actively avoids watching the news and spends his free time thinking up crazy new ideas on how to make the world a better place.