Catholic feminism is not an oxymoron

October 13, 2017
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What does it mean to be a feminist? I wasn’t raised one—I barely even understood what the word meant growing up. It wasn’t until my 20s that I began to fully engage with feminist ideas and literature, from Betty Friedan to bell hooks to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. For me, feminism is intersectional, incorporating various aspects of my identity: being a woman of color, an immigrant, a writer, and a person of faith.

This week, in a women’s only episode—Zac is on a much deserved vacation—Ashley and I discuss our personal relationships with the feminist label, Catholicism and more with this week’s guest, Claire Swinarski. A former FOCUS missionary, Claire is the host of “The Catholic Feminist Podcast.”

And, in Signs of the Times, Pope Francis reaches 40 million followers on Twitter. U2’s Bono (mistakenly?) takes the Eucharist after a concert in Colombia. Does inviting someone to speak at your university explicitly mean you support everything they stand for? We analyze this question by looking at Nick Cannon’s performance at Georgian Court University in New Jersey and Charles Koch’s lecture at Catholic University.

And finally, in some nun news, a new reality television series invites women to swap the club for the convent; and “Nundos,” a nun-run pop-up restaurant, invites millennials in for free food—but you’ve got to leave your phone at the door.

As always, we want to hear from you. Follow us Twitter @jesuiticalshow or send us an email at jesuitical@americamedia.org. And pretty, pretty please leave us a rating and review on iTunes!

Links from the show:

Pope tops 40 million followers on Twitter, 5 million on Instagram

U2’s Bono (Mistakenly?) Receives Eucharist at Mass After Concert in Colombia

Nick Cannon upsets Georgian Court University with controversial performance

Koch, Turkson speak at Catholic University's ‘Good Profit’ conference

Party girls’ sent to live in convent for reality TV show

A Nun-Run Pop-Up Restaurant Called 'Nundos' Is Funny But Not a Joke

What’s on tap?

The Kevin Ahern, which contains mint, 1 ounce St. Germain, 2 ounces of bourbon, 3 dashes of bitters (for trinity) and a squeeze of some lemon for the bitterness of sin mix with ice. Kevin invented this drink in honor of the church in Paris called St Germain Des Pres.

Matt Maher: Jesuit spirituality could save the world Ep. 33

October 6, 2017
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Even super fans (your hosts included) of Grammy-nominated Christian artist Matt Maher may not know this fun fact: The Canadian musician went to a Jesuit high school in Newfoundland! On this week’s episode, we ask Matt if Ignatian spirituality has influenced his music, how the music industry has changed since he released his first album in 2001 and about the place of protest and suffering in his latest album, “Echoes,” which dropped on Sept. 29.

In Signs of the Times, we talk about how we, as individuals and a country, responded to the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas. Are thoughts and prayers enough? Is this the right time to talk about gun control?

Next, a former ESPN employee fired for writing a racist headline and about to become a Catholic priest show the power of second chances. And in other sports news, a Catholic diocese decrees that student athletes and spectators cannot take a knee during the national anthem. Also, they might have found Santa’s grave (and you might want to cover the kiddos’ ears). Finally, 40 Catholic groups marked the Feast of St. Francis Assisi (Oct. 4) by announcing a record divestment from fossil fuels.

As always, we want to hear from you. Follow us Twitter @jesuiticalshow or send us an email at jesuitical@americamedia.org. And pretty, pretty please leave us a rating and review on iTunes!

Links from the show

Pope Francis offers prayers for the dead and injured in Las Vegas shooting
Fired by ESPN for a racist headline, he’s finding his second chance as a Catholic priest
LI diocese: Students, spectators must not kneel during national anthem
SANTA IS DEAD
Catholic Church to make record divestment from fossil fuels

What’s on tap?

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest

How one Jesuit grad is building Tiny Homes to end chronic homelessness

September 29, 2017
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Tiny homes—you’ve probably heard of them. They’re littered all over Instagram and Pinterest, and HGTV has dedicated a show to hunting them.

But what you probably haven’t heard about is how they could be a solution to end chronic homelessness.

This week we talk to Andrew Lunetta, a graduate of LeMoyne University, who is the executive director of A Tiny Home for Good. Only 27, Andrew “builds and manages safe, affordable and dignified housing for individuals facing homelessness in Syracuse, New York.” How does he do it?

In Signs of the Times, we discuss the first U.S.-born priest to be beatified, funeral Mass-crashing and the controversy around N.F.L. players taking a knee.

This week we’re giving away print copies of the latest issue of America if you leave us an iTunes review! To have one personally mailed to you, leave us a review on iTunes and send us an email at jesuitical@americamedia.org to let us know you did.

It’s a beautiful issue, chock full of great stories. The cover story on the Catholic Church in China is beautifully written and accompanies the documentary that we released this week. (Did I mention we have a documentary out on the Catholic Church in China? Here’s a link if you missed my previous pleas to watch it).

 

Audrey Assad on doubt, social justice and mysticism—plus an exclusive album sneak peek Ep 31

September 22, 2017
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Last week, we talked about how to pray—this week, we bring you the music for those prayers as we talk with Catholic rockstar Audrey Assad. She is the daughter of a Syrian refugee, an author, speaker and producer who uses her music and her various social media platforms to talk about her Syrian identity and movements like Black Lives Matter.

We talk to Audrey about her latest album, “Inheritance,” her conversion to Catholicism and more. We’ve also got an exclusive preview (!) of her next album, “Evergreen,” which debuts next year.

Next in Signs of the Times, we pray for Mexico and the lives lost in the latest earthquake to hit the country. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we talk about “Siervas,” a rock band from Peru made up of 11 nuns. And an 11-year-old altar server gets a chance to mow President Trump’s lawn. Did you know, along with Lino Rulli, there’s another Catholic Guy, in Australia?

Finally, we talk the latest trend on social media: Catholic trolls.

Last week, we asked for reviews—and we received! We want to thank all of our listeners who commented on iTunes. We absolutely love hearing from you guys! And please keep the feedback coming. What are some of your favorite worships songs? Do you love Audrey Assad as much as we do? You can email us at jesuitical@americamedia.org, follow us on Twitter at @jesuiticalshow or leave us a comment here.

Links from the show:

Pope Francis prays for victims of Mexico City earthquake

How a band of nuns became international rock stars

That kid who mowed the White House lawn is an altar boy

How to respond to Catholic internet trolls

Bishop McElroy: Attacks on Father James Martin expose a cancer within the U.S. Catholic Church

What’s on tap?

Pumpkin Spice Lattes, spiked with Maker’s Mark

Father James Martin: The right way to pray is whatever works best for you. Ep. 30

September 15, 2017
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Chances are if you’re Catholic you’ve said it, or at least thought it: I am terrible at praying. I know I have (and am). You’ve tried the rosary. You’ve given the Examen a shot. You even dragged yourself to adoration. Why isn’t God answering?! Especially in this long slog between Pentecost and Advent, it’s easy to get discouraged.

Fear not, dear listener. This week, we bring back Father James Martin, who has written a new book on prayer, In All Seasons, For All Reasons: Praying Throughout the Year. We ask him: How to (pumpkin?) spice up your prayer life during plain ol’ Ordinary Time? What’s your favorite way to pray? And what’s the worst prayer advice you’ve ever heard?

(You can enter to win a free copy of Father Martin’s book if you leave us a review on iTunes, screenshot the review and then send it to jesuitical@americamedia.org!)

We also asked listeners what the first prayer they learned was and got a ton of responses. Check them out in this Twitter thread @jesuiticalshow.

 
 Next in Signs of the Times, we discuss: Does Pope Francis’ change in the rules around Mass translation mean we can stop saying chalice? Will Mychal Judge, O.F.M., the first official victim of 9/11, also become the Catholic Church’s first openly gay saint? And, should a student be kicked out of his Catholic high school for having dreadlocks?

Also: An Indian priest who was kidnapped in Yemen gets to meet the pope; said pope gets a black eye and then throws a few punches of his own on Donald Trump’s DACA decision and climate change denial; and a chainsaw-wielding nun gets to work in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Links from the show:

A liturgical expert explains Pope Francis' change to Mass translation rules

Pope Francis says DACA repeal not “pro-life” and refutes climate change deniers

Indian priest kidnapped in Yemen in 2016 has been freed

Florida nun grabs chain saw to help with Irma recovery

Student fights Central Catholic ban on dreadlocks

Could Father Mychal Judge Be the First Gay Saint?

What’s on tap?

The Father James Martini: A regular martini with a twist of discarded apple peel (it’s a long story…)

You need to pay attention to hip-hop if you’re religious. Here’s why. Ep. 29

September 8, 2017
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Rap got religious last year. At least that’s what Zac wrote earlier this year for America. The truth is, while it may have gotten more explicit about religion in 2016, hip-hop has always had a deep religious undercurrent to its bars and beats.

This week we’re chatting with Alex Nava, the author of In Search of Soul: Hip-Hop, Literature, and Religion. We talk to Alex about religion’s influence on hip-hop and why people are surprised to find out about it. If you need any convincing before or after listening to us—go listen to Kendrick Lamar’s “How Much a Dollar Cost.”

In Signs of the Times, we talk Pope Francis in Colombia, rapping nuns, beer-brewing monks and proposing in front of Pope Francis.

Links from the show:

Czech Catholic Church branches out into forestry
Beer-Brewing Monks Are Helping Rebuild Earthquake-Devastated Town In Italy
Rapping nun to perform for Pope Francis in Colombia
Man proposes to girlfriend in front of Pope Francis
In new book, Pope Francis says he consulted a psychoanalyst
Catholic Church leaders condemn Trump administration’s decision to end DACA

What’s on Tap?

Becherovka, a Czech digestivo (otherwise known as a classy version of Jagermeister).

Maps, they don’t love you like I love you. Ep. 28

September 1, 2017
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Whether you connect our episode title to Beyoncé, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs or even Vampire Weekend, maps matter. This week we are talking with Molly Burhans, the founder and executive director of GoodLands, a startup that is mapping the global Catholic Church. Information can change lives and Molly helped us wrap our heads around the amazing work she and her colleagues are doing by mapping the Catholic Church, from analyzing the global priest shortage to understanding how a diocese can use its land holdings to prepare for famine.

In Signs of the Times, we cover a recent bank robbery involving nuns (or at least their habits), Sean Spicer’s visit to the Vatican, the recovery efforts in Houston and the uncertainty around the renewal of DACA. And in an update from last week's episode, the case of the former K.K.K. member turned Catholic priest got worse. It looks like his decision to come clean wasn’t as pure as we would have hoped.

What makes a Catholic guy, The Catholic Guy? Ep. 27

August 25, 2017
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This week, we talk with Lino Rulli, host of “The Catholic Guy” on Sirius XM’s The Catholic Channel. We talk balancing his Catholicism and comedy, being vulnerable on air, relationships, late-night television and more. Is there anything he hasn’t (or wouldn’t) share with listeners after 10 years on the radio?

In Signs of the Times, the “Mother Teresa of Pakistan” gets a state funeral. Iceland claims that it is on its way to eliminating people with Down Syndrome. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan gets grilled by a Dominican nun from Wisconsin on how he reconciles his politics and Catholic beliefs. St. Junipero Serra’s statue gets defaced in California amid national dialogue surrounding Confederate statues. Do statues with offensive history belong in public spaces?

And finally, William Aitcheson, a Catholic priest in Virginia, has stepped down after revealing that he was a member of the Ku Klux Klan 40 years ago. Is he irredeemable?

This week we also got some recommendations from listeners for books on Catholic social activism. 

Is there a right (or wrong) time for millennials to have kids? Ep. 26

August 18, 2017
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How could I possibly have kids if I can barely do my taxes without calling my mom in a panic on April 14? It’s a question I must admit that has crossed my mind more than once. I’ve never even owned a dog. Isn’t that a prereq for parenting these days?

Our guest this week, Liz Bruenig, wears many hats: Washington Post editor, socialist, Catholic convert, Twitter enthusiast—and “young” mother. She pushes back against the idea that young people need to have their lives figured out before starting a family.

In Signs of the Times, with a fun art project to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Our Lady of Czestochowa, the church is trying to reach out to the so-called selfie generation. So why are they asking people to snail mail their selfies? Next, just how far will some parents go to get their kids on the basketball team or honor roll? Two Catholic school parents in New Jersey took their case all the way up to the cardinal and the courts.

Finally, we talk about the tragic events in Charlottesville and how Catholics should respond. Did your priest talk about the white supremacist rally that left one dead at Mass last weekend? Did you want him to?

Remembering Michael Brown and Ferguson with Rev. Broderick Greer. Ep. 25

August 11, 2017
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Three years ago this week, on Aug. 9, 2014, police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an African-American teen in Ferguson, Mo. Within 24 hours of the shooting the Ferguson uprising began. On this episode, we talk with the Rev. Broderick Greer, an Episcopalian priest in Memphis, Tenn., who boarded a bus and headed to Ferguson following Mr. Brown’s death. He wrote about this experience in an article for America, “How Ferguson helped me understand my baptismal identity.”

We ask Rev. Greer about his experience in Ferguson, black Christianity and why he doesn't call himself an activist.

In Signs of the Times, Pope Francis reminds us to pray during the summer and not get too lazy. And did you know that “exorcisms are on the rise in France”?

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We want to hear from you. Leave us a comment here, write us at jesuitical@americamedia.org or find us on Twitter @jesuiticalshow.

Links from the show:

How Ferguson helped me understand my baptismal identity

It’s Sunday Service as Scotland's first church on a bus hits the road

Welsh pub renames beer after seminarian mix-up

 

Pope Francis: summer is an ideal time to re-focus our life on God

Why exorcisms are on the rise in France

What’s on tap?

Orange Earl Grey Iced Tea

From a listener, Victoria: "This recipe makes 8 servings. Pour 4 cups of boiling water over 12 Earl Grey tea bags (or 1/4 cup loose leaf) and an orange peel, then steep for 3-5 minutes. Next, remove the bags and orange peel (or strain the loose leaf) and pour the tea into a pitcher. Add 3/4 cup orange juice and 4 cups cold water. Chill the pitcher for about two hours, then serve over ice. Add an orange slice and some mint garnish if you're feeling extra fancy ;) "