March 31, 2017
This week we are talking all things "Beauty and the Beast." Alfonso Pizano, S.J., who spent 14 years working at Disneyland, “where he piloted the monorail, sailed submarines, hawked souvenirs and danced in the Christmas Fantasy Parade,” joins to offer his expertise. He is currently a Jesuit scholastic studying philosophy at Fordham University in New York. This week on jesuitical, we talk with Alfie about some of his favorite Disney moments and what makes the 2017 version of “Beauty” different than its Oscar-nominated original.
In Signs of the Times, we discuss Pope Francis landing the third spot on Fortune’s world leaders list, why the pope wants you to stop bullying, zombie Catholics and President Trump’s latest executive order.
March 25, 2017
Our brackets are busted! Back in Episode 4, we talked March Madness with Paddy Gilger, SJ. We decided to give Paddy a call and rub in the fact that Zac predicted the Jesuit Elite Eight matchup between Xavier and Gonzaga. Who are the Jesuits rooting for this round, Xavier or Gonzaga?
March 24, 2017
Four years ago this month, the Argentine cardinal (and Jesuit) Jorge Bergoglio became Pope Francis. Michael O'Loughlin, America's national correspondent and author of The Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 140 Characters, has been covering this historic papacy ever since. This week on jesuitical, we ask Mike who has a better Twitter game: Pope Francis or President Trump?
And in Signs of the Times, we discuss the wrong ways to use the rosary, the right ways to use technology and a meeting of prominent Catholics at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
March 17, 2017
Is your bracket busted? Did you pick an upset, just the wrong one? Take a break from the madness of March and listen in as we talk with Paddy Gilger, S.J., about the top Jesuit moments in the NCAA tournament's history, the good things sports can do for us and when they become a religion of their own.
In our review of this week's Catholic news, we look at where you can eat corned beef this St. Patrick's Day Friday, mark Pope Francis' four years as pope and return to last week's debate about ouija boards (I get some vindication, here, I'm not proud to admit).
And finally, in Consolations and Desolations we fess up to not being experts in Ignatian spirituality. But we believe that God loves us when we try, as do our Jesuit colleagues.
March 10, 2017
One year ago, on International Women's Day, Nicole Perone had the opportunity to speak at the Vatican before hundreds of activists and Catholic leaders about the importance of giving young Catholics and women real leadership in the church. This year, she had the opportunity to tell jesuitical all about it.... Upgrade?
And in Signs of the Times, we discuss the Catholic high school that made millions off of Snapchat, Pope Francis says, "Get off Snapchat!" and we return to the age old question: Should you give a beggar money, even if “he just spends it on a glass of wine”?
March 3, 2017
So since we weren't canceled after one episode, we're happy to present Episode 2! We speak with Jorgé Corona, a producer at Gizmodo Media Company, about a viral video he made about what it's like to be an undocumented immigrant in the United States.
And in Signs of the Times, we shine some more light on the chaplain to Loyola University Chicago's basketball team: 97-year-old Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt. And Pope Francis settles the eternal question: Should you give money to homeless people who ask you?
March 1, 2017
What does James Martin, S.J., give up for Lent? And does he cheat on Sundays? On our debut episode of (jesuit)ical, we sit down with America's editor at large to talk about how he approaches Lent, what living saint he would canonize today and why you might not want to but nevertheless should go to confession.
And in this week's Signs of the Times, we've got stories on how people of faith view Donald Trump's refugee ban and some bad news for purveyors of Pope Francis swag and memes.