Working out for the body of a god? What about the body of a convict? Ep. 23

July 28, 2017
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Are you working out for the body of a god? What about the body of a convict?

Meet Coss Marte, our guest this week. After being arrested at 19 for running a multimillion dollar drug trade in New York City, Coss was sent to prison. There, doctors told him that his health problems and weight could kill him within a few years.

After dropping 70 pounds in six months, and helping train other convicts to make dramatic changes, Coss also experienced a religious revival in a moment of desperation.

Now Coss is the head of ConBody: a gym that offers prison-style bootcamp classes taught by formerly incarcerated trainers.

We’ll be talking with Coss about how ConBody was developed, how his faith helped him while incarcerated and his prison reform activism. After, we’ve got consolations and desolations, where we tell you where we did or didn’t find God this week.

‘The Keepers’ isn’t easy to watch. Here’s why you should anyway. Ep. 22

July 21, 2017
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What is it about habits and cassocks that capture the imagination of even secular audiences? Mix those priests and nuns with a murder mystery and you’ve got a ready-made hit. Netflix’s Emmy-nominated documentary series “The Keepers," begins with the story of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a beloved Catholic high school teacher, who was murdered in 1969 and whose case remains unsolved. But it quickly evolves into something much larger: an excruciating investigation into clerical sex abuse at the school.

This week, we talk to Nick Ripatrazone about the series—and ask why it is important for Catholics to watch shows and films that expose the church’s sins.

And in Signs of the Times, a message from the Holy Father: Stop complaining! At least to the pope. Save it for the Lord; he’s much more patient. Next, a Catholic priest in Texas wins the national home beer brewing award and nuns copyright Mother Teresa’s famous white and blue habit. Finally, Germany’s Cardinal Reinhard Marx says Catholics should be less worried about how the state defines marriage and more concerned about the church’s own record of discrimination toward the L.G.B.T. community.

Who goes on dates anymore? Ep. 21

July 14, 2017
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This week we’re going back to college. That means Natty Light, hook-ups and figuring out “gluten” is.

This week our guest is Kerry Cronin, professor of philosophy at Boston College. She teaches her students, among other things, about the pitfalls of hookup culture and the dos and don’ts of Catholic dating. She frequently makes headlines (like this one: Ask Someone on a Date—or Kerry Cronin Will Fail You) because of an unorthodox assignment she includes in her classes: asking someone on a date. Like, a real date. So we discuss with Kerry what it’s like to date in college and beyond; we also break open the perennial debate of Tinder vs. Catholic Match. (Swipe right for Jesus!)

In Signs of the Times, we break down the Vatican’s (not-so-new) rules on gluten-free Communion; pasta made to strangle priests; God propping up Stephen Colbert’s ratings; and the Catholic Church’s relationship to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Have you told your roommate about your new favorite podcast yet? What about your campus minister? There’s no time like JUST DO IT ALREADY. Oh, and pretty please leave us an iTunes review so we can please the podcast gods and bring Jesuitical to more people.

Tell us what you think. Leave us a comment here, write us at jesuitical@americamedia.org or find us on Twitter @jesuiticalshow.

Links from the show:

Explainer: What the “new” Vatican rules on gluten-free hosts mean

This pasta was invented to kill Catholic priests

Is God boosting Stephen Colbert's ratings?

Engage young adults, support Black Lives Matter, bishops told at National Black Catholic Congress

Save the date: Kerry Cronin on the love lives of college students

Independence Day: Sharing in sin, success and beer. Ep. 20

July 7, 2017
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This week the United States celebrated the Fourth of July: a day where people gather with friends and families, drinking Budweisers and eating hot dogs. This week’s episode reflects on the state of the country. Our own Zac Davis wrote “Donald Trump’s sins are our sins, too, and impeachment won’t absolve them,” which we discuss in conversation about American exceptionalism and more.

This week we chat about the new survey released by the Vatican in anticipation of next year’s Synod 2018 on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. What does it mean to be a “young person” in the church? And how do you minister to the different age ranges within this demographic? We discuss this and more with Danny Gustafson. And finally, in a special consolations-only segment, we tell you where we find hope in the United States.