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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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 ;) "

Why can’t there be a magazine out there that doesn’t make women feel terrible? Ep. 24

August 4, 2017
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For millions of women around the world, women’s magazines—from Teen Vogue and Seventeen to Cosmopolitan and Glamour—have played a pivotal role in the way we are taught to view ourselves. These publications condition the way we view our hair, bodies, sexuality and relationships.

But what are the damaging effects these publications can have on women? This week, we talk with Kara Eschbach, founder, CEO and editor in chief of Verily Magazine, “a photoshop-free magazine empowering women to be their best selves.” We talk with Kara about Verily’s mission statement, the differences between Catholic and secular media, accepting our flaws and more.

And in Signs of the Times, Pope Francis celebrates the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. Sean Spicer and Anthony Scaramucci, both Catholics, are out of the Trump administration. How long will the new chief of staff, John F. Kelly (another Catholic), last? In Canada, parishioners were not happy about Kumo, the robotic spider that was hanging outside of Ottawa’s Notre Dame Cathedral. In Ireland, “The Exorcist” and “The Omen” are screened in an abandoned church; a “nude mansion” sparks outrage in South Korea; seminarians, mistaken for men in “fancydress,” are kicked out of a pub; and, finally, a nun presides at a Catholic wedding in Canada.

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Links from the show:

Verily Magazine

On feast day, the Jesuit pope praises the Jesuit founder

Ottawa archbishop surprised by negative reaction to robotic spider on cathedral

Priest horrified at exorcist film showings in abandoned church

‘Nude mansion’ sparks anger in Christian saint’s hometown

Nun presides at Catholic wedding in Canada