What is Hipster Catholicism?

November 17, 2017
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In an article that appeared in America over the summer, David Michael wrote:

Hipsters are drawn to craft beer, obscure cheeses, organic farms, taxidermy and homemade preserves. They favor hand-dipped candles, old-fashioned stationery, Indian headdresses and the lamentable industrial-chic decor and exposed bricks that mark so many new restaurants and bars.

Hipsters love the authentic, the craft and the obscure—which is exactly why Catholicism, in its practices and its aesthetic, is perfectly suited for them.

Don’t believe me? Well, let Tommy Tighe, this week’s guest on Jesuitical, have his say. Tighe is the author of The Catholic Hipster Handbook: Rediscovering Cool Saints, Forgotten Prayers, and Other Weird but Sacred Stuff, a collection of essays that probe the various corners of the Catholic Church that muddle the line between sacred and vintage, between beeswax beard balm and baroque monstrances.

During Signs of the Times, we examine and break down this week’s Catholic news: This year’s fashion prom is Catholic-themed—what could go wrong? Pope Francis is banning cigarette sales at the Vatican AND he wants us to stop bringing our phones to Mass? Also, one of the best movies in theaters right now is what our producer, Eloise Blondiau, calls “a rallying cry for Catholic schoolgirls everywhere.”

Links from the show:

Catholic Church must do more to combat racism, says bishop
Sister Mary Antona Ebo, pioneer of Civil Rights, dies at 93
Pope Francis wants you to stop bringing your phone to Mass
Pope Francis is banning cigarette sales in the Vatican
World’s first Catholic-Jewish school campus opened in Scotland
Next year’s Met Gala is Catholic-themed. What could go wrong?
Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ is a rallying cry for Catholic schoolgirls everywhere

What’s on tap?

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Live, from D.C., it’s Jesuitical! Ep. 37

November 10, 2017
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Last weekend Jesuitical took the show on the road for our first live recording at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in my hometown, Arlington, Va. The Teach-In is the country’s largest Catholic social justice gathering, which brings together students from Jesuit high schools and colleges and other members of the Ignatian family for three days of learning, prayer and advocacy.

For this week’s interview, the tables were turned and your hosts were in the hot seat. Our audience had some extremely thoughtful questions for us: How has our faith changed since graduating from college? How do you convince teens who say they like God but not religion that the church has something to offer them? And, of course, if we could canonize one person, living or dead, Catholic or not, who would it be?

And in Signs of the Times, Pope Francis makes an extra-long distance call to the International Space Station. Next, the “chainsaw nun” now has an IPA named in her honor—maybe they’ll serve it at the University of Nebraska’s new Catholic sorority house? And it’s been one year since Donald J. Trump was elected president of the United States, and from Sean Spicer’s fact-challenged press conferences to Anthony Scaramucci’s, ahem, colorful language, Trump’s Catholics have been keeping things interesting over the past 365 days.

Speaking of Trump: What does it mean to be an ally to people of color under an administration that has struggled to condemn rising white nationalist sentiment? And finally, we discuss the church’s effort to keep young people in the Catholic fold.

Special thanks to everyone who came out to the live show. If you want to bring Jesuitical to your school or group, let us know! And as always, we want to hear from you. Follow us Twitter @jesuiticalshow or send us an email at jesuitical@americamedia.org. And please leave us a rating and review on iTunes. This week we peaked at #19 on iTunes’s Religion and Spirituality podcast charts. Only you can help us top Joel Osteen!

Links from the show

Pope Francis to call astronauts on the International Space Station
‘Nun With a Chainsaw’ isn’t a horror flick. It’s a beer inspired by a Miami nun
Catholic sorority awaits house’s construction on Greek Row
Sean Spicer finally gets to meet Pope Francis
Hundreds of BC students walk out of class to rally against racism
Can the Catholic Church keep millennials from passing it by?

What’s on tap

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