Kirsten Powers worked for Bill Clinton and Fox News. She has some thoughts on sexual harassment.

December 15, 2017
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How does an appointee in the Bill Clinton administration end up as a regular face of Fox News? It’s complicated. And what does a woman who has worked for decades in both politics and the media have to say about today’s sexual assault and harassment reckoning? A lot.

This week we talk with Kirsten Powers, who you may recognize as a frequent on-air political analyst for CNN and an opinion writer for USA Today. We ask Kirsten whether she thinks we’ve reached a turning point in how we handle sexual misconduct in the workplace and beyond.

Kirsten has also had a fascinating spiritual journey—from growing up in an Episcopal church in Alaska to straddling atheism and agnosticism in New York to becoming an evangelical Christian and, finally, entering the Catholic Church. We ask her how her faith has changed her approach to politics and if she still feels at home in the Democratic Party.

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Like last week, we’re taking a break from Signs of the Times and Consolations and Desolations this week, but we are giving away another book by Father James Martin, Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life. It’s the perfect Christmas gift for the funny Catholics in your life (or Catholics who could learn to take a joke...).

Enter to win by leaving us a review on Apple Podcasts, then email us at jesuitical@americamedia.org with your iTunes account name in the subject line, and we’ll enter you in the raffle!

Even if you don’t want the book (what you don’t like laughing?), please leave us a review, follow us on Twitter @jesuiticalshow and send us an email with your questions, feedback and holiday cocktail recipes.

Finally, we asked you on Twitter about your favorite Advent songs and got some great recommendations. Check out these meditative tunes and save Mariah for the big day.

 

Happy Advent!

When your favorite Jesuit moonlights as a model

December 8, 2017
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Have you ever gotten to know a priest only to discover that your conception of who he was was misguided? Too often priests have either the best or the worst assumed of them, and the result is that we, the laity, fail to see them as they are: human.

Our guest this week is Chris Yates, a graduate of Loyola Marymount University who has created a fine-art coffee table book that seeks to show the Jesuits he had grown close to as they truly were. Emmaus: The Nature of the Way profiles several Jesuit priests with two portraits. One is a traditional headshot, the other is an informal composition of each Jesuit doing one of his hobbies: gardening, cooking, stand-up. It’s a beautiful book filled with over 100 portraits, some of which can be found on Yates’s site.

Some housekeeping notes: you’ll notice that this week’s episode is a bit shorter than normal. As much as we, your gracious Jesuitical team, would love to keep delivering full-length episodes 52 weeks out of the year, we’re taking Advent to rest and prepare our hearts for Christmas. So there won’t be any Signs of the Times or Consolations and Desolations for a few weeks. BUT, that said, we didn’t want to leave you with nothing! So we’ve saved some really great interviews that we’ll be releasing every Friday through the rest of the year.

Until next time, may you find your Advent calendars filled with chocolate or bourbon.

Black catholics are the past and future of the U.S. church Ep. 40

December 1, 2017
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When you think about the history of American Catholicism, images of Irish, Italian, German and Polish immigrant parishes probably come to mind. Think about the future of the U.S. church, and you’ve probably been told it’s Latino. But the story of the church, in the United States—past, present and future—is the story of black Catholics.

On this week’s show we talk with Mary C. Curtis, an award-winning journalist and columnist at Roll Call, who recently wrote about the African-American Catholic experience for America. We ask her how the church can address the sin of racism, about the gifts black Catholics bring to the church and what she thinks about Pope Francis five years in.

In Signs of the Times: An entrepreneurial cannabis company in Canada is selling a unique Advent calendar—and the Archdiocese of Washington holds its ground in the War on Christmas (ads). Cardinal Blase Cupich will spend his first week of Advent in Puerto Rico at the request of Pope Francis. And in international news: The oldest person in France in at 113-year-old nun—who converted at age 27, joined the convent at 40 and did not retire until 104. Welcome to your future millennials.

Next, Pope Francis became the first pope to visit the majority-Buddhist country of Myanmar this week. We discuss the political minefield he faces in addressing the plight of the Rohingya, a stateless, Muslim minority group that the U.S. and U.N. are facing ethnic cleansing. Finally, you’ve probably heard that Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe has stepped down after an (unofficial) coup. You might not know that a Jesuit priest played a key role in the mediation between the country’s longtime leader and the military.

In Jesuitical news, we are giving away books! Get your copy of The Jesuit Post collected writings by leaving us a review on iTunes and then sending us an email with your account name in the subject line!

Finally, while you’re busy with finals and Christmas shopping, Jesuitical will be entering a lighter rotation. You will still find interviews with some amazing people each week this January we’re taking a break from Signs of the Times and Consolations and Desolations to focus on waiting for the birth of our Savior.

As always, we want to hear from you. What’s in your Advent calendar? What’s your favorite Advent song? You can email us at jesuitical@americamedia.org, follow us on Twitter @jesuiticalshow or leave us a comment here.

Links from the show

A Company in Canada is Selling Illegal Marijuana Advent Calendars
Oldest woman in France is 113-year-old nun, Sister André
Pope Francis asks Cardinal Cupich to visit Puerto Rico
Pope Francis is the first pope to visit MyanmarPope Francis calls for peace in speech to Myanmar leaders, does not say ‘Rohingya’
Jesuit mediator tells how Mugabe was persuaded to step down

What’s on tap?

The weather is getting cooler, so we’re drinking hot toddies.