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

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.

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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.

Making it in the (secular) (white) media as a Catholic Latina. Ep. 19

June 30, 2017
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This week, we talk Latina identity, journalism and more with Juleyka Lantigua-Williams. She is the former senior supervising producer and editor of NPR’s Code Switch and a former staff writer at The Atlantic. She has covered issues ranging from women’s rights at home and abroad, environmental justice, U.S. immigration policy, poverty, maternal health, early childhood development and demographic changes. Lantigua-Williams is also the founder of Lantigua Williams & Co., a production company that seeks to amplify the “voices of organizations, people and projects that have a real sense of social justice.”

In Signs of the Times, on his 25th anniversary as a bishop, Pope Francis told members of the College of Cardinals, “We are grandfathers called to dream and to give our dreams to the young people of today.” Can state funds be used in religious schools? According to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, the answer is (a qualified) yes. Finally, it’s been a year since the creation of the Global X S&P 500 Catholic Values ETF. We discuss what it is and how comfortable Catholics should feel when venturing into the stock market.

If you’re so depressed you can’t get off the floor, how can you get into the confessional? Ep 18

June 23, 2017
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Talking about mental health isn’t easy. And when you throw faith into the mix it often becomes even harder. Many Catholics mistakenly think that needing mental health treatment amounts to a kind of spiritual failure. This week, we talk with writer Simcha Fisher, author of The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning, about how she learned to balance her Catholic faith and therapy.

And in Signs of the Times, for our listeners who have been anxiously awaiting an update, the stolen relic of St. John Bosco has been found—inside a teapot! In papal news, Pope Francis urges parents to “stop pretending to be adolescents”; and he meets with NFL legends. We also  talk about Britanny Hamama, a University of Michigan junior whose Iraqi-Christian father was detained by ICE agents while her family was preparing to attend Mass. Finally, following the acquittal of Jeronimo Yanez in the 2016 killing of Philando Castile, Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis calls for unity and urges “individuals and parish families to be promoters of authentic dialogue and encounter” during these times.

Fr. James Martin: L.G.B.T Catholics have been treated like dirt. We can do better. Ep. 17

June 16, 2017
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This week, Father James Martin tells us why he was disappointed with how many church leaders spoke about the Orlando attack (very few uttered the word “gay”)—and what he’s doing to change the conversation within the church between the hierarchy and L.G.B.T. Catholics. (This being the prolific Jim Martin, there is a new book involved.)

Zac Davis is in China. Sad! But we have found a Jesuit Zach to take his seat. Zach with an H works in prisons and with the formally incarcerated in New York City and we so enjoyed his company that we invited him to come back next week.

In Signs of the Times: Who wore it better, Francis or JPII? According to the tailors and cobblers of Rome, papal fashion is changing under our Jesuit pope—and it’s hurting business. Zach makes the case for bringing back the lace. Next, Pope Francis: Venture Capitalist? Not quite, but the Vatican has given its blessing to the “Laudato Si’ Challenge,” a tech accelerator focused on finding solutions to climate change. (At least someone read the pope’s encyclical.) That and more this week in Jesuitical.

 

 

 

News Cycle Survival 101 with an NPR reporter. Ep. 16

June 9, 2017
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How do you keep your sanity while covering the news in the Trump era? This week we're talking with NPR congressional correspondent, host of the NPR Politics Podcast and proud Fordham alum Scott Detrow. Scott has some great tips for keeping up with the news without drowning in it.

Pro-tip: Listen to jesuitical while bike riding. Church can help, too.

In this week’s Signs of the Times, our self-described “tone deaf” pope belts out some hymns while at Mass with Charismatic Catholics, and our self-described “evangelical Catholic” vice president says, “American Catholics have an ally in President Trump.” Next, it has been said, “You can take away a relic of Don Bosco, but you can’t take away Don Bosco from the church or the world.” Well, that’s a relief, because last week a thief stole fragments of the 19th-century Italian saint’s brain on display at a church in Castelnuovo.

 

God and War Stories. Ep. 15

June 2, 2017
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“I had at least thought there would be nobility in war. I know it exists. There are so many stories, and some of them have to be true. But I see mostly normal men, trying to do good, beaten down by horror, by their inability to quell their own rages, by their masculine posturing and their so-called hardness, their desire to be tougher, and therefore crueler, than their circumstance. And yet, I have this sense that this place is holier than back home. Gluttonous, fat, oversexed, overconsuming, materialist home, where we’re too lazy to see our own faults.”

That’s just a sample of the stinging and raw prose found in Phil Klay’s collection of short stories, Redeployment. Klay, a veteran of the Iraq war and recipient of the National Book Award, sat down with us to talk about Memorial Day, why we find it difficult to talk to veterans about their time in war and what war and writing teaches you about faith and suffering.

In Signs of the Times, our weekly review of Catholic news, we discuss our discovery that the United States’ first lady is a Catholic; why Justin Trudeau wants Pope Francis to apologize; a young woman who was shamed and barred from graduation because she got pregnant; robot priests; and the heroism displayed in the Portland MAX train attacks. 

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