117 episodes

Two theologians walk into a bar... No, seriously: This podcast is about the real world of politics and current events, seen through the lens of Catholic teaching and spirituality. Your hosts, Fr. Dan Horan and David Dault, bring you a mix of perspectives, from Abbey Road to Metaphysical Graffiti. Dan is a Franciscan friar and Catholic priest. David is a radio producer and Catholic convert. They both have doctorates in theology. It is the best possible kind of nerdy.

Francis Effect podcast Sandburg Media

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.5 • 145 Ratings

Two theologians walk into a bar... No, seriously: This podcast is about the real world of politics and current events, seen through the lens of Catholic teaching and spirituality. Your hosts, Fr. Dan Horan and David Dault, bring you a mix of perspectives, from Abbey Road to Metaphysical Graffiti. Dan is a Franciscan friar and Catholic priest. David is a radio producer and Catholic convert. They both have doctorates in theology. It is the best possible kind of nerdy.

    SCOTUS Homelessness Case, Pop Culture Roundup, and an interview with Elizabeth Johnson

    SCOTUS Homelessness Case, Pop Culture Roundup, and an interview with Elizabeth Johnson

    Heidi, Fr. Daniel, and David end season 14 with a look at the media they've been consuming lately, as well as looking at a recent Supreme Court case that might affect care for the homeless. Then Heidi interviews Sr. Elizabeth Johnson. Have a great summer, and we'll see you in the fall!
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Dignitas Infinita, the passing of Bishop Gumbleton, and in interview with Natalia Impertatori-Lee

    Dignitas Infinita, the passing of Bishop Gumbleton, and in interview with Natalia Impertatori-Lee

    Fr. Daniel, Heidi, and David talk about the recent DDF instruction on human dignity, with an eye to its implications for LGBTQIA+ communities. Next, they look at the life and legacy of Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, and Heidi interviews Professor Natalia Imperatori-Lee.
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    The Mar-A-Lago 'Catholic' Event, March Madness, and an interview with Bruce Morrill

    The Mar-A-Lago 'Catholic' Event, March Madness, and an interview with Bruce Morrill

    Heidi, Fr. Daniel, and David look at the recent ‘prayer’ event held in support of Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago, and Heidi and Daniel teach David some things about basketball. Also, Heidi interviews Bruce Morrill, Chair of Catholic Studies at Vanderbilt University about the upcoming Eucharistic Congress
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    The presidential race begins, the demise of Church Militant, and an interview with Michael O'Loughlin

    The presidential race begins, the demise of Church Militant, and an interview with Michael O'Loughlin

    Heidi, Fr. Daniel, and David discuss Super Tuesday and the State of the Union address, then they look at the recent collapse of the ultra-right-wing website, Church Militant, and Heidi interviews Michael O'Loughlin, recently named Executive Director of Outreach Catholic
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    IVF fallout, an attack on Annunciation House, and an interview with Dr. Kathleen Dorsey Bellow

    IVF fallout, an attack on Annunciation House, and an interview with Dr. Kathleen Dorsey Bellow

    Heidi, Fr. Daniel, and David look at recent court rulings that have resulted in confusing and at points disastrous consequences for parents undergoing IVF treatments. Next they look at Texas AG Ken Paxton's recent accusations against Annunciation House, a ministry serving migrants, and Heidi interviews Dr. Kathleen Dorsey Bellow, Director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies in New Orleans
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Superbowl ads, Cardinals meet with female Episcopal Bishop and discuss priestly celibacy, and an interview with Joyce Rupp

    Superbowl ads, Cardinals meet with female Episcopal Bishop and discuss priestly celibacy, and an interview with Joyce Rupp

    Heidi, Fr. Daniel, and David talk about the "He Gets Us" ad campaign, and who might be funding it. Then they look at recent discussions around priestly celibacy, and a meeting of the Council of Cardinals to discuss women's issues with some actual women, and Heidi interviews author Joyce Rupp about Lent.
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    • 1 hr 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
145 Ratings

145 Ratings

frissjan ,

Great Podcast

Love this podcast. As an educated Catholic woman, I really appreciate Heidi’s contributions. Other Catholic podcasts tend to include very few women or unfortunately include women who are not as knowledgeable or articulate as their male counterparts 🙁. Heidi knows her stuff and makes excellent contributions to the topics. Thank You Heidi! And the guys are great too. 👍🏻

927vko ,

On the fence

While lamenting polarization in the church the hosts regularly use labels such as conservative, right wing, and traditional (= bad).
As a post-Vatican 2, Pope Francis led, pro-life, centrist Catholic I am looking for a big tent where we can all repectfully communicate without labels and work toward an inclusive unified Church.

L. Blownapart ,

Catholic or just Progressive?

I would love to hear them spend an entire episode on why trans women are women and give the Catholic case for it. Then send the episode to the local bishop and see what he thinks about it.

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