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Welcome to Jesuitical, a podcast for young Catholics hosted by two young, lay editors at America—Zac Davis and Ashley McKinless. Each episode features a guest who offers a unique perspective on faith, culture or current events. We also bring you some of the top (and maybe more obscure) Catholic news of the week. And we'll ask: Where do we find God in all this?

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Welcome to Jesuitical, a podcast for young Catholics hosted by two young, lay editors at America—Zac Davis and Ashley McKinless. Each episode features a guest who offers a unique perspective on faith, culture or current events. We also bring you some of the top (and maybe more obscure) Catholic news of the week. And we'll ask: Where do we find God in all this?

    Comedian Pete Holmes on the spiritual maturity of Richard Rohr

    Comedian Pete Holmes on the spiritual maturity of Richard Rohr

    Pete Holmes refers to Father Richard Rohr affectionately as “Richie.” Pete is a talented comedian, podcaster and television writer, and he’s also a deep admirer of the work of last week’s guest. We talked to Pete last summer about his memoir Comedy Sex God, and after our conversation with Father Richard last week, we were able to appreciate Pete’s story on a much deeper level. Thus, we’re bringing it to you today.
    We have an all new Signs of the Times and Consolations and Desolations, where we look at the curious case of Venerable Mother Cornelia Connelly’s body and who gets to claim her remains, as well as mark the grim milestone of 500,000 coronavirus deaths in the United States. 
    Links from the show:
    The life of Catholic foundress Cornelia Connelly was ruled by men. Was her obedience to them holy?
    Plan to move Sussex nun’s bones to US faces local opposition
    Cardinal Gregory prays on CNN for 500,000 Americans killed by Covid-19
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Spiritual Wisdom from Father Richard Rohr

    Spiritual Wisdom from Father Richard Rohr

    This week’s guest hardly needs an introduction. Father Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest, the author of several well-known books on spirituality, including his latest The Universal Christ, and the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in New Mexico. In this wide-ranging interview, we talk to Father Richard about the difference between “Jesus” and “Christ,” the dangers of tribal religion and how we should approach this most unusual Lenten season. 
    We wanted to give this conversation plenty of space (you’ll understand why when you listen), so no Signs of the Times this week. 

    Links from the show:
    Center for Action and Contemplation 
    The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe
    Lent reflections, podcasts and more from America's staff

    What’s on tap?
    Nothing! Our 40 days of abstinence from alcohol begins. 
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Is a better abortion debate possible?

    Is a better abortion debate possible?

    Abortion “is not an argument anyone is going to win,” Caitlin Flanagan wrote in a December 2019 essay for The Atlantic. “The loudest advocates on both sides are terrible representatives for their cause.”
    Caitlin is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where she writes on politics and culture. She identifies as pro-choice. The hosts of this show identify as pro-life. But all of us yearn for a debate and conversation about hard issues like aboriton that isn’t dominated by the vitriol often demonstrated by the “loudest advocates” that Caitlin refers to. We model that and more in this week’s show.
    During Signs of the Times, we discuss the first woman to be nominated with the right to vote as undersecretary of the synod of bishops; we also get into the controversy over Abby Johnson, a popular pro-life speaker and supporter of President Trump, delivering a speech at the Catholic University of America.
    This episode of Jesuitical is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus. Sign up for The Great Courses Plus and get an entire month of unlimited access to thousands of video and audio courses from the world’s best professors by visiting http://thegreatcoursesplus.com/jesuitical.
    As always, thanks for listening. You can support the media ministry of America and unlock unlimited access to all our articles with a digital subscription for less than $1 per week. Subscribe here. And to get all that plus bonus content from Jesuitical, become a member of our Patreon community.

    Links from the Show:
    One woman can vote in next year’s synod. Others are ‘under consideration.’
    Catholic University students object to pro-life speaker Abby Johnson, citing past comments on race
    The Dishonesty of the Abortion Debate
    What’s on tap?
    Michelob Ultra Seltzers
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    • 52 min
    Father James Martin’s prayer guide (for everyone)

    Father James Martin’s prayer guide (for everyone)

    Whether you are an agnostic seeker who’s curious about the whole “prayer” thing or a seasoned Catholic looking to deepen your relationship with God, James Martin, S.J., has a book for you—and everyone else. In his new book, Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone, Father Martin not only answers the question “Why pray?” and introduces readers to different types of prayer; he tackles what he considers “one of the most confusing parts about the spiritual life”: What happens when you pray? That is, what are you supposed to hear or feel when you close your eyes?  
    We talk to Father Martin about the most common barriers to prayer, how you can tell what’s coming from God in prayer and whether we’re thinking about “consolations and desolations” in the right way. Plus, we bring him the questions you, dear listeners, posted to the Jesuitical Facebook group.
    In Signs of the Times, we’ve got to stories from Pope Francis. First, in a meeting with Italian catechists, the pope made clear that the Second Vatican Council is part of church teaching, saying, “If you do not follow the council or you interpret it in your own way, as you wish, you are not with the church.” Over 50 years after Vatican II, why is its legacy still up for debate? Next, Pope Francis has declared the fourth Sunday of July (the feasts of Sts. Joachim and Anne) the World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. We discuss what the coronavirus pandemic has revealed about the treatment of the elderly in our society—and what lessons the pope wants us to take forward.
    This episode of Jesuitical is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus. Sign up for The Great Courses Plus and get an entire month of unlimited access to thousands of video and audio courses from the world’s best professors by visiting http://thegreatcoursesplus.com/jesuitical. 
    As always, thanks for listening. You can support the media ministry of America and unlock unlimited access to all our articles with a digital subscription for less than $1 per week. Subscribe here. And to get all that plus bonus content from Jesuitical, become a member of our Patreon community.
    Links from the show
    Pope Francis: Vatican II must be taught as part of church teaching, or ‘you are not with the church’
    Pope Francis establishes World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly
    God’s voice or mine? 7 tips on what to listen to in prayer
    Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone, by James Martin, S.J.

    What’s on tap?
    Sweatpants Sazerac (from The New Yorker’s “Seasonal Cocktails for Your Seasonal Depression”)
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    • 48 min
    The future of the pro-life movement is already here

    The future of the pro-life movement is already here

    Every year, tens of thousands of students, priests, sisters and pro-life activists gather in Washington, D.C., around the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade to witness against abortion. This year, the march looks different because of Covid-19. But it is also noteworthy for another reason: It is the first march of the “post-Trump era.” 
    Though he is no longer president, for many Americans, Donald Trump will remain the face of the pro-life movement for years to come. So where do we go from here? What can those of us who oppose abortion and the death penalty—who want Roe overturned and for our country to welcome refugees—do to change the conversation around life issues?
    Thankfully, we got one answer to that question back in 2019, when we talked with Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa, the founder of New Wave Feminists. Destiny became a mother at a young age, and her experience inspired her to to form the pro-life, feminist organization that gives women the support and resources needed to make motherhood a feasible option. 
    We wanted to share this conversation with you (again) because it’s people like Destiny who give us hope for the future of the pro-life movement. 
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    • 22 min
    President Biden’s Very Catholic Inauguration

    President Biden’s Very Catholic Inauguration

    On Wednesday, Jan. 20, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, only the second Catholic ever to hold the office.
    Zac and Ashley are joined by Matt Malone, S.J., to discuss their reactions to President Biden’s inauguration—including the prayers offered by other Jesuits throughout the day. Father Malone is the editor in chief of America, worked in politics before joining the Jesuits and brings a historical and personal eye to the events of the week.
    We’re happy to report that Pope Francis, Pope Emeritus Benedict and guests at the Vatican’s homeless shelter all received a vaccine for Covid-19, even as the Catholic Church, like the rest of the world, continues to lose leaders to the virus.
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    Links from the show: 
    Pope Francis sends greeting to President Biden, contrasting with sharper message from head of U.S. bishops
    Joe Biden begins Inauguration Day with Mass
    Read: The Invocation at the Inauguration of President Joe Biden
    Joe Biden knows the grief of losing family—and how our pain can have a purpose.
    Watch: Matt Malone, SJ interviews Joe Biden

    What’s on tap? 
    Cape Codder: Vodka and cranberry juice.
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

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645 Ratings

645 Ratings

T2bzofree ,

You don’t have to be young and hip to enjoy this podcast

I’ve been listening to these guys since they started, and I’ve listened to them grow both as interviewers and in the caliber of guests on the show. The latest interview with Fr. Richard Rohr in on par with anything I’m listening to. Keep up the good work!

Katkov21 ,

A smart Catholic take

I’ve been a fan of this show since the beginning! Although my relationship with the Catholic Church has ebbed and flowed over the years, I appreciate this podcast for providing a fresh perspective on the Catholic news as well as for bringing on a wide variety of enlightening and insightful guests. Thank you and I look forward to listening every week!

RichandSue ,

Giggling is inappropriate

The talking part is good. But the constant female giggling is disruptive and annoying to listen to. Having a sense of humor and appropriately laughing is good. This is not that! May God bless you and guide you with the wisdom and insight to change this.

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