252 episodes

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?

    What it's like to lead the world's largest religious order–the Jesuits

    What it's like to lead the world's largest religious order–the Jesuits

    Zac and Ashley are unpacking from their recent pilgrimage to Italy. So, they're bringing back an interview from 2021 with the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Arturo Sosa, S.J. Behind the mic, Ashley is joined by Colleen Dulle, host of America Media's "Inside the Vatican" podcast to discuss with Fr. Sosa his relationship with Pope Francis (another Jesuit!) and how he interprets the pope's reforming agenda. They also discuss how the Jesuits are increasing their collaboration with women around the world.
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    • 34 min
    Debt, inflation, the soaring cost of living–why Pope Francis wants young Catholics to transform the economy

    Debt, inflation, the soaring cost of living–why Pope Francis wants young Catholics to transform the economy

    Does it seem like the economic deck is stacked against young people today? Inflation, debt, the cost of living and an overvalued housing market can be soul-crushing to younger generations trying to get on their feet and start their lives. The feelings of helplessness and isolation are not lost on Pope Francis, who is calling young Catholics working to transform economic systems to Assisi, Italy, this week. It’s the first ever in-person meeting of The Economy of Francesco!
    Elizabeth Garlow, an American economist and new mom, will be there, and she joins Zac and Ashley on the podcast to discuss why the current system is failing young people. She’s convinced that it is not enough to tweak the current system; a bold reimagining is necessary. And with the help of Pope Francis, these young Catholics are moving to the frontlines of the movement.
    Links from the show: 
    Wondrium
    The Economy of Francesco
    Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future, by Pope Francis and Austen Ivereigh
    Anna Rowlands on Catholic Social Teaching
    Humanizing the Economy: Co-operatives in the Age of Capital, by John Restakis
    Francesco Collaborative
    What’s on tap?
    Oberon Ale from Bell’s Brewery
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    • 32 min
    So, why is Rome so important to the Catholic Church?

    So, why is Rome so important to the Catholic Church?

    This week, Zac and Ashley are putting the Rome in Roman Catholic. Why did Peter go to Rome? Is he actually buried under St. Peter’s Basilica? And why has Rome remained the center of the Roman Catholic Church for 2,000 years?
    To help answer these questions, they are joined by Professor Kenneth Bartlett. Professor Bartlett is a Renaissance historian, author and professor at the University of Toronto. He is also the guide of “Smithsonian’s: The Guide to Essential Italy,” which is available for streaming on Wondrium, our partners who provided support for this episode.
    Links from the show: 
    Wondrium
    What Catholics need to know about Kazakhstan before Pope Francis’ visit
    Diocese of Phoenix creates Office of Mental Health Ministry
    What’s on tap?
    Brunello di Montalcino 
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    • 46 min
    The Problem with Celebrity Christians (and Christian Celebrities)

    The Problem with Celebrity Christians (and Christian Celebrities)

    What do Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Britney Spears and Shia LaBeouf have in common (besides being famous)? All four of these celebrities made waves by announcing they had become Christian in recent years. Rightly or wrongly, we ordinary Christians often celebrate when a high-profile figure joins our “team.” But what should we think when our church leaders become celebrities?
    It’s a question Katelyn Beaty explores in her new book Celebrities for Jesus: How Personas, Platforms, and Profits Are Hurting the Church. Katelyn looks at the phenomenon of “celebrity Christians” in the evangelical church, but the trend of priests and pastors gaining massive followings—online and IRL—exists across many denominations and in the Catholic Church. (After all, who’s a bigger celebrity than the pope?) We ask her the dangers of having a faith that is centered on charismatic individuals, how social media is changing the ways we relate to church leaders and how people in the pews can build real community in our celebrity-obsessed era.
    In Signs of the Times, Zac and Ashley break down some of the top Catholic news stories you might have missed while on summer vacation.
    Links from the show:
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    Celebrities for Jesus: How Personas, Platforms, and Profits Are Hurting the Church
    Pope Francis releases new letter on liturgy: Catholics need a better understanding of Vatican II’s reforms
    Full text: Pope Francis’ apology to Indigenous Peoples in Canada
    ​​Pope Francis names 21 new cardinals, including Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego
    Lessons for evangelization from Britney Spears’ journey with the Catholic Church
    The missing piece of Shia LaBeouf’s conversation with Bishop Barron: the stories of abuse victims
    What’s on tap?
    Dirty gin martinis 
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    • 53 min
    How Catholicism became a meme and an online aesthetic

    How Catholicism became a meme and an online aesthetic

    This week, Ashley and Zac chat with Rebecca Jennings, a senior correspondent at The Goods by Vox, who is the author of a new article, “How Catholicism became a meme: One of the world’s most powerful religions is now an alt status symbol.” Rebecca explains why Catholicism’s aesthetic is popping up across the internet, and what that says about the church’s place in wider culture.
    During Signs of the Times, the hosts discuss the murder of two Jesuit priests in Mexico and the launch of a three year Eucharistic revival in the United States.
    This is Jesuitical’s last episode of the season—we’ll be back in your feeds this fall! In the meantime, follow Jesuitical on Facebook and Twitter, and you can support the show on Patreon.
    Links from the show: 

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    Two Jesuit priests killed in Mexico

    Interview: What is the bishops’ eucharistic revival, and why should Catholics care?


    What’s on tap?
    The Jennings: Vodka soda with a splash of St. Germain and a lime.
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    • 44 min
    Catholics and abortion in a world after Roe v. Wade

    Catholics and abortion in a world after Roe v. Wade

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    That the Catholic Church is firmly opposed to abortion is not news to anyone. However, what Catholics in the pews think and feel about the issue is not as clear—and we don’t ever talk about it.
    In this special episode of Jesuitical, we try to change that. In this show, you’ll hear from three guests on a few topics related to abortion. First, Tricia Bruce, a sociologist affiliated with Notre Dame who authored a landmark study about how Americans (including Catholics) understand the abortion issue. Next, Rachel Lu, a moral philosopher and contributing writer for America, who believes that the next focus point after Roe v. Wade will be about motherhood and honor. Finally, you’ll hear an excerpt from a conversation we had last year with Caitlin Flanagan, who considers herself a pro-choice Catholic but still grapples with both sides of the issue. 
    Links from the Show: 
    How Americans Understand Abortion a comprehensive interview study of abortion attitudes in the U.S.
    The next issue in the abortion debate after Roe v. Wade: Do we really honor motherhood?
    The Dishonesty of the Abortion Debate: Why we need to face the best arguments from the other side
    Jesuitical 2022 Reader Survey
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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
740 Ratings

740 Ratings

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Not Your Average Podcast

Jesuitical offers a refreshing take on what it means to be a young Catholic in the US, and has helped me get out of my bubble with news and listening to new speakers. Keep up the great work, Zac and Ashley!

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Reconnecting to faith

In a time when it feels like handpicked elements of Catholicism and Christianity are being used to justify hateful actions and sentiments, this podcast has helped be reconnect and recommit to my faith. Thank you!

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Great listen

I’m now in my (early!) 60’s. And the topics that are discussed are so incredibly fresh for young adult Catholics, but also for Catholics like me. As a Confirmation cathechist, this is a valuable resource to better understand where young adults are challenged in their lives.

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