265 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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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 747 Ratings

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?

    America Media asked Pope Francis about women’s ordination. Here’s what he said.

    America Media asked Pope Francis about women’s ordination. Here’s what he said.

    It’s not every day your colleague gets to interview—and share a laugh with—Pope Francis. So this week we’re talking to Kerry Weber, an executive editor at America, who was one of five America editors who spent two hours speaking with the pope on Nov. 22. We ask Kerry what surprised her most about the Holy Father and what it was like to be a woman asking Francis about women’s ordination, a question considered by many to be off the table, within the walls of the Vatican.
    In Signs of the Times, Zac and Ashley discuss the appointment of a Chinese bishop to a diocese not recognized by the Holy See—and the Vatican’s unusually harsh response.
    And finally, stick around after the credits for a preview of America Media’s new season of its Advent podcast “Hark! The stories behind our favorite Christmas carols.”
    Links from the show:
    Exclusive: Pope Francis discusses Ukraine, U.S. bishops and more
    Behind the scenes: What it’s like to interview Pope Francis
    Vatican statement suggests China violated agreement over appointment of bishops
    China vows more ‘friendly consensus’ after unusually harsh Vatican statement
    The Catholic Church in China | A Short Documentary
    The story of ‘Carol of the Bells,’ a Christmas classic born in Ukraine
    What’s on tap?
    Champagne 


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Why every day should be Thanksgiving!

    Why every day should be Thanksgiving!

    Hey everyone! Jesuitical is taking a break for Thanksgiving, but if you’re looking for something new to try, we’d love to suggest “How God Works”, a podcast from PRX. "How God Works” is a rare combination of cutting edge science and ancient wisdom as psychology professor Dave DeSteno helps us grapple with some of life’s biggest questions.
    We're delighted to share with you this great episode about gratitude—and why every day should feel like Thanksgiving! If you like it, make sure to follow our friends at “How God Works” on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get podcasts!
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    • 33 min
    It's time to ask: What’s the point of a Catholic parish?

    It's time to ask: What’s the point of a Catholic parish?

    Have you ever wondered why most Catholics practice their faith in a local parish church? Is it simply to attend Mass and participate in the sacraments? Is it to find a meaningful community? Is it just because their family has always attended there? With the church facing serious demographic challenges across the United States, and amid a rapidly shifting religious culture, the established parish model can no longer be taken for granted.
    In this fourth and final discussion on America Media’s new, groundbreaking documentary, “People of God: How Catholic Parish Life is Changing in the United States,” Ashley and Zac, together with Jim McDermott, S.J., and Sebastian Gomes, try to answer the overarching and critical question in the face of the uncertain future of parish life: What’s the point?
    Watch “People of God: How Catholic Parish Life is Changing in the United States”
    Follow on your podcast app: Hark! The Stories Behind Our Favorite Christmas Carols, an all-new season releasing Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022
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    • 19 min
    The Catholic case for ditching Amazon and Walmart for Christmas shopping

    The Catholic case for ditching Amazon and Walmart for Christmas shopping

    We’ve all been there. You need to buy something random and a bit urgently. You hop in the car and drive to a nearby Walmart, or open your Amazon app and get a next-day delivery through Prime. No doubt that these regular fixtures of our modern economy have brought convenience and expedience to our lives, but what are the tradeoffs that we aren’t considering? Kathryn Judge is the author of Direct: The Rise of the Middleman Economy and the Power of Going to the Source. We talk about how “middlemen” became part of our everyday consumer lives and whether or not the way we shop necessarily lines up with our Catholic values.
    In Signs of the Times, Zac and Ashley talk with Kevin Clarke, America’s chief correspondent, about what happened at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ annual meeting in Baltimore.
    Links from the Show: 

    Direct: The Rise of the Middleman Economy and the Power of Going to the Source

    Archbishop Broglio, questioned on abuse, homosexuality and whether he’s a ‘Pope Francis’ bishop in first press conference as USCCB head

    Jesuitical Litany of the Saints


    What’s on tap? 
    Fancy Free (Luxardo liqueur Old Fashioned)
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    • 50 min
    Can you attend a parish virtually full time? The rise of the remote parishioner

    Can you attend a parish virtually full time? The rise of the remote parishioner

    When the Covid-19 pandemic closed churches, many parishes began streaming Mass for their communities. That opened up a whole new digital world for Catholics near and far searching for great preaching and a meaningful sense of community. Today, as people return to their parish churches, some Catholics want to stay connected to the digital communities they discovered during the pandemic. What does the rise of these remote parishioners mean for a church that is sacramental to its core?
    Today, Ashley and Zac welcome Jim McDermott, S.J., and Sebastian Gomes to discuss Part Three of America Media’s new, groundbreaking documentary, “People of God: How Catholic Parish Life is Changing in the United States.”
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    • 17 min
    The church needs younger deacons—and older priests

    The church needs younger deacons—and older priests

    It’s no secret that the priesthood in the United States is aging, quickly. But what if part of the solution to the priest shortage is actually ordaining more older priests? Deacon Steve Kramer thinks the church should get serious about late-in-life vocations—recruiting men in the 40s, 50s or even 60s who have had another career, who maybe have been married and lost their spouse, for the priesthood. On the other hand, he thinks we should be encouraging men in their 30s and 40s to consider becoming a deacon—a vocation usually associated with more “mature” gentlemen.
    During National Vocation Awareness week, we ask Deacon Steve about the growing role of deacons in the U.S. church, his experience joining the diaconate in his 30s (and with four young kids!) and what questions someone discerning a call to the priesthood or diaconate should ask themselves.
    In Signs of the Times, Zac and Ashley talk with Colleen Dulle, the host of America Media’s “Inside the Vatican” podcast, about French Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, the former head of the French bishops’ conference who admitted to abusing a 14-year-old girl 35 years ago. They ask: Have reforms aimed at combatting clerical sexual abuse really brought accountability to the highest levels of the church?
    Links from the show:
    French cardinal admits to abusing teen girl 35 years ago
    Report: 330,000 child victims of sex abuse in France’s Catholic Church
    Pope Francis issues new rules for accountability and response to allegations of sexual abuse
    Pennsylvania report documents over 1,000 victims of priest abuse
    Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick laicized by Pope Francis
    Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology
    People of God: How Catholic Parish Life is Changing in the United States
    What’s on tap?
    Barolo 


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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
747 Ratings

747 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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