225 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 • 703 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?

    How does the Catholic Church decide what counts as a miracle?

    How does the Catholic Church decide what counts as a miracle?

    You have probably heard that in order for someone to be declared a saint they (usually) need to have two miracles attributed to their intercession. But how does the Catholic Church decide what’s a miracle and what is just a rare healing—or a hoax?
    To find out, we spoke with Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Seattle who has served as the “devil’s advocate” in the canonization process. The devil’s advocate (today formally known as the “promoter of the faith”) is appointed by the church to make the case against a candidate’s sainthood. We ask Bishop Elizondo what kinds of questions the devil’s advocate asks, how modern science has changed the church’s understanding of miracles and why most miracles today involve healing—as opposed to, say, water and wine or loaves and fishes.
    In Signs of the Times, we preview the Jan. 22 beatification of Rutilio Grande, a Jesuit priest and martyr from El Salvador, and discuss an advice column about Catholic weddings that raises interesting questions about the role of parents in the sacrament. 
    Links from the show:

    Come to Italy with Jesuitical!

    4 lessons from Rutilio Grande, priest, prophet and martyr

    Ask Amy: Upset mother objects to paying for Catholic wedding

    Boy’s recovery a Kateri miracle


    What’s on tap?
    Last night’s leftover wine
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    • 50 min
    What’s it like being Catholic in Hollywood?

    What’s it like being Catholic in Hollywood?

    For every A-list celebrity, there are thousands of people working behind the scenes and in supporting roles. They hustle from gig to gig, stitching jobs and roles together to make a living. They’re people like Marianne Muellerleile. Marianne is a distinguished actor who has appeared in hundreds of films, TV series and commercials. We talk to Marianne about what it’s like being Catholic in Hollywood, and what makes for a funny commercial (she’s been in quite a few, including Geico’s “Aunt Infestation”).
    On Signs of the Times, we talk about the ethics of a Catholic school running up the score in a basketball game and discuss some new research about the true identity of Mary Magdalene. 
    Links from the show: 
    Come to Italy with Jesuitical!
    A School Won 92-4 in Basketball. Then the Coach Was Suspended.
    Was Mary Magdalene really from Magdala? Two scholars examine the evidence
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    What’s on tap?
    Tea and decaf instant coffee, for a “Dry Second Wednesday in January”
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    • 51 min
    Fr. Charles Coughlin: America’s first mass-media demagogue priest

    Fr. Charles Coughlin: America’s first mass-media demagogue priest

    A charismatic demagogue with millions of devoted followers. A novel means of communication with little government regulation and few guardrails. The threat of violence in the streets and a country in crisis.
    No, we’re not talking about the 45th president but America’s first radio priest, Father Charles Coughlin. On “Radioactive,” a new podcast series from Tablet Studios, Andrew Lapin takes listeners through the history of Father Coughlin, who through a mixture of Catholic piety, anti-Semitism and raw political ambition became the most popular voice on the U.S. airwaves during the Great Depression and the lead up to World War II.
    We ask Andrew what Father Coughlin’s story can tell us about the connection between religious demagoguery and authoritarianism; the Wild West of new media platforms; and the failure of the church to reign in Catholics who exploit these toxic forces.
    In Signs of the Times, Zac and Ashley share some Pope Francis-inspired New Year’s resolutions and give their predictions for Catholic stories coming in 2022.
    Links from the show:

    Volunteer, stop judging and get off Twitter: 8 New Year’s Resolutions Inspired by Pope Francis

    Pope Francis’ action-packed agenda for 2022

    Potentially explosive report will document handling of sex abuse in Pope Benedict’s former diocese

    Who will be the first Black Catholic saint from the United States?

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    What’s on tap?
    Bringing in the New Year with some Bubbly
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    • 54 min
    Teaser: Pope Francis, pets and kids

    Teaser: Pope Francis, pets and kids

    Unpacking the pope's controversial comments about having children or pets

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    • 2 min
    Lidia Bastianich on why Jesus was always eating and drinking

    Lidia Bastianich on why Jesus was always eating and drinking

    Why was Jesus always feasting, eating and drinking? What makes the table a place of sacred encounter? And how are you supposed to learn how to cook on a budget? 
    Lidia Bastianich is a best-selling cookbook author, an Emmy award-winning public television host, restaurateur and the owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. She’s also someone who has overcome extraordinary odds in her life. Born in the Istrian peninsula, her family fell behind the Iron Curtain when it became Yugoslavia. Her family crossed the border into Italy, living in a refugee camp in Trieste before being relocated permanently in the United States by Catholic Charities. 
    In her new PBS special, “Lidia Celebrates America: Overcoming the Odds,” she tells the stories—and shares the table with—other resilient Americans with inspiring stories. 
    Links from the show:
    “Lidia Celebrates America: Overcoming The Odds.”
    Come to Italy with Jesuitical!
    Italian Bishop Gives Children Harsh News: There Is No Santa Claus
    Wine at Communion, the sign of peace, holy water fonts: Will these parts of the Mass ever come back?
    What’s on Tap?
    2016 Bastianich Plus White Wine
    Tequila for Kevin, our studio manager’s, birthday
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    • 58 min
    Homelessness isn’t inevitable—and this Catholic woman is proving it.

    Homelessness isn’t inevitable—and this Catholic woman is proving it.

    Jesus said the poor will always be with us, but that doesn’t mean we can’t end homelessness. And this week’s guest, Rosanne Haggerty, is dedicated to doing just that. Rosanne is the president and C.E.O. of Community Solutions, which develops innovative, data-driven strategies to end homelessness and strengthen communities. We ask Rosanne how Catholic social teaching informs her work and to break down some common misconceptions about homelessness in the United States.
    In Signs of the Times, Zac and Ashley discuss San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s vaccination status and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s bold parish restructuring plan.
    Finally, Friday morning is your last chance to enter your name in a drawing for a signed copy of Michael O’Loughlin’s new book, Hidden Mercy, by becoming a member of our Patreon community.
    Links from the show:
    Join the Jesuitical Podcast on Pilgrimage in Italy!
    San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone reveals he is not vaccinated against Covid-19
    Archdiocese of Cincinnati to reduce 208 parishes to 57 ‘families of parishes’
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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
703 Ratings

703 Ratings

sopranomonkey ,

Such a great show

One of my favorite podcasts. Love the hosts, the guests are so interesting and informative. Makes me feel like a better Christian to learn through this show’s perspective.

Amazonus Prime ,

Lame

(Jesuitical is an appropriate title though.)

Your take on the latest Pope-on-a-plane episode is what we come to expect from Jesuits: garbed in pastoral raiments, and purely political in its core. Once again: withholding the Eucharist is the ultimate expression of pastoral care. Go reread Paul until you get it, please. Francis’s comments are entirely in line with: Jesus, Paul, and any of the US bishops who condemn abortion *in the strongest terms, and with the expected consequences*. This is a seamless garment, and it is the core of our faith.

Also, I had to fast forward through your “classics” section. Please consult an old/dead authority on the classics. Harold Bloom would be a reasonable choice.

LauraGirl373 ,

Love this podcast

It is one of my favorite podcasts. The hosts are fun and engaging and cover so many interesting topics.

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