217 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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    • 4.8 • 698 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?

    Cynical about Christian mission trips? Monsignor Ramkissoon will change your mind.

    Cynical about Christian mission trips? Monsignor Ramkissoon will change your mind.

    “No child is going to be abandoned twice.” That is the mission of Mustard Seed Communities, a nonprofit founded by Monsignor Gregory Ramkissoon to serve some of the most vulnerable people on earth: children and adults in low-income countries with severe mental or physical disabilities. What began as a small home for a handful of children who were left to fend for themselves on the streets of Kingston, Jamaica, is now a network of communities providing 600 children and adults with shelter, education, health care and training in Jamaica, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
    We ask Monsignor Gregory what inspired his ministry, about the ethics of “mission trips” and how working with people the world has discarded has shaped his understanding of God.
    You can find out more about Mustard Seed Communities—and support their incredible work this Giving Tuesday—here.
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    • 36 min
    How to talk with people that drive you mad (with a little help from grace)

    How to talk with people that drive you mad (with a little help from grace)

    Unless you are a saint (and maybe even if you are one), there is probably someone in your life, whether a relative on Facebook or a person you’ve never actually met on Twitter, who makes you think...less than charitable thoughts. While self-righteous take-downs of your political opponents can feel good in the moment, they are unlikely to change anyone’s mind—and probably aren’t great for your own emotional well-being either.
    Our guest this week, Kirsten Powers, shows another way forward. A political commentator for places like Fox News and CNN, Kirsten has been at the center of our toxic national discourse for years, and in her new book, Saving Grace, she provides hard-earned wisdom for dealing with people across political and cultural divides.
    In Signs of the Times, the debate over the bishops’ document on the Eucharist ends in a whimper, our friend and colleague Michael O’Loughlin gets a letter from Pope Francis and Zac and Ashley discuss an increasingly popular practice in Italy: “de-baptism.”
    Thanks to everyone who is supporting Jesuitical on Patreon. We have a new bonus episode dropping for you soon! If you’re not yet a member of our Patreon community, sign up here today.
    Links from the show:

    Debate over the Eucharist and pro-choice politicians ends in a whimper at bishops’ meeting

    Pope Francis thanks America’s Michael J. O’Loughlin for reporting on Catholic responses to H.I.V./AIDS

    In Catholic Italy, ‘de-baptism’ is gaining popularity

    Saving Grace: Speak your truth, stay centered and learn to coexist with people who drive you nuts


    What’s on tap
    Margaritas on the rocks
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    • 49 min
    Bishop Frank Caggiano agrees with Pope Francis: We need a listening church

    Bishop Frank Caggiano agrees with Pope Francis: We need a listening church

    It’s bishops week on Jesuitical! Ashley and Zac unpack several stories surrounding U.S. bishops in the news: Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, Ky., Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, and Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago.
    That all leads into a conversation with Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport Connecticut, who unpacks his understanding of what Pope Francis is after in calling for a “synod on synods,” and more broadly, what it means to have a church that listens. 
    Links from the show: 

    Archbishop Gomez: The church must confront ‘woke’ social justice movements that aim to ‘cancel’ Christian beliefs

    Interview: Archbishop Cordileone on Biden, Pelosi, abortion and Pope Francis

    ‘The Church Must Be Political’

    Cardinal Cupich: Pope Francis’ Latin Mass reforms are necessary to secure Vatican II’s legacy


    What’s on tap? 
    Southern Comfort Manhattans  
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    • 53 min
    Teaser: ‘Midnight Mass’ is Catholic horror at its finest

    Teaser: ‘Midnight Mass’ is Catholic horror at its finest

    Ashley and Zac chat with Father Jim McDermott about Netflix’s ‘Midnight Mass.’ To listen to the full conversation, sign up to support Jesuitical on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/americamedia

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    • 2 min
    What chronic pain taught Ross Douthat about God and suffering

    What chronic pain taught Ross Douthat about God and suffering

    You might know Ross Douthat as the token conservative at The New York Times, or the Catholic critic of Pope Francis. But in his new book, The Deep Places: A Memoir of Illness and Discovery, you’ll see a different side of Ross: a father and husband suffering with an incredibly painful chronic disease, looking for relief—and answers. We talk to Ross about how his experience of chronic Lyme disease affected his faith, what it taught him about the suffering in our society that is often out of sight and how friends and you can best accompany a loved one who is sick or in pain. 
    In Signs of the Times, Zac and Ashley discuss President Joe Biden’s meeting with Pope Francis, and share the pope’s prayer intention for the month of November.
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    Links from the show:

    Biden says Pope Francis told him to ‘keep receiving Communion’

    Leaked draft of bishops’ document on Communion lacks explicit reference to pro-choice politicians

    Burned out, overworked or depressed? Pope Francis is praying for you.

    The Deep Places: A Memoir of Illness and Discovery


    What’s on tap?
    Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Company
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    • 54 min
    Meet the Catholic map lady who wants to help Pope Francis fight climate change—if the Vatican will let her.

    Meet the Catholic map lady who wants to help Pope Francis fight climate change—if the Vatican will let her.

    The Catholic Church owns a lot of land: churches, monasteries, schools, hospitals, cemeteries and more. What it’s missing are maps. That’s where Molly Burhans comes in. Molly is on a mission to not only make a digital record of Catholic landholdings but to help the church use that land for good. We ask Molly how Catholic organizations can make their land environmentally sustainable and socially useful, how frustrating it can be to work with the Vatican at times and how she remains hopeful in the face of climate change.  
    In Signs of the Times, Zac and Ashley discuss the history of pope and president meetings ahead of Joe Biden’s trip to the Vatican. Plus, a gay teacher and music director in the Diocese of Brooklyn is fired after he married his partner. We ask: What’s the true cause of scandal in stories like this?
    Finally, we have a bonus episode for the members of our Patreon community. We sit down with our colleague Jim McDemott, S.J., a.k.a. The Pop Culture Priest, to talk about why we love the extremely Catholic Netflix show “Midnight Mass.” Become a Patreon member today to get this and future bonus episodes!
    Links from the show
    Biden’s meeting with Pope Francis carries resonance as disputes divide U.S. Catholics
    Video: Joe Biden talks his Catholic Faith, Pope Francis and Politics
    A Gay Music Teacher Got Married. The Brooklyn Diocese Fired Him.
    How a Young Activist Is Helping Pope Francis Battle Climate 
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    What’s on tap?
    Slightly expired Coors Light and Spencers Trappist beer
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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
698 Ratings

698 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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