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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?

    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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    How Catholicism became a meme

    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
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    Our conversations about the Latin Mass don’t have to be so toxic

    Our conversations about the Latin Mass don’t have to be so toxic

    Last July, Pope Francis issued a document restricting the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass, setting off a heated and at times toxic debate between more traditionalist Catholics and those who want to see the reforms of the Second Vatican Council more fully implemented. Is there a way for us to talk about the liturgy without it turning into a war?
    To find out, we brought on the Rev. Pierre Amar, a priest in the Diocese of Versailles in France. Father Amar grew up attending the Latin Mass and was ordained into the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, an order dedicated to the celebration of the pre-Vatican II Mass rite. But he also loves and celebrates the novus ordo or ordinary form, and does not think the two forms of the liturgy need to be in conflict. We ask Father Amar why people today are still attracted to the Traditional Latin Mass over 50 years after the council and what he thinks about Pope Francis’ move to restrict the celebration of the older rite.
    In Signs of the Times, Zac and Ashley are joined by Colleen Dulle, host of the “Inside the Vatican” podcast, to discuss speculation that Pope Francis is preparing to resign. 
    Links from the show:

    Will Pope Francis resign? Here are some reasons to believe it—and some to be skeptical

    Explainer: What is the history of the Latin Mass?

    I once fell in love with the Latin Mass—which is why I understand why Pope Francis restricted it.

    Pope Francis on Pentecost: ‘The Holy Spirit creates harmony with division.’

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    Pre-Vatican II Dewars scotch


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    • 49 min
    Should Catholics be vegetarians? (Also, should Nancy Pelosi have been denied Communion?)

    Should Catholics be vegetarians? (Also, should Nancy Pelosi have been denied Communion?)

    If we are what we eat, how could our consumption habits not be morally fraught? This week’s guest, Robert Cruz, believes they are, and he wants Catholics to be more intentional about what goes on their dinner plates. Working in the meat department of his local grocery store opened Robert’s eyes to the way meat is processed, marketed and sold—and inspired him to start a small regenerative farm on his own property. We ask Robert what Catholic social teaching says about ethical eating, how eating chickens he raised himself changed his relationship to food and animals, and why fake meat is not the morally superior option many vegetarians assume it to be.  

    In Signs of the Times, Zac and Ashley weigh in on Archbishop Salvator Cordileone’s decision to bar Speaker Nancy Pelosi from Communion because of her “aggressive” support for abortion rights. Plus, Pope Francis has named a new U.S. cardinal: Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego.

    Links from the show:
    Archbishop Cordileone on barring Nancy Pelosi from Communion: ‘I cannot in my conscience allow the situation to continue.’
    ​​Pope Francis names 21 new cardinals, including Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego
    Dear Catholic vegetarians: Eating fake meat isn’t going to save the planet.
    Regenerative Farmers of America
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    Old Fashioned


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    • 47 min
    Sad, tired and angry: America’s endless gun debate

    Sad, tired and angry: America’s endless gun debate

    This week, an 18-year-old in Uvalde, Tex., killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School. The massacre came less than two weeks after a white supremacist killed 10 people at a supermarket in a majority-Black neighborhood of Buffalo, N.Y.
    We’ve been here before. This happens all the time in America. And it feels like we have the same reactions, the same conversations, read the same tweets.
    Which is why instead of a normal show this week, we’re revisiting a conversation from 2018 about gun control. In the aftermath of a shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., we brought on Patrick Blanchfield, who writes about gun violence in the United States. We discussed what gets missed in our gun control conversations, the familiar debate over “thoughts and prayers” and how violence in American schools and on our streets is connected to American violence abroad.
    Links from the show:
    Catholic leaders react to Texas school massacre: ‘Don’t tell me that guns aren’t the problem.’
    Cardinal Cupich: The Second Amendment did not come down from Sinai
    How the Catholic Church in Uvalde is helping a devastated community grieve and heal
    Sad, tired and angry: A prayer in the face of gun violence
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    • 31 min
    What young people need from the Catholic Church

    What young people need from the Catholic Church

    The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted nearly every aspect of our lives, and our religious practices were no exception. How this period of uncertainty affected the spiritual lives of young people is the subject Springtide Research Institute’s latest report, “The State of Religion & Young People 2021.” We talk with Springtide’s executive director, Dr. Josh Packard, about why young people have lost faith in the church and its leaders—and what older Catholics need to do to meet Gen-Z where they’re at. 
    In Signs of the Times, producer Sebastian Gomes joins Ashley as a guest host this week to discuss the U.S. bishops’ decision to cease the domestic operations of Catholic News Service. What does this closure mean for Catholic journalism and the people in the pews?

    Links from the show:
    Pope Francis’ recipe to heal his painful knee? A shot of tequila
    Catholic News Service closure opens the door to partisan and ideological church coverage, Catholic journalists warn
    The State of Religion & Young People 2021 – Catholic Edition
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    Tequila!


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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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734 Ratings

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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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Too self important

Ugh, you refer to yourself as young, hip Catholics… I dare say Christ would prefer you be humble. Please change this guys.

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