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Too many voices are not being heard in the Catholic Church today. "The Gloria Purvis Podcast" is a new podcast from America Media hosted by radio personality and Catholic commentator, Gloria Purvis. The podcast centers the opinions, stories and experiences of individuals who have been marginalized in the Catholic Church and in society. A consistent ethic of life informs the conversations and honestly critiques narrow applications of Catholic teachings and ideological attitudes. It's not liberal, it's not conservative. It's all about fostering a culture of charitable dialogue around the most complex and contentious issues in the Catholic Church today. It's just Catholic. Episodes will release weekly.
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    • 4.8 • 299 Ratings

Too many voices are not being heard in the Catholic Church today. "The Gloria Purvis Podcast" is a new podcast from America Media hosted by radio personality and Catholic commentator, Gloria Purvis. The podcast centers the opinions, stories and experiences of individuals who have been marginalized in the Catholic Church and in society. A consistent ethic of life informs the conversations and honestly critiques narrow applications of Catholic teachings and ideological attitudes. It's not liberal, it's not conservative. It's all about fostering a culture of charitable dialogue around the most complex and contentious issues in the Catholic Church today. It's just Catholic. Episodes will release weekly.
Subscribe to hear the latest episodes and learn more at http://americamagazine.org/gloriapurvispodcast
Photo courtesy of Joseph Gloor/Word on Fire

    A message from Gloria Purvis to listeners

    A message from Gloria Purvis to listeners

    Thank you! That's what Gloria and her team wants to say to you, our listeners, as we close a year-long first season of The Gloria Purvis Podcast. We'll be back in the fall with all new episodes! Thank you for journeying with us!
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    • 4 min
    On justice issues, is the church a moral first responder or a funeral director?

    On justice issues, is the church a moral first responder or a funeral director?

    When it comes to social justice issues “the church can show up as moral first responders or as funeral directors,” says Cornell Brooks.
    Professor Brooks joins “The Gloria Purvis Podcast” with an impressive pedigree as the former president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a civil rights attorney, a professor of public leadership and social justice at the Harvard Kennedy School, and an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episocopal church.
    Gloria and Professor Brooks discuss several issues that threaten Black lives, most notably racial profiling, police violence and voter suppression.
    “You are more likely to see the Easter bunny standing next to Santa Claus at the voting booth than to encounter an actual instance of voter fraud,” Professor Brooks says. In reality, it is politicians who are committing the overwhelming amount of voter fraud, not the citizens whose voting rights are being suppressed.
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    What would a post-Roe world look like?

    Pro-choice advocates often appeal to reproductive freedom. But freedom without real choice is coercion.

    Texas' abortion ban and systemic sexism against women


    For women to be free, they must be free to be women.


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    • 44 min
    How a ministry of presence is changing the way Alabamians fight poverty and mass incarceration

    How a ministry of presence is changing the way Alabamians fight poverty and mass incarceration

    “My job is to get in the car and drive to every far flung, criss-cross part of Alabama, talking to people about what our hopes are for the future.” Dana Sweeney is the statewide organizer at the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice. He joins Gloria this week to discuss mass incarceration, economic and racial justice, and government accountability in Alabama. 
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    • 37 min
    Missing persons of color should be a pro-life issue for Catholics

    Missing persons of color should be a pro-life issue for Catholics

    Gwen Ifill famously coined the expression “missing white woman syndrome” to describe our national obsession with a small subset of missing persons–largely white and female– to the exclusion of many other victims, especially persons of color. 
    This week Gloria talks to Natalie Wilson, co-founder of The Black and Missing Foundation, Inc., a Maryland-based non-profit dedicated to searching for missing people of color when police and the media fall short. Their work is also the subject of the award-winning 4-part HBO documentary series, Black and Missing, produced by Geeta Gandbhir and Soledad O’Brien. 
    For Catholics, this should be a pro-life issue, and one that we examine seriously.  Forty percent of the about 600,000 people who went missing in 2019 were people of color — most of them Black. And Black people's cases take four times longer to resolve. 
    Gloria and Natalie also discuss how the Black Lives Matter movement encompasses more than police violence; it extends to the issue of police neglect to investigate cases of Black persons gone missing.
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    Links:
    The Black and Missing Foundation
     

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    • 34 min
    How to advocate for your loved one in the ICU

    How to advocate for your loved one in the ICU

    New medical research is revealing the detrimental effects of being sedated or placed in a medically induced coma for an extended period of time. And with the surge of Covid patients in ICU’s, the rates of brain disease, including dementia, have only increased. 

    Here to talk with Gloria is Dr. Wes Ely, professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine whose research has focused on improving the care and outcomes of critically ill patients with ICU-acquired brain disease.

    Dr. Ely is the author of the book Every Deep-Drawn Breath, which shares his quest to return humanity to doctoring by tending to patients’ emotional and spiritual needs, as well as his effort to end a practice in hospital ICUs that leaves patients suffering from long-term brain problems. The title of his book is taken from John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, which reads "The skin tastes the air, and every deep-drawn breath is sweet." 

    Gloria and Dr. Ely discuss the dangers of prolonged sedation and how to advocate for your loved one when they are receiving critical care. “This is an entire person. This is not just a set of lungs on a ventilator,” Dr Ely says. “It's an entire person of inestimable work. This is a priceless human being.” 

    Over the course of his long and storied medical practice, Dr. Ely had the honor of caring for the poet Maya Angelou in advance of her reading at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration. Dr. Ely was originally inspired to become a physician, in part, because of Maya Angelou’s writing. “I write from the Black perspective,” Ms. Angelou told her son, “but I aim for the human heart.” Upon hearing these words. Dr. Ely has made them a personal mantra or his own life and medical practice. He aims always for the human heart. 

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    Related links:

    Every Deep Drawn Breath: Dr. Ely is donating all his net proceeds from this book to a fund at the CIBS Center established to help ICU survivors and their families.
    The Christopher Awards
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    • 40 min
    The mental health toll of mass shootings and why we must name the evil of racism.

    The mental health toll of mass shootings and why we must name the evil of racism.

    On Saturday May 14, 2022, motivated by the evils of racism and white supremacy, an 18 year old man drove 200 miles with an AR-15 rifle with the intention to seek out and kill Black people. He shot and killed ten people at Tops grocery store. And then, only a week and a half later, on May 24, we witnessed another mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. This time at Robb Elementary school. Nineteen children and two teachers were killed. 
    Gloria welcomes Sr. Josephine Garrett back to the show. Sr. Josephine is a Sister of the Holy Family of Nazareth and a licensed counselor specializing in trauma. 
    This conversation was recorded after the racialized killing of people in Buffalo, but before the tragic shooting in Uvalde. Gloria and Sr. Josephine discuss how racially motivated violence takes a toll on our mental health and why its important for our bishops to name the sin of white supremacy. They also talk about how to protect your mental health, while fostering real empathy and understanding. 
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
299 Ratings

299 Ratings

DCCatholic ,

Thank you Gloria!

Gloria first came on my radar in 2020 when she courageously spoke out about racial injustice. I so appreciate this podcast as a space to learn and wrestle with social justice issues while incorporating Catholic social teaching. The guests are always brilliant and I am grateful to get perspectives that I might otherwise not be exposed to. That is so important in our Church - thank you to Gloria and America Media for making it happen! Can’t wait for season 2.

gkrotkov ,

Our Church is for all

Gloria, I imagine you won’t read this because you have better things to do, but your strength in following your conscience consistently and helping to push back against the homogenizing forces in our church is inspiring. It must sometimes feel very alone, but we’re out here.

Matt's Tie (e, b) ,

Explicitly pro-abortion advertising

I don’t mind this podcast and I love America media, but I was aghast that a Catholic network would allow political advertising that was explicitly pro-abortion to precede the pod.

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