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Catholic Herald: Behind the Headlines
38 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
Episode 014: "Aliens"
This week on the podcast: Host Chris Altieri goes to the vault and brings back a conversation with Fr. Brian Reedy SJ, who talks about the science of space exploration and explores the possible implications of finding extra-terrestrial life.
45 minutes | Jul 8, 2020
Episode 013: "Odds and Ends"
In this edition of the podcast, Leticia Ochoa Adams talks about her experience of systemic racism, Sam Rocha gets a grilling over "Black Lives Matter" - the rallying cry, not the organization - and the Catholic Herald's William Cash shares the highlights of his recently concluded pilgrimage to Canterbury.
59 minutes | Jul 1, 2020
Episode 012: "Waking and Sleeping"
In this edition of the podcast: Gretchen Crowe of Our Sunday Visitor, Bo Bonner of the Uncommon Good podcast, and Sam Rocha of the University of British Columbia join me for three very different conversations on how Catholics can contribute to conversations about race and racism.
35 minutes | Jun 24, 2020
Episode 011: "Troubled Unions"
In this edition of the podcast: a conversation with Timothy P. O’Malley of Notre Dame University’s McGrath Institute. We talk about marriage – what it is and isn’t, how it works (and doesn’t) and how – to borrow an expression from Stanley Cavell – healthy marriages and healthy societies are functions of one another. Also, an update on the promised series on race and racism, and some current comment from host Chris Altieri on the state of the Church.
56 minutes | Jun 17, 2020
Episode 010: "Facing the Music"
In this edition of the podcast: Robert P. George of Princeton University walks us through a decision of the US Supreme Court that could have profound and far-reaching consequences; Leticia Ochoa Adams of Catholic Herald: Chapter House talks about her experience of race and racism as a proud Texan; and, Charlie Camosy of Fordham University discusses the pitfalls of political commitment in the midst of major social upheaval.
34 minutes | Jun 10, 2020
Episode 009: "Life with Hannah"
This week on the podcast, Hannah Brockhaus of the Catholic News Agency joins host Chris Altieri to talk about adjusting to life in Rome, weathering the coronavirus lockdown, experiencing the unrest in the US from an ocean away, and coming to grips with the New Normal in Italy as restrictions on commerce and movement are lifted.
48 minutes | Jun 3, 2020
EPISODE 008: "America on Trial"
This week on the podcast, Faith Glavey Pawl of The University of St Thomas and David Franks of Massachusetts Citizens for Life and the Abigail Adams Institute join host Chris Altieri to discuss America in the grip of crisis after a Minneapolis policeman killed George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man they suspected of having tried to pay a grocery store bill with a counterfeit $20 note.
58 minutes | May 27, 2020
EPISODE 007: "The Heroes We Need"
This week on the podcast, Fr John Paul Walker OP explores the life and legacy of soon-to-be Blessed Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus. Christopher Wells of Vatican News talks about several of the other fascinating figures, whose sainthood causes advanced on Wednesday. The Rome Bureau Chief for Crux, Ines San Martin, fills us in on what's doing in her native Argentina, and discusses the insights her temporary "outside in" view of Rome has given her.
57 minutes | May 20, 2020
Episode 006: "Before the Judgment"
This week on the programme, sociologist-theologian Stephen Bullivant talks about his new book - an unflinching look at the state of the Church also finds rays of hope and fertile ground for the seeds of renewal - Catholicism in the Time of Coronavirus. Then, Carl E. Olson talks about how to talk about the health emergency and how to conduct public discourse - even controversy - in light of the faith.
60 minutes | May 13, 2020
Episode 005: "Chickens Come Home To Roost"
This week on the programme, we speak with farmer-theologian Larry Chapp about his search for an authentic life in pursuit of the Evangelical Counsels in the way of Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, and take a closer look - with the help of Anna Mitchell Egan of the Son Rise Morning Show in Cincinnati, Ohio - at an unsettling story out of her archdiocese that raises serious questions about the commitment of Church leaders at the highest levels of governance to responsibility, accountability, and transparency in combating clerical abuse and coverup. Listeners be aware, therefore, that this episode deals with disturbing issues.
58 minutes | May 6, 2020
Episode 004: "Sex, Money, Power: The Challenge of Church Reform"
This week on the podcast, host Chris Altieri talks Church reform with journalistic giant John L Allen Jr of Crux and stalwart voice for good governance Prof Adam J DeVille of the University of St Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
65 minutes | Apr 29, 2020
Episode 003: "Emerging from the Cave"
Host Chris Altieri speaks with CNA's Andrea Gagliarducci about the brewing three-way contretemps involving the Italian bishops, the Italian government, and Pope Francis. Deacon Steven D. Greydanus talks about how the coronavirus emergency has affected our cinematic tastes and viewing habits. Prof Massimo Faggioli of Villanova University discusses a challenging 2-part essay in LaCroix International on "The Limits of a Pontificate".
51 minutes | Apr 22, 2020
Episode 002: "Catholic Imagination and Catholic Culture"
Dr Jacob Phillips of St Mary's University, Twickenham, about how technology is helping during the crisis and why virtual classrooms can't permanently replace real university communities. Fr David Palmer of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham tells of a harrowing visit to a COVID-19 ward in Nottingham. Christopher Lamb of The Tablet tells us about his book and trades views of the Vatican with host Chris Altieri. Fr Nicolas Steeves SJ of the Pontifical Gregorian University helps us think through some of the spiritual and intellectual challenges of these unusual times.
59 minutes | Apr 14, 2020
Episode 001: "Precedents are Funny Things"
Host Chris Altieri is joined by Catholic Herald editor Dan Hitchens out of London, Robert P. George of Princeton, and Francis X. Rocca of the Wall Street Journal, to talk publishing, prudence, precedents and rights, and what's been doing in the news.
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