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The America Media Podcast
27 minutes | Feb 8, 2019
What comes after the era of the parochial school?
America This Week This week's guest is America contributor Betsy Shirley. We discuss her article “The era of the parochial school is over. Meet the Catholic educators searching for what’s next.” We also discuss these articles: The Jesuit institution uncovering the truth (and fake news) about saints Pope Francis on Yemen, Venezuela and the abuse of nuns by clergy Top 6 Catholic takeaways from President Trump’s State of the Union address
22 minutes | Feb 1, 2019
How can God and medicine work together to heal trauma?
America This Week This week's guest is Michael R. Lovell. We discuss his article "We need both medicine and God to overcome trauma." We also discuss these articles: Donald Trump and the complicated diplomacy of deportation What my friendship with Pope Francis taught me about interfaith dialogue What the New York Times gets wrong about the abortion debate
24 minutes | Jan 25, 2019
How can the Catholic Church help single mothers?
America This Week This week's guest is Kaya Oakes. We discuss her article “How the Catholic Church can help single mothers.” We also discuss these articles: Trump’s latest proposal to end the shutdown and what the border wall won’t fix How the New Wave Feminists are changing the conversation around abortion One-third of U.S. bishops believe church ‘should’ ordain women as deacons
25 minutes | Jan 18, 2019
What do descendants of slave owners owe descendants of slaves?
This week's guest is John W. Miller. We talk about his article "My ancestor owned 41 slaves. What do I owe their descendants?" We also discuss these articles: USA Northeast Province releases names of Jesuits credibly accused of sexual abuse Polarization can bring about real political change. Our past proves it. Can high-tech maps help the church and save the planet? Time’s a’wastin’: two new books on procrastination
25 minutes | Jan 11, 2019
What's at stake in the China-Vatican deal?
America This Week Our guest this week is Paul Mariani, S.J., and we're talking to him about his article, "The Extremely High Stakes of the China-Vatican Deal." We also talk about these articles: President Trump makes his case for the border wall, citing ‘a crisis of the soul’ How many members of the new Congress are Catholic? Tax incentives for Amazon? Less than prime.
25 minutes | Jan 4, 2019
How can we turn ‘Christmas Catholics’ into regular Massgoers?
America This Week Our guest this week is Jack Bentz, S.J., of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States. He previously served as the director of the Catholic Student Center at Boise State. We discuss his recent article: How parishes can turn ‘Christmas Catholics’ into regular Massgoers. We also discuss these articles: “Mary Poppins Returns,” but what is she doing here? US Catholic bishops begin retreat to pray over clergy sexual abuse scandal Most people aren’t talking about God anymore—but they want to
28 minutes | Dec 20, 2018
Praying the examen this Advent
America This Week Our guest this week is James Martin, S.J., editor at large of America. We discuss praying the examen this Advent. We also discuss these articles: ‘Brideshead Revisited’ changed my life. Can it work its magic on the ‘Downton Abbey’ generation? The America Profile: Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, the pro-life Catholic Democrat A man walks into a confessional after 37 years
25 minutes | Dec 13, 2018
A look at women's leadership—in Biblical times and today
America This Week Our guest this week is Richard J. Clifford, S.J. We discuss his article Women have been leading since Biblical times—they can lead again today. We also discuss these articles: Pope beatifies ‘Of Gods and Men’ martyrs A 1940s French film is one of the most Catholic horror movies ever made Lessons from John Alan Chau (and Francis Xavier) for Catholic missions today
24 minutes | Dec 7, 2018
What setbacks are asylum seekers facing at the U.S. border?
America This Week Our guest this week is J.D. Long-García. We discuss his article As immigration denial rates increase, asylum seekers face setback at U.S. border. We also discuss these stories: Former President George H.W. Bush dies at 94 What we can learn from Isaiah Understanding Pope Francis' controversial comments on homosexuality in the priesthood
26 minutes | Nov 30, 2018
A look at the first pastoral letter against racism in 40 years
America This Week America This Week Our guest this week is Michael J. O'Loughlin, America's national correspondent. We talk about his and Olga Segura's article U.S. bishops adopt new anti-racism letter, first in almost 40 years. We also discuss these stories: Father James Martin: Stop the assault on asylum seekers How can we strengthen faith formation classes? How pastoral failures in communication are provoking a crisis of faith
25 minutes | Nov 21, 2018
What are the dangers of artificial intelligence in our brave new world of self-driving cars?
America This Week Our guest this week is John Miller. We talk to him about his article What are the dangers of artificial intelligence in our brave new world of self-driving cars? We also discuss some of the stories our editors are most thankful for from the year: Vatican Christmas stamps feature inmate's art No one had ever done a comprehensive survey of Catholic women. So we did. Óscar Romero
28 minutes | Nov 16, 2018
Is there a ‘civil war‘ in the Catholic Church?
America This Week Our October 24 guest is Joe Hoover, S.J. We talk to him about his article No, there is not a “civil war” in the Catholic Church. We also discuss these stories: Exclusive: Should U.S. bishops speak out on politics—or stick to religion? What it means to be a Catholic feminist and why the church must embrace it Pope Francis appoints Archbishop Scicluna to top role in addressing abuse crisis Inside the Vatican
26 minutes | Nov 9, 2018
How can we cure gun violence?
America This Week Our Nov 7 guest is Eileen Markey, who will talk about her article, "Can we use public health models to cure the disease of gun violence?" We also discuss these articles: I took in a Honduran refugee. It was no big deal The Ignatian Family Teach In poses a contrast to the divided American Family Three ways Catholics can respond to anti-Jewish violence
20 minutes | Nov 1, 2018
Choosing the Right Godparent
Our October 31 guest is Simcha Fisher. We talk to her about her recent article on how to choose the right godparents, which you can read here. We also discuss these stories: Can the church be both holy and sinful? The ‘crisis’ of the migrant caravan is one of misperception Pakistani Christians fear violence after Asia Bibi’s blasphemy death sentence is overturned
26 minutes | Oct 26, 2018
What is left of the Christian community in Iraq?
Our October 24 guest is Kevin Clarke. We talk to him about his recent reporting from Iraq, which you can read here. We also discuss these stories: The migrant caravan through the eyes of Catholic Social Teaching Synod Fathers: young people must be welcomed, but also welcomed What's it like being the only female cleric at the synod on young people?
23 minutes | Oct 18, 2018
Rethinking what it means to be 'college material'
America This Week Our October 17 guest is Cyrus Habib, the lieutenant governor of Washington State. We discuss his recent article Stop saying ‘college isn't for everyone.’ We also discuss these stories: Pope Francis declares Pope Paul VI, Óscar Romero saints Tomie dePaola's books help us find the sacred in stories of service and stillness Why can't women vote at the Synod on Young People?
26 minutes | Oct 11, 2018
Moving forward from the sexual abuse crisis with eight lessons
America This Week Our October 10 guest is John Carr, America's Washington correspondent. We discuss his recent article "Eight lessons to help us move forward from the sex abuse crisis." We also discuss these stories: Holy See issues first response in Archbishop McCarrick case Catholic comedian Jeremy McLellan on finding God by welcoming the disabled What—if anything—ensures a new college student will keep going to Mass?
25 minutes | Oct 4, 2018
What is the future of Jesuit education?
Our Oct. 3 guest is Michael C. McCarthy, S.J., vice president for mission integration and planning and an associate professor of theology at Fordham University. We discuss his recent article, "The Uncertain Future of Jesuit Education." We also discuss these stories: St. John Paul II envisioned a big church. So why are millennials feeling excluded? Four lessons from Mary for the Synod on Young Adults Father Matt Malone: Why America magazine called for the withdrawal of Kavanaugh's nomination
23 minutes | Sep 28, 2018
Becoming a theologian means accepting an invitation
Our September 26 guest is Sandra Schneiders, I.H.M., professor emerita of New Testament studies and Christian spirituality at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, Calif. We discuss her recent article "The vocation of the theologian begins with an invitation." We also discuss these stories: Pope Francis recognizes Chinese bishops ordained without papal approval Bishops draft plan to hold themselves accountable for sexual abuse and negligence Brett Kavanaugh and the true meaning of brotherhood
26 minutes | Sep 20, 2018
What nuns and ‘nones’ can learn from one another
Our September 5 guest is Kaya Oakes, a contributing writer for America, who teaches writing at the University of California, Berkeley, and is the author of The Nones Are Alright. We discuss her recent article "What can nuns and ‘nones’ learn from one another?" We also discuss these stories: Prison strike seeks to defend humanity of U.S. inmates How Latinas help Medellín continue to form the church in the United States Developing Story | The Australian Church in Turmoil
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