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On January 17, we speak to Megan Sweas about her recent article in America, “For Catholic women, the relationship between faith and politics is subtle—and sometimes in conflict.

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This week’s guest is Rev. Brendan Busse, S.J. Fr. Busse is associate pastor of Dolores Mission in Los Angeles and a contributing writer for America. We spoke to him about his most recent article, “The urgent, lonely, relevant, humbling, joyful, experience of being a newly ordained priest.” 

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This week’s guest is Liam Callanan, associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and author of the forthcoming novel, Paris by the Book. Mr. Callanan is the recipient of the 2017 George Hunt, S.J., Prize in Arts, Letters and Journalism, which is co-sponsored by America Media and the Saint Thomas More Chapel & Center at Yale University. His latest essay in America is “Good nonfiction may teach us what to believe, but fiction teaches us how.

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On January 10, we spoke to Dr. C. Vanessa White, a past convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium and assistant professor of spirituality and ministry at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, about her recent article in America, A Portrait of Black Catholicism: Celebrating 40 years of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium.

 

We also discussed these articles:

Catholic leaders call ending T.P.S. for Salvadorans a ‘lose-lose’ decision

Cardinal Cupich: Pope Francis’ ‘field hospital’ calls us to radically rethink church life

Cardinal Tobin: ‘I hope women will continue to speak the truth’

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This week’s guest is Eve Tushnet, a contributing writer for America. Her latest article is “What it’s like going to church when you’re homeless.”

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This week’s guest is Mary C. Curtis, an award-winning journalist who is currently a columnist for Roll Call. Her latest article for America is “Catholics of color are keeping the U.S. Catholic Church alive.”

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This week’s guest is Henry Timms, executive director of the 92nd Street Y and the founder of Giving Tuesday.

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This week’s guest is Hosffman Ospino, an associate professor of Hispanic ministry and religious education at Boston College. His latest piece is “10 ways Hispanics are redefining American Catholicism in the 21st century.”

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This week’s guest is Father Jim McDermott, a Jesuit, screenwriter and America’s Los Angeles Correspondent. His latest piece is “Meet these Catholics who voted for Trump and love Pope Francis”

Over 50 percent of U.S. Catholics voted for President Trump and about 80 to 90 percent like Pope Francis. Meeting Catholics who voted for Trump and admire Pope Francis, Father McDermott found that many of these individuals do not find these loyalties contradictory. One of the most surprising things he observed was that these voters were not driven by specific issues or a disdain for Hillary Clinton. Rather, Trump represented a chance to “break open” the divided political system, “to find something new, to find a way forward.”

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This week’s guest is Damian Costello, the author of Black Elk: Colonialism and Lakota Catholicism. Informed by four years of work on the Navajo Reservation, Dr. Costello’s latest piece for America is “Black Elk, the Lakota medicine man turned Catholic teacher, is promoted for sainthood.”

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