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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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This week’s guest is Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ian Johnson, an expert on Chinese religious practices based in Beijing. His latest piece for America is a report on the state of Catholicism in modern China titled: “How the top-heavy Catholic Church is losing the ground game in China.

Editor's note: We had some technical difficulties at the beginning of the interview, which are resolved after the first few minutes.

 

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This week’s guest is Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu, a contributing writer for America and professor of theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Her latest piece for America is titled: “A 3-question examination of conscience on immigration that all Catholics need to do.”

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This week’s guest is Dr. Christauria Welland. Dr. Welland is a clinical psychologist in San Diego, and the founder of Pax in Familia, an organization dedicated to improving pastoral responses to violence in Catholic families. She recently wrote an article for America in commemoration of Domestic Violence Awareness month: “Caring for the most vulnerable: undocumented women in abusive relationships.”

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This week’s guest is Andrew Lenoir, a Quaker-raised, New York-based writer, historian, and speechwriter. He joins the show to discuss latest for America: ”What would Thomas Merton make of Trump, climate change and Twitter?”

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This week’s guest is Dr. Ashleen Menchaca-Bagnulo, an assistant professor of political science at Texas State University in San Marcos, Tex. She joins the show to discuss her latest article for America“I’m a Conservative Latina. Is there a place for me in Trump’s Republican Party after Charlottesville?” In her piece, Dr. Menchaca-Bagnulo explores the tensions of being a person of color in an Republican Party. “On the right there’s always been a tendency to have significant problems with race and with racial identity,” she says. Dr. Menchaca-Bagnulo argues this long-running problem is now a crisis for the conservative movement and the Republican Party.

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Our guest this week is Kaya Oakes, author of The Nones are Alright: A New Generation of Believers, Seekers, and Those in Between and a contributing writer to America. Ms. Oakes wrote “Sex abuse happens across denominations. Here's how one Protestant minister is helping people heal.” in the Oct. 2 issue of America.

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