Rank #1: Reflecting on “Humanae Vitae,” 50 years on
Our July 25 guest is Holly Taylor Coolman, an assistant professor of theology at Providence College in Rhode Island. We discuss her recent article '50 years after Humanae Vitae,' we still buy into the myth of the self-made man.’ We also discuss these articles: Vatican expert: To fight sex abuse, the Catholic Church must invest in women With ‘strongman politics’ on the rise, Obama affirms Mandela’s democratic vision Review: ‘Eighth Grade’ is a reminder of the year you would rather forget
Rank #2: Father James Martin on the Met Gala and the “Heavenly Bodies” exhibit
Our May 9 guest is James Martin, S.J. editor-at-large at America. We discuss his recent interview with Andrew Bolton, “Meet the curator of the Met’s new “Heavenly Bodies” exhibit.” We also discuss these articles: Why Paul Ryan’s ‘economic approach’ to politics clashes with Catholic teaching Why the Met Gala is a good thing for Catholicism A simple way to break down social barriers: courtesy titles
Rank #3: Can better corporate organization humanize the marketplace?
America This Week This week's guest is Thomas More Garrett. We discuss his article “Can better corporate organization humanize the marketplace? Kickstarter is finding out.” We also discuss these articles: How the Jesuits’ four new universal apostolic priorities support social enterprise Pope Francis: ‘Build bridges, not walls’ ‘Harry Potter’ books burned at Catholic parish in Poland
Rank #4: 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
Rank #5: Why we should end the cult of the presidency
Our June 20 guest is Nathan Schneider, a contributing writer for America and a reporter and professor of media studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. We discuss his recent article, “How to survive Trump: End the cult of the presidency” We also discuss these articles: Father James Martin, S.J.: 5 things you can do help immigrants at the border What are ‘canonical penalties’ and how should they be handed down? Baltimore Catholics can now have that outdoor we [...]
Rank #6: 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
Rank #7: 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
Rank #8: 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
Rank #9: Ross Douthat on the future of the church
Our May 2 guest is Ross Douthat, a New York Times columnist and author of To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism. You can read our recent articles on him here: The Catholic Columnist: Q&A with Ross Douthat, Dear Ross Douthat: Don’t be so worried about the church. We also discuss these articles: Archbishop Gregory: The time is right to review Mass translations Why the Chinese government is targeting young Christians in its latest crackdown
Rank #10: Adjusting to Catholic motherhood
Our Apr. 18 guest is Jennifer Fulwiler, a lay Catholic writer, speaker and host of The Jennifer Fulwiler Show on “The Catholic Channel,” SiriusXM radio channel 129. We discuss her recent article: “In the midst of angst about my growing family, three words helped me find peace.” We also discuss these articles: ‘Is my dad in heaven,’ little boy asks pope Was the British Government right to attack Syria without Parliament’s approval?
Rank #11: How Latin America influenced the Catholic Church
Our Aug 22 guest is Hosffman Ospino, an associate professor of Hispanic ministry and religious education at Boston College. We discuss his recent article "How Latin America influenced the entire Catholic Church." We also discuss these articles: Don’t blame the sex abuse crisis on queer Catholics The plague of sexual abuse is worse than you think Evangelization isn’t getting people to fall in line—it’s getting them to fall in love
Rank #12: 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
Rank #13: 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
Rank #14: Demystifying the myths of mass incarceration
America This Week This week's guest is John Pfaff. We discuss his article Why today's criminal justice reform efforts won't end mass incarceration. We also discuss these articles: Pope Francis approves four priorities for the Jesuits’ next decade Vatican emphasizes transparency and accountability at upcoming sex abuse summit Catholic leaders resist Trump’s ‘national emergency’ plan to fund border wall
Rank #15: Why is it so difficult to report on Latinos in the criminal justice system?
Our Apr. 25 guest is Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, the founder and chief executive officer of Lantigua Williams & Co., an audio and film production company based in the Washington, D.C., area. We discuss her recent article: “Why more data is needed when reporting on Latinos in the criminal justice system.” Listen to the show live on Wednesday at 1:00 PM EST on The Catholic Channel Sirius XM 129, or return to this page for the podcast. We also discuss these articles: Bishop McElroy: Catholics must fight polarization in politics and the church Teen amon [...]
Rank #16: 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
Rank #17: How can activists win more than a viral moment?
America This Week This week's guest is Nathan Schneider. We discuss his article "How can activists win more than a viral moment?" We also discuss these stories: Why Jesus movies should be strange Explainer: Why doesn't Pope Francis want people to kiss his ring? Founder, board of Vatican women's magazine quit
Rank #18: America This Week: 3/6/19
This week's guest is Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble. We discuss her article "Here's why Catholics are called to think about death—daily." We also discuss these articles: The Vatican summit on the protection of minors is over. What’s next? How should we react to Michael Cohen’s imperfect contrition? Pope Francis will open the secret archives on Pope Pius XII
Rank #19: Is a deal between the Vatican and China a good thing?
Our Mar. 21 guest is Drew Christiansen, S.J., former editor in chief and president of America. Due to Winter Storm Toby in New York City, this is an all-Jesuit show. Eric Sundrup, S.J. and Sam Sawyer, S.J. join Matt Malone, S.J. to talk about Rev. Christiansen’s latest article: Why the Vatican’s potential deal with China is a good thing We also discuss these articles: In Vermont, the latest clash between public money and the Catholic Church Loyola Chicago savors sweet 16 run after grassroots rebuild
Rank #20: Overprescribing is not the problem behind the opioid crisis
Our June 13 guest is Sally Satel, a psychiatrist who practices in a methadone clinic and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. We discuss her recent article, “Prescriptions are not to blame for today’s opioid crisis” We also discuss these articles: Star Wars and religion struggle with the same issue: What do you do with tradition? Catholic leaders confront polarization but skirt polarizing issues at Geo [...]