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Every week, listen as the best Catholic journalists discuss everything you need to know. Be sure to subscribe to our award-winning companion podcast, "CNA Newsroom," on any podcast app.

Every week, listen as the best Catholic journalists discuss everything you need to know. Be sure to subscribe to our award-winning companion podcast, "CNA Newsroom," on any podcast app.

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Every week, listen as the best Catholic journalists discuss everything you need to know. Be sure to subscribe to our award-winning companion podcast, "CNA Newsroom," on any podcast app.

Language:

English


Episodes

The Reversal of JD Flynn

10/16/2020
In this week’s episode, editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of prospective Justice Amy Coney Barrett; an Italian ‘security consultant’ with links to the Vatican financial scandal, who was arrested this week; and a mystery surrounding the burning of an altar in New Orleans after a “demonic” desecration. Subscribe to CNA Newsroom: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/podcast/cna-newsroom (8:43) The beatification of Carlo Acutis continues to attract...

Duration:00:59:36

That’s all, folks

10/9/2020
In this week’s episode, editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the pope’s new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti; they also talk about Carlo Acutis, the newest millennial saint; and another relatively new saint, Cardinal John Henry Newman; two tragic stories out of New Orleans; and more. (1:30) Carlo Acutis beatification Oct.10: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/date-set-for-beatification-of-catholic-computer-programming-teen-carlo-acutis-22071...

Duration:01:06:49

BONUS: Did Becciu pay off Pell’s accusers?

10/5/2020
In this bonus episode of CNA Editor’s Desk, JD and Ed discuss an explosive, “big if true" story that emerged over the weekend involving Cardinals George Pell and Angelo Becciu. Further reading: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/analysis-cardinal-becciu-is-accused-of-setting-up-pell-but-facts-are-few-12832 https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/analysis-what-we-dont-know-about-the-becciu-pell-allegations---yet-23385

Duration:00:31:19

How did we get here?

10/2/2020
Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon briefly discuss the first presidential debate, the annual Al Smith Dinner, and democracy; and then take another deep dive into the Vatican's financial scandal to answer the question: how did Vatican finances get where they are today? This week’s special guest is Karna Lozoya from the Catholic University of America, who hosts the new podcast, “Crisis.” She joins to talk about her podcast and to play a trivia game about famous crises throughout history. Listen to...

Duration:01:21:11

Becciu didn’t see this coming

9/25/2020
CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the resignation of a prominent cardinal, presumably over financial scandal; the Supreme Court vacancy and what might happen next; and, as a special bonus, Father Pius Pietrzyk, OP joins at the end for a discussion about canon law, an analysis of the Senate’s confirmation process, and a game. (1:11) Cardinal Angelo Becciu resigns, and a massive update on the Vatican financial scandal:...

Duration:01:29:20

The Blest Wing

9/18/2020
CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the second known instance of a priest realizing his baptism was invalid; the continued controversy over Netflix’s “Cuties”; an update on the Vatican-China deal; and much more. They also talk about Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United Kingdom ten years ago; debate canon law as it relates to baptisms; and JD asks Ed some riddles. Listen and subscribe to CNA Newsroom: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/podcast/cna-newsroom (1:20)...

Duration:01:24:18

Masks and McCarrick

9/4/2020
Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon crack open the Code of Canon Law to discuss the case of a Colorado priest who told parishioners to disobey their bishop on mask wearing. They also discuss the elusive McCarrick report and the latest on relations between the Vatican and China. 2:40 - The elusive McCarrick report https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/analysis-two-years-after-mccarrick-questions-are-unanswered-35641 20:05 - ‘To the Law!’: Obedience...

Duration:01:14:51

"The Church Supplies"

8/28/2020
CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss baptism and the sacraments, in the context of a Detroit priest who learned this summer that he was invalidly baptized. We also hear about Ed and JD's weddings, and JD gives Ed an assessment of how he’s been doing as a CNA editor for the past two years. In addition, JD castigates Ed for not liking “Friday Night Lights,” gives a list of his favorite TV shows, and analyzes the brilliant, subversive, yet problematic “Animaniacs." (11:53) Detroit priest...

Duration:01:25:23

Politics, and then Baseball

8/21/2020
Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon talk politics and then, baseball. JD tries his hand at a round of presidential candidate ‘Who Said It?’ Show notes and time stamps: 2:10 - Does our political process allow for good and holy politicians? 25:00 - The Democratic National Convention https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/even-a-former-obama-staffer-thinks-the-democratic-platform-is-extreme-14840...

Duration:01:29:27

Once a Catholic, Always a Catholic?

8/14/2020
CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss St. Maximilian Kolbe, a historic peace deal in the Middle East, evangelism, Catholic politicians, and much more. And surprise, surprise, Ed does *not* like musical theater. He especially does not like “Hamilton,” a musical which he has not yet seen. (He also has never seen “Moana.") (00:47) St. Maximilian Kolbe: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/saint/st-maximillian-kolbe-560 (9:32) Israel/UAE historical peace deal:...

Duration:01:24:31

Let’s talk about Vatican II

8/7/2020
Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon return this week to talk about recent “discussion” about the Second Vatican Council and a new ruling by the Vatican’s doctrinal office. 3:23 - Vatican II https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/vatican-ii-not-sole-controversial-ecumenical-council-catholic-theologian-says-64458 https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/cardinal-zen-in-vatican-council-ii-catholics-hear-real-voice-of-the-holy-spirit-62749 44:32 - Baptisms administered 'in name of the community'...

Duration:01:16:32

Vote for Carl

7/31/2020
CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent remarks about a Catholic saint; Joe Biden’s endorsement by an abortion-rights group; the latest updates on the Vatican financial scandal; and more. Also, Ed hates the book “Little Women,” apparently. (1:25) Tech companies testifying before Congress (7:49) Representative AOC’s comments about a statue of St. Damien of Molokai in the US Capitol:...

Duration:01:08:00

Christopher Yes or No?

7/24/2020
Will the Vatican release the McCarrick report before summer break? Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon return this week to discuss that; the takeaways of the Vatican’s new instructions on parish reform; China; and a round of Christopher ‘Yes or No’. 1:05 - What we can expect before the Vatican breaks for summer. https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/two-years-since-mccarrick-allegations-a-cna-timeline-61012...

Duration:01:17:30

The hard-learned lessons of history

7/16/2020
CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss what seems to be a rising tide of anti-Catholicism in the United States, in the context of recent arson attacks against Catholic churches and statues; the Little Sisters of the Poor Supreme Court decision; backlash to Catholic Churches receiving coronavirus relief money from the government; and more. They also discuss (with a heavy dose of canon law) an important document on sexual abuse from the Vatican; and debate open floor plans for kitchens—...

Duration:01:16:27

The Perfect Society

7/10/2020
Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon are back this week with an in depth discussion of the US Supreme Court’s most recent rulings; the role of the Catholic Church in society; and more. Show notes: 2:53 - Recent SCOTUS rulings on HHS mandate exemption and the right of Catholic schools to set criteria for employment https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/little-sisters-of-the-poor-have-big-win-in-supreme-court-decision-39495...

Duration:01:04:26

Change Your Neighbor’s Mind

7/2/2020
In this special Supreme Court edition of the podcast, CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the week’s news, including several recent and highly consequential Supreme Court decisions. They also talk about the abuses against the Uighur people in China, chat for a couple of minutes about baseball, and, for fun, take the United States Citizenship Test. (8:57) Supreme Court decision on Blaine Amendments and school choice:...

Duration:01:05:13

Small talk and big ideas

6/26/2020
Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon are back this week for a candid conversation about the toppling of statues in the US; the Black Lives Matter movement; and the inculturation of Jesus and the Virgin Mary. Editor Carl Bunderson is back by popular demand for a couple of games. 5:55 - Protests being coopted by mob mentality or corporate emotivism https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/st-junipero-serra-statue-torn-down-in-san-francisco-park-81125...

Duration:01:32:39

BONUS: A conversation about racism with Gloria Purvis

6/12/2020
Gloria Purvis is a Black Catholic, pro-life leader, and longtime radio host. In this bonus episode of CNA Editor’s Desk, Gloria and JD Flynn have a candid conversation about racism, the death of George Floyd, and much more. If you’re interested in joining in prayer for reparation to God for the sin of racism, please email Gloria at blackcatholics4Life@mac.com Show notes: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/cardinal-peter-turkson-racism-driving-some-catholics-from-church-99807...

Duration:01:13:42

Worlds Collide

6/12/2020
CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the week's news, including former nuncio Carlo Maria Vigano’s letter to President Trump, and Vigano’s increasing detachment from “reasonable discourse;” the results of an investigation into Monsignor Walter Rossi, rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in DC; the QAnon conspiracy; canon law; and much more. For the fourth and final week, Father Brad Doyle, host of “The Quizzical Papist” podcast, joins at the end...

Duration:01:25:53

In Hope We are Saved

6/5/2020
CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss hope, prayer, and leisure. Stay tuned for Breaking News in the middle. For the third week, Father Brad Doyle of “The Quizzical Papist” podcast joins at the end for a fun game of trivia. (00:00) Hope, prayer, and leisure http://www.vatican.va/content/benedict-xvi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_ben-xvi_enc_20071130_spe-salvi.html (41:37) Breaking news: Vatican officials arrest London property broker for extortion and money laundering:...

Duration:01:12:47