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The Jesuit Institute is dedicated to encouraging debate on current social issues from a faith perspective and to stimulating critical reflection, research and dialogue. We provide reflection on, and critical analysis of, contemporary social and religious issues from a Catholic perspective. Expanding Horizons is a bi-weekly podcast from the Jesuit Institute. A new episode will be released on the first and third Thursday of the month. It aims to bring you candid conversations between passionate people on important issues.

The Jesuit Institute is dedicated to encouraging debate on current social issues from a faith perspective and to stimulating critical reflection, research and dialogue. We provide reflection on, and critical analysis of, contemporary social and religious issues from a Catholic perspective. Expanding Horizons is a bi-weekly podcast from the Jesuit Institute. A new episode will be released on the first and third Thursday of the month. It aims to bring you candid conversations between passionate people on important issues.
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The Jesuit Institute is dedicated to encouraging debate on current social issues from a faith perspective and to stimulating critical reflection, research and dialogue. We provide reflection on, and critical analysis of, contemporary social and religious issues from a Catholic perspective. Expanding Horizons is a bi-weekly podcast from the Jesuit Institute. A new episode will be released on the first and third Thursday of the month. It aims to bring you candid conversations between passionate people on important issues.

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English


Episodes

Reflection for the 2nd Sunday of Easter - Year C

4/26/2019
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You’ve probably heard it said one too many times that “seeing is believing”. I wonder if, perhaps, it came from the biblical story which we popularly refer to as “The Doubting Thomas”. I dislike both of these characterisations. Thomas was not present when the Lord first appeared to the disciples in the upper room Now, a week later, Thomas enters the Upper Room he hears that the disciples have seen Jesus. Quickly, he speaks the words which have forever characterised him as the Doubting One:...

Duration:00:08:27

Angie Farrenkothen on abortion, healing and being Catholic

4/18/2019
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Angie suffered the trauma of an abortion at the age of 23. Today, she runs Rachel’s Vineyard in South Africa, a retreat for women and men who have suffered the same trauma. Ricardo da Silva SJ met with Angie at her home in Cape Town to speak about the trauma of abortion, healing, divorce and being Catholic.

Duration:00:26:15

Terry Oakley-Smith on surviving rape, speaking out and dealing with stigma in society and church

4/3/2019
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Terry was attacked and raped at a popular Johannesburg park while walking her dogs in broad daylight. She immediately sought help. But all let her down, from the police to private doctors and health services — even her priest, who ‘lost it with me’, she said. Russell Pollitt SJ spoke with Terry about the ordeal and the courage she has shown by speaking out and fighting against all too prevalent gender-based violence. She tells also of the stigma, judgment and re-victimisation that she has...

Duration:00:34:42

Heather Mason on living in Johannesburg, the city's hidden treasures and coping with tragedy

3/19/2019
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In this episode, Russell Pollitt SJ, speaks to Heather Mason. Hear what she has to say about living as an American in Johannesburg, coping with the tragic end of a love-relationship and discovering hidden gems in the inner city of Johannesburg. Heather is a blogger who writes about life in Johannesburg — and all the other places she visits! Without denying the problems that exist, Heather writes about the many interesting places Johannesburgers can be proud of. She recently published a book,...

Duration:00:31:01

Bryan Massingale on racism, sexuality, power and the crises of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church

3/6/2019
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Ricardo da Silva SJ speaks with Bryan Massingale, noted priest and scholar-activist from Fordham University department of theology, in New York. Hear what he had to say about racism, sexuality, power and his life as a priest, at a time when the Catholic Church faces great crises of sexual abuse.

Duration:00:31:05