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Interviews with editors and writers of America magazine, the national Catholic weekly. Hosted by Online Editor Tim Reidy.

Interviews with editors and writers of America magazine, the national Catholic weekly. Hosted by Online Editor Tim Reidy.
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Interviews with editors and writers of America magazine, the national Catholic weekly. Hosted by Online Editor Tim Reidy.




A psychologist describes domestic violence in Catholic families, and how the church can help—”America This Week,” October 11, 2017

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.”

Duration: 00:23:49

How can Thomas Merton help us deal with our current political climate?—”America This Week,” October 4, 2017

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?”

Duration: 00:26:06

A conservative Latina discusses racial tensions within the Republican Party—”America This Week,” September 27, 2017

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...

Duration: 00:24:28

Responding to sex abuse in faith contexts—”America This Week,” September 20, 2017

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.

Duration: 00:28:06

Elevating women to positions of meaningful leadership in the church—”America This Week,” September 13, 2017

Our guest this week is Kerry Alys Robinson, global ambassador of Leadership Roundtable and author of Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy and A Spiritual Call to Service. She recently wrote an article, “Why Catholics are called to radical hospitality in these political times” for America.

Duration: 00:29:00

What is the Catholic answer to the unemployment crisis?—”America This Week,” September 6, 2017

This week’s guest is Rachel Lu, a philosophy professor and freelance writer for The Federalist and Crisis Magazine among other publications. She recently wrote an article for America called “Can Catholic social teaching help solve the labor crisis?”

Duration: 00:21:47

Why are so many people annoyed by U2’s social justice efforts?—”America This Week,” August 30, 2017

This week’s guest is David Dark, author of “Life’s too short to pretend you’re not religious.” He is the author of our recent article “Why does U2 irk so many people? A look at their struggle for pop hits and social justice.”

Duration: 00:29:56

Why is confession so difficult for so many people?—”America This Week,” August 22, 2017

This week’s guest is Sonja Livingston, the author of Ghostbread and a recent Americaarticle: “How Cajun country, an old ambulance and 1,200 frog legs led me back to the confessional.”

Duration: 00:31:20

A spiritual exercise to help guide action against injustice—”America This Week,” August 16, 2017

This week Jim McDermott, S.J., joins Tim Reidy, Kerry Weber and Zac Davis in conversation about how to respond to moral crises in Charlottesville and beyond. “Charlottesville is another moment when… there is so much surprising stuff happening, and it creates such a strong response that it becomes difficult to parse…. Outrage is like a fire—once it starts it burns everywhere.”

Duration: 00:31:42

I pardoned a convict who killed again. Here’s why I still believe in mercy—”America This Week,” August 9, 2017

The podcast’s guest this week is Mark Singel, former lieutenant governor and acting governor of Pennsylvania from 1987-1995. His recent article for America is called “I pardoned a convict who killed again. Here’s why I still believe in mercy.” Singel discusses his decision to commute the sentence of Reginald McFadden in 1992, when he was chairman of the State Board of Pardons. After McFadden was freed, he committed another murder and a rape. Singel’s political opponents were able to “take...

Duration: 00:31:53

Becoming a Better Catholic: Simcha Fisher on Therapy—”America This Week,” August 2, 2017

Our guest this week is Simcha Fisher, a contributor to America and the author of The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning. Her recent article is called “I thought Good Catholics didn’t need therapy. Then I went.” For Fisher, therapy turned out to be a “tool” that helped her draw closer to God: “I thought that a lot of the things that were wrong with me were spiritual problems, but it turns out that a lot of them were really psychological problems that were impeding spiritual growth.”

Duration: 00:29:59

From Confessions to Conversion: Elizabeth Breunig’s path to Catholicism

This week’s podcast features Elizabeth Bruenig, a contributing writer for America. Her recent article is called “How Augustine’s Confessions and left politics inspired my conversion to Catholicism.” “I was always interested in Christianity. Even as a kid I was active in my church,” Bruenig said. But what was lacking in her Protestant upbringing was the “interpretive tradition that accompanies Scripture.” This desire for theological conversation was one reason Bruenig later converted to...

Duration: 00:08:18

The President of Notre Dame on the Goals of Catholic Higher Education—”America This Week,” July 19, 2017

This week’s podcast features John Jenkins, C.S.C., the president of the University of Notre Dame. Father Jenkins recently wrote a cover story for America marking the 50-year anniversary of the Land O’ Lakes Statement, a seminal document on Catholic higher education in the United States.

Duration: 00:31:01

How do we make sure people die a good death?—”America This Week,” July 12, 2017

Our guest this week is America’s national correspondent, Michael O’Loughlin, whose recent article is: “How Catholic health care is fighting against the campaign for physician-assisted suicide.” “[Physician-assisted suicide] is legal in about a half dozen states, and supporters say they hope to take the campaign to about a dozen other states in the next two to three years,” O’Loughlin explained. “It is something that is becoming a reality for millions of Americans.” In light of this...

Duration: 00:33:32

Nathan Schneider on the hidden perils of philanthropy—”America This Week,” July 5, 2017

Our guest this week is Nathan Schneider, a contributing writer for America and the author of “Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and The Case Against Philanthropy As We Know It,” which appeared in America’s June 26th issue.

Duration: 00:31:19

Why spirituality is central to understanding the Standing Rock protests—”America This Week,” June 21, 2017

Our guest this week is Eileen Markey, the author of A Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sister Maura. She is also the author of America’s most recent cover article: “The Spirit of Standing Rock.”

Duration: 00:35:30

Exploring the tense relationship between Catholic Hospitals and the A.C.L.U.—”America This Week,”

Our guest this week is Stephanie Slade, a managing editor at Reason magazine and contributing writer at America. Her latest article explores the legal challenges launched by the American Civil Liberties Union against Catholic hospitals.

Duration: 00:35:04

Can theology cross the divide between church and state?—”America This Week,” June 7, 2017

This week’s guest is Nichole M. Flores, an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia and contributing writer at America. She recently wrote an article for America titled “In Jefferson’s Shadow: Can Catholic theology thrive at a public university?,” which explored the challenge of teaching theology at a university founded by Thomas Jefferson, who once famously called for a “wall of separation” between church and state.

Duration: 00:31:27

Greg Boyle: ‘connection and kinship ultimately heals people’—”America This Week,” May 24, 2017

This episode of “America This Week” is co-hosted by Kerry Weber, with Senior Editor Kevin Clarke sitting in for Matt Malone, S.J. Zac Davis, an assistant editor for digital strategy at America, joins the conversation. This week’s guest is Greg Boyle, S.J., who recently gave a commencement address alongside Vice President Mike Pence when he received the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal—the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics. Father Boyle is the...

Duration: 00:31:09

Do Catholics talk enough about postpartum depression?—”America This Week,” May 17, 2017

This week Tim Reidy sat in for Matt Malone, S.J., alongside his co-host Kerry Weber. The podcast opens with a discussion about Girl Scouts and their relationship with the Catholic Church following the decision by the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kan., to cut ties with the organization. Eloise Blondiau joined the conversation to give her perspective. Jena Booher is this episode’s guest. After being featured in Kerry Weber’s article about postpartum depression and the church, Ms. Booher...

Duration: 00:33:53

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