An Unorthodox celebration of our one year (liturgical) anniversary

This week, to celebrate our one year (liturgical) anniversary we are talking with Liel Leibovitz and Stephanie Butnick. They are two-thirds of Unorthodox, a Jewish podcast from The Tablet. Here at Jesuitical, we hold a special place in our hearts for these hosts—they are a part of our origin story. We talk to Liel and Stephanie about how we basically stole their podcast format, the differences between Jewish and Catholic fasting and more. And, because this week is also the start of Lent, we asked our guests what we should all give up for Lent.


In Signs of the Times, we discuss the latest firing of L.G.B.T. Catholic church workers, focusing on why these firings have gotten so much media attention and what it means for the church as a whole. The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops supports a new resolution that could label pornography a “public health risk.” In light of the #MeToo movement, we talk about why conversations about sex must include a focus on the effects of pornography, what the church can do and more.

Finally, a Catholic school robotics team ranks 15th in the world.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @jesuiticalshow. Send us any questions, cocktail recipes or consolations and desolations at And if you haven’t already, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, and tell your friends, parents or children about the show.

P.S. Hope you enjoy our amazing redesign, courtesy of Angelo Jesus Canta. And, along with Jesuitical, you can check out additional America podcasts, including “The Examen with Father James Martin, S.J.” and “The Word: Scripture Reflections from America Media.

Links from the show:

Firing of L.G.B.T. Catholic church workers raises hard (and new) questions

Florida resolution could label pornography a ‘public health risk'

Carmel Catholic robotics team, ranked number 15 in the world, qualifies for state tournament

What’s on tap?

Nothing. Because Lent.

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