Sarah Silverman on whether hell exists and why she loves the Jesuits

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“You know, I don’t know about Jesuits except what I am learning,” Sarah Silverman tells us on this week’s episode of Jesuitical. “Every Jesuit I meet, I find that I adore and just love the bringing emotion and feelings and intellect together.”

Every week, during the interview portion of the podcast, we feature a guest, Catholic and sometimes non-Catholic, that offers an interesting perspective on faith, culture or the news. This week, we welcome Sarah, a comedian, actress and host of “I Love You America with Sarah Silverman.” We discuss why she loves Jesuit priests even as a non-believer, whether or not hell exists and why the world desperately needs Mr. Rogers.

Before our conversation with Sarah (which starts at 12:15), we discuss and analyze this week’s top Catholic news:this year’s NCAA tournament champions, Villanova and Notre Dame; and Joan Roanhauer, the first woman to lead Jesuit Refugee Services.

We also discuss Pope Francis’ latest Easter message, in which he calls for an end to conflicts in the Holy Land and Syria. April 4 also marked 50 years since the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis. We talk about Dr. King’s legacy, his influence on people like Pope Francis and the whitewashing of his beliefs. We also discuss the killing of 22-year-old Stephon Clark in Sacramento.

Please tweet us @jesuiticalshow or send us an email jesuitical@americamedia.org and let us know your reactions to our conversation with Sarah. And please leave us a review on Apple podcasts and tell your friends about the show.

Links from the show:

I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman

Pope Francis in Easter message calls for end to conflicts in Syria and the Holy Land

How Pope Francis carries on Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of Christian nonviolence

First woman to head Jesuit agency takes on refugee crisis

Nuns in Poland show ‘fighting spirit’ in boxing video to raise funds for orphanage

Ogunbowale encore! Final Four hero lifts Notre Dame to title

What’s on tap?

Lent is over! Easter is here! So we celebrate with prosecco.

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Kevin Murphy
2 years 6 months ago

You're now showcasing Silverman, who once joked about eating aborted fetuses? Is there a low for America and the Jesuits, someplace they won't go? I have to stop writing before I say something I truly regret. Just vile.

Dana Jens
2 years 6 months ago

how in the *ell they get away with calling "America" a Catholic publication is only because the main attraction is in Rome making this the freak "Sideshow"

Dana Jens
2 years 6 months ago

This is one line America Magazine will be sorry they crossed - +++

Mike Theman
2 years 6 months ago

Who? Why. D-list comedienne whose only claim to fame is her outrageous political comments that aren't even funny. Can't believe America stoops this low.

Carol Cox
2 years 6 months ago

Anti-Semitism raises its ugly head along with threats. "This is one line America Magazine will be sorry they crossed." This is "bullying" and "harassment" of the lowest order.
These comments certainly do not define "be charitable".

Joseph Ciliberto
2 years 6 months ago

Olga, I have to confess I had the same knee-jerk reaction as most of the commentators here when I saw the headline in my in-box. However, I took a deep breadth, and with full memory of some of Sarah more disgusting stand up and conversations, I waited a moment, read your piece and came to my conclusion about what to say. I applaud Sarah Silverman's comments regarding Jesuits, and liken it to the Holy Father's approach to the Chinese Government. It is up to us to build our side of the bridge to completion and wait lovingly for the other side to join us. It is our duty to begin the process of rapprochement, as the Lord awaits all of us to turn to Him and in spite of our best efforts to avoid, and in some cases insult Him, He still is building the bridge. Maybe in the end, we will see Sarah having a change of heart and we see a growing and vibrant Catholic population in China. And maybe, just maybe, the hearts of the commentators below will see a way to get out their tools and materials and begin building their bridge not only to others who talk just like they do but toward the mercy of Christ.

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